6. Urban Air Market, Portland and San Francisco 14 july / 15 September 2013
By rights, this kooky stall-based fair that pops up twice a year in San Fran and Portland is a curated clothes design festival. But design is design and, when it comes to atmosphere, little beats its buzzy, carnival vibe. As music pumps over the hills, stalls propped against street-art covered walls sell quirky printed T-shirts from local companies, such as Mission Thread; driftwood stands dangle geometric metal jewellery to catch the sun, and hula-hoop sessions are in full swing on the grass. Even the locals consider it bohemian.
Chairman Bao Bun Truck, serving steaming traditional Chinese buns. urbanairmarket.com
5. Design X
beCCa henry. Cosmo sCharF/DesiGn X. jim stephenson. luke hayes. mark CoCkseDGe. philip vile. reX. rolanD blanDy. tim brotherton.
Tech is both sexy and useful. Everyone thinks so, particularly the team at Design X, the offshoot fair at New York’s ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair). This year, it became the first major design fair to base its programme around 3-D printing. With talks covering everything from parametric design to printed 3-D fabrics – previously worn by the burlesque performer Dita Von Teese – experts from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Shapeways and Nervous System were all on hand to workshop the terrifyingly new technology. Design-blowing stuff.
4-D printing – Skylar Tibbits, the TED talk favourite, was in residence to explain how to print items so smart they assemble themselves. designx.is
This page, clockwise from top: craftwork at the Urban Air Market; Torsten Hasselman designs Mission Thread clothing; Dita Von Teese wears a 3-D dress by Michael Schmidt and Francis Bitonti (pictured); a Design X workshop. 89 Baku.