Day at Cornwall Design Fair

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I have always wanted to visit a design fair here in Cornwall, and today was a perfect opportunity. Cornwall Design fair has been held in Newlyn, just outside Penzance, from 15 to 17 August. Focused on a local craftsmanship, from hand made jewellery, ceramics to the furniture and fashion accessories, it was truly inspiring, especially the creations of graduates from Cornwall College of Art. These students really have got fantastic vision for the furniture of tomorrow. I particularly loved the ‘Skeleton Chair’ which was beautifully shaped, made from beech, with the back support looking like the crossed bones. Creepy in a way, but also very fascinating. And beech, being very light in colour, worked perfectly for that project.

I was hoping to see more of the furniture stalls at the fair, to check new designs and trends, yet there was only few furniture traders. Most were jewellery makers – I absolutely adored oxidised silver earrings with green sapphires at one stall. There were also pottery stalls, leather satchels and also one exhibitor with rather unusual stock… He was trading with wide variety of bird feeders, which were designed in very sleek and simple way, and looked like hich tech accessories. Colourful round bowls, with stainless steel holders, so simple, and very bold. It’s the new trend in bird feeding business 🙂

After the fair, I have listened to a live band by the door, it was very relaxing, and a nice change from my work by the computer routine, so yes, fine way to spend the afternoon!


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