What you need to know
Design events have become a new phenomenon for Taipei locals. From fashion to handcrafted goods, the city is far from short of artsy affairs.
Large-scale design events began to pop up in Taipei only about a decade ago but have been flourishing.
In 2005, CAMPO Life Art Carnival, an artsy cultural fair, was first founded, and a year later, the Simple Life Festival was put together by Taiwanese musicians — connecting music and creative markets. Then in 2007, Taiwan Designers' Week became the center of attention for the city's creative scene. These events not only give space for local Taiwanese to interact with designers but also initiate conversations around Taipei's design philosophies and aesthetics.
“Good Eye Taipei,” a new bilingual Taipei city guide, recommends four unique design events in Taipei.
Taiwan Designers' Week (台灣設計師週)
"Founded by a group of passionate Taiwanese designers, Taiwan Designers' Week was first held in 2007. As time passed, the event continued to expand in scale and scope — it now includes themed exhibitions, forums, workshops and retail store collaborations. Held every September, Taiwan Designers' Week is currently one of the most highly anticipated events for designers and design-lovers alike."
Good Home (好家在台灣)
"The Good Home exhibition was founded by the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park team. A gathering ground for cultural creative brands, the exhibition is both relaxed and joyful, akin to one of a carnival. It has been held every December, without fail, since 2012."
Nice Neighbor (好鄰居風格時裝展)
"In the journey of becoming a fashion designer, it can be especially difficult when taken alone. Which is why designers and workers in the fashion industry decided to band together and create the Nice Neighbor Fashion and Style Trade Show in 2015. In this aesthetically pleasing exhibition, one finds not only young fashion brands but beautiful fashionistas as well."
*Nice Neighbor has been canceled this year.
Pinkoi Market (Pinkoi 市集)
"Founded in 2011, the online shopping platform specializes in independent design merchandise by local artists. In addition to its online presence, Pinkoi also holds large-scale design fairs annually — inviting designers from around the world to engage people in lesser-known design stories."
“Good Eye Taipei” can be purchased at all major bookstores in Taiwan. Check out TNL’s interview with the author here.
Editor: Olivia Yang