The design prize for innovative interiors offered by the furniture manufacturer Neue Wiener Werkstätte takes place this year under the slogan of “The New Hospitality – How Furniture Supports Us in the Art of Hosting”. The theme is based on an increasingly fast-moving society, in which everything is in motion and old traditions obtain a new meaning and can provide support. The competition invites designers and students to submit furniture designs that focus on hospitality in all its aspects and make it possible: storing, installing, altering, removing, personalising, folding, working, and hosting. Submissions can be entered until 30 June 2017. The winning designs will be made into prototypes and shown in a touring exhibition.
Reaper. Richard Hamilton und Sigfried Giedion
The graphics series “Reaper” (1949) is a response by the English artist, Richard Hamilton, to the publication “Mechanization Takes Command” (1948) by the Swiss art historian, Sigfried Giedion. The exhibition juxtaposes the two protagonists and shows the process of Giedion’s academic research in relation to Hamilton’s artistic methods. In addition, it has been possible to draw on the GTA Archiv’s extensive material where Giedion’s bequest is held. An anthology with essays has been published to accompany the exhibition, including contributions by Esther Choi and Kevin Lotery, in which the various aspects of this juxtaposition are examined.
Luxus!? – Positionen zwischen Opulenz und Askese
In its three-part series of events on luxury, the Faculty for Design at the Hochschule Pforzheim is focusing on question “What is luxurious in today’s world?” To mark the 250th anniversary of the town in 2017, the faculty is working in close collaboration with the Kunstverein Pforzheim, the Kulturamt der Stadt Pforzheim [Cutural Office of Pforzheim] and the Emma-Kreativzentrum Pforzheim to stage an exhibition, a symposium and a design week.
Cherchez la femme
In many cultures women’s hair is considered intimate and seductive, and is the reason why custom demands its concealment. An exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Berlin takes a historical and geographical look at the veil and lets the women speak for themselves.
Troxler hoch 3
Niklaus Troxler is one of the most versatile poster designers of the present day. To mark his 70th birthday, the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich is displaying a selection of his posters under the title of “Troxler to the Power of Three” on the 140-square-metre wall in the entrance hall of the Toni-Areal until 25 June 2017. Troxler has managed his own graphic design studio in Willisau in Switzerland since 1973, and has been honoured with many major design prizes throughout his career. From 1975 to 2010, he among other things organised the international jazz festival in Willisau,the graphic design which has now been taken on by his two daughters Annik and Paula Troxler. His colourful and playful works, which often combine his passion for music and posters, translate the rhythm and dynamics of music on a striking visual level.
New World. Visions through de Ibero-American Design Biennial. 2008–2016
The “New World” exhibition looks back on five editions of the Bienal Iberoamericana de Diseño which took place between 2008 and 2016. This current exhibition now displays a selection of projects by more than 200 designers from 20 different countries who, by means of cross-generational exchange, focus on social cohesion, inclusion, and multiculturality, address topical themes such as migration, social exclusion, urban violence, refugees, illiteracy, new borders as well as growing nationalism and political extremism. The exhibition provides insights into the Ibero-American perspective and serves as a basis for discussing stereotypes and prejudices. Against this background, the title itself hints at a new world in which Ibero-American culture and its design play a major role.
[Reading of Scriptures] The written word is one of the most important means of communication available to us. In today’s world, handwriting is, however, increasingly losing its significance. In the past, it served above all to express interpersonal relationships and contributed to preserving history. The current exhibition in the library Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek in Hanover entitled “Schriftenlese” is dedicated to the theme of personal writing from two different perspectives. The works of Hans Burkardt, one of the last and most important calligraphers of present-day Germany, which aim to reinvent the experience of writing, meet the drawings and paintings of Andreas Spengler, who works in his “Löschpapierprojekt” [Blotting Paper Project] with used striped blotting paper.
Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons. Art of the In-Between
In its latest exhibition, the Metropolitan Museum of Art examines the fascination Rei Kawakubo has for the in-between, which is expressed in her work with an aesthetic sensibility and visual ambiguity. Conventional ideas of beauty, good taste, and elegance are challenged. The exhibition is, however, not a traditional retrospective, but should rather be seen as a thematic show in which almost 140 examples from Kawakubo’s womenswear collection for Comme des Garçons ranging from the 1980s to the present can be viewed. All the objects are organised into nine aesthetic opposing pairs: absence/presence, design/not design, fashion/anti-fashion, model/multiple, high/low, then/now, self/other, object/subject, and clothes/not clothes.
Lasst die Puppen tanzen
In its “Turn the Puppets Loose” exhibition, visitors to the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich are treated to a view of its puppet collection. In addition to original dolls in various sizes, including Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s “König Hirsch”, Otto Morach’s ensemble for “La boîte à joujoux”, and traditional puppets, also on show are theatrical sets, soundtracks, designs, and photographs. The exhibition also invites visitors to take part in a shadow play. The exhibition’s supporting programme includes the lectures in German entitled “Puppets in Sophie Taeuber-Arps Letters. Insights into an Edition Project at the ZHdK Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts (ICS)” on 23 August 2017, and “The Amazons of Stage Design: Alexandra Exter and the Feminine Russian Theatre Arts of the Avant-garde”, which will be held on 6 September 2017.
Together! Die Neue Architektur der Gemeinschaft
In recent years, the housing shortage in many cities has become a problem, which has led to alternative living and building concepts becoming more popular. The exhibition “Together! The New Architecture of the Collective” is examining this theme for the first time by making it possible to experience concepts in a spatial sense by presenting models, films, and apartments. Starting with historic examples of social architecture, their continuing relevance is made clear throughout the exhibition as society today also finds itself in a state of upheaval. In addition to 21 large-format models, visitors can also visit a so called cluster apartment or ask questions about the economy and discuss the everyday challenges encountered in social architecture in an integrated co-working space.
Design Made in Austria. Sold Worldwide
The Designforum in Vienna has organised the exhibition entitled “Design Made in Austria. Sold Worldwide”. The exhibits include everyday objects – from the areas of industry, product, furniture, and packaging design – which are characterised by their quality, innovation, and craftsmanship and have been successful in the international arena. Following the showing of the exhibition in Taipei as part of the World Design Capital in October 2016, a selection of the products is now also on display in Vienna. Included in the exhibits are Kästle skis, designed by the Kiska design studio, children’s bunk beds by Perludi, and wine glasses by Riedel.
Process Lab: Citizen Design
The “Citizen Design” installation in the Process Lab at the Cooper Hewitt museum invites visitors to work together on a vision for a better America. It intends to encourage dialogue amongst citizens at a local level and, to this end, confronts visitors with a range of questions and decisions. These are intended to enable visitors to identify the themes that are personally relevant to them and, in another stage, to apply design thinking methods to them in order to develop possible interventions through creative brainstorming. Interactive features that have been developed especially for the installation allow visitors to find out how they can share their personal concerns with like-minded people.
Rechts und links herum
The Design Museum Gent is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the textile design course at the KASK School of Arts by staging the “Plain/ Purl” exhibition. The course is particularly known for its open visions and enjoys confronting the works of international artists with students’ works in immersive exhibition concepts. This current exhibition does not only allow visitors to view the exhibits – art works, design objects, and sketches by international celebrities such as Petra Blaisse, Hella Jongerius, Muller Van Severen or Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec – but also that the objects can be touched, sat upon, and experienced in the context of the students’ current course assignments.
Spark Design Award
The Spark Awards are presented three times a year, in spring, autumn, and winter, in various categories. Design is understood here to be a tool to support human progress, and as a result encompasses the entire discipline from product and graphic design to branding to transportation design and architecture. Professionals, students, as well as companies have the opportunity to submit their work in the product and concept design categories by 25 June 2017. Standard registration for the autumn edition of the awards is open in the following categories until 14 November 2017: communication design, experience and service design, health and medical design, as well as social and transportation design. Registration fees for the autumn edition of the awards are 345 US dollars.
This year, the Graphic Matters poster competition is focusing on topics such as fake news, alternative facts, whistle-blowers, and polarising politicians. The subjects broach the question of whether the public can still trust current media reports when they tackle complex, international topics In their work, graphic designers can play an influential role in visualising opinions. Whether you are an activist or a do-gooder, Graphic Matters offers the opportunity to take a (political) stand. Interested parties can submit up to three posters including a short description of their work by 9 July 2017. Entry to the competition is free of charge. Selected works will be put on display in the exhibition of the same name from 22 September to 22 October 2017 during the Graphic Design Festival in Breda.
Mudun. Urban Cultures in Transit
Am Freitag, den 12. Mai 2017 findet um 18 Uhr die Vernissage der Ausstellung „Mudun. Urban Cultures in Transit“ in der Gallerie des Vitra Design Museums statt. In zeitgenössischen Fotografien, Modellen und Texten nähert sie sich dem kulturellen Leben und der zeitgenössischen Stadtkultur in der MENA-Region (Middle East and North Africa). Das Projekt ist eine Kooperation des Vitra Design Museums mit den Gründern des Brownbook-Magazins, die ihr Archiv zur Verfügung gestellt haben.
Mat Collishaw: Thresholds
Somerset House‘s River Rooms in London will bring one of the world‘s first and most important photography exhibitions back to life with the help of the latest Virtual Reality technology. The exhibition is designed by Mat Collishaw, one of the most important British artists who graduated in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College London in the late 1980s.
State of Design, Berlin
In 2016, the festival State of Design, Berlin, was launched in Germany’s capital city, with the aim of offering a positive response to the widespread criticism that design events generally ignored the most pressing issues of our times. It coincided with Berlin’s 10th anniversary celebration as a UNESCO Creative City of Design. The festival uses different formats to show design in all its complexity and provide “adequate and sustainable answers” to current social questions through dialogue between different design approaches.
Interdisziplinäre Konferenz zur Ästhetik der Skalierung
From 8 to 9 June 2017, the Folkwang University of Arts invites visitors to the interdisciplinary conference on the Ästhetik der Skalierung [Aesthetics of Scaling]. The theme of the event is perspectives on aesthetic design in different disciplines in the modern age. Admission to the conference is free and no prior registration is required.
Florence Design Week
The Florence Design Week describes itself as a multidisciplinary and creative project and is aimed at experts, entrepreneurs, companies, teachers, and students from around the world. Taking the title of “Changing Cultures” this year’s event is dedicated to cities that manage to integrate people from different cultures with the help of design, designers who welcome inspiration from other disciplines, and concepts and design solutions pursuing a strong ethical and sustainable focus. The event presents a combination of lifestyle and ecological sustainability and wishes to stimulate an aesthetic debate combining functional, visual, and ethical aspects.
I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel 2017
From 14 to 17 June 2017, alongside Art Basel, around 100 national and international publishing companies and independent publishers, writers, artists and designers will gather in Kaserne Basel to present their latest publications and printed materials at the I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel. The fair is a platform uniting text, contemporary art production, and printed media. This year’s exhibitors include Onomatopee, Sedici Verlag and Valiz among many others. Various talks, performances, and music are also part of the programme. Entrance to the fair is free.
Creative Space.Workshop-Tage für Schüler
From 15 to 16 June 2017, the University of Applied Sciences Mainz, invites prospective students to a taste of everyday life at the university over two days. In workshops, the students can try out different areas of communication design and get some personal experience of the university. Current university students will give the workshops, focussing on practical knowledge, along with lectures and presentations about their own experiences and presenting important information about their studies at the university. All pupils aged 16 or over who are interested in a course of study in communication design can take part. Participation in the workshops costs 36 euros for both days, including all necessary materials.
The Forward Festival celebrating creativity, design, and communication is an event spread over several days with conferences, workshops, exhibitions, networking spaces, live art sessions, and music. The festival will take place at the MAK in Vienna on 21 and 22 April 2017. In addition, this year, the festival will be held on 15 and 16 June 2017 in Munich and, for the first time, on 17 and 18 June 2017 in Zurich. Speakers will include amongst others representatives from the Eike König design studio, the illustrator Mr. Bingo, the graphic designer Sarah Illenberger, the designer Daniel Freitag, the design and animation studio Pfadfinderei as well as the art director and founder of Studio Es, Verena Panholzer. Standard tickets cost 200 euros, student tickets 110 euros.
100 beste Plakate 16
The 100 Beste Plakate [100 Best Posters] competition has a long-standing tradition of selecting outstanding examples of posters and showcasing them in an exhibition. This year’s winners will be shown in the Kulturforum at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, from 16 June to 2 July 2017, followed by an exhibition tour through Essen, Nuremberg, Lucerne, Vienna and Chaux-de-Fonds.
Lucius Burckhardt Convention 2017
For a second time, the Kunsthochschule Kassel is devoting a symposium to the sociologist Lucius Burckhardt, focusing on “strollology” – the science of strolling. Speakers include designers, artists, architects, urban planners, and scientists from various fields.
Das 33pt ist ein Fest für Typografie, Grafik und Gestaltung, das seit 2006 vom Fachbereich Gestaltung an der Fachhochschule Dortmund und seit drei Jahren auch in Köln von der Köln International School of Design veranstaltet wird. Vom 20. bis zum 23. Juni 2017 werden in Dortmund und Köln Vorträge und Workshops für Studierende und Interessierte angeboten, die den persönlichen Austausch zwischen Gästen und Zuhörern zu Arbeitsweisen, Weltanschauungen und Idealen fördern sollen. Organisiert werden die Veranstaltungen von jährlich wechselnden Studierendenteams, um jedes Jahr neue Akzente zu setzen.
Vienna Biennale 2017
The second Vienna Biennale begins on 21 June 2017. Taking the slogan “Robots. Work. Our Future” the four-month programme will focus on the effects of progressive digitalisation on our working lives and our society in general in a series of exhibitions, symposia, workshops and performances. With a wide range of thematic specialisations and varied contributions from the fields of art, design and architecture, the Biennale is aimed at both a professional audience and the general public.
Bikes! Das Fahrrad neu erfinden
Amongst the rising trends in urban mobility, bicycle designs and their utilisation concepts have changed considerably in recent years. Innovations in technology, material, and design have clearly influenced bicycle fittings. Against this background, the Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Leipzig is displaying current trends in contemporary bicycle design in “Bikes! Re-inventing the Bicycle”. Amongst the exhibits are more than sixty bicycles from the past decade hailing from Europe and the US, as well as various cargo bikes and folding bicycles. In addition, bicycles made of different materials such as bamboo, carbon, and titanium are on display, as well as designs for electric motors to change conventional bikes into e-bikes at the click of a switch.
Die interdisziplinäre Konferenz „Nichtwort“ schlägt eine Brücke zwischen Sprachbildung und Gestaltung und lädt am 22. und 23. Juni 2017 ins Haus des Buches in Frankfurt am Main ein. Veranstaltet wird die Konferenz von der HfG Offenbach und ist dank der Finanzierung durch das Hessische Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst für die Teilnehmer kostenfrei. Die Besucher können sich an zwei Tagen in Workshops, Podiumsdiskussionen und Vorträgen aus unterschiedlichen Disziplinen einen differenzierten Überblick zu dem Verhältnis von Sprachbildung und Gestaltung verschaffen. Unter anderem gibt Stephan Ott, Chefradakteur der form, einen Einblick in den gestalterischen und designtheoretischen Diskurs des Themengebiets.
The concept of CXI lies in the joint project presentation by clients and agencies, because many aspects play a part in the success of a corporate and brand identity project – particularly the quality of collaboration. This is why the format presents both positions and explains where problems may lie and how to find solutions. The CXI conference is organised by the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences and is one of the largest corporate and brand identity conferences in Europe, attended by over 700 people every year. This year’s speakers include Achim Heine from Heine, Lenz, Zizka based in Berlin, Jan Metzler from the Hamburger Kunsthalle, and Didrik Fjeldstad from SAS. Standard tickets cost 139 euros and 20 euros for students.
Domaine de Boisbuchet
Over 25 years ago, Alexander von Vegesack fulfilled his dream by purchasing the Domaine de Boisbuchet in France. He wanted to create a place, where design and education – in the widest sense – could meet. Since then, every year experts and students have been coming together to work on and develop new methods of solving design problems. From 25 June to 23 September 2017, a wide programme of workshops with architects and designers from around the world will take place. Th e workshops will each last one week and will be organised on very different topics. In addition to providing inspiration for one’s own work, the workshops will also offer wonderful opportunities to network with like-minded people.
Panama Plus 2017
Panama Plus returns for a second round. From 26 June to 2 July 2017, visitors can take part in the interdisciplinary festival at the Kreativquartier (Creative quarter) in Dachauer Straße in Munich. Panama Panama Plus 2017 spans a wide range of fields form art to science and philosophy, and explores areas of conflict and interconnection between the analogue and the digital in shrill colours and loud tones. This year the festival takes on the future.
The Frankfurt Node Festival has taken “Designing Hope” as this year’s leitmotif. From 26 June to 2 July 2016, attendees are invited to participate in a varied programme for workshops, presentations, exhibitions and performances on digital art and culture. The events will be taking place in the Naxoshalle and the Mousonturm (tower). There is also an extensive programme of workshops and activities for children and young people.
Stuttgarter Symposium für Produktentwicklung
The Stuttgart symposium for product development consists of a forum and a conference. During the forum on 28 June 2017, well-known companies will present their strategies and exchange experiences in practice. The conference for industry and research on the following day will offer experts and scientists an overview of the current state of research and present new methods, solutions, and technologies for product development. The aim of the symposium is to bring international representatives of various disciplines together and encourage active networking. Entry to the forum on 28 June 2017 costs 495 euros and 195 euros for the conference; the price for a combined ticket is 595 euros.
The ninth international and interdisciplinary Fashionclash Festival will be taking place in Maastricht from 29 June to 2 July 2017. During the fourday event, over 150 up-and-coming fashion designers and artists will have the opportunity to present their work to an international audience. Under the slogan “Fashion Makes Sense”, there will be a supporting programme of fashion shows, exhibitions, awards, talks, a design market, and drama and dance performances curated by the Fashion Makes Sense Lab. The theme of „senses“ and the „creation of meaning“ will be discussed against the background that in the world of fashion visual impulses are mainly used and the fact that, comparatively, the fashion industry creates much environmental pollution.
Design Parade Hyères
This year will be the twelfth time that the Design Parade in Hyères is taking place. The festival is based on an international competition for up-and-coming designers combined with exhibitions and discussions. The event is organised by the Villa Noailles, dedicated to supporting young designers. The Design Parade takes place in both Hyères and Toulon. The event in Hyères focuses in general on the discipline of design, whereas the one in Toulon is specialised in interior design. The programme in Hyères includes various exhibitions, installations, and discussions. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to visit different designers and artists in their studios and ateliers.
Design talks Politics
The exhibition “Design talks Politics”, held in the exhibition and event centre of Designxport in Hamburg, showcases the role designers can occupy in political debates. From 1 July to 9 September, key visuals by many renowned illustrators and designers from Germany and around the world will be shown there as political statements. The exhibition shows how, with creative media, designers position themselves as opinion formers and to communicate with the public on political issues. Key visuals will be exhibited by Ruedi Baur, Mirko Borsche, Esra Büyükdoganay, Esther Czaya, Stefan Sagmeister and others.
Designpreis Rheinland-Pfalz. Produktdesign 2017
It isn’t merely users who benefit from successful design but also the businesses or companies behind it. With this in mind, since 2007, the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the German federal state Rheinland-Pfalz has been supporting the regional economy with its design prize. This year, product submissions for the award can be made until 3 July and the competition is open to individuals or companies located in Rheinland-Pfalz that commissioned or created the product entries.
IDSA International Design Conference
Increasingly, design is been treated in business as a strategic advantage and many innovative companies have now integrated design into their work life. The Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) international conference takes place from 16 to 19 August 2017 in Atlanta, and this year is focusing on the interface between design and business. The speakers include the president of Walt Disney Imagineering, Bob Weis, Randy Hunt, vice president of design at the online market place Etsy, Marlisa Kopenski, director of the agency Design Concept, and Max Burton, CEO at Matter. A standard ticket for non-members costs 1,700 US dollars and tickets for students are priced at 750 US dollars.
The Typecon conference, organised by the non-profit organisation Society of Typographic Aficionados, takes place in a different city each year and is dedicated to promoting and researching typography. In addition to the lectures, various exhibitions, workshops, presentations, panel discussions, and networking events will take place. This year’s speakers include Martina Flor, a Berlin-based designer and illustrator specialised in lettering and custom typography. Among the other speakers are Peter Bella, Nancy Bernardo, Scott Boms, Nadine Chahine, and Spencer Charles. Standard tickets for the conference cost 430 US dollars, and 220 US dollars for students.
Emanuel Goldberg. Architekt des Wissens.
Der Wissenschaftler Emanuel Goldberg (1881–1970) war ein Hochschulprofessor der Königlichen Akademie für graphische Künste und Buchgewerbe in Leipzig, der heutigen Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB). Seine Forschung zur Fotografie sowie Reproduktions- und Kopierverfahren, der Luftbildfotografie und der Mikrofilmtechnik leisteten einen wesentlichen Beitrag zum Wissensmanagement der Zukunft. Die Künstlergruppe Weltformat, die sich 2013 an der HGB bildete um seine wissenschaftliche Arbeit zu erforschen, nimmt nun fotografischen Bezug auf zeitgenössische Bildproduktion an der Schnittstelle von Kunst und Wissenschaft. Neben den künstlerischen Beiträgen der Künstlergruppe präsentiert die Ausstellung Foto- und Filminstallationen, Nachbauten seiner Wahrnehmungsversuche und Modelle seiner „Wissensmaschine“. Ergänzend ist ein Filmvortrag zu sehen, der Goldberg als Lehrer, Autor und Ausstellungsgestalter vorstellt.
Deutscher Recycling Designpreis 2017
The aim of the eighth German Recycling Design Award is to design objects for everyday use or for decorative and furnishing purposes out of waste or discarded industrial or manufactured materials. The aim is to make something useful out of something useless – from furniture to clothing and textiles to accessories. The assessment criteria are primarily aspects such as creative quality, utility value, novelty and future potential, and feasibility. Designers and creatives from all disciplines are invited to take part. Participation is free of charge and the submission deadline is 15 November 2017. The award ceremony will take place on 28 January 2018 in the Marta Herford Museum for Art, Architecture, Design. The winners will receive a total of 4,000 euros in prize money.
The textile design course at the KASK School of Arts in Ghent is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year – what better reason to dedicate an exhibition and a publication to the discipline? To mark the occasion, international textile artists and students at the school are invited to present their work.
Rot – Eine Filminstallation im Raum
What do strong emotions like love, rage and hate have in common? We associate them with the traffic light colour Red – a colour also used in film for aesthetic and narrative reasons. The German Film Museum in Frankfurt, the Deutsche Filmmuseum, is currently presenting “Red” a film installation of light, sound and film compilations projected onto a total of eleven large-area screens. Using a variety of staging points such as “Character Red”, “Object Red” and the so-called “Red Room” visitors can experience the versatile application and use of the different effects of the colour red in moving pictures.
Sew Long! Fashion in Slovakia 1945–1989.
The exhibition “Sew Long! Fashion in Slovakia 1945–1989” charts the fashion industry in Slovakia and explores its development under a totalitarian regime. An accompanying publication called "Lost Fashion: Clothing Culture in Slovakia 1945 – the 1989th" is also available.
Comics! Mangas! Graphic Novels!
With a view to presenting a global perspective, the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn is using its space to bring together culture, science and art from all eras. Until 10 September 2017, the exhibition “Comics! Mangas! Graphic Novels!” presents around 300 exhibits from America, Europe and Japan.
Biennial of Graphic Design of Chaumont 2017
Le Signe, the National Graphic Design Centre in Chaumont, is organising the 27th Biennale of Graphic Design. This year, the international festival of poster and graphic design will once again take place at the Place des Arts in front of the Le Signe building.
Red, Yellow, Blue
Riot is the latest project launched by the publication platform Art Paper Editions. As a gallery and bookshop, Riot focuses on up-and-coming artists and stages regular exhibitions. The work of the Korean artist, Na Kim, can be viewed there until 30 September 2017.
The Pink Floyd Exhibition. Their Mortal Remains
Following its homage to David Bowie, the Victoria and Albert Museum is doing the same for another musical legend: Pink Floyd. The band is being honoured with a retrospective – and it’s not just for hard-core fans – offering a unique insight into Pink Floyd’s 50-year history.
The World of Radio
The textile mural “The World of Radio” dating from the depression era is at the heart of this eponymous exhibition in the Cooper Hewitt museum. On the mural itself, in addition to Jessica Dragonette, one of the best-known celebrities in the radio industry of the 1930s, there are various sketches of different people and events showing the history of radio. The exhibition displays iconic radios, but also radio designs and photographs, from the early 20th century to the present day. Products are also included by designers such as Donald Deskey, Dieter Rams, and Henry Dreyfuss, and drawings and prototypes of radio consoles and cabinets. In addition, the exhibition emphasises the technological progress made in the field of radio from electrically operated devices to portable and digital playback inventions.
The current exhibition in Offenbach’s Deutsches Ledermuseum “Linking Leather. Die Vielfalt des Leders” presents an interactive installation around this subject until October. Leather is not only one of mankind’s oldest materials, it is used in many cultures, both as a protective material, but also purely as decoration. The versatility of the material ranges from cowhide and lamb’s leather to velour and leather imitations. There are not only differences in the origin of the material, but also in the processing methods themselves. The interactive design of the exhibition allows visitors to become familiar with the materiality of leather, while various projection screens provide further information about types of leather and processing techniques using text and images.
The “Corps-concept” exhibition in the Maison d’Ailleurs looks at the contemporary image of our body and how this is manifested in various ideological movements, including transhumanism. Taking the question of how we behave towards our body in today’s postmodern society, the curators attempt to provide new insights into current utopias. The exhibits include various – some, to date, unpublished – photographs, toy figures, posters, film clips, record covers, etchings, and magazines. Thus, the exhibition endeavours to initiate a dialogue between the various art works and questions the concept of constantly optimising and perfecting our own bodies.
Handwerk wird modern. Vom Herstellen am Bauhaus
Zum Auftakt des 100-jährigen Gründungsjubiläums des Bauhauses 2019 zeigt das Bauhaus Dessau die Ausstellung „Handwerk wird modern. Vom Herstellen am Bauhaus“, die die Geschichte und Funktion der Werkstätten am Bauhaus aus der Perspektive des Handwerks erzählt. Skizzen, Unterrichtsaufzeichnungen, Materialstudien, Objekte, Fotografien und Dokumente über das Entwerfen und Herstellen am Bauhaus werden dabei aktuellen Gestaltungspositionen eines modernen Handwerks gegenübergestellt. Präsentiert werden die Arbeiten am Originalschauplatz – der Weberei im Bauhausgebäude in Dessau – in fünf Themengebieten: Handwerk am Scheideweg, Ungleiche Paare: Werkmeister – Formmeister, Maschinenpark, Materiallager und Objektbiografien.
TDM 10. Giro Giro Tondo. Design for Children
Every year in a series of events, the Triennale Design Museum presents a new view of the history of Italian design. The question of what is distinctive about Italian design is examined in different themes, academic approaches, and formats. This year marks the tenth edition of the event and it takes as its theme “Giro Giro Tondo. Design for Children”, focusing on the world of youngsters. Using games and images, the exhibition looks at projects and objects from design and architecture that have been designed especially for children.
The James Dyson Award
Every year, the James Dyson Award honours products and ideas that solve problems and provide a clear benefit or improvement for their users. At the same time, they must be economically viable and sustainably produced. Submissions can be made by students of product or industrial design, as well as by students of engineering, who are currently enrolled at university or university of applied sciences or who have graduated within the past four years. The award is worth 2,500 US dollars for the winner of the national prize, and 40,000 US dollars for the winner of the international prize. Submissions may be entered until 20 July 2017.
Dan Friedman. Radical Modernist
The exhibition "Dan Friedman. Radical Modernist" runs until the 12 August 2017. The design exhibition was curated by Friedman himself and showcases the outcome of his engagement with "Radical Modernism". Friedman is regarded as one of the leading figures of Postmodernism and his work contributed significantly to the movement of New Wave Design. Friedman curated "Radical Modernist" in the last years of his life and the exhibition brings together important works by this graphic and furniture designer.
On 3 July, the launch event of the “Pre_invent” conference series takes place in the Audimax at the University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf. Developments in digitalisation of the past and present will be analysed through interdisciplinary lectures. As a result, a basis for future concepts and interventions in the area of friction between digitality and political dealings will be created. The conference forms the launch of the series on 3 July, in which three presenters will talk about Digital Studies. In addition, attention will be paid to the tools design must itself first create to be able to be proactive as a digital and social intervention. Presentations will be given by Fred Turner of Stanford University, Thomas Bächle from the University of Bonn and Tobias Matzner from Paderborn University.
Erik Mortensen – Haute Couture
Erik Mortensen (1926–1998), the Danish fashion designer, moved to Copenhagen at just 16 years old, where he was apprenticed to Holger Blom, one of the most famous fashion designers of the time. At the age of 22, Mortensen then made his way to Paris to work for the fashion house Pierre Balmain. After being appointed Balmain’s first assistant in 1951, he became head designer in 1982 on the death of his mentor. The Designmuseum Danmark is now dedicating a special exhibition to the designer entitled “Eric Mortensen – Haute Couture”. In addition to 70 of his creations from his most successful creative period from 1982 to 1995, the exhibition also displays a selection of the designer’s drawings and designs.
Using her own research findings, the exhibition, “Breathing Colour” by Hella Jongerius presents how colour behaves in relation to shapes, materials, shadows, and reflections, and how it can influence our experience of products. In her work, Jongerius combines the traditional with the contemporary, and links new technologies with centuries-old craft techniques. The exhibition displays a range of phenomenological studies and, in so doing, repeatedly questions the element of colour. The designer sees her own work as part of an endless process, which is transferred to the designs emanating from her design studio Jongeriuslab: even finished products are always part of a larger whole – with a past and an uncertain future.
Sound and Matter in Design
In recent years, sensory experiences such as hearing have increasingly influenced the way we experience and process the world around us and the way we communicate with our environment – which in turn also has an effect on the discipline of design. As a result, this can affect both the actual and the virtual world in the same measure. Against this background, the latest exhibition “Sound and Matter in Design” in the Design Museum Holon is focusing on this theme from 29 June to 28 October 2017. On show will be sound objects, loudspeakers, and music by international designers, together with interactive installations by local designers.
New Designers Part 1 & 2
The 32nd edition of the New Designers event is taking place this year and, as such, is one of the most important design events in the United Kingdom. The organisers want to bring together designers, consumers, and industry experts, and are also welcoming young graduates in the business sector by honouring the best of them with an exhibition. The first part of the event that takes place from 28 June to 1 July 2017, focuses on the design disciplines of textile, fashion, and costume design as well as jewellery, ceramics, glass, and contemporary craft. From 5 to 8 July 2017, the spotlight will be on furniture, product, industrial, and interior design, illustration, graphic design, and animation.
Design Tokyo is Japan’s leading fair for marketable design products, and every year invites visitors to be inspired by innovations in the sector. All products are reviewed and curated by a committee in advance. Th e exhibited products are drawn from the areas of interior, fashion, textile, dining, decoration, baby and kids, and gift and outdoor living. A particular highlight of the fair is the Aroma and Fragrance Zone, and the Japan Now! area, where specifically Japanese products and their international marketing potential are presented. Furthermore, the fair will once again be awarding the Design Tokyo Products Awards for products that are particularly commercially successful.
Transdisziplinäre Gestaltung. Essays der Folkwang Universität der Künste
The symposium “Transdisziplinäre Gestaltung” [Transdisciplinary Design] at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen takes place from 6 to 7 July 2017 and is dedicated to the increasingly complex sociological, societal, ecological, and technical problems of our time. The symposium summarises the findings of students and teachers from their work on transdisciplinary processes in the design programme Heterotopia. To participate in the symposium, interested parties can register by 26 June 2017 by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Australian International Furniture Fair
The Australian International Furniture Fair (AIFF) will take place from 20 to 23 July 2017 in Melbourne. This event brings together manufacturers and vendors, and presents the latest trends and products in the Australian furniture industry. Once again this year, the organisers are expecting more than 10,000 trade visitors and 250 international exhibitors. In parallel with the AIFF, the Decor and Design Show Melbourne will take place in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will be highlighting the latest trends in interiors. During the fair, in addition to trend tours around the event premises, now in its 14th year, the Vibrant Visions in Design awards will be presented, Australia’s oldest design award.
Formland Autumn is showing the latest trends on the Scandinavian design scene from 17 to 20 August 2017. The fair, dedicated to design and interior design for 33 years already and now presenting its 65th edition, brings together experts from the industry for inspiring discussions. Visitors from all around the world can find out about new products in the areas of food, lighting, dining, fashion, and interior. The fair’s supporting programmee also allows visitors to acquire further insights and expert opinions on new trends through talks, workshops, and presentations on topics within design and interior design.
The UX Week aims to provide design professionals with new skills and inspiration that they can use directly in their everyday working lives. This year’s contributors include the founder of the 99 % Invisible platform Roman Mars is keynote speaker, as well as Jess McMullin from Situ Strategy, Alastair Somerville, a sensory design consultant at Acuity Design, and Karen McGrane, who works as a managing partner at Bond Art and Science. In addition to the lectures, visitors also have the opportunity to take part in various workshops on topics as diverse as data visualisation, storytelling, prototyping, responsive websites, and the culture of design. The standard price for a ticket to the conference is 2,795 US dollars.
The Conference takes place over two days in Malmö and looks at digitalisation and associated problems and trends. The speakers range from neuroscientists to activists and will be presenting their views in areas such as artificial intelligence, psychology, art, and marketing. The conference is organised by Media Evolution, a community of more than 400 companies, which see an opportunity in the nonprofit event to have a positive effect on the region’s growth. In addition to the presentations, various sessions will also take place during the conference that will make it easier for visitors to connect the different topic areas.
Helsinki Design Week
Helsinki Design Week is one of Scandinavia’s largest design festivals. The event sees itself as a multidisciplinary festival and tackles many areas of the design discipline: product, fashion, and graphic design as well as architecture and game and service design. Last year, over 250 different events took place scattered across the city; this year, for the first time, the programme is going to be curated by the submissions to an open call. Everyone interested was invited to submit proposals by 26 May 2017. These could range from exhibitions to events and fashion shows to seminars. Th e aim, as in previous years, is to bring people together, to present phenomena, initiate international collaboration, and also make design accessible to the public.
London Design Festival
The London Design Festival is taking place this year from 16 to 24 September 2017 and will be presenting the British metropolis as a design capital to an international community and those interested in design. Th e festival programme includes more than 400 events and exhibitions, which are organised by over 100 international partners. As part of the festival, the following events will also take place: 100 % Design from 20 to 23 September, one of the largest design and architecture fairs in the United Kingdom, Designjunction from 21 to 24 September, at which over 200 design brands will be presented in a unique industrial environment, and the London Design Fair with more than 500 exhibitors from 21 to 24 September.
Hábitat is the leading trade fair for the Spanish furniture industry and takes place from 19 to 22 September 2017 on the fairground in Valencia. The fair is dedicated to the sales and presentation of Spanish products including furniture, lighting, decor, textiles, and accessories. Th is year, the fair has introduced a few new features, and in addition to redesigning its corporate identity, it is increasing the international range of exhibitors and visitors as well as introducing new product categories. In addition, more attention will be given to the networking of visitors and exhibitors during the fair, as concepts for interaction and length of visits are being implemented.
The biennial Graphic Matters festival in Breda organises a monthlong event encompassing exhibitions, workshops, and tours this year for the first time in Breda's Museum on the theme of visual culture. Upcoming and established designers are encouraged to present their very personal view of contemporary developments in the (typo-)graphical and visual world. In doing so, the festival lays particular emphasis on revealing the communicative power of design in everyday matters and hopes to inspire experts in their work. At the same time, the intention is to include the general public in the dialogue in order to convey what influence images can have on our behaviour and in forming opinions.
How to Pronounce Design in Portuguese: Brazil Today
To mark Lisbon being named Ibero-American Capital of Culture 2017, the Museu do Design e da Moda (MuDe) will be staging various exhibitions on the theme, including “How to Pronounce Design in Portuguese: Brazil Today”. Although Portuguese and Brazilians speak the same language, their understanding of design differs considerably. Back in 2015, MuDe presented an exhibition of different interpretations of design taken from the past century. In its current exhibition, it is showing 100 approaches to design by Brazilian designers of the 21st century. At the heart of the exhibition are 50 publications on Brazilian design, presented to the Portuguese design community for the first time. In addition, another 50 contemporary objects on themes such as progress, consumption, identity, and protest will be on show.
Łódź Design Festival
This year sees the eleventh edition of the Łódź Design Festival, which takes place from 3 to 8 October 2017. Taking the title of “A. New”, the festival will focus on new perspectives in design, and show how designers can meet the challenges of various social changes. The highlights of the festival include the “New Old” exhibition, which presents opportunities for dealing with an increasingly ageing society. In contrast, the “Rêveries Urbaines by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec” exhibition showcases a broad study of possible urban city concepts. In turn, the Make Me! competition and the exhibition of the same name enable new designers to present their work to a wider public.
Who are we? What are we becoming? Twelve young artists pose these questions in the “Being There” exhibition in the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. New technologies and an increasing growth in digitalisation do not only create new challenges, but also offer new opportunities to answer existential questions. The exhibited young artists, including Lizzie Fitch, Ryan Trecartin, and Cécile B. Evans, attempt to provide answers in their works in the form of video material, sculptures, and installations, and use various approaches to do so. Their works range from prophetic to humorous to subtle and disturbing.
Tÿpo St. Gallen
Tÿpo St. Gallen is a three-day typography symposium at the Schule für Gestaltung in St. Gallen, the local school of design. The theme of the 2017 event is “Resonance”, which has various definitions: in a physical sense, it can mean the resonance of a body, or as an educational term be an expression or reaction that can be produced by something and refer to it. Feedback and discussions are necessary and essential for a designer’s work when ideas are to be turned into projects, and designs into reality. There is a limit of 300 tickets for the symposium available, which can be purchased as from now. The entry price is 398 Swiss francs for professionals and 199 Swiss francs for students.