20 - 28 February 2016
Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) was established in 2012 as an initiative to promote the Bavarian design industry and has taken place every year since then. It is Germany’s biggest design event for international designers and clients offering a week of approximately 150 events including conferences, exhibitions, presentations, and workshops between 20 and 28 February under the title of “Design Connects: Visions for Economy”.
form N° 264.Land of Design Lithuania
Looking at design in other countries not only helps us to keep tabs on anything new and different, but also lets us hold a mirror up to our own understanding of design, which is undoubtedly shaped by the realities of our respective country. In the Focus section of form 264 we present this year’s Land of Design, Lithuania. With three and a half million inhabitants, Lithuania is the most populous of the three Baltic states, and the up-and-coming creative scene there oscillates between tradition and revolution, remoteness and international networking, and visible and “invisible” design, in the Burckhardtian sense.
Full House: Design by Stefan Diez17.01.2017 – 11.06.2017
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
– 18 September 2016
Die Neue Sammlung at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich introduced a new exhibition format in November 2015 with “Konstantin Grcic: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” to which various well-known designers are invited to present themselves and their work in the Paternoster Room for a period of ten months. The intention is to produce a characteristic and location-specific presentation in which designers tackle the question of the museum as display.
Grassi invites 1:fremd
Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde, Leipzig
– 8 May 2016
In view of the streams of refugees in 2015, the question of what makes European cultures different from “others” is more pertinent than ever. With “Grassi invites”, the Staatliche Ethnographische Sammlung Sachsen [State Ethnographic Collection of Saxony] has initiated an event series in 2016 that encourages artists, academics and institutions to develop an exhibition concept for politically relevant subjects for the present day. An exhibition on the origins of the stranger has been launched at the Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde, Leipzig.
Repack. Sustainable Packing Design
Maximilians Forum, Munich
29 January – 1 March 2016
What does sustainability mean in practice? Completely new demands are being made of packaging design – and not only by internationally renowned designers and companies. For this reason, the exhibition “Repack” is presenting current, sometimes idealistic approaches in the shape of over 40 exhibits at Maximilians Forum in Munich.
Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore (IN)
25 – 27 February 2016
The ninth edition of Typoday at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore is taking place this year. Between 25 and 27 February, various workshops and a two-day conference are being organised under the title of “Typography and Education”.
L.A. Art Book Fair
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
12 – 14 February 2016
Printed Matter is a non-profit organisation that has been distributing and bringing recognition to artists’ books since 1976. Its many activities include organising two art book fairs – every spring in Los Angeles and every autumn in New York. From 12 to 14 February 2016, the fourth edition of the L.A. Art Book Fair takes place, presenting artists’ books, art catalogues, monographs, journals and zines from over 250 publishers, bookshops, arts and independent publishing houses around the world.
Ambiente.The World’s Leading Fair for Consumer Goods
Frankfurt Exhibition Grounds
12 – 16 February 2016
Ambiente takes place once again in Frankfurt from 12 to 16 February. It is the leading international fair for consumer goods, attracting over 134,000 trade visitors and 4,800 exhibitors from more than 150 countries. The fair focuses on innovations in the three areas of dining, giving, and living and, thanks to numerous events, it acts as a platform for making new contacts and as a trading centre.
Surface Design Show
Business Design Centre London
9 – 11 February 2016
For many design disciplines surfaces are a crucial factor. The Surface Design Show in London offers a platform where manufacturers and creatives can meet one another. With its various areas of interest, seminars, discussions and the presentation of the Surface Design Award, the event offers an extensive overview of the current technical and design situation concerning surfaces.
Tours Spring 2016
In February, many German universities and colleges will be displaying the results of the past winter semester and finals projects produced within the various design disciplines. In order to provide visitors with a comprehensive view of the structure of the university in question and its approaches to teaching, the shows are often complemented by a supporting programme of tours, presentations and workshops.
Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair
9 – 13 February 2016
Once again Stockholm will be the venue for Scandinavian design for almost a week. Running in parallel with Stockholm Design Week from 8 to 14 February 2016, with events across the whole city, the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair will be taking place at the Stockholm fairgrounds from 9 to 13 February.
Staatspreis Design 2015:Walk of Fame
Designforum Steiermark, Graz
- 27 Feb 2016
Every two years, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy awards the Staatspreis Design with the aim of promoting social relevance in design in Austria. The best submissions were selected once again in 2015 and are currently on show in the “Staatspreis Design 2015: Walk of Fame” exhibition in the Designforum in Graz.
Stefan Sagmeister. The Happy Show
– 28 March 2016
What is happiness? And how can you increase your own happiness? Stefan Sagmeister has been pondering these questions for ten years. The results of his research have already been presented in North America and Paris and are now on display until 28 March 2016 in the MAK in Vienna in “The Happy Show”.
11 – 13 February 2016
This year, the Lad Festival takes place for the second time and the intention is to organise it annually with the aim of promoting the Latin American design scene, establish it internationally and to support the development of the country with the help of design.
Gottfried Honegger Has Passed Away
On 17 January 2016, the Swiss graphic designer, painter and sculptor, Gottfried Honegger passed away at the age of 98. Born in 1917, he started out as a graphic and exhibition designer. Together with Warja Lavater, he designed the “Wirtschaft” [economy] section at the Swiss Landesaustellung [country exhibition] 1939 characterised by unconditional belief in progress.
Storm Women.Women Artists of the Avant-garde in Berlin 1910-1932
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt am Main
- 7 February 2016
Herwarth Walden founded the revolutionary magazine Der Sturm in Berlin in 1910 thus making his mark by breaking into Modernism. Against this backdrop, Der Sturm does not only signify a leap into Modernism but is also the attempt to unify the international avant-garde. The avant-garde is understood to be artists whose work is ahead of its time and who break away from what is known and accepted.
Vorspiel Transmediale 2016
Designtransfer, Berlin University of the Arts
2 – 7 February 2016
As part of the Vorspiel of Transmediale 2016, the Projektraum Designtransfer at Berlin’s University of the Arts (UdK) is staging two exhibitions with work from the design faculty running from 2 to 7 February. The project by the Digitale Klasse „Ein Jahrhundert – fünf Regime, Mediale Denkmale im Berliner Stadtraum“ [One Century – Five Regimes, Media Monuments Across Berlin] highlights places of upheaval using multi-media installations. The results of the week-long UdK collision workshop “Tools for Activism” will also be on display there.
IKEA Design Prize
Submission deadline: 31 March 2016
For the tenth time in its history, the Ikea Stiftung has announced its design prize to encourage young talented creative people and to offer them a platform for their work. This year’s slogan is “Dreh mal ab!” [About Turn]. Ideas and concepts are sought that throw conventional thought patterns overboard and sail against the wind.
On the Death of Klaus Winterhager
19 March 1929 – 7 January 2016
A graphic artist who always presented just one design, never several, for the customer to choose from. A graphic artist who also wrote copies but was not a copywriter.
Tõnis Käo. Design as Experiment
Red Dot Design Museum, Essen
22 January - 3 April 2016
From 22 January 2016, the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen is presenting a joint project for the first time with the Folkwang University of the Arts. The exhibition “Tõnis Käo: Design as Experiment” showcases this Estonian industrial designer’s lifework. He himself studied at the Folkwang University from 1962 to 1967. In 2014, the exhibition concept was first on display at the Estonian Design Museum in Tallinn.
Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015
MoMa, New York
– 20 March 2016
“New Photography” is an exhibition of the latest work in this medium that takes place annually in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. To mark the thirtieth anniversary of this exhibition series, New Photography is being held in an expanded format. For the first time, photographic work by 19 artists and artists’ collectives from 14 countries is on display, some of which has been produced specially for this exhibition in MoMA.
German Federal Ecodesign Award 2016
Application deadline: 11 April 2016
Every year, the German Federal Ecodesign Award is presented to products that have taken ecological criteria into account throughout their production and life cycle. The aim of the initiators of the prize, the Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Environment Agency is to support design that prevents negative influences affecting the environment as far as possible. From today, 18 January 2016, projects are invited to be submitted.
Death of André Courrèges
He was more, much more than a couturier, a stylist, a fashion designer, he was what all sorts of fashion designers claim to be without actually being it. He was truly a designer, perhaps even the first-ever designer in the fashion world.
Passagen. Interior Design Week Cologne
18 – 24 January 2016
In the third week of January 2016 Cologne will host design events not just at the IMM and the exhibition centre, but across the whole city. As in previous years, Passagen will offer a wide-ranging programme featuring around 190 exhibitions and events, showcasing both the local design scene and international designers and companies focused on interior design.
Sí/No:The Architecture of Urban-Think Tank
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
– 21 February 2016
Urban-Think Tank was founded in Venezuela back in 1998 by the architects Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumper, with the aim of researching informal settlements within cities. In addition to urban planning, their particular focus is on impoverished areas of cities, such as the favelas of Caracas, Venezuela.
Living Interiors at imm cologne
18 – 24 January 2016
Every year in January, IMM Cologne brings together major designers, manufacturers and vendors in the furniture and fittings industry. 2016 sees the bi-annual Living Interiors part of the event also take place. It will present holistic concepts for bathroom and room designs.
Joe Sacco. Comics Journalist
– 24 April 2016
Crises, conflicts and emergency situations can be found in many places around the world and are a recurring theme in the media. The journalist, Joe Sacco, discovered a new way of conveying such stories when he developed his form of expression and founded the genre of “comics journalism”. For the first time in Europe, the Cartoonmuseum Basel is showcasing a broad selection of his work.
Versatility and Innovation. On the Death of Richard Sapper
Fortunately, this innovative designer, Richard Sapper will always live on. This is because, before his death on New Year’s Eve 2015, he designed and developed so many iconic products, concepts and ideas that he will never be forgotten.
Ode to Dutch Fashion
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
– 7 February 2016
The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag owns one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of fashion design. Moreover, in recent years designers such as Iris van Herpen, Viktor and Rolf or Jan Taminiau have helped to establish Dutch fashion as a fixture on the international scene. The exhibition “Ode to Dutch Fashion” follows the development of fashion design in the Netherlands over recent decades until 7 February.
Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt
– 28 February 2016
The exhibition “Surfaces. Adolf Fleischmann – Grenzgänger zwischen Kunst und Medizin” [Surfaces. Adolf Fleischmann – Cross-border Commuter between Art and Medicine] is the first collaboration between the Museum für Konkrete Kunst and the Deutsches Medizinhistorisches Museum in Ingolstadt. The exhibition does not only showcase the art of Adolf Fleischmann for the first time but also displays his medical work with which he financed his livelihood as an artist.
Architecture in War and Peace
Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main
15 January 2016
Since it opened in 1984, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) has epitomised the sentiment expressed by Heinrich Klotz, the architecture historian responsible for the concept of the museum and also its founding director, that “the idea of a place for exhibitions and collections is as necessary to architecture as a centre for discussion.” It should be both “a museum for current debate” and “interpret the story of architecture in historic flashbacks”. Wolfgang Voigt has been the Deputy Director of DAM since 1997, and he will be bid farewell on 15 January 2016 within the context of a symposium.
New-York Historical Society, Museum
– 17 April 2016
Silicon Valley is currently one of the most important hubs in the high-tech and IT industry. But where did the computer revolution actually begin? The Museum of the New-York Historical Society has asked this question and is discussing the development and history of the digital age in the 1960s in New York in an exhibition currently on show.
Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto
– June 2016
Seeing men wearing high heels seems odd to most people and causes them to cast surreptitious glances towards the wearer. But this was not always so. An exhibition currently running at the Bata Shoe Museum demonstrates this by presenting the history of men’s shoes with heels from their beginnings in the early 17th century to the present day.
Leipziger Typotage 2016
Museum of the Printing Arts Leipzig
22 – 24 April 2016
On 23 April 2016, the twenty-second edition of the Leipziger Typotage will focus on seven presentations highlighting the latest in typeface design and typography and will examine its past, present and future. Technological progress has driven social, political and economic developments forward at a considerable pace and these have also left their mark on typeface design.