National Art Center, Tokyo
– 13 June 2016
The Japanese fashion designer, Issey Miyake, is known for his futuristic collections combining Japanese tradition with modern technologies. All the works he has created since he founded his studio in 1970 are currently on show in an exhibition in the National Art Center in Tokyo.
Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris
– 18 September 2016
A doll, which has been a staple of playrooms ever since and has left its mark on culture, art and fashion, first saw the light of day in 1959. The Museé des Arts décoratifs is currently dedicating an exhibition to the icon that is Barbie, as there is much to discover for both children and adults.
Kieser, Posters21.01.2017 – 23.07.2017
Globale: Reset Modernity!
ZKM, Lichthof 8, Karlsruhe
– 21 August 2016
We all know about the process of resetting, mainly from dealing with our electronic devices. It involves restoring the original condition or making a new start. But can this process also be transferred to people? This is exactly the question that the exhibition “Reset Modernity!” is asking. It runs until 21 August in the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) in Karlsruhe.
XXI Triennale International Exhibition Milan.Design After Design
Palazzo dell’Arte, Milan
2 April – 12 September 2016
The Triennale in Milan is an international cultural institution that has dedicated itself to organising exhibitions and conferences and has also initiated events on themes such as art, design, architecture, fashion, cinema and communication. In addition the Triennale is also a museum that tries to illuminate Italian design from the most different perspectives possible and to categorise them in a context of design history. Every three years, the museum organised an internationally focused exhibition, which is now taking place again after a longer break. This year its title is “21st Century. Design after Design”.
Photo London 2016
Somerset House, London
19 – 22 May 2016
London is internationally known for its photography scene and since last year’s four-day Festival, Photo London, now has a new forum for artists, curators and collectors in the area of photography. Therefore, for the second time, a series of talks, exhibitions and installations will be held at Somerset House in London from 19 to 22 May 2016.
The Next Big Thing
Bureau Europa, Maastricht
– 10 July 2016
In many circles, design is still seen as being an object-related discipline, primarily subject to and in the service of economic premises. The exhibition “The Next Big Thing Is Not a Thing. Surveying the Design Discipline” documents the various developments in design that diverge from this and plead for a broader conception of design.
International Marianne Brandt Competition 2016
Registration deadline: 31 May 2016
Designers, artists, photographers, academics and creatives from other disciplines are encouraged to tackle the effects of materials in the categories of product design, photography or experimental set-ups as part of the 6th International Marianne Brandt Competition.
Hotel Croatia, Cavtat
16 – 19 May 2016
Since the 1980s, the aim of this international design conference has been to bring together design experts and engineers from the areas of research and theory, and from practice. The conference, originally launched in Zagreb, has for some years now been inviting delegates to academically-based presentations, discussion panels and workshops held in the coastal town of Cavtat, near Dubrovnik.
Somerset House, London
Utopia 2016 celebrates the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s novel “Utopia” which is seen as the source of all social utopias. Somerset House is organising various events over a year in the areas of art, literature, fashion, design, architecture and film with the aim of motivating visitors to research, try out, and imagine their own utopias.
Textile Design Today
Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin
– 5 September 2016
They clothe us, we sit on them, they darken rooms and envelop objects: although textiles are omnipresent in our everyday lives, we often overlook the history of their origins and their diversity. The exhibition “Textile Design Today. From Experiment to Series” is countering this by showing textile works on themes such as tradition, transformation, colour, new technologies, material and sustainability until the beginning of September.
What’s New, What’s Next. ICFF 2016
Javits Center, New York
14 – 17 May 2016
Operating under the banner of “What’s new, what’s next”, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) as one of the leading design and interior design fairs is showing trends and developments in furniture and room design in its 28th edition. Approximately 750 designers, architects and manufacturers from over 30 countries are presenting their interiors, floor coverings, lighting concepts, wall designs, accessories and textiles there.
State of Design, Berlin
4 – 8 May 2016
The aim of State of Design is to be a festival that not only presents design but also discusses it and illuminates its societal background. The event takes place this year for the first time as part of Berlin Design Week and is contributing a multi-faceted programme with seven main themes.
- 28 August 2016
In her artistic works, the Berlin-based photographic and media artist, Candice Breitz, works with moving images and develops her video installations from these. A recurring theme in her work is the phenomenon of pop culture and its influence on the individual in media society. The exhibition, “Candice Breitz. Ponderosa”, currently showing in the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, displays various video installations by the artist.
Typo Berlin 2016.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
12 – 14 May 2016
From 12 to 14 May 2016 five stages at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt will once again serve as the setting for one of the most important forums of visual communication in Europe. Spanning three days, Typo Berlin offers talks and workshops for those interested in typography and graphic design, all under the meta-theme of “Beyond Design”.
Bienal de Diseño 2016. Design and Well-being
14 – 20 May 2016
The first design biennale in Havana taking place from 14 to 20 May 2016 under the slogan of “Design and Wellbeing” will be looking at the question what strategic significance design can have for the industrial, economic, social and cultural development of a country. By presenting projects by various personalities and institutions, the aim is to raise awareness of the omnipresence of design and its ability to influence society.
form online archive
Since it was founded in 1957, form has been alongside and discussing the developments in German and international design. Now, the form online archive is up and running once again and has all 217 issues of form available up to 2007.
Gestaltungsfragen. Series of lectures at the Folkwang University of the Arts
SANAA building, Essen
from 3 May 2016
The Institute for Art and Design Science at the Folkwang University of the Arts sees itself as a “platform for dialogue on a critical discourse about design from an historic and contemporary perspective”. During the summer semester 2016, the university is organising the “Gestaltungsfragen” [issues in design] series of lectures. Anna van Lingen and Denisa Kollarová will be launching the event with their lecture on 3 May 2016.
Design Month Graz
30 April – 29 May 2016
The whole of May is dedicated to design in the city of Graz in Austria. The creative potential of the town is expressed in a rich programme of exhibitions, events, workshops, fairs and presentations and, at the same, intends to anchor its creativity in the minds of residents and visitors.
4 – 8 May 2016
For the 12th time now, the Pictoplasma conference with accompanying festival on the theme of character design will be taking place in Berlin at the beginning of May. What conclusions can be drawn from the image of a figure based on its character? How do posture and personality fit together? These are questions that this year’s festival will concentrate on within the theme of “Show Character”.
28 April – 8 May 2016
The festival for audiovisual art and digital culture is once again offering a comprehensive programme aimed at both a professional and non-expert audience. It will take place from 28 April to 8 May at various locations around Geneva.
Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich
- 4 June 2016
Nick Knight has attracted worldwide recognition with his visionary photographs. Over the past 20 years he has tackled controversial themes – from racism to disablement, age discrimination, and finally obesity – and has contributed to the ever-changing view of beauty. The Christophe Guye Galerie is dedicating a solo exhibition to the artist until the beginning of June 2016.
Safe and Sound
– 21 August 2016
What is the difference between safety precautions and surveillance? Fear, in western societies, is a particular driver for an ever-closer network of products that are intended to make risks calculable and, in the best case scenario, avoid danger. The exhibition “Safe and Sound. Surveillance and Protection in the 21st Century” at the Musée de Design et d’Arts appliqués contemporains (MUDAC) in Lausanne tackles the characteristics of this development until 21 August 2016.
Festival International de Mode et de Photographie
Villa Noailles, Hyères
21 – 25 April 2016
Fashion designers and photographers from around the world are gathering at the „31. Festival International de Mode et de Photographie“ to present their work in the Villa Noailles in Hyères from 21 to 25 April 2016. Visitors will be offered a varied programme of discussions, presentations and workshops as accompaniments to a fashion show and exhibition each with ten selected fashion designers and photographers as well as previous years’ finalists for the Chloé Design Award. Film showings and concerts round off the event.
form N° 265. Designing Time
Although the dimension of time informs our existence in a fundamental way, as does space, the way in which it is interpreted by humans varies hugely, and we also deal with it in different ways. The Focus section of form 265 looks at the way in which this design potential is reflected in the material world, the role that new technology can play, and what all of this means for us as a species.
Oude Hortus, Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht
– 16 May 2016
An exhibition about innovative, ground-breaking materials and applications based on fungal micro-organisms is currently on display in the traditional greenhouse at the university museum in Utrecht.
Campus of the Arts, Basel
19 – 20 May 2016
What opportunities do robots hold for people working in creative areas? This question is at the heart of a conference organised by a team from Hyperwerk Institute for Postindustrial Design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. To get the dialogue started, all interested parties are invited to take part with their projects and ideas.
Jäger & Sammler Symposium:
Ohne Worte II
Haus der Photographie, Hamburg
16 April 2016
The continuation of the “Jäger und Sammler Symposiums”, subtitled “Ohne Worte” [Without words] tackling the relationship between image and text, initiated last year, is taking place this year on 16 April in the auditorium of the Haus der Photographie [House of Photography] in Hamburg.
Denken und Gestalten 2016
University of Applied Sciences, Mainz
29 – 30 April 2016
Under the slogan of “Denken und Gestalten 2016” [Thinking and Designing], the University of Applied Sciences, Mainz, is offering workshops and a small conference in co-operation with the Descom Designforum Rheinland-Pfalz on the topic of future living spaces on 29 and 30 April.
Salone del Mobile 2016
Trade fairgrounds Milan, Rho
12 – 17 April 2016
As one of the largest annual furniture fairs in the world, the Salone del Mobile is aimed at both trade visitors and a wider audience. At the six-day fair in the Fiera Milano trade fair centre in Rho, international designers and manufacturers are once again presenting the latest trends in the areas of furniture, lighting, and interior design. The short film, “Before design: Classic” by Matteo Garrone that showcases classic design emanating from Italy, Euro Cucina that takes place every two years with the supporting “Technology for the Kitchen” exhibition and the Salone Satellite Award, given to the top up-and-coming designer with the best three prototypes at the fair, are all highlights for the 55th edition of Salone del Mobile.
Swiss Grand Prix Design 2016
14 - 19 June 2016
Annually since 2007, three particularly excellent Swiss designers are honoured by the Federal Office of Culture with the Grand Prix Design award and their work is presented in an exhibition. This year, the award-winners are Claudia Caviezel, Ralph Schraivogel and Hans Eichenberger.
Praska Drukarnia, Warsaw
23 – 24 April 2016
For the third time, Poland’s largest design conference provides glimpses behind the scenes of everyday life in design with the aim of answering questions that we do not dare to ask. This year, the conference is looking at the practical and financial aspects of the creative industry with a focus on “cooperation”.
Obituary: Siegfried Maser
Siegfried Maser (1938–2016) studied at the University of Tübingen and philosophy and the philosophy of science under Max Bense at the Technical University in Stuttgart from where he graduated and qualified as a professor. In the 1960s, Max Bense had a teaching contract at the Ulm School of Design, and Maser drove him from Stuttgart to Ulm in his 2CV. It was there that Maser encountered issues of design early on, as he described when reviewing his time as a lecturer at the Institute for Environmental Planning (IUP).1
Goods and Things
21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo
- 5 June 2016
The word “zakka” is Japanese and means a large spectrum of everyday objects. It is difficult to find a precise definition but it expresses words like “miscellany”, “diverse” and “hotchpotch”. An exhibition currently at the 21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo is dedicated to zakka, looking at the sensibilities behind zakka object culture and illuminating its image and design standards.
Wolfgang Skoluda. Jewellery Room
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
– 29 May 2016
Since March 2016, jewellery has been given its own exhibition space by the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (MKG) Hamburg. The intention is to put the spotlight on the museum’s extensive jewellery collection in individual, group and themed exhibitions. Because, “like fashion, jewellery is one of the most important badges of personal expression”, and its significance appears to be constantly growing.
Kuturzentrum Schlachthof Wiesbaden
16 April 2016
For ten years now, Scholz und Volkmer, an agency based in Wiesbaden, has organised the See-Conference. In addition to visualising information, it is increasingly focusing on the concept of sustainability. Once again, high calibre speakers are coming to the Schlachthof in Wiesbaden to the eleventh edition of this event.
Deadline: 30 April 2016
The Uncover Designpreis, which is awarded during the design festival of the same name, focuses not only on design as the shaping of one’s material surroundings in accordance with aesthetic and economic criteria, but also as something that can be used to address the challenges facing society. This year designers are invited to come up with concepts, projects and objects that reflect the theme of “hospitality” in their design.