Calendar

Sep
28
Sat
Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today @ Vitra Design Museum
Sep 28 2019 – Jan 19 2020 all-day

Surrealism is one of the most influential art movements of the twentieth century. Everyday objects played a central role in its dreamlike imagery: they were alienated, ironized, or combined to create curious hybrids. This led to the creation of numerous key works of modern art, from Marcel Duchamp’s »Bicycle Wheel« (1913) to Salvador Dalí’s »Lobster Telephone« (1936). In reverse, Surrealism also exercised a decisive influence on the evolution of design. On 28 September 2019, the Vitra Design Museum will open a major exhibition that offers a comprehensive look at the dialogue between Surrealism and design. For the first time, it will unveil the extent to which Surrealism has influenced the design of the past 100 years – from furniture and interiors to graphic design, fashion, and photography. The exhibition will include works by Gae Aulenti, Björk, Achille Castiglioni, Giorgio de Chirico, Le Corbusier, Salvador Dalí, Dunne & Raby, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Ray Eames, Front, Frederick Kiesler, Shiro Kuramata, René Magritte, Carlo Mollino, Isamu Noguchi, Meret Oppenheim, Man Ray, Iris van Herpen, and many others.

 

Press conference: 26 September 2019, 2 p.m.
Opening talk and vernissage: 27 September 2019, 6 p.m.

Nov
14
Thu
BIO 26 – Biennial of Design Ljubljana
Nov 14 2019 – Feb 9 2020 all-day

From November 14th, 2019 to February 9th, 2020 in Ljubljana, the 26th Biennial of Design, BIO 26 – Common Knowledge, will present the outcomes of the exploratory work of the winning challenges at various locations in Ljubljana, complementing the main exhibition at MAO and accompanied by a special catalogue.

BIO 26 will take on one of the greatest challenges of our time: information. Concerned with the widespread crisis in information, BIO 26 seeks to harvest the best ideas that explore ways to creatively take charge and react to it, as well as to propose experiments and present alternatives to the ways we currently deal with information and knowledge.

The open call invites designers, architects, scientists, artists, communicators, educational professionals, sociologists, and the general public on a sprint journey to revisit the fundamental structures of knowledge production and transmission in society, going back to the Enlightenment.

BIO – The Biennial of Design in Ljubljana is organised by the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), and is an international platform for new approaches in design. BIO was founded in 1963, making it the first design biennial in Europe. Witnessing the many shifts and changes of the last 56 years, BIO has seen design transition from its birth at the crossroads of industrialization and modernism to a discipline that permeates all layers of life and human endeavour. Today, BIO is structured as a long-term collaborative process, where teams of designers and multidisciplinary agents develop alternatives to established systems. BIO works as a testing ground, where design is employed as a tool to question and improve our daily life, among different and multidisciplinary design approaches that touch systems, production, services, scientific research, humanistic issues, unexpected conditions for the production of our habitat. The diverse array of topics resonates with both local and global demands, with comprehensive projects aimed at creating resilient structures that develop over time, beyond the duration of the Biennial.

Dec
7
Sat
Chiang Mai Design Week @ Chiang Mai
Dec 7 2019 – Dec 14 2020 all-day

Chiang Mai Design Week is a festival jointly held by creators, designers, craftsmen, artists and entrepreneurs in Chiang Mai and from other cities. It also provides a conversation space where people can get together and share design knowledge as local and international designers and creators are invited to celebrate the creative culture and the potential of design.

The festival, however, reaches beyond designers and creative professionals. It also focuses on creating a shared experience with design works among the younger generation, local communities, tourists and anyone interested in design through various activities such as exhibitions, large-scale installations, arts and music. Importantly, they further Chiang Mai’s development effort towards becoming a “Creative City” with deep art, cultural and artisan roots.

Each year, the festival takes place throughout the city of Chiang Mai in several districts with different defining elements: from the Three Kings Monument district with its rich arts and cultural heritage and local way of life to the TCDC Chiang Mai area which is a source of modern design knowledge. Everyone is invited to take a walk and see the city from a different perspective while experiencing various creative activities.

Jan
13
Mon
IMM Cologne
Jan 13 – Jan 19 all-day
IMM Cologne

Hosted right at the start of the year, imm cologne is the most important date on the interior design calendar. It’s where the entire interiors industry gathers to present and discover new launches from around the world, to experience the major future trends and make a successful start to the new season. The trade fair is a must-attend event for senior decision-makers from all international markets and the whole interior design scene. Do you want to create moments for your brand, innovations or new collections that people will remember? Then imm cologne is the ultimate destination.

Jan
14
Tue
Neonyt @ Kraftwerk
Jan 14 – Jan 16 all-day

Mission: to change fashion together. Through collaboration and innovation, sustainability and technology. That’s why we’ve come up with a new business and communication platform: Neonyt – the global hub for fashion and innovation.

Jan
17
Fri
Maison & Objets
Jan 17 – Jan 21 all-day

The Parisian trade fair MAISON&OBJET -organized in September and January- is the international benchmark event for the decoration, design and lifestyle sector. It brings together market professionals from right across the industry: brands, designers, interior designers, stylists, buyers, hoteliers, restaurateurs, journalists, trend hunters… making it a key event for establishing new and useful contacts and cultivating relationships with existing partners.

The leading home decor fair connecting the international interior design and lifestyle community with a transversal offer composed of 3,000 brands including 600 new ones for each edition.

Jan
24
Fri
Homi @ Fiera Milano Rho
Jan 24 – Jan 27 all-day

HOMI, the Lifestyle Trade Fair which showcases the latest home trends and styles, will be running at Fiera Milano in Rho between 24 and 27 January 2020. The event will strengthen HOMI’s position as a European platform for quality design and innovation, with a comprehensive yet carefully curated, quality‐focused selection of products spanning decorations, tableware, kitchenware, textiles, fragrances, gifts and a festivity area.   Known for anticipating trends and keeping a close eye on market developments, the show will host historic, consolidated brands alongside new designers. In line with the demands of an increasingly specific sector, HOMI brings together a wide range of products, giving equal billing to the artisan and the innovative, the Italian and the international. It’s a combination that has turned the exhibition into a leading event in this constantly evolving industry.   The range is extensive and well‐structured, while the new layout of the event ensures that the exhibition is as user‐friendly as possible. No longer is HOMI simply set out based on goods type: it now reflects new distribution practices, basing itself around three visitor routes designed to meet the needs of industry professionals and deliver a diversified consumer experience.

The first route is HOME Retail Inspiration, which has a special focus on the target audience of specialist stores, large retail groups and online stores. If offers up a highly varied, versatile product offering, which in itself is split into the Fragrance Inspiration and Textile Inspiration areas, both of which feature a wealth of products to discover.

HOME Boutique&Design, meanwhile, gives a platform to quality manufacturing and is targeted at department stores and innovative concept stores, as well as interior designers, architects and industry operators looking for original, innovative products. Its Creazioni Italiane area will be entirely dedicated to Italian craftsmanship and design, while World Designers will bring together the best, most innovative and most unique work from international designers.

The third route ‐ HOME International Delivery ‐ is aimed at the multi‐product distribution and international import and export markets. It will showcase a huge range of products at different price points to appeal to retail operators sensitive to competitiveness needs in terms of margins and product mix. It offers a range of innovative products and plenty of inspiration across all of its sub‐sections, not least the accessory and stationery areas.

Last but certainly not least, HOMI will feature a Festivity area, open from 22 to 26 January.

The area will focus on the traditional festive periods and other big occasions, with Christmas decorations and nativity sets taking centre stage. The decision to set special dates and create a special area for the Festivity section is designed to boost synergy within the sector and accommodate the need for exhibitors and buyers alike. The event will also include a packed programme of workshops, talks and meetings, offering trade visitors an overview of market trends, ideas and suggestions to help them grow their business.

Feb
1
Sat
Madrid Design Festival
Feb 1 – Feb 29 all-day

Madrid Design Festival is an encounter that vindicates the value of design as a transformer of society.

An annual festival that during the month of February turns the capital of Spain into the great showcase of international design.

Feb
15
Sat
HOMI Fashion&Jewels
Feb 15 – Feb 20 all-day

HOMI Fashion&Jewels evolves its strategy while remaining true to its values: the next edition will have new dates – 15 to 18 February at Fieramilano (Rho)  ‐ and will feature exhibits for the varied specific requirements of its national and international visitors. This evolution has a clear objective: to consolidate its position as the sole point of reference for the world of accessories with a wide offering of unique content, research and experimentation, running from fashion accessories to costume jewellery, trendy jewels, beachwear, componentry, precious stones and gemstones.   The choice of a later date – following Milan Fashion Week and coinciding with MICAM (the international footwear exhibition) and MIPEL (the leather goods exhibition) – consolidates the image of HOMI Fashion&Jewels as the meeting point for all players in the fashion accessories industry.   Its vast, diversified showcase is by now the key strength of the exhibition: a mix of innovation, design, craftsmanship and internationalism, divided into a universe of categories, price levels, uses and purchasing options. Unique proposals from around the world, with the highest quality standards, running from conventional and traditional solutions to innovative offerings dedicated to the experimentation of small and large brands with materials, processes and creativity. A selection which stands out for its highly international orientation, with around 30% of exhibitors coming from abroad. And which answers retail requirements for timing, with proposals which supplement long‐established supply chains with the latest emerging see‐now‐buy‐now circuits. The format is renewed also as regards its organisation, with a redesigned layout reflecting recent trends in distribution: the exhibition will no longer be organised into product categories, but rather into tours structured to satisfy the requirements of the visitor and his end target. There are two main macro‐areas, each with their own mode of purchase: the first covering more eclectic, trendsetting offerings, the second covering products aimed at a larger commercial target. Uniqueness, research and experimentation remain the guiding values of the intensive scouting activity which led to the selection of the best in accessories, using profiled professionals and important partnerships, including the renewed partnership with ICE/ITA – the agency for the promotion abroad and internationalisation of Italian business ‐ with the specific objective of developing new relations with buyers from American markets most interested in the Made in Italy brand. The exhibition promises to be rich in collateral activities: talks, workshops, runway shows and convivial meetings and discussions aiming to define the state of the art and identify future trends, in terms of both creativity and new business opportunities.   Upcoming appointments with the latest HOMI Fashion&Jewels are scheduled for 15 to 18 February 2020 and for 19 to 22 September 2020.

Mar
2
Mon
Udine Design Week 2020
Mar 2 – Mar 9 all-day

Udine Design Week 2020 (2-9 marzo 2020): protagonisti i negozi e le aziende in una inedita combinazione con architetti e designer per far conoscere al pubblico le eccellenze manifatturiere del Friuli Venezia Giulia. Coinvolte non solo imprese che operano nel campo dell’arredo ma anche le industrie artigiane del metallo e del legno che formano la base del tessuto produttivo di questa regione.  Perché in Italia è vitale fare comunità, creare consenso, riconoscere la creatività.