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.

Oct 18 – Nov 28 all-day

The first edition of Porto Design Biennale, open to the public during the extended period from 18 October to 28 November 2019, takes the tensions of the new millennium as its central theme. It takes on board the urgency of considering a changing reality and calling upon design and understanding it as critical thinking and way of intervening in that reality.

It is therefore urgent to identify, discuss and assess the forms and functions of design in the first twenty years of this millennium, and to consider the social effectiveness of the design and the new connections made from an economic, technological, political, cultural and environmental perspective. Framed within this broad and complex spectrum of tensions – of identity, geopolitics, and finance – how does the design affected by them come about? How does it interact with other disciplines and what kind of proposals are put together in these crossover areas? How does design play its role of mediator of new social meanings? How effective is design in bringing about a more inclusive, sustained and equitable society?

Three main nuclei of the theme Post Millennium Tension – Present Tense; Design and Democracy; Design Forum – together offer up seven exhibitions, two public space installations, two workshop cycles, a performance conference and a Digital Culture conference and debate event.

Territorio Italia focuses on events based on the guest country – Italy. Through three exhibitions and a conference, we are introduced to a new practice of Italian design, inseparable from the context of tension and socio-political change that affects the country and is symptomatic of a broad spectrum of tensions that mark Europe and today’s globalised world.The work of the academy will be carried out through the Schools project, in which national design educational institutions will present their visions and projects. Alongside the core schedule, several events will make up a Satellites schedule, which has a variety of forms and expressions, bringing together events hosted by Porto Design Biennale and ten projects selected from an open call. In addition to the motivations and proposals already laid out, Porto Design Biennale is intended to be a place of celebration.

Downtown Design @ Dubai Design District
Nov 12 – Nov 15 all-day

Downtown Design is the Middle East’s leading platform for the region’s trade professionals to discover high quality and original design.

The fair’s unique approach enlists an award-winning architect each year to masterplan the venue. Set on the waterfront overlooking Dubai Creek, Downtown Design 2019 incorporated large-scale installations, landscaped indoor gardens, bespoke café concepts and pop-up retail, offering both trade and public visitors an engaging and dynamic experience.


Bilbao Bizkaia Design Week
Nov 14 – Nov 21 all-day
Bilbao Bizkaia Design Week

Bilbao Bizkaia DESIGN WEEK provides a look at the future through the different creative disciplines.

Business organisations are facing an uncertain future in which there are signs of local and global challenges, radical and fast technological and not-so technological changes, environmental threats, etc.

This edition of the Industries&Design conference focuses on the ‘design-driven’ concept to find out how leading national and international organisations —Telefónica, BBVA and D2i Design to innovate (design cluster from the south of Denmark)— address these challenges, how they incorporate the user into their innovation strategies, what future scenarios they envisage and how they are preparing.

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.

Salone Internazionale del Mobile – Eurocucina @ Fiera Milano Rho
Apr 21 – Apr 26 all-day
Salone Internazionale del Mobile - Eurocucina @ Fiera Milano Rho | Rho | Lombardia | Italy

The Salone is held in Milan in April every year, along with the biennial Euroluce exhibition in odd years and EuroCucina and the International Bathroom Exhibition in even years, and in tandem with the annual International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition and Workplace3.0. These events are flanked by FTK (Technology For the Kitchen), EuroCucina’s collateral event and S.Project, the exhibition devoted to design products and decorative and technical furnishing solutions. Since 1998, the trade fair has been rounded off by SaloneSatellite, the launchpad for young designers and a point of reference for companies on the lookout for new talent.

Under the umbrella of the Salone del Mobile.Milano, these events cover a net area of almost 210,000 square metres overall at the Rho Fiera Milano fairgrounds, showcasing more than 2,300 of the most dynamic and creative companies on the global market each year.
Over 370,000 professional visitors attend the fair each year, just under 70% of them from 188 other countries, along with more than 5,000 national and international journalists and around 27,500 members of the public at the weekend, making the Salone del Mobile.Milano the unmissable sector-wide appointment. Not to mention the collateral events that take place alongside it, invariably curated by leading international artists and designers, because the Salone is not just synonymous with business but also with culture. This is the Salone, now in its 58th edition: an international platform with the “privilege of actuality” that shines a light on the state of the art of design. Every year, for years.