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May
19
Wed
DesignMarch 2021. Moving March to May!
May 19 – May 23 all-day

DesignMarch, Iceland´s largest design festival organised by Iceland Design and Architecture, will take place from the 19th to the 23rd of May 2021.

Given the name, it has always been held in March but the unusual events of the year 2020 moved it to May. Over 80 exhibitions and 100 events were spread over the capital area were guest sought inspiration in difficult times and got to know the magic of design in various shapes and forms.

 

DesignMarch brings together participants and guests with progressive design and innovation. The festival heralds new and surprising approaches and is a vibrant platform for ideas, diverse perspectives and knowledge driving force that enriches and enhances society.

DesignMarch gives inspiration and enjoyment with the aim to share the exhibitions, participants and their content to a broader audience, both in Iceland and abroad, in collaboration with other stakeholders, such as Promote Iceland.

DesignMarch is a harbinger of optimism and creativity. The festival takes the opportunity to focus on design as a driving force for innovation, and demonstrate the important role of design, architecture and innovation in society, especially during this time of uncertainty the world is facing now.

May
22
Sat
Biennale Architettura 2021
May 22 – Nov 21 all-day
Biennale Architettura 2021

HOW WILL WE LIVE TOGETHER?

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition organized by La Biennale di Venezia will run from 22 May to 21 November 2021, curated by architect and scholar Hashim Sarkis. “The world is putting new challenges in front of architecture – stated Sarkis. I look forward to working with participating architects from around the world to imagine together how we are going to rise to these challenges.

Hashim Sarkis has been Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2015. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Ph.D. in Architecture from Harvard University. He is the author and editor of several books and articles on modern architectural history and theory.

May
31
Mon
INDEX Dubai @ DUBAI WORLD TRADE CENTRE
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day
INDEX Dubai @ DUBAI WORLD TRADE CENTRE | Dubai | United Arab Emirates

Launched in 1990, INDEX Exhibition is the Middle East & North Africa’s largest gathering for the design community. INDEX Dubai is postponed to 31 May – 2nd June 2021.

This is the ultimate design show, connecting architects, interior designers, developers and procurement professionals with new brands, trend-setting start-ups and the biggest international names in the interior furnishings and fit-out scene across all industries.

INDEX will be a part of Middle East Design and Hospitality Week, which will be the biggest and most important celebration of all things Design and Hospitality.

Through 7 co-located events across 3 days, MEDHW will showcase the most important brands form the design and hospitality communities.

Visitors attending will not only come from the UAE, but will also include neighbouring GCC countries, India, Russia and East North Africa.

With over 50 years of show heritage, MEDHW will see 1000s more exhibitors, 50,000+ visitors. And more inspiration and creativity, innovation and networking opportunities than ever before, all in one place.

From 31st May to 2nd June 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

WORKSPACE Dubai @ Dubai World Trade Centre
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day

WORKSPACE is where modern-day solutions for the built working environment are found, design concepts are discovered, and corporate wellness insights are discussed.

It is located in Dubai World Trade Centre.

The commercial hub of the Middle East connects Office, Facility and HR Managers, Project Directors, Purchasing and Procurement Managers, Interior Designers and Commercial Architects with thousands of international and local suppliers/ manufacturers of workplace products, suppliers and services.

It remains as the singular platform where buyers can source modern technology and solutions. These will include smart-office furniture, corporate wellness solutions, biophilia, business services, co-working facilities, storage solutions, technology, design and fit-out concepts.

The event is dedicated to the full spectrum of commercial interiors, be it auditoriums, public seating, co-working/ shared spaces, biophilic design, outsourcing and team leadership consultancies.

Plant Fever
May 31 – Sep 13 all-day

PLANT FEVER

TOWARDS A PHYTO-CENTRED DESIGN

 

An exhibition about the hidden potential of plants.

For centuries, our inherent alienation from nature has prevented us from truly understanding the potential of plants as more than simple materials or decorative objects.

In recent years, however, new scientific discoveries and philosophical approaches have reframed our relationship with them, questioning the dualism human/nature so much rooted in Western thinking. Echoing the belief of American ecologist Ian Baldwin that “we should try to think like plants”, designers, scientists and engineers, started to look into plants’ structures and behaviours adopting them as allies to develop solutions for current and upcoming environmental and social issues.

Plant Fever proposes to look at the future of design from this new vegetal perspective, moving from a human-centred to a phyto-centred design. Spanning from products and fashion items to material research, open-source devices and emerging technologies, a selection of approx. 50 exhibits – representing the work of creatives from more than 20 countries – will investigate notions such as plant blindness, eco-feminism, forestry, biomimicry and upcycling, but also post-colonialism and cultural landscapes.

Conceived as a militant exposition, Plant Fever will not fear to take a stand, ask critical questions and call for new radical perspectives, involving the public in a positive, inspiring and constructive conversation.

Parallel to the physical space of the museum, the discourse of the exhibition will be further developed through an accompanying web platform, as well as a dedicated conference & workshop programme.

Jun
3
Thu
Design Shangai @ Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center
Jun 3 – Jun 6 all-day

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: ASIA’S LARGEST INTERNATIONAL DESIGN EVENT, DESIGN SHANGHAI ANNOUNCES GLOBAL LINE-UP OF THE WORLD’S LEADING DESIGNERS AND BRANDS THIS JUNE

Design Shanghai is Asia’s largest and leading international design event, breaking new ground and setting a precedent in Asia’s ever-growing design community. Drawing on Shanghai’s unique art and cultural landscape, the highly anticipated event celebrates its 8th year from 3rd – 6th June 2021, expanding by 25% this year and returning to the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center.

Welcoming 70,000 professionals and visitors over four days, Design Shanghai showcases more than 400 local and international brands from 30 countries and regions set across eight remarkable design sections. A highlight not to be missed is the world-renowned talks program, ‘The Kohler Exquisite x Design Shanghai Forum’ this year with global thought leaders including award-winning British architect, Thomas Heatherwick.

Design Shenzhen (9-12 December 2021) will join Design Shanghai (3-6 June 2021) and Design China Beijing (24-27 September 2021) to create Asia’s largest network of annual design shows. The combined events will create an annual design circuit in China. Attracting leading international and Chinese manufacturers, design-led brands, global industry leaders, architects, interior designers, and design enthusiasts, the shows also aim to bring cultural programming to each city.

Jun
17
Thu
Art Basel | Basel
Jun 17 – Jun 20 all-day

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its unprecedented impact worldwide, Art Basel has decided to postpone its June fair. The next edition of Art Basel in Basel will take place from June 17 to June 20, 2021, with preview days on June 15 and June 16, 2021.

The decision to cancel the show was made after thorough consultation with many Art Basel gallerists, collectors, partners, as well as external experts. The primary considerations were the fundamental health and safety risks related to the pandemic, the financial risks for exhibitors and partners, the ongoing impediments to international travel, and the fact that the regulatory environment around large-scale events has yet to be finalized by the Swiss Federal Council.

Marc Spiegler, Global Director, Art Basel said: ‘We are acutely aware that our galleries are facing unprecedented challenges and economic difficulties, and we had fervently hoped to support the art market’s recovery with a successful fair in September. Unfortunately, the uncertainties that we face remain too high. The best way forward for our Basel show is, therefore, to focus on delivering a fair of the same exceptional international quality that the art world expects from us next June, as we continue to support our galleries by further developing our digital platforms and by delivering our upcoming shows in Miami Beach and Hong Kong.’

The Online Viewing Rooms for Art Basel in Basel’s exhibitors will be live from June 19 to June 26, 2020, with preview days from June 17 to June 19, 2020.

Sep
5
Sun
Homi @ Fiera Milano Rho
Sep 5 – Sep 8 all-day
Homi @ Fiera Milano Rho | Rho | Lombardia | Italy

HOMI, the Lifestyle Trade Fair rescheduled for September 2021 at fieramilanocity and MiCo together with the Salone del Mobile.

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.

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.

Salone Internazionale del Mobile – EuroCucina – EuroLuce @ Fiera Milano Rho
Sep 5 – Sep 10 all-day
Salone Internazionale del Mobile - EuroCucina - EuroLuce @ Fiera Milano Rho | Rho | Lombardia | Italy
SALONE DEL MOBILE.MILANO POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 
 

The 2020 edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano has been suspended. The event will now take place from 5th to 10th September 2021. The decision to postpone was made by the Board of the Salone del Mobile.Milano in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that is spreading to almost every country in the world. The situation that led to the original change of date from April to June, announced on 25th February, has fundamentally changed. Although we were determined to keep to the June date, to allow the annual event to take place as planned, the present, unprecedented circumstances and medium-term uncertainties now mean that this year’s Salone can no longer go ahead.

The 2021 edition, which will celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Salone, will be a special event for the entire sector. For the first time ever, all the biennial exhibitions will be held in conjunction with the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, Workplace3.0, S.Project and SaloneSatellite. This means that EuroCucina, FTK (Technology For the Kitchen) and the International Bathroom Exhibition will also take place next year, along with Euroluce, which was already scheduled for 2021.

This single, great sector-wide trade fair will represent a fresh opportunity to pull together to revitalise our businesses, the entire supply chain that works in synergy with the Salone, and Milan.

 

Sep
9
Thu
Helsinki Design Week @ Aleksanterinkatu
Sep 9 – Sep 19 all-day

Helsinki Design Week will be organized from 9 to 19 September 2021 in the city and online. This year the main events will take place on Aleksanterinkatu, on the premises of Glasshouse Helsinki! HDW will be spread on the second, third, and fourth floors of the building.

The main exhibition is U-JOINTS. Initiated with a first show at the 2018 Milano Salone del Mobile in Milan, U-JOINTS is a project by Andrea Caputo and Anniina Koivu that closely looks at the connections in architecture and design. HDW will host the fourth chapter, Knots & Knits.
Often invisible, hidden elegantly within an object, joints can be overlooked. U-JOINTS sheds light on these hidden details and invites visitors to discover the beauty and quality of an object or structure starting from its detail.  At Helsinki Design Week, Knots & Knits unravels the joints of textiles, fabrics, meshes, membranes, and ropework. Whether used in rigging, for lifting heavy objects, wrapping a lunch box or closing a gift, securing a funambulist’s highwire, to keep a climber from falling off a wall, or creating adventurous playgrounds for children, knots are considered the oldest and most basic techniques of joinery. The exhibition will examine all this and more,” Anniina Koivu tells Weekly.

The other program set is a series of installations titled “Office of the Future”. The past year has changed the way we do office work, perhaps for good. The need to be with other people has not vanished, however. Will offices become ever more important meeting places where we can experience unity, exchange ideas, and develop new solutions? How does premises/spatial design meet this necessity of change?

Glasshouse believes that it is now more important than ever for design, art, research, architecture, and public and private companies to sit down together and find solutions to the environmental crisis that is developing around us at an increasing pace. We are all part of the answers. Helsinki Design Week is an influencer in this field, taking a stand and looking forward. In the world of Glasshouse Helsinki, HDW represents the encounter of thinking and co-creation,“ says CEO and founder of Glasshouse Helsinki Mirkku Kullberg.

Exceptional conditions due to the Covid19 pandemic continue, and we have taken this into account in planning our events for September. Without risking our health, we can expect to be able to participate in exhibitions, discussions, parties, and shopping opportunities, as well as the program of Children’s Design Week. There are also two open calls for content until 27 May. Find the full story here.

Design Diplomacy

Design Diplomacy card game does delight in New York and Weekly!
An event known to us through Helsinki Design Week will be organized as part of the NYCXDESIGN Days between 13 and 18 May. This online design festival invites us to virtual visits to the residencies of the Nordic consulates in New York. We’ll be able to take a virtual tour in five unique residencies rarely given access to. Five Nordic countries have each invited two design professionals to participate in the game. Both of the players have experience and insight into what it is like to work in different cultures. A total of ten American and Nordic designers will meet by the card game.

Learn more about the event and get to know the speakers here.

 

Kari Hakli, Helsinki City Museum