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.
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.
Barcelona Design Week in 2021 year the BDW will be held in two appointments:
- From June 7 to 17 will be held BDW Pro, ten days of mainly professional online and hybrid activities.
- From October 7 to 30 will be held the BDW City Festival, with face-to-face activities aimed mainly at the general public.
The BDW slogan, “Think, Design, Act”: think on a design level, design and implement new solutions, models and more sustainable, economically viable and focused on the real needs of people. Design is a key ally for any sector, it is not only about objects, but about processes, innovation, sustainability, and putting people at the center.
Among the June activities at BDW Pro, the Diàlegs Disseny organized by Barcelona Design center stand out: The New European Bauhaus, an initiative of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, which emphasizes economic recovery by adding the cultural and creative dimension and with sustainability as the central axis, where opportunities for the cultural and creative ecosystem of Barcelona will be discussed; and Espais i entorns amb impacte positiu, on circular design and sustainable environments.
At the Disseny Hub, the exhibition El Millor Disseny de l’Any, organized by FAD in collaboration with Museu del Disseny, essential to discover the most outstanding projects of the last year in design, architecture, and art in all its expressions. During these days, the Laus Awards for Graphic Design and Visual Communication organized by the ADG FAD will also be delivered, as well as the Arts FAD Awards. Also, there will be a conference by Ricardo Bofill, president of the FAD International Awards.
At Disseny Hub will be held the exhibition “Balenciaga. The elegance of the hat”, with more than eighty pieces and a dozen sets, focused on Balenciaga hats. The exhibition is close to the importance of this accessory to distinguish itself in the social and cultural context of the time given the great prestige that being a Balenciaga client meant.
The program also includes the presentation of the project “Nous scenaris i nou turisme per a un futur sostenible”, carried out by IED Barcelona students, in collaboration with Barcelona Global and with the support of Barcelona Design center; “Disseny per a la inclusió”, a co-creation project between design university students and groups in vulnerable situations, specifically with people with intellectual disabilities, people with functional diversity and minors residing in a reception center; the ADI Making Off… Materialitat, a talk organized by ADI-FAD to talk about three finalist projects or winners of the Delta Awards for industrial design that stand out for the materials used in their production; the screening of the documentary “Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight” by Wendy Keys about the creator of the famous I ♥ NY campaign and the screening of the documentary ‘The Life & Legacy of Moholy-Nagy” by the American producer Opendox, which will be released in Barcelona and that will be attended by the producer, Marquise Stillwell, with whom there will be a subsequent discussion.
On the other hand, the Off BDW will include those mainly professional activities organized by other agents in the sector during the 10 days of the program.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
With the persistence of the Covid-19 pandemic that continues to prevent us from planning events smoothly, and with the results of the latest surveys carried out among exhibitors and visitors, Maison&Objet has decided not to hold the first session of the fair in 2021, initially scheduled for the end of March.
The next session of Maison&Objet Paris will therefore take place from the 9th to the 13th of September 2021, in conjunction with Paris Design Week.
This year, international buyers, specifiers, and members of the press will be able to attend both Milan and Paris and fully take advantage of these two major events in the fields of design, décor and lifestyle.
In September 2021, Maison&Objet Paris will enhance its programming with a focus on the Work! and Projects sectors. Work! is highly anticipated, with innovations for workspaces and the office, a field that has experienced major shifts in terms of design over the past few months. At a time when living spaces are continually redefining themselves, specifiers and interior designers will also discover Projects, an exclusive offer of materials and creative technical solutions for optimising hospitality, commercial, and residential spaces. The teams at Maison&Objet are working hard to offer a new experience, using digital tools that allow attendees to optimally prepare for their visit to the show, and keep it going over time, based on what they’ve learned from the digital events recently organised on MOM (Maison&Objet and More).
The 8 thematic Digital Days will be held every week from 27th January through 19th March 2021, every Wednesday through Friday. About Maison&Objet For 25 years now, Maison&Objet, organised by SAFI (a subsidiary of Ateliers d’Art de France and Reed Expositions France), has led and united the international design, home décor and lifestyle community.
The trademark of Maison&Objet is its unique ability to generate connections, boost business both during fairs and through its digital platform, but also its unique talent in highlighting the trends that drive the world of home décor. Revealing talents, offering opportunities and inspiration online and offline, and stimulating the growth of companies: such is the mission of Maison&Objet. Through two yearly fairs reserved for professionals, Maison&Objet Paris – and Paris Design Week, a public event in September that gathers all the creative energies of designers and brands altogether in the City of Lights, Maison&Objet is the essential platform for companies and designers who want to thrive in the home décor industry. Maison&Objet and More, or MOM, helps buyers and brands continue their conversations year-round, launch collections, and forge connections beyond physical meetings. New products and news on the latest design trends, launched weekly, energize the market continuously. On maison-objet.com, you can re-watch the talks that were given at the show, get inspired with Behind-the-Scenes exclusives, and stay up to date with the latest industry trends. On social media, conversations are enriched daily by an active community of 1M followers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Xing, and WeChat.
Paris Design Week brings the mindset of Maison&Objet to the heart of the city from September 9th to 18th, 2021 to support the commercial activities of professionals in decoration, design, and fine crafts in Paris.
A 10-day fringe event. New concept stores, staged window displays, vernissages, stores that deserve a detour, meet ‘n’ greets with designers, festive events…
The next edition of Maison&Objet Paris will be held from January 22nd to 26th, 2021.
New dates for miart and Milano Art Week 2021.
Milan’s international modern and contemporary art fair, organised by Fiera Milano and the first under the artistic direction of Nicola Ricciardi, initially scheduled for its traditional slot in April, has been moved to 17 to 19 September 2021 (with the preview on 16 September) in fieramilanocity.
Following on from the 2020 online edition, which enabled gallery managers, collectors, art professionals and visitors to stay in touch, miart has identified its ideal window of opportunity in between Salone del Mobile (5-10 September) and Milan Fashion Week (21-27 September).
This decision stems from a rigorous assessment and determination not to compromise the attractiveness of miart, which has always distinguished itself due to its international vocation. Indeed these new dates will ensure the event stays true to this important and fundamental characteristic.
The aim is to create a fair that will be a solid and sincere opportunity for a restart: a “physical” edition enriched with and completed by a digital experience, thanks to an online platform offering innovative multimedia contents and new communication methods, further enhancing dialogue between modernity and contemporaneity, the very essence of miart.
Every year, miart is the key event of Milano ArtWeek, the packed celebration of exhibitions and events organised in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan’s Culture Department, bringing together the city’s leading public institutions and private foundations.