The Brutalist Playground
Vitra Design Museum, Weil/Rhein
– 30 April 2017
Brutalism is an architectural style of modernity based on the visibility of materials used. The name is derived from the French term “béton brut” [raw concrete]. The Vitra Design Museum is now extending the exhibition “The Brutalist Playground” until 30 April 2017, and in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), has recreated brutalist playgrounds for young and old alike.
Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris
– 4 June 2017
The German-Jewish fashion photographer, Erwin Blumenfeld (1897–1969) became world famous through his work for prestigious magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. His portraits in which he portrayed women in strong colours, light and shade, gave his photographs an unmistakable artistic style. Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design, in the heart of Paris, is currently staging a unique exhibition in honour of this photographer.
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Nordic Embassies, Berlin
– 20 April 2017
The Felleshus is the cultural and event centre of the five Nordic Embassies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in Berlin. In addition to public exhibitions, the Felleshus is also the venue for readings, concerts, film screenings, lectures, and conferences.
– 9 April 2017
The Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna opened the exhibition “Handicraft. Traditional Skills in the Digital Age” back in December 2016. The exhibition continues until 9 April 2017, where visitors can explore the importance and value of craftsmanship as an integral part of material culture and cultural identity.
The Aram Gallery, London
– 1 April 2017
Why is a stop sign octagonal? Why does a sheet of A4 measure 210 by 297 millimetres? Why does a beer glass have an ugly bulge? The exhibition “No Randomness” takes on such questions to demonstrate that design decisions about everyday products are anything but random.
Bureau Mario Lombardo. The Archive Show
Bureau Mario Lombardo, Berlin
– 23 March 2017
At the turn of the millennium, Mario Lombardo, who was the art director of Spex Magazins für Popkultur at the time, made his breakthrough. Shortly thereafter, he founded his own studio, Bureau Mario Lombardo in Cologne and which he moved to Berlin in 2008. The studio premises in the Kreuzberg area of the city are open to visitors until 23 March 2017 offering a view of the successes and processes involved in his creativity to date.
Crystallized Group Show
Spazio Nobile, Brussels
– 15 April 2017
As a creative consultancy, Pro Materia curates the print and on-line magazine, TL Magazine – True Living of Art and Design, and organises various exhibitions, such as the fourth edition of the Crystallized Group Show. The venue for the first exhibition of the year is the Galerie Spazio Nobile which Pro Materia brought into being and which mainly shows applied art, design and photography.
Salone del Mobile
– 2 April 2017
Under the heading “Perform!”, the 16 edition of the Videonale focuses on central, formal and content-based approaches of video art production. The 43 video presentations by international artists are the result of a worldwide competition.
21 – 22 April 2017
The Forward Festival for creativity, design and communication is embarking on its second round. Once again this year, it is expecting numerous national and international speakers to report on their success stories. These include the designer Eike König, the illustrator Mr. Bingo, the graphic designer Sarah Illenberger and representatives from Slanted Magazin.
31 March – 1 April 2017
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Working in conjunction with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the Forecast Forum is offering an insight into artistic production processes in different genres including architecture, curating, dance, design, music and video art. As an international platform for groundbreaking ideas, Forecast extended the invitation to submit project ideas in the respective disciplines. From more than 450 international applications, the mentors have now selected thirty entrants which they will support in developing their concepts.
Leipzig Book Fair
23 – 26 March 2017
With a long tradition, the Leipzig Book Fair is the second largest book fair in Germany. More than 2,200 national and international exhibitors can be found in the halls of the Leipzig fair this year. In contrast to the Frankfurt Book Fair, it is primarily aimed at the public. Among the approximately 160,000 visitors, the trade fair includes about 45,000 commercial, trade visitors annually, who come to find out and exchange views and information on literature and new publications.
Textile Matters. Textil gedacht
Maximilians Forum, Munich
– 30 April 2017
As part of this year’s Munich Creative Business Week, the “Textile Matters. Textil gedacht” exhibition held the city’s Maximilians Forum until 30 April 2017 is dedicated to all aspects of textiles; material, texture, technology, medium and metaphor in equal measure.
Submission deadline: 19 May 2017
Taking the slogan “Architecture can do more”, the New York-based online platform Blank Space, has given itself the task of testing the limits of architecture. It addresses themes with the intention of stimulating society as a whole to rethink the role of architecture, to consider how all individuals can influence it by their attitude. The founders, the architect Matthew Hoffman, and the journalist, Francesca Guiliani are convinced that good communication is the key to amazing ideas. Their latest projects is called “Driverless Future.”
The Brussels Design Market
18 – 19 March 2017
Sheds 3 + 4, Tour and Taxis, Brussels
Built in the heart of Brussels in 1903, according to plans by the architect Ernest Van Humbeeck, the Tour and Taxis building complex is considered a jewel of industrial architecture. Today, it serves as an exhibition ground and venue for cultural events and trade fairs. It has been hosting Europe’s largest market for vintage design since September 2016 – Brussels Design Market.
Munich Creative Business Week 2017. Korea
4 – 12 March 2017
During Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) the city of Munich will be a design hotspot for the sixth time. From 4 to 12 March 2017, exhibitions, conferences, lectures, and workshops will take place under the banner “Design Connects – The Smart Revolution”. Special focus is given to Korea, the partner country of the event, and Korea is also the focus of our current issue.
Arno Votteler. The Designer and his Master Students
– 17 March 2017
“Aus der Praxis für die Praxis” [From Practice to Practice] is the guiding principle under which the Baden-Württemberg Design Centre (formerly known as the Stuttgart Design Centre) is showcasing and promoting the relationship between design and industry. From 1 March 2017 on, the design centre will become a new cooperation partner for the Freudenstadt creative industry network Netzwerk Kreativwirtschaft Freudenstadt.
IKEA Foundation Design Prize 2017
Submission deadline: 31 March 2017
Can you take your home with you? And if not, where can you find it? Is it something innate? People flee their homeland and hope to find a new one in Europe, for example. Taking the slogan “Nomads in Germany” the initiators of this year’s IKEA Foundation’s design prize have picked a very topical subject.
Foto Museum, Antwerp
– 4 June 2017
The “Braakland” exhibition is transforming the first floor of the Foto Museum in Antwerp into an experimental working area for photography for the duration of the show. The intention is to put the spotlight on the diversity of the medium.
EcoChic Design Award 2017
Submission deadline: 3 April 2017, 11.59 am CET
In the past ten years, textile consumption in China has increased by over a half – this means that 150 billion new items of clothing are produced every year. This enormous increase has resulted in 26 million tons of waste from the textile industry in 2013, as explained in an interview by Christina Dean, co-founder of Redress. Since 2007, the NGO has been involved in sustainably produced fashion, and is an organiser of the EcoChic Design Award.
21 – 25 March 2017
Music, art and technology are the buzz words announcing London’s Convergence Festival this year. Since its launch three years ago, the event has attracted over 100.000 people.
– 17 April 2017
The art association Bielefelder Kunstverein has been the venue for its exhibition series on architecture “Baukunst” for more than ten years. Every two years, the curators host innovative architectural projects, such as the 2013 exhibition “Neue Bescheidenheit. Architektur in Zeiten der Verknappung“ [New Modesty. Architecture in Times of Scarcity], which was conceived in collaboration with international architectural offices.
On Showing and Looking
Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig
26 March 2017
In collaboration with course participants of the Master’s in Cultures of the Curatorial at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde is dedicating its current exhibition to aspects of displaying and viewing. The origin of this collaboration were the temporarily empty spaces of the renovated Africa galleries in the museum’s location.
– 1 May 2017
After many (laborious) years of building works, the Hamburg concert hall – the Elbphilharmonie – was opened in November 2016. An exhibition to celebrate the opening, focusing on the relationship between architecture and fine arts, will be held in the Hall for Contemporary Art.
Ars Electronica Center, Linz
– 12 March 2017
The current exhibition “Creative Robotics” at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz investigates the extent to which industrial robots can act autonomously, change the world of work or replace people.
VDID Newcomers’ Award 2017
Submission deadline: 18 March 2017
This year presents another opportunity for young designers of industrial and product design (including, for the first time, designers from all over the European Union) to participate in the eighth VDID Newcomers’ Award. The award aims to recognise outstanding achievements by design students and has set itself the goal of being a platform and supporter for a successful entry into the working world.
Jo Brocklehurst: Nobodies and Somebodies
House of Illustration, London
– 14 May 2017
Jo Brocklehurst, the Anglo-Sri-Lankan artist, contravened all conventions, as back in the 1970s her work did not focus on beauty and elegance but on London’s subculture and fetishism. An exhibition dedicated to her in the House of Illustration in London runs until the middle of May 2017.
Pauliina Pöllänen: Half Full
form Nº 270. South Korea
Following Seoul’s nomination as World Design Capital in 2010, South Korean design has been increasingly prominent on the international scene. In South Korea itself, however, design has played a decisive role for considerably longer. As Yu-Nah Lee writes in her article “From Nowhere to Everywhere”: “The strong government initiative of design promotion goes back to the beginning of industrial design in South Korea in the late 1950s.” Apart from the country’s history of design, we are also interested in the mindset, identity, and work of South Korean designers. We focus on these topics in interviews, commentaries, and photo series in form 270.
Ed Atkins. Corpsing
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main
– 14 May 2017
Within the framework of the Frankfurter Positionen, which see themselves as “forum of experience and knowledge” and tackle current social developments on a two-year cycle, Ed Atkins is showing a selection of his latest video work at the Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK) in Frankfurt/Main.
Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht
9 – 11 March 2017
The Van Eyck Academy invites visitors to its annual open studio days taking place from 9 to 11 March. The participating artists, designers, architects, and curators in residence will be presenting the results of their past year’s work during this time.
Hair by Sam McKnight
Somerset House, London
– 12 March 2017
With his innovative hairstyle creations,Sam McKnight has played a significant role in shaping the fashion world of the past 40 years. Somerset House is now dedicating an exhibition to his hairstyles, bringing the often over-looked discipline practised by hairstylists under the spotlight.
Submission deadline: 28 February 2017
Every three years, the International Institute for Information Design (IIID) presents awards to products and services that are easily accessible, comprehensible, and useful to users. Designers, clients and students can apply and submit their already completed projects until 28 February 2017 in 15 different categories.
Modern Living Space. Propositions from 1920–1950
MoMa, New York
– 23 April 2017
An exhibition currently showing at MoMA displays examples of interiors from the 1920s to the 1950s. Objects and items for rooms are on display but the exhibition asks a much deeper question: how should we live?
Insights Design Lecture Series
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
7 – 28 March 2017
This year, the programme of events at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis also includes the “Insights Design Lecture Series” at which various designers from the area of graphics will be speaking. One particular feature of the museum’s programme is that all lectures are transmitted in a live webcast.
The Best German Book Design 2017
Submission deadline: 31 March 2017
The German Book Design Foundation (Stiftung Buchkunst) invites you once again to its "Best German Book Design" competition, with a view to showcasing the medium of books as well as individual design, concepts and production.
Green Product Award
Submission deadline: 31 March 2017
The fourth “Green Product Award” competition is open for 2017. The award offers the chance of realising concepts and ideas submitted to the competition. Companies and start-ups, students and designers are invited to submit their “green” products and concepts by 31 March 2017, under the banner “How do we live tomorrow?”.