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.
Ein Stilraum zum 85. Geburtstag von Dieter Rams21.05.2017 – 15.10.2017
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?”.
Casa de Vidro
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
– 14 May 2017
Two architects who never met each other during their lifetimes are due to meet at an exhibition at the National Museum in Oslo, where a building by Lina Bo Bardi is exhibited in a glass pavilion designed by Sverre Fehn.
It’s not the Economy... Unternehmertum durch Kultur neu denken
Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein
2 – 3 March 2017
Researching, expanding and questioning the relationship between finance and design is the focus of the exhibition “It’s not the Economy... Unternehmertum durch Kultur neu denken” [It’s not the Economy... Rethinking entrepreneurialism through culture].
Black Fashion Designers
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
– 16 May 2017
In contrast to past individual exhibitions on African-American fashion designers, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York offers an insight into the overall development and perception of fashion designers of African descent from 1950 onwards.
Obituary Siegfried Odermatt
As only recently made known, the Swiss graphic artist Siegfried Odermatt died on 13 January 2017. Born on 13 September 1926, Odermatt was a self-taught artist and worked as a photographer in Zurich for many decades. His early work was marked by flat, exe-catching frontality.
Ambiente 2017. Consumerism and Sustainability
10 – 14 February 2017
form at Ambiente
Foyer hall 11
Booth FOY 04
Ambiente fair at the Frankfurt fairground in February 2017, is describing itself as the “leading international trade fair for consumer goods” on its website. With its “Ethical Style Guide”, the fair organisers are also hoping to attract visitors concerned with sustainability. form will also be at Ambiente and will be showing all the form Editions produced so far, in addition to the magazines. You can find us at booth FOY 04 in the foyer of hall 11.
Tours Spring 2017
During the next weeks many universities and colleges will be displaying the results of the past winter semester and finals projects produced within the various design disciplines. In order to provide visitors with a comprehensive view of the structure of the university in question and its approaches to teaching, the shows are often complemented by a supporting programme of tours, presentations and workshops.
Stefan Diez. Visual and Tactile
Museum of Applied Arts Cologne
– 11 June 2017
The Museum of Applied Arts in Cologne (MAKK) is currently showing a solo exhibition dedicated to the professional carpenter and renowned designer Stefan Diez. “Full House: Design by Stefan Diez” is a comprehensive exhibition of furniture, everyday objects and previously unseen projects by the industrial designer.
Food by Design:Sustaining the Future
Museum of Design, Atlanta
– 7 May 2017
The process of feeding humanity is a laborious process that happens every day but is something we are hardly aware of. An enormous infrastructure, advanced technologies and a well-thought-through system are all necessary to produce our daily bread. The Museum of Design Atlanta is taking a look at the systematic problems and design solutions that occur.
International Furniture Fair Singapore
9 – 12 March 2017
The International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS), together with the Asean Furniture Show (AFS) and Nook Asia, is announcing the upcoming trade fair with “Trade, Design and Inspiration”. At the same time, the fair is aiming to promote an international and inclusive image.
Call for Entries.Starts Prize 2017
Submission deadline: 3 March 2017
Science, technology and art: the submissions for the Starts Prize 2017 will find themselves at the interface of these three themes. Two prizes are offered for projects in the areas of “Artistic Exploration” and “Innovative Collaboration”.
Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2017
7 – 11 February 2017
The Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair invites visitors to discover both international and particularly Scandinavian design. The fair takes place over five days in Stockholm and offers visitors various highlights.
Dutch Wax. Manufacturing and Art
– 12 March 2017
To mark its 170th anniversary, the Museum Helmond in the Netherlands is dedicating its exhibition “Vlisco 1:1 Un à Un” to the Vlisco textile factory based there. At the same time until 12 February 2016, work by Yinka Shonibare, who is currently working with these textiles, will be exhibited under the title “Yinka Shonibare MBE / Paradise Beyond”.
Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung, Bonn
– 12 February 2017
In 1972 Marianne Pitzen opened a gallery called Circulus in Bonn. Three years later, she and her husband Horst Pitzen founded and then published the first issue of a magazine called Circular. The Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung [Society for Art and Design] is now holding an exhibition of the magazines in Bonn along with original illustrations.
Teatro Municipal de Lima
9 – 11 February 2017
For those interested in the Latin American design scene, the Latin American Design (LAD) Festival in Lima offers a comprehensive overview of lectures, workshops, events, a prize for young designers and a design market.
The Unframed World
House of Electronic Arts Basel
– 5 March 2017
While virtual realities hold a strong fascination for us they also stand for a matrix-like, dystopian future in which reality loses meaning. It is precisely this ambivalence that is the focus of the exhibition “The Unframed World” at the House of Electronic Arts (HeK) Basel. Here, virtual reality is viewed as an artistic medium and the exhibition showcases the interaction of various artists with VR.
Fear and Love
The Design Museum, London
– 23 April 2017
In the exhibition “Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World”, artists devote themselves, as the exhibition title suggests, to nothing less than the complexity of the world. This complexity can trigger extreme emotions. The designers and architects in the exhibition process their lives and experiences through installations. The exhibition at the Design Museum in London features installations including sentient robots and intimate strangers. It runs until the end of April.
Poster Art Kassel
Neue Galerie, Kassel
– 5 March 2017
The chair for poster design at the Kunsthochschule Kassel has been unoccupied since 2015 and replaced by a course of studies on “Games”. An exhibition called “Plakat Kunst Kassel” [Poster Art Kassel] is opening at the Neue Galerie. The exhibition not only showcases famous posters from Kassel but also seeks to highlight their cultural and historical relevance. The question about the importance of poster art today is obvious and will be discussed as part of the exhibition.
Call for Entries. Fount #2
Submission deadline: 19 February 2017
The second issue of Fount magazine is going to appear and invites artists, graphic designers, photographers, sculptors, writers, fashion designers and other creatives to the Call for Entries to present their work and experiment with others.
Between the Archive and Architecture
Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn
– 19 February 2017
“Space is a doubt,” says the writer Georges Perec, explaining, “I have constantly to mark it, to designate it.” The quotation from Perec is the epigraph for the exhibition “Between the Archive and Architecture” and also captures the intention of the represented artists, who all deal with the theme of space.
You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966–1970
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
– 26 February 2017
Many of today’s social movements have their origins in the revolutions of the 1960s. The current exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum explores the significance and influence of the political activism of this time, as expressed in music and performances, fashion, film and design. It raises the essential question of whether the revolutions of the 1960s have changed the way we live today and think about the future.
21 January – 23 July 2017
The Bröhan-Museum in Berlin, which is also known as the regional museum for Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Functionalism, is displaying rare works in “Kieser, Posters.”. The graphic designer and sculptor, Günther Kieser (born 1930) has a weakness for music. His jazz and rock posters are famous but have not often been on display until now.
Oslo Design Fair
25 – 28 January 2017
Since last year, the Oslo Design Fair, the largest in Norway of its kind, has had a new name and new visual identity in an attempt to have a greater bearing on Norwegian design and to make space for itself in the area of Scandinavian design.
From Silent Movies to Blaxploitation
MoMa, New York
– 30 April 2017
“Making Faces: Images of Exploitation and Empowerment in Cinema” focuses on images in silent movies to blaxploitation, Hollywood blockbusters and B-movies and takes a critical look at the part played by society in creating the roles portrayed.
Maison & Objet. So Much More Than a Trade Show
Paris Nord Villepinte
20 – 24 January 2017
“Plus qu’un Salon“ [so much more than a trade show] is the slogan for this year’s Maison et Objet furniture fair, and it holds many promising things in store based on its impressive size. The Maison et Object fair held in Paris Nord Villepinte offers five days to view items of furniture and other design objects displayed over 130,000 square metres, and the opportunity to hear various presentations.
Kabel 1927 – 2016.The History of a Font
Klingspor Museum, Offenbach
– 12 February 2017
“[...] because until then there wasn’t a digital version of Kabel that you could work with properly.” This was Marc Schütz’s justification for his decision in the form interview (form 268, p.78) to develop a completely new font family after initially designing a new version of Kabel.
Design Display #3. Material Research
Following 3D printing and simplicity, the third “Design Display” exhibition in Autostadt in Wolfsburg has taken the theme of material research. As on previous occasions, two objects enter into dialogue. This time, the objects involved are a solar curtain by Petra Blaisse and seaweed objects by Julia Lohmann.
Interior Design in Cologne. imm, Passagen, DQE
16 – 22 January 2017
It’s mid-January and that time of year again in Cologne when everything revolves around interior design. From 16 to 22 January 2017 Cologne isn’t just hosting the international furniture and interior design fair imm with already 1,185 registered exhibitors, but also Passagen, advertising some 180 shows in the city on the subject of design, architecture, and urban context. The multifaceted programme is complemented by the project “Design Quartier Ehrenfeld”, a project that is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
The World Without Us
– 5 March 2017
Dortmunder U presents “Die Welt ohne uns” [The World Without Us] a futuristic exhibition envisaging a possible future world: a world where machines, artificial intelligence and non-human forms of life have proved superior to humankind. What would such a world look like?
Advertising Art from Hanover
August Kestner Museum, Hanover
29 January 2017
Bahlsen Leibniz biscuits or Pelikan fountain pens conjure up particular images for many of us. These are brands with a strong and memorable visual presence. August Kestner Museum is now holding an exhibition dedicated to such well-known firms from Hanover, showcasing their successful posters among other advertising paraphernalia.
Obituary Karl Gerstner
André Thomkins, a friend of Karl Gerstner (20 July 1930 - 1 January 2017), once rearranged the letters of the artist’s name to read “Klar, strenger” meaning “clear, stricter”. “Klar, strenger” was also Gerstner’s life motto and is the mark of his graphic work and free art. For Gerstner was not someone who created from the shadows, rather whatever he created could be explained and therefore understood, with all its variables, possibilities and consequences. It was consistent.
– 5 March 2017
The Lenbachhaus describes Thomas Bayrle, the painter, graphic and video artist as “a pioneer of German Pop Art”. An exhibition featuring this Frankfurt-based artist (born 1937) is on show in Munich until the beginning of March 2017. It displays the work of this artist as a homage to the machine.
Transmediale. Art, Culture and Technology
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2 February – 5 March 2017
The title of this year’s Transmediale is “Ever Elusive” highlighting the transient quality of the constantly changing media culture which the project has been dealing with for thirty years. It does not mean that they are seeking a definitive response or making a statement but rather making space for impressions to change.
Francis Kéré. Radically Simple
Pinakothek der Moderne, Architekturmuseum der TU München
– 26 February 2017
The current exhibition in the Architecture Museum at the TU Munich, – “Francis Kéré. Radically Simple” – showcases work by the architect from Burkina Faso, Francis Kéré. His works range from projects in his home village to those in various African countries as well as China and Germany.
School of Design, St. Gallen
13 January 2017
On 13 January 2017 at 7 pm Felix Pfäffli, Raphael Leutenegger and Daniel Peter from Studio Feixen will talk about their work and views on the design process, as well as about their visions for the future and about their current projects.
Obituary Karl Oskar Blase
Blase was associated with form from its very inception, because his graphics put their stamp on numerous front covers for its first eleven years from 1957 to 1968. Yet Karl Oskar Blase, who was born on 24 March 1925 in Cologne, and died on Tuesday 27 December 2016, was involved with design much earlier than that, and also later.