Get ready for design festival season. This year, take your selection of temples and festivals from Finland to Austria. Stateside, see a film dedicated to Joseph Eichler and his planned communities, or interact with a sculpture in Long Island City. In Vancouver, see the much anticipated lighting setup by Omer Arbel.
Take a look at our top picks of fun, inspiring things to see and do over the next few months.
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SHOW — September 10–16, 2012
Paris Design Week
The 2nd yearly Paris Design Week brings together over 150 showrooms, art galleries and design professionals to present their latest ranges in a visual feast of creativity and design. Check out one debut merchandise that caught my attention — Heatwave (photo), a fashionable and functional purifier made by Jaga and Joris Laarman.
Gary Hutton Design
SCREENING — September 21, 2012; 6–8 p.m.
People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler
Lucas Valley Community Center, San Rafael, California
This film, devoted to the San Francisco Bay Area and the tight-knit communities created by famed developer Joseph Eichler, will kick off the 50th anniversary speaker Collection of the Lucas Valley Homeowners Association. Produced by Eichler specialist Monique Lombardelli, the 45-minute film captures the tales of those bonded by their love for Eichler homes and celebrates the architect’s enduring heritage. A Q&A follows the screening.
SCULPTURE — During October 21, 2012
Socrates Sculpture Park,
Long Island City, New York
Made up of plastic chain-link walls and enclosures, “Curtain’s” white architecture invites one to explore the modernist understanding of “curtain walls” as fixed boundaries. Conceived by architects Jerome Haferd and K Brandt Knapp, the sculpture is the winning entry from Folly, a competition organized by The Architectural League.
SHOW — September 26–30, 2012
Istanbul Design Week
Old Galata Bridge,Istanbul
Head over to Istanbul to see what is trending in style, technology and design out of Mediterranean creative professionals. The week is full of new layouts and exhibits, exhibited on the Old Galata Bridge — the ultimate venue connecting both coasts of the Golden Horn.
Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m; Tuesday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
EXHIBIT — During November 2012
Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut
The Gourmet House will display new flower arrangements for your first time because Philip Johnson and spouse David Whitney passed out in 2005. Neighborhood designer Dana Worlock reinterpreted Whitney’s unique plant selection based on archival photos.
The new flowers will be on display to deliver fresh life to the interiors and cover tribute to Whitney’s own green thumb. Whitney cultivated a vast range of seasonal plants through the website’s 49 acres of lawns, meadows, forests, wetlands and gardens.
Hours: Thursday–Monday, 9:30 a.m–5:30 p.m.
Price: Tickets start at $30.
FESTIVAL — September 15–23, 2012
London Design Festival
Folks from all over the world will gather in London for a nine-day citywide celebration of everything art, design and architecture. The Festival’s heart beat is your V&A Museum, which will feature a giant latticework spiral made of red oak by Amanda Levete Architects that crosses the height of the museum doors.
TRADE SHOW — September 20–23, 2012
Super Brands London, Old Truman Brewery, London
Tent London is one of the largest design commerce Indicates that Occurs during the London Design Festival. Red Dot award winners Kam Kam out of South Korea make their debut with their lively children’s furniture collection inspired by traditional Korean types (photo).
Hours: Thursday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 pm; Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Also, the luxury trade show Decorex takes place September 23–26 at London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea. Don’t miss the show entry space, made by British avant-garde designer Vivienne Westwood.
the Hollywood Condos
SHOWHOUSE — September 14–November 18, 2012
Small Space Big Style, Los Angeles
Check out the premiere of California Home+Design’s showhouse as eight designers utilize the 1,400-square-foot Hollywood penthouse as their sterile canvas. This year’s designers include Molly Luetkemeyer, Erinn Valencich, Brian Patrick Flynn, Christian May, Azadeh Shladovsky, Christopher Kennedy, Danielle Cornwell and the ladies behind the outside living retail shop Potted.
SHOW — September 8–16, 2012
Helsinki Design Week
Old Customs Warehouse, Helsinki, Finland
The 2012 Helsinki Design Week takes place in a 1900s loft space transformed into a weeklong art and design marketplace. Design fans and fashionistas can store handmade bits, little ones can construct Legos with Arkki, and curious people can glimpse inside the creative studios of local design businesses. Make sure that you attend PechaKucha Night on September 9, where design speakers will share in a unique 20×20 format: 20 images and 20 seconds for each slide.
See the calendar.
Hours:Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–7 pm; Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, noon–6 p.m.
FAIR — September 12–16, 2012
Habitare Furniture Fair
The Helsinki Habitare Furniture Fair highlights the Most Up-to-date in Finnish furniture design. Meet manufacturers and learn about manufacturing from local businesses in a devoted “Made in Finland” exhibit.
Republic of Fritz Hansen UK
FAIR — September 27–30, 2012
Interior Design Show West
Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver
Western Canada’s yearly residential interior design show turns eight this year. Check out featured speaker Tommy Smythe, who will share his design suggestions, and don’t overlook the light setup “Beneath Deconstruction,” made by Omer Arbel of Bocci. Arbel also made the central bar space from packaging boxes out of fresh desk lamps.
Price: $12 adults; $10 seniors, students; free for 12 and younger
Hours: Friday, 4–9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
FESTIVAL — September 28–October 7, 2012
Vienna Design Week
Towards the end of September, design fans flock to Vienna to see what is new in merchandise, industrial and furniture design from Central and Eastern Europe. Attend a design lecture, proceed on a guided tour, and also have a look at the fruit of Passionswege, a program pairing emerging designers using Vienna-based companies and manufacturers.