Here are some of the biggest international design events coming up over the next weeks.
New York International Gift Fair
New York, USA
This event is the second of two editions of the New York International Gift Fair held in 2011. The event is open to trade professionals only and attracts around 35,000 visitors per year. Earlier in 2011 the NYIGF honored a variety of products including those categorized as 'green'. The event attracts retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers' representatives. The categories of goods on display at the show range from home furnishings to fashion accessories and dog toys.
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This is Design
August 24 - January 22
After five years of being catalogued, conserved and documented, highlights from the Design Museum's collection will once again be exhibited. Prototypes, drawings, couture samples, models, first editions and finished industrial objects will be on display, including highlights such as the original Mini and the Moulton bicycle, large-scale architectural models like Sir Norman Foster's HSBC Bank headquarters in Hong Kong, UK road signs and an Anglepoise lamp.
Good Design Expo
The latest and most cutting-edge designs from around the world will be on display at the Good Design Expo, being held at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center over two days. The expo coincides with decisions on the Good Design Award 2011, which will be presented to the winning designers in November. Winners in previous years have included the architects of public buildings, furniture designers and hybrid vehicles.
Copenhagen Design Week
For the second time, the event will welcome international architects, designers, researchers, and students for a week of seminars, talks, and exhibitions under the common theme "Think Human."
Paris Design Week
Aimed to push Parisian design's international profile, this first edition of the event will unite the Maison&Objet fair, high-profile design exhibitions, new collection launches, installations, studio visits, and much more.
London Design Festival
The city's Victoria & Albert Museum and Saint Paul's cathedral will take on leading roles during the event in September: the V&A will welcome visitors with a three-dimensional lattice-work spiral spanning the height of its entrance doors and host various exhibitions, while Saint Paul's will serve as an unusual venue for the festival, with one of the UK's leading architects, John Pawson, planning a display for its geometric staircase in the South West Tower that's normally not open to the public.