Design agenda: Sydney Design

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The Independent Online

Here are some of the biggest international design events coming up over the next weeks.

Sydney Design 2011
July 30 - August 14
Sydney, NSW, Australia

More than 50 venues across Sydney will highlight Australian design during the 15th edition of the two-week Sydney Design festival. The events all center around the theme of "Is old new again?" From architecture to fashion, the Sydney Design festival program includes exhibitions, seminars, installations, workshops, talks and tours. Similarly, Victoria's State of Design event is held July 20-31 and investigates how design can create sustainable development opportunities and improve living conditions.

Ron Arad's Curtain Call
August 9-29
London, UK

As part of Bloomberg Summer at the Roundhouse, architect and designer Ron Arad has invited his favorite artists to create unique work for his 360° interactive installation. Each day, visitors will be able to see pieces by Hussein Chalayan, Ori Gersht, Greenaway & Greenaway, Javier Mariscal, and many more.

New York International Gift Fair

August 13-18
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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Good Design Expo

August 26-28
Tokyo, Japan

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.