Weekly design agenda: Australia's finest and Brooklyn's homegrown talent

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The Independent Online

After Australia's Interior Design Awards in Sydney next week, the design world's focus will be moving to New York, where Bklyn Designs, the Creative Week, and a new Cooper Hewitt exhibition will draw in the creative masses.

Australian Interior Design Awards
April 23
Sydney, Australia

The recently refurbished Sydney Town Hall will host the 2010 Australian Interior Design Awards which will coincide with the 2010 national conference for the Australian Institute of Architects. Awards are based on seven categories: Retail Design, Hospitality Design, Corporate Design, Corporate Design, Installation, Residential Design and Residential Decoration.

Icograda Design Week
April 26-30
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The event, this year held in Vancouver, will again bring together international design experts for discussions, presentations, and exhibitions - this time under the leitmotif of Currency, it "offers designers, business leaders and government the opportunity to experience current design thinking."

Bklyn Designs
May 7-9
New York, USA

Featuring a diverse array of satellite exhibits, demonstrations, panel discussions, keynote speakers, and numerous other design events, Bklyn Designs is one of New York's hottest exhibitions of contemporary furnishings, lighting, and accessories made and/or designed in Brooklyn, all handpicked by a jury of editors from leading design and shelter magazines.

Creative Week NYC
May 10-16
New York, US

Celebrating creativity in advertising, design, digital media, music, film and the fine arts, this series of events organized by non-profit The One Club features highlights including the New York Photo Festival.

National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?
May 14 - January 9, 2011
New York, USA

Why Design Now? - the fourth exhibition in the National Design Triennial series at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum - will explore the work of designers addressing human and environmental problems across many fields of design from architecture and product design to fashion, graphics, new media and landscape design.

International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)
May 15-18
New York, USA

North America's biggest contemporary design fair is partially open to the public, with visitors being able to browse some of the best in interior design, get an update from the design colleges and immerse themselves in special exhibitions.