Weekly design agenda: fairs and exhibitions around the world

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Find out about the biggest international design events coming up over the next weeks.

Object Rotterdam
February 10-13
Rotterdam, Netherlands

The official side event to Art Rotterdam (taking place at the opposite Las Palmas building), the fair is one of the premier addresses for international autonomous design, focusing on unique or limited-edition objects.

Brit Insurance Design Awards exhibition opens
February 16
London, UK

Celebrating the best of design in seven categories - architecture, transport, graphics, interactive, product, furniture and fashion shortlist of around 100 designs - the shortlist of candidates will be going on display at the London Design Museum  in the run-up to the Brit Insurance Design Awards announced on February 28, followed by a ceremony on March 15.

Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels
February 18 - June 5
New York, USA

Jewelry brand Van Cleef & Arpels is one of the houses based on the iconic place Vendôme in Paris, but many of its pieces were created exclusively for the US market. The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum will present some of those pieces in its upcoming exhibition, examining the label's significance for design innovation.

Learning to Dwell: Adolf Loos in the Czech Lands
February 24 - May 3
London, UK

This exhibition, originated by the City of Prague Museum and shown at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), will highlight the works of one of the pioneers of European modern architecture: Loos is best known for the projects realized in Vienna such as the Goldmann & Salatsch building, the Café Museum, or the Karntner Bar.

February 28 - March 4
Long Beach, CA, USA

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, is a non-profit organization that aims to spread ideas in the interests of global knowledge and inspiration. The annual conference is an invite-only event that showcases ideas and projects from the most creative minds in the world, exploring developments in new technologies, creative design, future concepts and economic innovation taking place across the world. The theme of TED 2011 is "The Rediscovery of Wonder." Many of the talks will be broadcast on the internet for free.