Weekly design agenda: spring design weeks

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The Independent Online

I Saloni in Milan, SOFA NYC, and the Icograda Design Week in Vancouver are all coming up over the next few weeks.

The Enchanted Palace
March 26 - January 2011
London, UK

Kensington Palace will be taken over by British designers including Vivienne Westwood, who have reimagined the royal residence's rooms and created dresses for them to illustrate the stories of the princesses who lived there.

I Saloni
April 14-19
Rho exhibition centre
Milan, Italy

The event, which is considered the international benchmark of interior design, will again host the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Eurocucina (the International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition), and SaloneSatellite for upcoming designers. SaloneUfficio, the International Biennial Workspace Exhibition, will not be included this year but return in 2011. New York and Moscow will also host Saloni spinoffs later in the year.

Sofa NYC
April 16-19
New York, US

The 13th edition of the prestigious International Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair will again showcase the latest in contemporary and modern decorative arts, design and jewelry by internationally recognized museum-class artists.

Icograda Design Week
April 26-30
Vancouver, 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."


Armani hotel opens
Date to be announced (postponed from March 18)
Dubai, UAE

The luxe label, which is still managed by its founder Giorgio Armani and currently runs a variety of fashion lines as well as home accessory boutiques, spas, and cafés, has chosen the recently opened Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) - the world's highest tower - to host its first venture into hospitality.