Weekly design calendar

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Next week, Explore Design in Toronto and Design Art in London will both focus on introducing the public to contemporary design, while two major design awards will be announced in Britain.

Explore Design

October 14-15

North America's First Design Education Fair for Youth aims at introducing young people to all design disciplines such as video/games, furniture, architecture, fashion, graphic, and interior design, guided by experts and design 'celebrities.'


Site: www.exploredesign.ca

Design Art London

October 14-18

Running concurrently with London's Frieze Art Fair, a pavilion dedicated to the best in modern and decorative arts as well as design will be set up in the city's Berkely Square, showcasing the works of 45 artists and designers.


Site: www.designartlondon.com

Prince Philip Design Award winners announced

October 15

Nine designers are in the running for the prestigious design prize, set up by the husband of Queen Elizabeth II in 1959 -- they include David Adjaye, who designed the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, fashion designer Hussein Chalayan, and Red or Dead design label founder Wayne Hemingway.


Site: www.designcouncil.org.uk

Dutch Design Week

October 17-25

For a full week, the whole region around Eindhoven (including Bergeijk and Helmond) hosts design events for the Dutch and international community in order to support the country's world-renowned designers. Award ceremonies, exhibitions, and shows take place at various locations including Strijp-S, Designhuis, and Smalle Haven.


Site: www.dutchdesignweek.nl

Stirling Prize for Architecture announced

October 17

The prestigious award, whose previous winners include David Chipperfield and Norman Foster, will go to one of the six projects shortlisted by the Royal Institute of British Architects, including new buildings by Tony Fretton, Rogers Stirk Harbour, and Eric Parry.


Site: www.architecture.com

Major design exhibitions ending next week

Telling Tales: Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design at the Victoria & Albert Musuem in London (ends October 18)

Ron Arad: No Discipline at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (ends October 19)

Design events coming up in the next four weeks

Form Matters

October 21 - January 31

Form Matters at the London Design Museum will take a new look at architect David Chipperfield's work in his first UK retrospective, including his ten-year restoration project of the Neues Museum in Berlin, which had been significantly bombed in World War II.


Site: www.designmuseum.org

Icograda World Design Congress

October 24-30

Organized by Icograda, the world body for professional communication design, the congress held in Beijing will feature presentations, discussions and workshops. Highlights include the Beijing Typography Exhibition, which will focus on how to move traditional calligraphy into the digital age.


Site: www.beijing2009.org

Vipp design auction

October 28

For its 70th anniversary, Vipp has thought up a collaboration with some of the world's leading figures in fashion, art, and design to create one-of-a-kinds of the bin it is known for and auction them off to benefit Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). Among the 35 participating artists are the fashion designers Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Oscar de la Renta as well as singer Yoko Ono, photographer Nigel Barker and topmodel Helena Christensen. Their re-looked Vipp bins will go under the hammer October 28 at the New York flagship store of design retailer Design Within Reach.

New York/US

Site: www.vipp.dk

100% Design Tokyo

October 30 - November 3

Focusing on bringing contemporary design to the mainstream, 100% Design Tokyo is the Japanese equivalent of the London event started back in 1995. Close to 100,000 visitors are expected at this year's fair.


Site: www.100percentdesign.jp

World Architecture Festival

November 4-6

The world's biggest architecture summit for professionals will this year, under the motto ‘Less Does More,' examine the "challenges facing architects in the new world economy," focusing on how innovative thinking can reduce the amount of time, energy, material and finance needed to create buildings and cities.


Site: www.worldarchitecturefestival.com