Weekly design calendar: innovation for the future

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From the Design at Work fair in Belgium to 'Hopenhagen' debates on sustainability: next week is all about new design solutions. Also coming up: the Red Dot Design Awards and a display of Florence's most stunning interiors.

Design at Work
December 9-10
Kortrijk, Belgium

Previously running as a satellite to the prestigious Interieur Design biennale , the Design at Work fair event takes place in its own right for the first time this year. Highlights include a presentation by Ji Lee, creative director of Google.com, forums, lectures and workshops in a specially built agora podium, a selection of the best designs, and Urban Office, a creative and flexible 12-meter-high office tower demonstrating new ways of working.


Red Dot Design Awards
December 9
Essen, Germany

The world's biggest design award in terms of submissions honors the year's outstanding communication and product designs. An exhibition featuring the winners will open at the red dot museum the next day.


Portraits of Spaces
December 11 - January 24
Florence, Italy

An exhibition of 20 photographs of some of Florence's most impressive interiors by German photographer Candida Höfer will go on show at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi.


Where do we go from here?
December 12
Copenhagen, Denmark

On the occasion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art invites the public to discuss challenges of sustainable architecture and design.


Bottega Veneta design contest winners announced
December 18
Milan, Italy

Eighteen finalists are in the running to design a piece of furniture for the Italian luxe brand. The winning piece will be produced and sold through Bottega Veneta stores worldwide.