6 Top Design Events: Sept. 2-23, 2011

Mark your calendars! Take an architectural tour of some of the Bay Area’s cutting houses, check out”What’s New (and) What’s Next” at the New York Design Center, or go across the pond to the London Design Festival and revel in exploring creative commissions around town. If you’re searching for ways to be inspired or simply enjoy getting out amid additional layout fans, here’s this week’s roundup of 6 top happenings across the world.

EXHIBITION — Sept. 2-Oct. 16, 2011
Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, N.Y.

If you’re a fan of Bauhaus and German Expressionism, catch the encompassing Lyonel Feininger exhibit featuring varied sides of his artworks: paintings, miniature wooden characters and buildings, photographs and essays focusing on his lesser known works, such as his comic strips. This retrospective exhibit of Feininger’s livelihood will have you mesmerized by his romantic, crystalline paintings of architecture and seascapes, and because it is the first in his native state in more than 45 decades, it is one you won’t want to overlook.

The exhibit opened in late June and journeys next to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, January 20–May 13, 2012.

Catch Feininger’s exhibit until it finishes on Oct. 16, then attend a concert at Carnegie Hall on Oct. 21, including”Bauhaus Bach” premiering three of Feininger’s fugues performed by the American Symphony Orchestra. The concert will learn more about the inspiration Bach exerted on German modernism from the first half of the 20th century. For ticket info, see www.americansymphony.org.


Arturo Alvarez Fluo Pendant – $1,795.50

SHOWROOM EVENT — Sept. 20, 2011

“What’s New, What’s Next @ 200 Lex”
New York, N.Y.

Interested in discovering the latest designs in everything from lighting to background, or seeing the newest furniture collections? Be sure to make the most of the 3rd annual day-long”What’s Next” event at the NYDC. Attend lectures on topics such as”How to Make the Web Your Most Creative Tool” and fulfill writers at designing book signings. With more than 55 participating showrooms, including Calger Lighting which will showcase Arturo Alvarez’s 2011 FLUO ring (2010 FLUO ring shown here), you’re bound to enjoy seeing some of the most recent business trends.


Vintage Fisher Price Turtle Pull Toy Lamp – $135

Sept. 10-11, 2011
Renegade Craft Fair
Chicago, Ill..

Try your hands at letterpress or snag a one time pull toy lamp, like this one by Yellow Square Love at the 9th annual Renegade Craft Fair. If you’ve been before, it is a DIY, indie-craftapalooza comprising handmade goods by local and national talent, hands-on workshops plus plenty of creative inspiration. More than 300 artists are participating in this free event, so if you’re shopping for a special printing, jewelry or home and garden goods using a handmade touch, look it over.

Renegade Craft Fair also occurs in Austin, Brooklyn, San Francisco, and Los Angeles through the year — and this season it’ll occur for the very first time in London. (If you’re across the pond on Oct. 8-9, 2011, then be sure to check it out and share a photograph of your finds with us.)

Feldman Architecture, Inc..

Sept. 1-30, 2011

Architecture and the City Festival
San Francisco, Calif..

Sept. 17-18, 2011

2011 San Francisco Living: Home Tours weekend
American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter
San Francisco, Calif..

Ever wish you can see in person gorgeous interiors in San Francisco and Marin like everything you see on Houzz? The 9th yearly San Francisco Living: Home Tours series by the S.F. chapter of the American Institute of Architects provides an exclusive opportunity to marvel at cutting edge residential projects in town and a bit farther north in Marin. Included in a public program that takes place during the monthlong Architecture and the City Festival, you are able to attend lectures, movies, exhibitions, tours, family programs and special events exploring the theme,”Architecture of Consequence.”

Includes houses by: John Lum Architecture, Studio 12 Architecture, Feldman Architecture, John Maniscalco Architecture and much more.

FESTIVAL — Sept. 17-25, 2011
London Design Festival
London, UK

If you’re lucky and in London at the end of this month, make sure to catch the 3rd yearly London Design Festival comprising more than 300 design events happening in a number of the city’s metropolitan spaces that are public. The Landmark Projects are always a highlight, including impressive installations at St. Paul’s cathedral and at the V&A, built by some of the world’s greatest architects and designers. Other programming includes product launchesand trade parties and events. On top of that, the majority of events are free, allowing you easily take part in this 9-day festival of creative inspiration.

EXHIBITION — Sept. 17, 2011-Jan. 15, 2012
Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Ill..

If you’re in the Windy City, take a look at the Bertrand Goldberg display to see over 100 original drawings, photos and more supplying a comprehensive retrospective of a recognized contributor to Chicago’s architectural environment. Goldberg was an innovative architect famous for his revolutionary layout for Marina City (1959-1967). This exhibit is lets you see his livelihood within a historical framework, extending from his experimental roots at the Bauhaus to his visionary plans for the postwar American city.

Reserve a place for a hands-on workshop (Oct. 1-2) where you can create your very own sculptural models inspired by the Goldberg exhibit.

While at the Art Institute, you can check out Design Inspiration: 19th Century American Builders’ Manuals and Pattern Books via Nov. 1.

More occasions: 6 Top Design Events: Aug. 26-Sept. 16

What’s on your calendar this weekend? Let us know about your favorite forthcoming design events below!

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