|LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
The London Design Festival returns for its eighth year with the usual feast of design shows and of course one media-friendly centrepiece. This year it’s “Outrace”, a series of gigantic robotic arms from Audi’s production line that will take over Trafalgar Square. The public will be able to control this mechanical octopus – designed by Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram (icon 047) – creating drawings with the light emitted from each arm that will be recorded and shown online. To keep track of what’s on and the best events to attend, look out for the icon design trail with our October issue. Running alongside the festival is Open House London, which lets the public poke around in some of the capital’s most innovative architecture.
Various locations, London
|JOHN PAWSON: PLAIN SPACE
22 SEPTEMBER – 30 JANUARY
Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers, David Chipperfield and now John Pawson … the Design Museum continues its series of shows on British architecture with Plain Space, a retrospective of Pawson’s work to date. The exhibition includes a 1:1 site-specific installation by the minimalist, as well as the usual models, films, photos and drawings. Pawson has recently been commissioned to turn the Commonwealth Institute into the Design Museum’s new home.
Design Museum, London
|COUNTERSPACE: DESIGN AND THE MODERN KITCHEN
15 SEPTEMBER – 14 MARCH
The evolution of the 20th-century kitchen is the focus of this exhibition. The 1927 “Frankfurt Kitchen” by Grete Schütte-Lihotzky marked the starting point of the reorganisation of the domestic sphere and this change, alongside the design innovations of the 1920s, forced questions around our relationship with what we eat and the changing roles of women, family life and consumerism.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
|JAPAN FASHION NOW
17 SEPTEMBER – 8 JANUARY
Of the 100 outfits on display, at least two dozen will be devoted to first-generation avant-garde Japanese designers, with the technology-driven work of Issey Miyake (icon 054), the pioneering deconstructivism of Rei Kawakubo (icon 012), and the dramatically oversized silhouettes of Yohji Yamamoto on show. The remaining clothes from the past 20 years will be set against a backdrop that evokes the iconic cityscape of 21st-century Tokyo.
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
| RACHEL WHITEREAD DRAWINGS + EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE
An exhibition of previously unseen drawings by British artist Rachel Whiteread opens simultaneously with a retrospective of the photography pioneer Eadweard Muybridge.
Tate Britain, London
| BRASILIA: PHOTO EXHIBITION CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF BRASILIA
9 SEPTEMBER – 27 NOVEMBER
Vintage photographs celebrating the design, construction, inauguration and legacy of the Brazilian capital. 1500 Gallery, New
1500 Gallery, New York
| START_UP: DESIGNERS’ NEW PROJECTS
29 SEPTEMBER – 14 NOVEMBER
Vienna as a design hub, curated by Sam Jacob.
| DESIGN SEPTEMBER 2010
9 SEPTEMBER – 1 OCTOBER
Brussels’ own design festival.
Various locations, Brussels
| PERONI NASTRO AZZURRO ACCADEMIA DEL FILM WRAP PARTY SEASON
26 AUGUST – 30 SEPTEMBER
A celebration of Italian cinema in the UK.
| KEEPING IT REAL: AN EXHIBITION IN 4 ACTS: SUBVERSIVE ABSTRACTION
17 SEPTEMBER – 5 DECEMBER
Exploring painting beyond the canvas.
Whitechapel Gallery, London
| THE MAIDEN VOYAGE OF MIKE KELLEY’S MOBILE HOMESTEAD
A travelling installation of Kelley’s childhood home.
Various locations, Detroit, USA
| HUSSEIN CHALAYAN
8 SEPTEMBER – 2 OCTOBER
Art installation by the UK-based fashion designer.
Lisson Gallery, London
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