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October Diary 2012

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Vertical Urban Factory copyBeijing Design Week copyPavilion of AD copy
Vertical Urban FactoryBeijing Design WeekPavilion of Art and Design London
Design Exchange, TorontoVarious venues, BeijingBerkeley Square, London
Until 3 January 2013Until 6 October 201210-14 October 2012

Vertical Urban Factory tells the history of industrial buildings in cities, where building upwards was a product of design efficiency as much as increasing land values. Using historic as well as contemporary examples, critic Nina Rappaport’s exhibition explains why we should make space for factories in the modern city, and looks at how this could be achieved.

Last year’s Beijing Design Week was a showy parade of design talent (Icon 102) from a nation keen to become associated with original concepts rather than fakes. This year’s event is themed “Design Changes Life” and promises a focus on interaction, offering more talks and workshops taking place across the city. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners brings its show From the House to the City to the Beijing Capital Museum, asking visitors to model their ideal version of Beijing.

Fans of limited edition design should flock this month to PAD London, a fair that brings together 50 galleries from across the world including London’s Gallery Fumi, L&M Arts in New York and Seoul’s Gallery Seomi. Our pick would be Priveekollektie’s stand, where Rolf Sachs will present new pieces of furniture and lighting. This year PAD will launch an award for young designers with Moët Hennessy, an accolade that comes with a hefty £15,000 prize.

InterieurFrieze copy copyMemory marathon
InterieurFrieze Art FairMemory Marathon
Kortrijk Xpo, Kortrijk, BelgiumRegent’s Park, LondonSerpentine Gallery, London
20-28 October 201211-14 October 201213 -14 October 2012

Troika, Studio Makkink & Bey, David Bowen and Nendo are among seven designers chosen to create a series of “project rooms” at Interieur this year. Like the Das Haus feature at IMM Cologne, the designers have used their spaces to explore “the future of living”. Elsewhere, DesignMarketo will be popping up with the concept restaurant Freshly Cut, where visitors enter through a greenhouse of herbs and vegetables.

The Frieze Art Fair is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. The famous Regent’s Park tent will host talks, commissions and films as well as displays by 170 exhibitors from more than 34 countries. Work by emerging and established artists including Patricia Esquivias and Thomas Bayrle will be on show, and Cecile B Evans, the winner of Frieze’s annual Emdash Award, has designed an audio guide for the fair accompanied by a holographic “host”.

Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron’s Serpentine Gallery pavilion (Icon 110) is the focus of this multi-disciplinary event. A two-day programme brings together artists, filmmakers, scientists and theorists to explore the complexities of memory – from those associated with the body and its senses to material memories revealed by archaeological excavation. The exploratory group event will also explore the effect of digital recording and storage on human memory.

IstanbulFaking itPop Art Design
Istanbul Design BiennialFaking It: Manipulated Photography Before PhotoshopPop Art Design
Istanbul Modern and Galata Greek School, IstanbulThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkVitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein
13 October 2012 – 12 December 201211 October 2012 – 27 January 201313 October 2012 – 3 February 2013

This month Istanbul adds itself to the growing number of cities offering global design events. The theme for the inaugural Design Biennial is Imperfection – set by Deyan Sudjic with the complexity of the host city in mind. Emre Arolat and Joseph Grima will curate two major exhibitions, looking at subjects including ubiquitous design, public housing and production. An Istanbul edition of the temporary paper New City Reader (pictured) will be published before the event.

Today it’s almost impossible to imagine modern photography without the capabilities of image editing. Faking It, however, shows that the trickery of image enhancing has been in place as long as the camera – showing a variety of image manipulation methods from before the digital age. From photomontage to multiple exposure, the techniques on display explore a longstanding desire to push the limitations of photography and maximise the potential of the medium.

It’s known as one of the most influential movements in art history, but what legacy did the Pop Art revolution leave the design world? This month, the Vitra Design Museum picks key works by Superstudio, Verner Panton, George Nelson and more that demonstrate how design translated consumer culture motifs into an established aesthetic. In parallel with Pop Art Design, Vitra also presents an exhibition on sculptor Erwin Wurm in the museum gallery.

Pop-up hair salon
Zaha Hadid Design Gallery, London
9-13 October 2012
Zaha Hadid Design Gallery is collaborating with Fudge - the avant-garde British haircare brand – to create a pop up hair salon this month. The event is also a chance to see some unique design pieces from Zaha Hadid Architects; including the stellar installations, furniture and concepts that her ground-breaking studio has produced in recent years.
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