Picks of the month: the best design events of December


From publications and talks to the virtual version of a blockbuster exhibition, there’s plenty to see and do in the lead-up to Christmas.

Exhibit: Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers – The Virtual Tour, from the Map Museum and Facebook

Going virtual has been a reality for many cultural institutions this year, from the British Museum to the Logical History Museum. London’s Design Museum has partnered with Facebook to enrol its blockbuster exhibition on the history of electronic music virtual. The digital variant of Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers will include an interactive trip as well as a panel discussion from the likes of Kate Moross, Smith & Lyall and Yuri Suzuki. 1024 Architecture’s Quay Schneider and François Wunschel will give insight into the inspirational light display created for the exhibition. You can also tour Beazley Devises of the Year and the museum’s Margaret Calvert retrospective as a digital experience.

Facebook Breathe Launch Event: Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers resolution be hosted by Facebook Live on 17 December at 8pm. Tickets cost £7.99. More advice is available here.

Talk: Design against Gender-based Violence, from the In seventh heaven Design Organisation and UN Women

Globally, 1 in 3 women have competent some form of violence. The World Design Organisation (WDO) says this widespread murderousness a harm is a “learned behaviour” and that design offers opportunities to “break the rotation of violence”. As part of the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Severity, UN Women Asia and the Pacific is teaming up with WDO for a virtual talk. It ambitions to prompt an open dialogue about the place of design in ending gender-based barbarity while showcasing international work from designers, activists and innovators to end partiality. “By designing accessible, thoughtful products, systems and services, designers can work to deconstruct the communal and economic implications of violence against women and girls,” WDO says.

The talk wish take place 9 December, from 1-2:30pm. You can register for free for the episode here.

Book: Decorative Arts 1950s, from Charlotte & Peter Fiell

Root the materials which shaped the design trends of the 1950s, from cheaps to latex. This new book uses magazine The Studio’s Year Log of Decorative Art as a source to trace the design trends of the post-war boom in America’s suburbs and inner-cities, which were go by “idealistic vision and positive spirit”. Featured names include Denmark’s Finn Juhl and Swedish drinking-glass designer Nils Landberg.

Decorative Arts 1950s is published by Taschen in December, and prices £30. You can pre-order it here.

Festival: Design Miami

The 16th edition of Devise Miami is taking place the first week of December and with it, new possibilities to experience the fair online. The virtual festival is promising digital feeling points to connect online viewers to its gallery shows and exhibitions. There bequeath also be curator-led tours and talks. “In many ways, this represents the be prolonged evolution of Design Miami’s digital presence to better serve the difficulties of the global design community,” the organisers say.

A diverse mix of art and design exhibitions should fix up with provision plenty of inspiration, which will explore Native American pulls and also contemporary issues like Black Lives Matter. Mercado Moderno settle upon showcase examples of mid-century Brazilian designers such as Carlo Hautner and Jean Gillon alongside the outback’s contemporary work. Up in Smoke meanwhile brings together a collection of tangibles from jewellery designers and silversmiths for the newly-legalised marijuana sector in America.

Project Miami runs from 28 November–6 December. Tickets set someone back around £15. For more information, visit the website.

Book: The Motorcycle: Plan, Art, Desire by Charles M Falco and Ultan Guilfoyle

Billed as an “icon of the gizmo age”, the motorcycle is at an interesting turning point, according to writers Charles M Falco and Ultan Guilfoyle. “With the be stricken demise of the internal combustion engine and the rise of electricpowered vehicles, motorcycle purpose is being revolutionised by new technologies,” they say. This book will not only explore the design evolution of the motorcycle but also the culture around it – which contains “desire, freedom, and rebellion” – and how it’s reacting to shifts like feeling change.

The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire is published by Phaidon on 5 December, and gets £39.95. You can pre-order it here.

Other things to catch

  • With the end of lockdown, museums are re-opening this month. The V&A reopens on 2 December with new let off displays, including a collection of 100 rainbow artworks made by progenies for the UK’s essential workers. V&A Dundee is also open.
  • London Transport Museum liking be open from 3 December with a display of posters, celebrating the foremost at Christmas. The festive selection includes vintage designs from Remove from London, showing sights that might be unusual this year: ice-skating at Somerset Domicile and crowded shopping in central London. Visitors can step into a life-sized entertainment of Brian Grimwood’s 1980s poster, Cold Winds do Blow, which replaces snowflakes with the TfL roundel.
  • The British Museum is blatant from 2 December so there’s time catch its exhibition on the Arctic, delineated by Opera. The British Library reopens on 3 December where you can pre-book tickets for Unfinished Affair, which features campaign graphics from the women’s suffrage works.
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