In some parts of the world the summer is popping out and in others the winter and rainy days are about to come. No matter where you are, there are some design exhibitions that you can’t miss during this June.
Whether you are a fan of clocks and modern art, designer silverware or cowhide chaise longues, there are a plenty of choices to see. Take a look at some top design-related events that are taking place this month worldwide:
Biennale Architettura 2016
What: International architecture exhibition
Where: Venice, Italy
When: Through Nov. 27
Cost: 25 euros (about $28)
Hop on the next available gondola because the 15th international architecture exhibition in Venice just opened its doors on May 28. This year’s exhibition will focus on how communal architecture can deal with issues such segregation, inequalities, access to sanitation, natural disasters, housing shortage, migration, crime, traffic, waste and pollution.
“We believe that the advancement of architecture is not a goal in itself but a way to improve people’s quality of life,” says exhibition curator Alejandro Aravena.
Design Episodes: The Modern Chair
What: Furniture exhibit
Where: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
When: Through Sept. 11
Cost: Adults $25
In the fall of 2017, the Art Institute of Chicago will debut the museum’s first permanent installation dedicated to 20th- and 21st-century architecture and design. In the months leading up, a series of three exhibitions will showcase different aspects of the museum’s design holdings. The first part of the series focuses on a piece of furniture that has captivated the popular imagination like no other: the modern chair.
Beginning in the Machine Age with the promise of industrial production, chair design took off in new directions, forms and materials. In the 1920s, tubular steel became a popular material in chair design. This chaise longue designed by Le Corbusier in 1928 is a prime example.
Largely an American development, plywood and fiberglass became popular materials used in chair design starting in the 1940s. The LCW lounge chair (1948), designed byCharles and Ray Eames, is an iconic design crafted out of humble plywood.
Dennis Oppenheim: Terrestrial Studio
What: Outdoor art exhibit
Where: Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, New York
When: Through Nov. 30
Cost: Adults $15
Located on 500 pristine acres of fields, hills and woodlands in New York’s lower Hudson Valley, the Storm King Art Center offers a fantastic venue for the late Dennis Oppenheim’s monumental land art.
Many of his large outdoor sculptures will be on display throughout the massive property. His Electric Kiss (2008) resembles both a Hershey’s Kiss and a wild plant growing up from the earth.
Tissus Inspirés, Pierre Frey
What: Designer retrospective
Where: Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
When: Through June 12
Cost: 11 euros (about $12)
There’s still two weeks to catch the first major tribute to this giant figure in interior design. Celebrating the history of Maison Pierre Frey, this exhibition takes visitors behind the scenes of a furnishing fabrics and wallpaper publishing house to reveal its sources of inspiration and production methods. More than 200 wallpaper and fabrics designed by Frey will be on display, such as these wallpapers inspired by the Paris roofline and flowers.
The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community
What: Architecture exhibit
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
When: Through Sept. 25
Cost: Adults $20
As the talented first son of the head of his rural village in Burkina Faso, Francis Kéré was given the opportunity to study architecture in Europe. Now an acclaimed architect based in Berlin, Kéré has brought his skills back to his native country.
Kéré maximizes local materials and community participation to reduce costs and ecological impact. This exhibition offers a look at some of his award-winning designs, such as this school extension in the town of Gando.
Francis Kéré scattered picture-frame windows at various levels in the Laongo health center so that patients and visitors of all ages can benefit from them — whether they are standing, seated or bedridden.
DMY International Design Festival
What: Design expo
When: June 2 through 5
Cost: 12 euros (about $13)
The DMY Festival has a reputation for showcasing the best new talents in the world of product design. One emerging star, Charlotte Anne Duckworth, artistically combined silver and wood to create her enchanting cutlery, above. Although the festival lasts only four days, DMY stands for “daily, monthly, yearly” because great design should never stop.
Yayoi Kusama: Narcissus Garden
What: Outdoor art exhibit
Where: The Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut
When: Through Nov. 30
Though you probably don’t need another reason to visit the famed Glass House designed by architect Philip Johnson in 1949, we’ve got one more. Renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has created Narcissus Garden, a landscape installation composed of 1,300 floating steel spheres, each about 12 inches in diameter. Drifting in the newly restored pond, the spheres move with the wind and follow the pond’s natural currents, forming a kinetic sculpture.
The mirrored surfaces reflect the surrounding Pond Pavilion (1962), wooded landscape and sky. At the top of the hill in the distance you can see the back of the Glass House.
Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time
What: Art exhibit
Where: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
When: Through July 10
Wrong Way Timepresents more than 800 objects in one space, installed in huge cabinets filled with curiosities. Around the walls are clocks painted with diverse imagery and slogans, like this deathly cuckoo clock.
All the clocks in the exhibit, like this stylized grandfather clock,tick and chime, reminding viewers (thank you!) of the passage of time.
Masterpieces of British Silver
What: Silverware exhibit
Where: Liang Yi Museum, Hong Kong
When: Through Aug. 18
Cost: 200 Hong Kong dollars (about $26)
If you want even more designer silverware, then the Liang Yi Museum is the place to be.This exhibition traces the history and evolution of silver made in Britain through 46 works from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Spectacular examples of historical silver dating from as early as the 16th century will be on display, such as this christening cup designed by Edward Feline in 1731.
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