Helsinki Design Week
Helsinki Design Week originated around the Habitare furniture fair, which has been held in the Finnish capital since the 1970s. It was quite a small-town event until in 2012 Helsinki received the title of World Design Capital and glorified its "week" all over the world. Its feature is a practical approach. Most events are designed for you to buy something, eat something - or at least see how Finns live and work. The apotheosis of practicality is the Design Market (September 3-4), where you can buy clothes, accessories, interior items and furniture from two hundred companies from Finland and neighboring countries. Considering that Scandinavian design is still the trendiest in the world, this is not a bad place to shop.
Design Market © helsinkidesignweek.com
Scandinavian cuisine is also on the rise. Out of the many food-related events, the Supper Fest (September 7-10) is worth a look: the dinners, cooked together by chefs and designers, nourish not only the stomach, but also the eye. The gastronomic component will definitely be on a level when such stars as Dane Bo Beck and Swede Tommy Millimäki are among the participants.
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In between shopping and eating, visit the Design Museum. In addition to the permanent collection, there are exhibitions during Design Week, this time it will be possible to study in detail the work of the creator of bubble chairs Eero Aarnio. New this year is the Design Diplomacy project. Ten ambassadors will open the doors of their residences, and famous designers from these countries will comment on them (registration until August 29!). Well, you should definitely go to the showrooms of Finnish design brands - Marimekko, Artek, Iittala, etc. They always prepare something like that for the Design Week. Don't forget to follow in the footsteps of Finnish chief designer Alvar Aalto. Besides inspecting / buying his furniture from Artek, you can go to his house-museum or, at least, have lunch at the Savoy restaurant, which completely preserves the Aalto decor of 1937.
Paris Design Week
Paris Design Week differs from others in its increased degree of secularity. It started with cocktails that were held by furniture showrooms during the Maison & Objet salon, but gradually it took over almost the entire city and turned into a rather noticeable event. This year, about two hundred shops, galleries and cultural centers participate in the "week". Some are indeed preparing new collections or exhibitions, but in general, do not expect incredible design discoveries. The essence of Paris Design Week is still to have a good time with a glass of champagne. For the convenience of the public, Paris is divided into districts, with participants from each district hosting cocktails on the same day. You need to go to Saint-Germain-des-Prés on the evening of September 2. Showrooms of luxury brands are concentrated here (Dedar,Hermès, Cassina, Moissonnier, Boffi, Poltrona Frau, etc.), which means you can count on good champagne.
1 of 3 Armchairs Cassina © cdn.cassina.com Showroom Moissonnier © maison-objet.com Showroom Boffi © boffi-cuisines.com
The district of Les Halles / Marais / Bastille awaits you on September 3rd. There are many non-core members (e.g. Muji, Aesop, Y's Yohji Yamamoto) to guarantee variety. Take a look at the Pompidou Center, where the 40th anniversary of the Italian brand Magis will be celebrated. On September 5, move towards the fashionable quarters of the Opera / Place de la Concorde / Place of the Stars. The local program is quite eclectic, from designer cocktails at Plaza Athénée to new Baccarat jewelery at Colettebefore the exhibition of works by Ukrainian designers in the cultural center of Ukraine. On the 6th, the most curious can go to explore the alternative area of Barbes / Stalingrad. The celebration will end on the evening of September 8 at the Les Docks design and fashion center, where young designers are sitting, while Rado is showing the finalists of its Star Prize France award. Party entrance is by invitation, but stop there at a different time: if you're lucky with the weather, in addition to design, enjoy cocktails and sunbathing on the terrace.
Brussels Design September
The Brussels Festival, the most informal and democratic of all, is not tied to any commercial fair. It is a little more modest than the neighboring ones (about 100 events in three weeks), and its charm is in this intimacy: exhibitions of a human scale, vernissages are open to everyone, it is easy to move between different points (even special MINI minibuses are organized). For the first time, the newly opened ADAM Design Museum is participating in the festival this year. It is worth going there not only for the temporary exhibition, but also to see the impressive collection of plastic furniture from the 1960s and 80s, as well as the Atomium, a giant iron molecule built for the 1958 World's Fair.
1 of 7 A collection of plastic furniture design museum the ADAM © adamuseum.be collection of plastic furniture design museum the ADAM © adamuseum.be collection of plastic furniture design museum the ADAM © adamuseum.be collection of plastic furniture design museum the ADAM © adamuseum.be collection of plastic furniture design museum the ADAM © adamuseum.be The plastic furniture collection of the ADAM Design Museum © adamuseum.be The plastic furniture collection of the ADAM Design Museum © adamuseum.be
If you are interested in vintage from a more practical side, then head to the Brussels Design Market (September 10-11), the largest design market of the 20th century. Contemporary Belgian design can be seen at two exhibitions: Belgian Matters at Design Vlaanderen and Belgium is Design at Brussels Info Point. Both represented the Belgians at Milan Design Week in April. And if you want a complete immersion, you can walk through the studios of designers and architects within the Open Doors and see how, for example, the main Belgian star Xavier Lust works.
Works by designer Xavier Lust © xavierlust.com
But Brussels Design September is not prone to excessive patriotism. In design galleries (Puls, Atelier Jespers, Spazio Nobile, The Gallery, Diito, etc.) you can see the works of both Belgians and foreigners, and celebrity designers from all over Europe will come to the conference in the Flagey hall, in particular, the Italian classic Gaetano Pesce … And in some places the festival goes beyond design. For example, the magnificent Art Deco interiors of Villa Empain for the Decor exhibition promise to be decorated with works by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Daniel Buren and other more or less contemporary artists.
London Design Festival
The London Festival in scope (400 events) rivals Milan Design Week. It grew out of the fair's non-exhibition program, 100% Design, but quickly surpassed it in popularity. Even professionals and journalists are not too interested in "one hundred percent design", preferring appeared later under the LDF fair Designjunction and Tent London. They represent a rather curious slice of modern design, but not everyone is ready for such a concentration, so assess your strengths objectively. It is much more pleasant to absorb it in small portions while walking around the city. Minimum program - exhibition of one of the main contemporary British designers Jasper Morrison at Tate Modernand several installations at the Victoria and Albert Museum. If you look at the permanent collections at the same time, this alone will take you at least a day.
1 of 8 Accessories © jaspermorrison.com Tables © jaspermorrison.com Lighting © jaspermorrison.com Chests of drawers © jaspermorrison.com Technique © jaspermorrison.com
The Somerset House for the first time will be held London Design Biennale (7-27 September). Considering that museums (including the Moscow Design Museum) and various design institutions participate in the show, the result may be too clever, but you never know in advance.
But the main popular entertainment - the installation on Trafalgar Square - will not take place this year. The organizers aimed at a golf course designed by Zaha Hadid, Tom Dixon and Paul Smith, but did not raise money for it.
Golf course design by Zaha Hadid, Tom Dixon and Paul Smith © facebook.com/LondonDesignFestival
But even without it there is something to see. The city, like Paris, is divided into zones: Brompton, South Bank, Chelsea, Clerkenwell, Islington, Shoreditch and Brixton. Expensive boutiques, galleries, independent shops, design schools, workshops, restaurants, hotels, street installations - the participants and the program depend on the nature of the area. Previously, all the most interesting and fresh happened in the northeast, now it is worth going to the south. The new LDF member Brixton's design trail will be dedicated to local native, the late David Bowie.>