7 Best Design Events: Sept. 9-30, 2011

Get wrapped up for fall with Bojagi, traditional Korean wrap fabrics in San Francisco, or with one of Dale Chihuly’s collected wool trade blankets in the Northwest. Get an early start on Halloween by seeing Tim Burton’s exhibition in Los Angeles, or scout out the year’s Most Up-to-date design trends at Decorex International in London. If you’re searching for ways to be inspired, or simply love getting outside amid other layout lovers, here are 7 events on our short list from round the globe.

EXHIBITION — Sept. 9-Oct. 31, 2011
Tim Burton
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Los Angeles, CA

In case you are in the L.A. place, make sure you check out the impressive Tim Burton exhibition comprising more than 700 drawings, storyboards, cinematic ephemera and much more out of the creative mind behind quirky and dark movies like Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas. This display, the third most-attended exhibition in the museum’s history, includes artwork and objects out of Burton’s own archive, in addition to from studio archives as well as the private collections of the collaborators.

Not to be overlooked are two large-scale outside artworks: a topiary inspired by Edward Scissorhands and Balloon Boy, and a huge figure based on an amalgamation of personalities that Burton introduced in his book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories.

Check it out before it ends on Halloween!

EXHIBITION — Sept. 9-Oct. 22, 2011
Wrapping Traditions: Korean Textiles Now
Museum of Craft and Folk Art
San Francisco, CA

Get wrapped up in Bojagi (conspicuous bo-jah-ki), traditional Korean wrap cloths used in formal ceremonies and daily tasks in Korea centuries past. Similar to American quilting and patchwork, traditional Bojagi was handmade by women from leftover pieces of cloths or newspapers that were elaborately embroidered collectively in this folk-art tradition.

This San Francisco display features the gorgeous function of 66 artists from Korea, England, Finland, Switzerland and much more. The job comprises finely manicured and hand-stitched traditional Bojagi, wearable pieces, installations, and wall hangings, and is guest curated by fiber artist, lecturer and author Chungie Lee.

EXHIBITION — Sept. 9-Oct. Two, 2011
Dale Chihuly’s Northwest
Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

whilst well known for his influence as a glass artist, Dale Chihuly, pays tribute to his hometown of Tacoma and Northwest inspirations in an exhibition on view through September 25. Presenting a varied selection of Chilhuly’s artwork such as baskets, cylinders, soft cylinders, and Pilchuck stumps, these 85 first pieces showcase his inspirations from the Puget Sound region and the trademark Northwest rain.

Also on display are 300 other pieces collected by Chihuly, including wool trade blankets, Willits canoes, and Edward S. Curtis photogravures.

LECTURES — Sept. 13-Nov. 8, 2011
IABR (Global Architecture Biennale Rotterdam)
Dépendance building
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Attend one of five, or all the lectures in this coordinated string in partnership with AIR, (the Architecture Center in Rotterdam), on the theme’Making Town.’ The 5th IABR investigates the question,’How do we make city?’ And makes a call to governments, policy-makers, politicians, musicians and the public to get working in their cities with enthusiasm. Here’s a program as well as the lecture topics:

Sept. 13, 2011 –‘Creating City’
Sept. 27, 2011 — Bordeaux,’50,000 New Homes’
Oct. 11, 2011 — New York,’Highline’
Oct. 18, 2011 — Lille Kortrijk Tournai,’Eurometropolis’
Nov. 8, 2011 — Paris,’La Défense Seine Arche’


GALA — Sept. 17, 2011
75th Anniversary Gala
Mill Run, PA

Attend an”enchanted evening of Art in Nature” in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Fallingwater, the famous home built in the 1930s within a waterfall by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufmann family. Enjoy this rare opportunity to dine al fresco with an illuminated forest serving as the background. Delight in meeting timber nymphs from the Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, and take in a light-and-sound installation by Luftwerk in this architectural National Historic Landmark. Click here to learn more details about the event.


Celia Birtwell | Bird Song & Milson Ticking Cushion – GBP 55

TRADESHOW — Sept. 25-28, 2011
Decorex International
Royal Hospital Chelsea
London, UK

Interested in sourcing the very exquisite and higher end trend setting products? Attend the 33rd annual Decorex International 2011 in London, which observes the theme,”Cherished Places” and invites the design community to lots of inspiration by over 300 handpicked exhibitors. This event will display a special display of distinctive interior design products, such as Celia Birtwell, textile designer of the pillow over, Broosk Salb, Colette van den Thillart, Nicky Haslam and a lot more.
About Sept. 26, Celia Birtwell will also do a book signing of her first book, a part of her life in style. The book looks at her early years, cooperating with her style designer husband Ossie Clark, being muse to David Hockney and her 28 years in the world of interiors. Birtwell will also do a talk in the V&A on Sept. 23, so make sure you join her in this very fascinating dialog.

EXHIBITION — Sept. 27-29, 2011
SALE — Oct. 1- 2, 2011
Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
Rinconada Park
Palo Alto, CA

Get an early start on picking out a pumpkin (no carving needed) for the fall holidays in the 16th annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch. This impressive display of over 8,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins, the largest in California, will underline the handiwork of more than 30 prominent glass artisans. Available in all colours, shapes, and dimensions for purchase after the exhibition.

Catch a torchworking demonstration by a Bay Area glass artist, Demetra Theofanous and fulfill the glass artists in person to learn more about this distinctive art-making procedure.

The public sale runs Saturday through Sunday and profits support the three introducing organizations: the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), the Palo Alto Art Center (PAAC), the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation (PAACF), in addition to participating artists.

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What’s in your calendar this weekend? Let us know about your favourite forthcoming design events below!

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