The best design events in February


2022 is well underway with a host of new exhibitions and workshops. Here are our picks for the month ahead.

Summit: The Summit of the World Around 2022, at the Guggenheim

The planet after geoengineering

As the world grapples with the climate crisis, design and architecture experts will gather at the Guggenheim to discuss pressing issues of the day in relation to some recent projects. Design Earth will discuss The Planet After Geoengineering, a graphic novel that uses storytelling to bring climate engineering and its controversies to life. Also talks about Senegalese collective Top Manta, who started designing their own clothes after learning how to make fake designer items in Barcelona. You can access the summit online.

You can register for the World Around Summit 2022 for free on its website.

Exhibition: From silk to silicon, at the Backlit Gallery

Designer Sebastian Koseda brings a mix of graphics, woven textiles and moving images to Nottingham’s Backlit Gallery this month to explore the tensions at the heart of the automation movement. The time frame is vast: from the 1770s to the present day. In 1779, the Luddites waged war on the machines because their craftsmanship was under threat, Koseda explains. He continues: “Nearly 250 years later, the ghost of Ned Ludd haunts us, his looms weaving repeated patterns as we witness the 4th Industrial Revolution. Are we going to witness a Luddite revivalism? Expect to see a robot capable of drawing self-portraits, as well as an examination of the punch, from the automated waving of silk to the creation of the world’s first computer.

Silk to Silicon is open from February 25 to March 27 at the Backlit Gallery in Nottingham. You will find more information on the exhibition website.

Workshop: Code your own adventure, at the Design Museum

Is he too young to learn to code? This February semester, interaction designer Joe Hoole is leading a one-day coding workshop where kids (grades 7-9) can create their own interactive fiction. This may be of particular interest to video game fans. As the museum explains, kids can “learn how coding is used to empower the player to choose their path.”

Code your own adventure will take place on February 15 at the Design Museum in London. Tickets start at £60 and more information is available on the museum’s website.

Fair: Collectible Crafts and Design Fair

Collect returns for its 18th edition in a hybrid format, bringing together around thirty exhibitions from international galleries at Somerset House in London. Presented by the Crafts Council, the fair promises pieces from the “most exciting international craft artists working today”. Visitors will be able to purchase items or simply browse.

Collect is open to the public from February 25 to 27, at Somerset House in London. For more information, you can visit the Collect site.

Event: 3DExperience World 2022

This three-day event features more than 300 sessions, with contributions from designers and business leaders, on hot topics including augmented reality and virtual reality. You can attend virtually to listen to one of the sessions, which include a talk from industry studio Jason Pohl Designs on bringing inspiration to the classroom.

3DExperience World 2022 will take place from February 7 to 9 and registration is free. You can find out more on the event website.

Book: Mario Bellini. Italian beauty: architecture, design and more

This comprehensive volume retraces the nearly 60-year career of Milanese architect and designer Mario Bellini. Bellini’s portfolio is extensive, spanning furniture, product and interior design, and working with clients such as B&B Italia, Fiat and cultural venues like the Museum of Modern Art in New York. One of his most striking creations is the Camaleonda system, an early example of a modular sofa. The retrospective is interspersed with critical commentary and a foreword by Germano Celant.

Mario Bellini. Italian Beauty: Architecture, Design, and More is published by Silvana Editoriale and published on February 21. You can buy it on Amazon.

January 24-30, 2022 Features

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