The Design Events Happening This July
While June was packed with Basel, DesignMiami, a couple of Design Weeks, and an architecture festival, July’s agenda is shaping up to be a quieter respite as people settle into the summer. That said, there are some excellent design events planned in the Hamptons, Santa Fe, and beyond to pepper your calendar between beach naps and dips in the pool. Whether you’re hightailing it to the East End or planning a more far-flung trip, consider adding these events to your agenda.
When: July 4–6
As Japan’s largest trade fair for design products, Design Tokyo features a range of lighting, home appliances, fashion, accessories, and more. Exhibitors must be selected by a screening committee of industry veterans in order to present, and the event is part of Lifestyle Expo Tokyo, which also runs the Tableware & Kitchenware Expo and the Interior Products & Furniture Expo.
New Designers Week II
When: July 4–7
Where: Business Design Centre, London
New Designers celebrates the brightest young design talent coming out of Britain with a two-week exhibition from different universities around the United Kingdom where students present never-before-seen projects and ideas. The second week sees presentations on furniture, product, and industrial design, as well as spatial design and interiors.
Market Art + Design
When: July 5–8
Where: Bridgehampton, NY
As New Yorkers migrate to the Hamptons this summer, so do the art fairs. The eighth edition of this modern and contemporary art fair will showcase work by 65 top galleries from around the world and will feature a design component as well.
Gdynia Design Days
When: July 6–15
Where: Gdynia, Poland
Organized by the Design Center and the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park Gdynia, this design festival is an annual affair aimed at young design professionals, entrepreneurs, and design lovers in Poland. This year’s theme, “error,” pushes participants to redefine the priorities of the future and seek creative solutions to design problems.
FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art
When: July 14–September 30
The inaugural edition of FRONT International will transform the overlooked Rust Belt city into a hub for contemporary art and design with exhibits and activations in seven art institutions and 30 unusual spaces around Cleveland. Highlights include Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors at the Cleveland Museum of Art, contemporary art exhibitions inside a 1924 railway substation, and work by Kerry James Marshall.
Australian International Furniture Fair (AIFF)
When: July 19–22
Where: Melbourne, Australia
AIFF claims to be the longest-running and largest furniture buying and networking destination in Australia. This year’s edition features AIFF Loves Homemade, which spotlights Australian furniture designers and makers.
Decor + Design
When: July 19–22
Running concurrently with AIFF, Decor + Design bills itself as Australia’s leading interiors trade event. The fair is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year with design competition VIVID, an international seminar series, and independent studios showcase.
Iridescence at Cooper Hewitt
When: July 28–March 24, 2019
Where: New York City
Cooper Hewitt explores the impact of iridescence on design through a survey of objects from the ancient to the contemporary eras.