Top Design Shows: Summer 2018

Top Design Shows: Summer 2018

Expanding the boundaries of traditional practice, exhibitions open  this season occupy the intersection between art, technology and design. By celebrating established practitioners whilst investigating future solutions, these shows offer address sustainability, new techniques and restoring nature.

Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960-Today, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein

Positioning nightclubs as spaces for creative experimentation, Night Fever offers a wide range of objects, providing a multidisciplinary experience. From furniture to graphic design, architectural models to art, film and photography to fashion, the show reveals an extensive history. Until 9 September. Find out more here.

The Future Starts Here, V&A, London

Through over 100 objects, the V&A highlights innovative design projects that explore the landscape of the near future. From wearable technology to environmentally aware solutions, the collection foregrounds responsive concepts that offer answers to today’s most pressing questions. Until 4 November. Find out more here.

Akari: Sculpture by Other Means, The Noguchi Museum, New York

Drawing on organic structures and the ephemeral qualities of nature, Isamu Noguchi’s renowned Akari lamps investigate the concept of light whilst offering spatial solutions. Inspired by traditional lanterns, the objects combine new technology with time-honoured ideas, creating practical installations. Until 27 January. Find out more here.

London Design Fair 2018, Old Truman Brewery

Bringing together 550 exhibitors from around the world, this four-day event showcases the work of independent designers and established brands . Dedicated exhibitions such as Netherlands: Dutch Stuff offer insight into distinct styles, whilst national pavilions celebrate cultural heritage. 20-23 September. Find out more here.

Studio Drift: Coded Nature, Stedelijk, Amsterdam

Bridging the boundaries between digital art and design, Dutch duo Studio Drift uses technology to create large-scale installations. The works bring to the fore issues of sustainability, investigating the relationships between human beings, nature and the impact of augmented reality. Until 26 August. Find out more here.

1. Atlas Crafts, Edition No1.
2. Akoaki, Mobile DJ Booth, The Mothership Detroit, 2014. © Akoaki
3. Tomás Saraceno, Aerocene, launches at White Sands Natural Park, 2015. Courtesy the artist; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Tanya Bonakdar, New York; Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen, Esther Schipper, Berlin. © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2015
4.Editorial photograph with Akari 1AS (designed 1953), for Harper’s Bazaar . Photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe. © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS)
5. Kink by Earnest Studio.
6. Fragile Future Chandelier 3.5 (2012). Copyright: Studio Drift / Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Flylight, Arsenale Venice (2014).