UK/London >>> Design Events

Hello all! I’m new in Britain (since 2009) and find interesting design events happening all the time - there’s a lot going on in the UK…

Planning to post good ones here and invite you to add events too :wink:

Here’s one from Design Museum London:

Friday 23 July, 6-10pm
Boldly design where no one has designed before. Explore Sustainable Futures, David Adjaye’s Urban Africa and Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibitions, and gaze into the portal of your imagination and predict the future. The perfect night for actual or potential innovators to flourish with workshops, discussions and music to hand.

Test ride electric bikes: Gocycle
Book bind the sustainable way: with London based artist Lee Maelzer.
Reuse, adapt and adorn: to make fabulous accessories from old discarded jewellery
Soundtrack to the night: London based percussionist Matthew Benyayer

Fiona Banner at the Tate Britain
I caught this 2 weeks ago when I visited for the Henry Moore exhibition. It was very impressive in person! It as almost like giant birds of prey trophies

And the Henry Moore exhibit was inspiring as well…

I’ve mentioned it on the boards before, but the London Open House event is coming up in September. I’ve never been before but am hoping I might get a chance to visit a couple of the buildings being opened to the public this year. Basically an event that allows you to check out some amazing architecture in buildings that are not normally open to the public.

The Tate rules.

Yeah it does! The last show I saw there was Pop Life, all about 80’s pop artists last fal. It was such an awesome show, especially the Damion Hirst twins and classic stuff from Koons, Warhol, and Haring. There was a Murakami part with this “Majokko Princess” video specially made for the exhibit. Tate paid for Kristen Dunst to dress up in like an sexy anime character and dance around Akihabara while McG filmed… it was pretty crazy

Another event coming up soon, the DMI Design Management Europe Conferernce 14: Transforming Design in London on Sept 7 and 8th. Headliners include Oliver King of Engine as well as speakers from Adaptive path, MIT, Lego, DBA, the Design Council, etc…

London Design week starts in 5 weeks time. It was a good event last year, lots of things going on around the city. Here’s a link to register for one of the biggest shows, 100% Design London in Earls Court. It’s free TO REGISTER
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Tent London’s on at the same time as 100% at The Truman Brewery

Checked this out yesterday. Absolutely incredible, especially standing below the harrier with it suspended above you. And it felt as if the space was built for the harrier, or the harrier for the space, it was a perfect fit. I caught a bit of the video that accompanied the exhibition, but would love to see how the heck they got that thing into the middle of the Tate!

On a downer, looks like I won’t make it back to London for design week this year. Gutted, but it’s Helsinki design week this week to make up for it :wink:

Hey Firenzee, you should share what happens at the Helsinki Design week… I for one would be interested in seeing

BTW, there was a video on the Tate Britain website about how they suspended the jets in there. Such an impressive sight!

This is on the fringe of industrial design AND not in the UK, but really cool. One of the lead guys was an HF-ID intern on the NASA design team…

Copenhagen Sub orbitals is a company created by two very motivated guys who want Denmark to have a manned space program. In under a week they are going to test launch their first home-made rocket, unmanned but with crew compartment and dummy, off a platform in the Baltic Sea. They’re towing the launch platform out with their home-made submarine.

Check out the crew compartment - that’s going to be insane ride!

**** Launch Scrubbed****

Launch window: Aug 30 - Sep 17, 2010
Possible date, Launch platform to Bornholm: Tue Aug 31 (75%)
Possible launch date of HEAT-1X-Tycho Brahe: Thu Sep 02 (40%)


The Poundshop @ London Design Week (link)

I know a couple of talented designers getting product ready for this, could be some
interesting stuff. Here’s the email:


We now have our submissions and our fantastic venue, we’re now looking for live
acts to busk during our shop through Design Week. We are looking for all manner
of live events, be them live music (has to be acoustic, except opening day), poetry
readings to cakes sales and food stalls!!!

We have 5 live event days:

  • The Grand Opening: Saturday 18th September 2010 3pm - 9pm
  • Sunday 19th September 2010 12-7pm
  • Late night opening Thursday 23rd September 3-9pm
  • Saturday 25th September 2010 12-7pm (potential theme -  food day)
  • Sunday 26th September 2010 12-7pm

If you would be interested in booking a slot then email us on
with the title EVENTS! All one hour slots are £1 only! Please pass this on to anyone
who might like to join us!!

Design Museum Ball… Sept 24th

Design Wales Colour and Trend Event, Oct 15th in Cardiff

Booking Now Open!

Design Wales Forum Presents
Colour and Trend Event A/W 2011/12

October 2010 sees the return of Design Wales’ much missed colour and trend event. Presented by Jaana Jatyri CEO of Trendstop, the event will cover the A/W season 2011/12. The inspirations behind the trends and their practical application will be covered.

The event will feature a round up of the developments in the fashion and textile sectors in Wales in the past year. If you have any developments/ awards/ facilities you would like others to use/ in your business, organisation or network and you would like to share them with your peers, please forward the information to Victoria Jones at<>.

who should attend: fashion, textiles, product and graphic designers
date: 15th October 2010
venue: Central Cardiff
time: 10:30 – 4:45
cost: £50 (including lunch)

To book and pay for a place contact Victoria Jones on 02920 417 018

The Frieze Art Fair is this weekend. Oct 14-17.

Yves Béhar at the design museum, Oct 24th…
Yves Béhar, founder of design studio fuseproject and winner of Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2008 for One Laptop Per Child, will be giving an insight into his design practice. Don’t miss this sustainable design hero.

Tickets £15 / £7.50 members
Includes entry to current exhibitions before the talk.
T 0207 940 8783

SUPERDESIGN returns with a powerful line up of international galleries.

Now in its fourth year, SUPERDESIGN has cemented its reputation as London’s most important and innovative exhibition of contemporary design art pieces. Bringing together collections from leading galleries and pioneering international designers at a crucial time in the art calendar year.

Spread over 1,500 sqm of exhibition space, SUPERDESIGN will feature specially commissioned, unique and limited edition pieces from world-class international galleries including The Apartment, D&A-Lab, Quadrige, Mitterrand-Cramer, Tom Dixon, Herve Van Der Straeten and Vessel Gallery.

SUPERDESIGN seeks to emphasise the current synergy between design and the visual arts with innovative and ground breaking displays that present modern design in a fresh and invigorating light.

Opening Hours
Thursday 14 October 10am - 6pm
Friday 15 October 10am - 8pm
Saturday 16 October 10am - 6pm
Sunday 17 October 10am - 4pm

Victoria House Basement | Bloomsbury Square | London WC1 BADA

This looks insane!

Tate Modern’s New Art Installation: 100 Million Sunflower Seeds

100 million sunflower seeds covering the floor of the Tate Modern… except their not real sunflower seeds but porcelain replicas made in China!

FFOTM (First Friday Of The Month) Bristol… Nov 5th

FWD from some local design entrepreneurs (and all round good guys) Duncan
Iraci and Chris Brooker. Come by if your in the Bristol area, they are always fun

Hi Everyone

It’s First Friday of the Month.

This month we have a special venue, the new product design R Block at UWE.
(See attached map for details on parking)

Join us for an evening of drinks, chats, and catching up. This is the monthly
get together to share thoughts, ideas and imagination.

Everyone is welcome and we’d like it if you came along. Here’s the details:

R Block
University of the West of England
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane
BS16 1QY
United Kingdom
17:00 to 19:00hrs

After that, we will probably relocate to the Lansdown.
The LANSDOWN public drinking emporium
8 Clifton Road, Bristol, Avon BS8 1AF