17-25 Settembre / London Design Festival / Londra

London Design Festival celebrates 
the ‘march of the makers’

Now in its ninth year, the London Design Festival will be the largest and most significant yet, with an expected 180 partners and more than 250 events celebrating the world’s creative capital.

The London Design Festival has commissioned landmark design installations all by renowned British architects and designers across the city, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and, for the first time, St Paul’s Cathedral. Festival Director, Ben Evans, said: “This year’s Festival will demonstrate the power and versatility of design across London; offering a series of quality projects that fulfil London’s design credentials”.

The Festival’s wider programme, staged by a mass of design-related organisations and individuals will again be focused on six design districts; each celebrating their own particular contribution to the world of design in London.  The Brompton Design District, and nearby Pimlico Road will showcase a cocktail of international, interiors and design led installations.  In central London, Covent Garden will reflect the broad range of design interests locally and stage a specially commissioned installation with Lego in the Piazza.
Following its debut in 2010 the Fitzrovia Creative programme will develop with a host of showrooms working together led by the European Design Centre. Further east, the Clerkenwell Design District will again come to life in a multitude of showrooms and studios. The Shoreditch Design Triangle will provide a range of interests and activities, co-ordinated with SCP and including Lee Broom’s debut handcrafted upholstery collection, Salon.

12-18 Settembre / Paris Design Week / Parigi

Paris’s vitality, the quality of its professional network, its design education, and its sparkling creativity and cultural environment make it a one-of-a-kind international focal point for attracting global talents in search of development and innovation opportunities in the design and lifestyle sectors. With the goal of bringing together and federating those talents with a major annual event in the same spirit as the MAISON&OBJET trade show, SAFI is launching PARIS DESIGN WEEK, from Monday September 12 to Sunday September 18, 2011. Inspired by events held in London, Milan, Tokyo and Moscow, Paris is preparing to experience an international-scale event with an assertive identity, which includes trade events and ones geared for the general public.

PARIS DESIGN WEEK is both cultural and commercial, professional and consumer-oriented. It will bring together a hundred events, including the MAISON&OBJET international trade show, top-ranking design exhibits, new collection launches, round tables and debates, installations, studio visits, exceptional places and celebrations. These events will give the general public the opportunity to freely discover the facets of design where it resides: editors, designers, galleries, institutions, hotels, restaurants, etc. Whether you’re looking to learn, work or make work for others, PARIS DESIGN WEEK aims to satisfy everyone’s expectations.

1-6 Settembre / Copenhagen Design Week / Copenhagen

For the second time, Copenhagen Design Week is ready to welcome international architects, designers, heads of companies, researchers and students for six days of conferences, seminars, talks, exhibitions and events. From Thursday 1st September to Tuesday 6th September, much of Copenhagen will be buzzing with design events and debates that will focus on Danish design and design solutions under the theme, “Think Human”.

The theme “Think Human” makes Copenhagen Design Week different from the other international design weeks. Denmark has a unique approach to design and design solutions, which other countries can learn from for both local and global challenges.
This is why Copenhagen Design Week 2011 has chosen a theme reflecting the humanist tradition that invites politicians, planners, designers and architects to put the user, the individual, and the human being at the centre of their thinking.