The best design exhibitions to see in March from around the globe
We’ve scoured the globe to find the most captivating, uncanny and memorable design shows to see in 2018; from retrospectives and major blockbusters to thematic exhibitions and solo shows. So here’s our list of must-see design events this month...
François Bauchet at Galerie Kreo, Paris
Showcasing his on-going research into forms and materials, François Bauchet launches a new collection, ‘Azo’. Having developed his own material – a composite of sand, resin and concrete – he has created this series of tables, benches, consoles and side tables in a magnitude of shapes achieving a geometric yet sinuous finish. The limited-edition range is available in subtle grey and a constrasting warmer rust hue. ©Sylvie Chan-Liat / Courtesy of Galerie Kreo
17 February- 12 March; Galerie Kreo, 31, rue Dauphine, 75006, Paris
Crystal Atmosphere by Frida Fjellman at Hostler Burrows, New York
Marking her New York debut, contemporary artist and designer Frida Fjellman has developed a new version of her Netjets private lounge installation which showed at Art Basel Miami Beach last year. Visitors are invited to wander through the Swedish designer’s ‘crystal forest’ that is composed of hanging hand-blown crystal lanterns, which gently pulsate, gracefully attached via a chain to create a mesmerising experience. The installation Fjellman says is intended to ‘impart a sense of calm as well as to intrigue and fascinate.’
9 March - 20 April; Hostler Burrows, 35 E 10th Street, 10003, NYC
The Aram Gallery 15th anniversary exhibition, London
The Drury lane gallery celebrates its 15th birthday in style by inviting some of its most glossy past exhibitors to show again, but this time inviting to pair up with an up-and-coming designer. The coveted list includes Industrial Facility, Ineke Hans, Jasper Morrison and Thomas Heatherwick. ‘The particular importance of this exhibition is that young designers, all selected by established and experienced designers, are given a platform to exhibit their works,’ says founder Zeev Aram. Pictured: work by Michael Anastassiades, who has invited Martinelli Venezia for the show.
8 March – 28 April 2018; Aram Gallery, 110 Drury Lane, Covent Garden London WC2B 5SG
Night Fever: Designing Club Culture 1960 - Today at Vitra Design Museum, Basel
The Swiss museum is opening its doors to an exploration of disco design for March. From Gruppo 9999’s Space Electric (1969) (where the Italian Radical Design crew hung out), all the way through to OMA’s recent graphic proposals for the Ministry of Sound in London, the show looks upon the last 40 years of iconic nightclub design. The exhibition will take a chronological voyage through the glamour of these spaces and subcultures, via mediums including vintage photography, film, poster and even fashion.
17 March - 9 September; Vitra Design Museum, Charles-Eames-Str. 2 D-79576 Weil am Rhein, Basel
Chris Schanck draws upon a wide range of inspiration for his solo show at Friedman Benda, from Brutalist and art deco architecture to ancient Egyptian, Anatolian and Aztec iconography. The Detroit-based designer has produced a series of 15 pieces where furniture enters in an otherworldly dialogue with art, punctuated by references to fantasy and science-fiction, all using his low-tech Alufoil technique. Pictured: ‘Bloom’ by Chris Schanck, Friedman Benda 2018
1 March - 14 April, Friedman Benda, 515 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001
The Ancient Japanese art of re-purpose at Front, London
Rug behemoth Jan Kath brings his new ‘Boro’ collection to Front’s London atelier. ‘Boro’ (Japanese for stitched) hones in on a tradition that dates back to the 7th-century practice of patching used material together to create new durable clothes, bedcovers and household items. Kath has built up a collection of Boro garments which have inspired his own rug designs, these will be on view alongside his dress collections too.
14 March - 15 April; Front, 20 Bruton Pl, Mayfair, London W1J 6LY
‘Akari: Sculpture by Other Means’ at Noguchi Museum
The Noguchi Museum is showing an exhibition dedicated to Isamu Noguchi’s modular, collapsible ‘Akari’ lanterns. Starting in 1951, Noguchi designed over 200 Akari models in his lifetime, as a way of marrying an ancient paper craft with electricity. The exhibition includes the largest Akari ever created, the two-metre-wide Akari 200D, made for the 1986 Venice Biennale, in addition to various archival materials. A second, concurrent exhibition, ‘Akari Unfolded: A Collection’, features 26 Akari-inspired lamps created by French studio Ymer & Malta in partnership with Nendo, Sebastian Bergne, Stephen Burks, Océane Delain, Benjamin Graindorge, and Sylvain Rieu-Piquet. Pictured: Nendo’s modern interpretation of the light. Courtesy: Ymer & Malta
28 February 2018 - 27 January 2019; Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd, Queens, NY 11106