We’ve scoured the globe this February to find the most captivating, uncanny and memorable design shows; from retrospectives and major blockbusters to thematic exhibitions and solo shows. So here's our list of must-see design events this month..

Soviet Design: Red Wealth (1950-1980) at ADAM - Brussels Design Museum, Brussels

Together with Moscow Design Museum, ADAM presents a retrospective of daily objects, drawings and graphics from the USSR. Delving into the Soviet lifestyle, from the 1950s through to the Moscow Olympics in 1980, the exhibition is divided into sections including engineering, industrial production, sports and public events. Highlights include a 1962 Spidola Transistor radio and covers of the Technical Aesthetics magazines from 1960-1980s.

24 January- 21 May. ADAM, Place de Belgique Belgiëplein, 1020 Brussels

Wonmin Park: Plain Cuts at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New York

Resin pioneer and Eindhoven graduate Wonmin Park debuts in the US with this first solo show at Carpenters Workshop Gallery. The exhibition celebrates Park's latest venture ‘Plain Cuts’ – an experimental collection of aluminium tables that launched at PAD in London last year. In addition, the New York gallery is exhibiting new, unseen additions to his signature ‘Haze’ series of resin works (pictured). Courtesy Carpenters Workshop Gallery

24 January - 14 April. Carpenters Workshop Gallery, 693 5th Avenue, New York, NY 1002

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style at V&A Museum, London 


© Getty Images
An exploration of transatlantic seafaring design opens at the V&A Museum, tapping into many of our contemporary fascinations and obsessions - glamour, nationalism, class, art, design, sex and death. Curated by Ghislaine Wood and Daniel Finamore, it tracks the ocean-liner origins from the transatlantic crossing of mail and immigration, to its tranformation into a grand hotel at sea with an emphasis on the theatrical, recreating room-sets, artwork and furniture.

3 February - 17 June. Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL

Muller Van Severen: Fireworks at Valerie Traan, Antwerp

This is a chance to view Muller Van Severen’s colourful ‘paravents’ or screens which they originally launched during Salone del Mobile in 2017. It’s the duo's fourth show at the Antwerp gallery and the curved metal forms are part of their ongoing research into the interactions between space and objects. In addition they are showcasing new tables in the same material, playing upon horizontal and vertical planes within the architectural folds of Valerie Traan. Photography: Roberto Marossi

1 February - 17 March. Valerie Traan, Reyndersstraat 12, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium

No-Thing - an exploration into aporetic architectural furniture at Friedman Benda, New York

The New York gallery appointed Juan Garcia Mosqueda to curate this latest show that sees the owner of the now closed Chamber Gallery commission new works from nine emerging architectural practices that possess an academic bent. They were challenged to pursue a non-dogmatic approach to creating furniture, producing interesting and diverse results. Photography: Daniel Kukla

18 January - 17 February. Friedman Benda, 515 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001