Set the agenda – Red Setter’s Top Design Events December 2021
Understandably there aren’t many design events kicking off in December. It’s the month of mince pies, mulled wine and Christmas parties (if we’re lucky). But there are some design events that will be wrapping up in coming months and they are definitely worth a shout out.
Enjoy our latest Red Setter ‘set the agenda’…where will you go this month?
When: now until 6th March 2022
Where: Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Why: Women that have made an impact in the history of design still need way more recognition. That’s why we love this exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum presenting the work of women designers from the past 120 years, exploring their struggle for equal rights and recognition.
Here We Are: Women in Design, 1900-Today showcases the work of over 80 women designers, and looks at ongoing debates on feminism in our society. It provides a fresh, updated look at the story of modern design and gives plenty of thought-provoking moments about what design should be in the twenty-first century, who defines it, and who it is for. There are physical tours, but also online events that are viewable via youtube, including a discussion about the works of women designers and their influence in calling for systemic change in society with Alice Rawsthorn, author of ‘Design as an Attitude’ and co-founder of Design Emergency.
When: now – 20th February 2022
Where: Brooklyn Museum, New York
Why: Two years ago this exhibition opened at the V&A London. Many of our team visited and were blown any (many of us even went more than once!). Dior is simply one of the greatest of fashion’s design gods and now the show has landed in New York, we strongly recommend our NYC friends and colleagues to make a visit a priority.
Spanning from 1947 when Dior debuted the “New Look” to the present day, the exhibition traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, with the artistic directors who succeeded him - Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri.
The central atrium of Brooklyn’s Beaux-Arts Court has been redesigned as an enchanted garden, and a concluding gallery celebrates dresses worn by stars from Grace Kelly to Jennifer Lawrence. If your Christmas looks likes sequins and glitter, this is exactly what’s needed to get you in the mood.
When: 2nd December 2021
Where: V&A Dundee and online
Why: It’s no secret that our founder and managing partner Claire Blyth loves music and clubbing. The Haçienda, what it stands for and the design that was integral to it becoming such an icon of music history is therefore always in our hearts. The designer Ben Kelly, who was behind the Manchester club, will be hosting a dinner and talk at the V&A Dundee. He will be joined by Glasgow-based designer Ross Hunter and photographer Eugene Schlumberger.
This event comes in advance of the launch of a new book, called Haçienda Landscapes, part photobook and part visual history. An eclectic retrospective of the iconic club, created by designer Kelly and photographer Schlumberger. It also features a special contribution from Factory records graphic designer Peter Saville. Could be one to get on your Christmas list if you love design and music history?