Set the agenda – Red Setter’s Top Design Events October 2021
Autumn is officially here and there are three big design events that have caught our culturally focused beady eye this month. The one we’re most excited about is ‘The Conran Effect’. You simply can’t mention design in the UK without acknowledging the impact made by Sir Terence Conran.
Conran was a designer, entrepreneur and restaurateur who transformed British taste through his passion for the importance of everyday things. He turned ‘design’ from being a description of something people do, to a commodity: something you could buy in his shops. Celebrating his impact, today’s exhibition opens, on what would have been his 90th birthday. What a great way to honour him by the museum he founded in 1989.
When: Opens 4th October 2021
Where: Design Museum, London
Why: Sir Terence Conran had a major impact on British design (and wider British culture). This free display in memory of his life and work showcases the impact he had on revolutionising everyday life in contemporary Britain, changing the way we eat, shop and live today. It will showcase his early furniture designs, his influential restaurants and the establishment of Habitat.
When: 1st – 31st October 2021
Where: New York City – virtual and in-person
Why: Archtober is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month; the annual festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions taking place during the month of October. The event is both physical, but also online, with partners to the event hosting programs digitally, allowing visitors from across the globe to participate in an exploration of NYC’s architecture and design.
We’re particularly excited about the launch of Archtober’s Mobile Map. This is their guide to New York museums, historic homes, iconic architecture, parks, restaurants and so much more (all through an architect’s eyes). We’ll be heading back to NYC soon to see some our US based clients and will definitely be downloading this.
When: Opens 23rd October 2021
Where: Design Museum, London
Why: Can design help solve the problem of waste? We think so. We love to see how designers are putting their skills and creative thinking together to try to solve this problem and to challenge our throwaway culture.
So much more needs to happen and happen fast, but this exhibition is good place to see how designers are rethinking our relationships with everyday things. From fashion to food, electronics to construction, even packaging – finding the lost value in our trash and imagining a future of clean materials and a circular economy could point the way out of the Waste Age.
The exhibition showcases some of the visionary designers who are reinventing our relationship with waste, including Formafantasma, Stella McCartney, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Lacaton & Vassal, Studio Drift, Fernando Laposse, Bethany Williams, Phoebe English and Natsai Audrey Chieza.
‘We must face the problem of waste – we can no longer ignore what happens to things when we get rid of them. Instead of thinking of objects as things that have an end life, they can have many lives. This is not just an exhibition it is a campaign, and we all have an active part in our future.’ Gemma Curtin, Curator.