World Design Capital

    Capetown

    The South African city of Cape Town showcases its ongoing regeneration in 2014 with an exciting one-year program of design-focused activities under the World Design Capital 2014 designation—a biennial appointment announced by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, based on a city’s commitment to using design as a powerful tool for social, cultural and economic transformation. Following in the footsteps of Turin, Seoul and Helsinki, Cape Town is the fourth city—and the first in Africa—to hold this renowned title. Patricia de Lille, the city’s mayor, says, “2014, then, is the moment when the past and the future will come together for Cape Town. It is a reflection of how the city has socially and physically reinvented itself.”

    Under the overall theme of “Live Design. Transform Life,” the festival’s 38 curators—led by the influential designer Paul Duncan —have put together a multitude of events, demonstrating the city’s accomplishments in four subcategories: innovation, global conversation, social responsibility and sustainability. “We will use the World Design Capital 2014 opportunity to identify, nurture and promote projects that offer tangible evidence of how design can improve lives within our uniquely South African and African context,” explains Alayne Reesberg, the CEO of Cape Town Design, the implementing agency for World Design Capital 2014. “Our focus will be on projects that bridge historic divides, reconnect our city in structure and in spirit, rebuild social and economic inclusion and reposition Cape Town for a sustainable future.”

    The year 2014 will certainly be a milestone for Cape Town, marking the beginning of a more worthwhile city by design in its broadest sense.

    Text by Annick Weber

    When

    Throughout 2014

    Link

    worlddesigncapital.com

    Where

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Melbourne Cup Lexus Design Pavilion

    Melbourne

    The Lexus Design Pavilion—Lexus’s unique tribute to the design world—plays host to Lexus customers, guests and business partners, as well as the latest works of Australian and international designers, during the famous weeklong racing carnival that takes over Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse each November. This year, Lexus’s three-story marquee will once again bring together the best of the world’s design talent, while also leveraging Lexus’s global design initiatives, INTERSECT BY LEXUS and the CRAFTED FOR LEXUS range of artisan products. Like the Melbourne Cup itself, the pavilion cultivates performance, sophistication and, most important, best of breed.

    Text by Annick Weber

    When

    November 2–9, 2013

    Link

    lexus.com.au/about/sponsorships/MelbourneCup/

    Where

    Flemington Racecourse
    448 Epsom Road,
    Flemington VIC 3031,
    Australia

      Detroit Motor Show

      Detroit

      An annual curtain-raiser on the automotive calendar, the Detroit Motor Show will get the industry in the mood for some serious business after the winter holiday season. Among the world’s largest auto shows, it has been involved in some of the key milestones in the history of Lexus: the high-performance concept Lexus LF-LC, a model that helped accelerate the brand’s innovative design revolution, was unveiled here to unanimous accolades in 2012.

      Text by Shogo Hagiwara

      When

      January 13–26, 2014

      Link

      naias.com

      Where

      Cobo Center
      One Washington Blvd.
      Detroit, MI 48226
      USA

      Graphic Design Festival

      Breda

      The Graphic Design Festival returns to the Dutch town of Breda and transforms its historic 17th-century center into a creative hub, presenting current developments in visual storytelling in all its forms. The festival’s engaging program of workshops, lectures and exhibitions reflects the communicative power of graphic design, demonstrating to some 15,000 visitors how the designed image influences the behavior and opinions of each and everyone of us.

      Text by Annick Weber

      When

      April 17–27, 2014

      Link

      graphicdesignfestival.nl

      Where

      Reigerstraat 16,
      4811XB Breda, Nederland

      Abu Dhabi Art

      Abu Dhabi

      Some of the world’s top art galleries will yet again gather at the Saadiyat Cultural District this November, for the fifth edition of Abu Dhabi Art. With a carefully curated program of events, panel discussions among creative leaders and a wide variety of works from both established and emerging talents on show, the art fair will establish Saadiyat Island—the future home of the Abu Dhabi outposts of the Louvre and the Guggenheim, as well as of the Lord Norman Foster-designed Zayed National Museum—as the United Arab Emirates’s cultural destination of the future.

      Text by Annick Weber

      When

      November 20–23, 2013

      Link

      abudhabiartfair.ae

      Where

      UAE Pavilion and Manarat Al Saadiyat,
      Saadiyat Cultural Discrict,
      Abu Dhabi, UAE

        Whitney Biennial

        New York

        For the 77th time, New York’s leading museum of 20th- and 21st-century American art hosts its signature showcase of some of the nation’s most promising and at the same time debate-provoking talents in contemporary art. The 2014 edition is the first in the event’s history to invite three curators from outside the institution—Stuart Comer, Anthony Elms and Michelle Grabner—to oversee one of the exhibition’s three floors; the objective of this new curatorial structure is to highlight a range of geographic and methodological vantages. It is the last biennial to be held in the iconic Breuer building before the Whitney moves to a new downtown location in 2015.

        Text by Annick Weber

        When

        March 7–May 25, 2014

        Link

        whitney.org

        Where

        Whitney Museum of American Art
        945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
        New York, NY 10021, USA

        Stockholm Design Week

        Stockholm

        Each February, Stockholm Design Week attracts design enthusiasts from all corners of the world for a week of design-related events that take over the city’s showrooms, schools and studios. Organized since 2002 as a theme week around the established Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair—now regarded as one of the two most prestigious furniture fairs in Europe besides the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan—it presents a lively counterpart to the daytime trade activities held inside the Stockholmsmässan exhibition center.

        Text by Annick Weber

        When

        February 3–9, 2014

        Link

        stockholmdesignweek.com

        Where

        Stockholm, Sverige

        Tokyo Motor Show

        Tokyo

        This November, the 43rd edition of the Tokyo Motor Show—Japan’s biggest automotive event—will welcome some 30 international car and motorcycle manufacturers to showcase their latest products and cutting-edge technologies at Tokyo Big Sight. Themed around “smart mobility,” this year’s edition will invite visitors to experience the latest developments in intelligent transportation systems. In addition, a variety of automotive events aimed at families and younger audiences will be held around the venue and in the adjacent Odaiba area over the 10-day period.

        Text by Shogo Hagiwara

        When

        November 22–December 1, 2013

        Link

        www.tokyo-motorshow.com

        Where

        Tokyo Big Sight
        3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan

        Tokyo Designers Week

        Tokyo

        A regular fixture on the city’s design calendar, Tokyo Designers Week celebrates everything from art and fashion to product design and architecture, with entries from around the world. (The first Lexus Design Award, mentored by Sam Hecht and Junya Ishigami, was launched here in 2012.) Held each autumn at Meiji Jingu Gaien Mae, just a stone’s throw from Meiji Jingu Memorial Picture Gallery, this year’s edition of the internationally popular design festival will see the launch of the Asia Awards. The new awards program is a platform aimed at discovering Asia’s young design talent, while further facilitating an exchange between creative minds from Japan and the rest of Asia. Since its early years back in the 1980s, Tokyo Designers Week has helped more than 6,000 up-and-coming artists and design groups break through in the field with varying degrees of support, and the inaugural Asia Awards—founded under the initiative of architect Toyo Ito and art director Katsumi Asaba—will increase visibility with the aim of turning Tokyo into Asia’s exciting design hub.

        Text by Shogo Hagiwara

        When

        October 26–November 4, 2013

        Link

        tdwa.com

        Where

        2-3 Kasumigaokamachi,
        shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan