colour & design diary september 2011

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Each month I search out inspiring colour and design events, exhibitions and tradeshows from the UK and around the world.  September certainly makes up for a quiet August. Here in the UK September  is the month for designer trade shows, events, exhibitions, talks, lectures, more than enough to keep any designer, architect, stylist on their feet and coming away overflowing with new inspiration and ideas! An exciting month!

colour chart: reinventing colour, 1950 to today’, liverpool aug –  13 sept
At a time of unprecedented interest in the role of colour in graphic design, fashion and interior design, this colour exhibition at the Tate looks at the moment in twentieth-century art, when a group of artists began to perceive colour as ‘readymade’ rather than as scientific or expressive.

eye for colour exhibition, world museum liverpool 1st – 18 sept
Add some colour to your life with this inspiring exhibition at World Museum.
‘Eye for Colour’ is a visual feast that will alert the senses and stimulate the mind. Packed with hands-on exhibits and interactive displays, it explores the endless ways in which colour shapes our world…

maison et objet, paris nord villepinte, france 3-7 september
Discover the most beautiful international trade show for the home…maison-objet

open house london 17 – 18 september
The capital’s greatest architectural showcase, Open House London celebrates all that is best about the capital’s buildings, places and neighbourhoods.

100% Design, earls court, london 22 – 25 september
Leading architecture and design event, 100% Design showcases everything for the contemporary building and interior.

decorex international, chelsea royal hospital, london 25 – 28 september
The design community are invited by Decorex to source exquisite trend setting product and be inspired by pioneering design talent as we explore the creation of sanctuary and our cherished places.

focus, chelsea harbour design centre, london 25 – 28 september
Hosted by Chelsea Harbour Design Centre during September each year Focus is London’s ultimate interior design event. It celebrates the launch of over 120 new collections from a marvelous and diverse selection of interiors brands. The first three days of Focus are for trade professionals only, on the final day all visitors are welcomed.

origin: the contemporary craft fair, old spitalfields market, london 22 – 28 september
A rare opportunity to see and buy a diverse range of high quality, Origin offers a original craft from over 200 makers in one convenient location. Disciplines range from ceramics, furniture, metalwork and glass, to fashion accessories, jewellery and knitwear.

postmodernism, v&a, london 24 september – 15 january 2012
This is the first in-depth survey of art, design and architecture of the 1970s and 1980s, examining one of the most controversial phenomena in recent art and design history: postmodernism.

decorative antiques & textiles fair, battersea park, london 27 Sep – 02 Oct
The Decorative Fair is a thrice-yearly specialist event for the discerning decorator looking to source unusual English and European antiques, original 20th century designs and works of art from all periods to the present day.

national home improvement show, earl’s court, london 30 September – 2 October
For the latest home improvement products, this improvement show includes kitchens and bathrooms, extensions, loft conversions, energy efficient heating, lighting, flooring, windows, doors and home technology.

Do you have a favourite colour or design event this month? I’d love to hear about it.

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  1. Lynne Stainthorpe on September 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Brilliant list Karen! Must find an excuse to go to Liverpool!
    Here’s another event I have just discovered – ‘Eco Pink’ on 24/25 September at the HUB Kings Cross. It’s part of the London Design Festival, sponsored by e-side|ecodesign in collaboration with Italian artist Linda Schailon .
    Here’s the link to find out more – e-side | ecodesign without compromise

  2. Keren Lerner on September 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks Karen, a useful resource. 100% Design is always brilliant, I haven’t been for a few years, perhaps I need to diarise. And I always miss the Open House – will put it in my diary right away!

    • admin on September 4, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      You’re right, there is so much to see this month. I still have to look through all the exhibitions and seminars so I don’t miss out on the great speakers and exhibitors.

  3. The Decor Girl on September 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    You just gave me a half a dozen reasons why I should come to London next fall so it counts as work related! I look forward to your sharing what you find! See you at #IntDesignerChat


    • admin on September 12, 2011 at 7:52 am

      Hi Lisa,

      September is definitely the month to be in London if you’re a designer. I think the entire international designer community must fly in!

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