Seven current and upcoming architecture and design exhibitions in London

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Seven current and upcoming architecture and design exhibitions in London

We’ve selected seven current and upcoming design and architecture exhibitions taking place in London, including Tomorrow’s Tigers, Parables for Happiness and The Gingerbread City.

Also included are Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today and The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art And Fashion.

Yinka Ilori uses vibrant colors to represent his upbringing. Photo is by Felix Speller. Courtesy of the Design Museum

Parables for happiness
15 September 2022 to 25 June 2023, the Design Museum

Designer and artist Yinka Ilori presents his Parables for Happiness exhibition at the Design Museum.

Parables for Happiness explores vibrant colors and prints often used in Ilori’s work, representing joy and his multicultural upbringing in London.

The exhibition presents Ilori’s own work and objects that influence his designs, such as Nigerian fabrics that inform the geometric shapes frequently seen in his designs. It includes 100 objects, such as chairs, textiles, artworks, billboard installations, photographs and books.

Photo of a lobster on a phone
Lobster Telephone by Salvador Dalí is on display at the Design Museum. Photo is by West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today
14 October 2022 to 19 February 2023, the Design Museum

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today, curated by the Rhein-based gallery the Vitra Design Museum, also takes place at the Design Museum.

The exhibition explores the Surrealism movement from its origins with work by Surrealist artists and designers including Salvador Dalí, Man Ray, Dora Maar, Lee Miller and Leonora Carrington, as well as showcasing contemporary work by designers such as Schiaparelli and Dior and the musician Björk .

On show is a range of playful objects, including fashion, furniture, artwork, photography and interior design pieces.

Tomorrow’s Tigers
24 November 2022 to 29 November 2022, Sotheby’s

The auction house Sotheby’s presents the Tomorrow’s Tigers exhibition in collaboration with the wildlife charity WWF.

The six-day event showcases tiger-themed rugs to raise awareness around the endangered species.

The 10 carpets were designed by world-renowned artists and designers, including Anish Kapoor, Francesco Clemente, Rose Wylie, Kiki Smith, Peter Doig and Ai Weiwei, in addition to carpet designer, Christopher Farr.

After the exhibition, Sotheby’s will auction the carpets to raise funds for the charity’s tiger conservation programme.

Photo of a model building
An animated model made to reflect a Piercy&Company’s Kew House. Photo is by Jack Hobhouse

25 November 2022 to 11 December 2022, Jahn Court

Supermodels is an exhibition presented by London-based design and architecture studio Piercy & Company.

The exhibition presents eight animated models moving on an empty building site in King’s Cross.

The studio created the models to represent a building it designed and encourages visitors to engage with them just like other small moving models, such as cuckoo clocks, dollhouses and model railways.

The exhibition also uses projection mapping, sound, light and smell to utilize both physical and digital technology.

Colorful cushions with various geometric patterns

Designed in Hackney
26 November 2022 to 4 December 2022, One Hundred Shoreditch

Dezeen is launching the Designed in Hackney exhibition 20 years after its original initiative which showcased the diverse design community in the London Borough of Hackney.

The exhibition, presented in collaboration with One Hundred Shoreditch and curated by Dezeen, showcases the projects of five emerging designers.

The designers include furniture and product designer, Amechi Mandi; ceramic designer, Bisila Noha; artist and designer, Coco Lom; animator, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley; and fashion designer, Marie Lueder.

Each designer was nominated by an established Hackney-based brand, including Lee Broom, Pearson Lloyd, Camille Walala, Nelly Ben Hayoun and Roksanda Ilincic.

The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion
28 October 2022 to 22 January 2023, The Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery presents The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion, an exhibition that examines representation in the fashion industry.

The work of 15 black photographers showcases creativity and diversity in fashion and photography from New York City, Johannesburg, Lagos, London and more.

Curated by writer and critic Antwaun Sargent, the exhibit talks about how stylists, models, makeup artists and creative directors all helped produce the final images.

The photographers include Campbell Addy, Quil Lemons, Daniel Obasi, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Namsa Leuba, Ruth Ossai, Micaiah Carter, Renell Medrano, Adrienne Raquel, Awol Erizku, Tyler Mitchell, Dana Scruggs, Nadine Ijewere, Jamal Nxedlana and Stephen Tayo .

Photo of a city made of food
Sugar Plum Square by Phase3 Architecture featured at The Gingerbread City. Photo is by Luke O’Donovan

The Gingerbread City
3 December 2022 to 2 January 2023, the Museum of Architecture

The Gingerbread City is a festive exhibition taking place at the UK’s Museum of Architecture, returning for its sixth edition.

More than 100 architects, designers and engineers create model cities of gingerbread houses to display in the exhibition.

The Museum of Architecture briefed the participating architects to place the cities within the polar, continental, temperate, arid and tropical climate zones to show how design is changing around the world.

The models convey how resources, building methods and environment influence architecture and what consumers prioritize post-Covid, such as comfort, sustainability and affordability.

About Dezeen Events Guide

Dezeen Events Guide is our guide to the best architecture and design events happening around the world every year.

The guide is updated weekly and includes virtual events, conferences, trade shows, major exhibitions and design weeks, as well as updated information on which events have been canceled or postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Inclusion in the directory is free for basic listings, with events selected at Dezeen’s discretion. Organizers can get enhanced or premium listings for their events, including images, additional text and links, by paying a modest fee.

Additionally, events can ensure inclusion by partnering with Dezeen. For more details on inclusion in Dezeen Events Guide and media partnerships with Dezeen, email [email protected].

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