The Saatchi Gallery in London will this week launch the Collect design fair, showcasing an impressive selection of furniture, metalwork, ceramics, silver, jewellery and textiles from a wide range of countries, including Japan, Germany, France, Australia, the Netherlands and the UK. The range of works on view (and on sale) varies from the contemporary to the traditional.
Collect Design Fair London, May 14-17, The Saatchi Gallery, London, tel: +44 (0)20 7823 2363, www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk
Design Academy Eindhoven has an established reputation for pushing the boundaries of the discipline. On Thursday London auction house Sotheby’s will open Questions, an exhibition of works by some of the academy’s most recent graduates, including practical and conceptual pieces, among them a portable sauna and a “cosy shroud”. Also on show will be limited edition glass pieces resulting from a collaboration between former Design Academy Eindhoven students Kiki and Joost and Venice Projects.
Questions: Design Academy Eindhoven at Sotheby’s, from Thursday until May 18, New Bond Street, London, tel; +44 (0)20-7293 5000, www.sothebys.com
Innovation at Hornu
Until September 12 the Grand-Hornu Images centre in Hornu, Belgium, will present In Progress, an exhibition that explores the notion of innovation in contemporary design. The show features nine new products, concepts and prototypes from some of today’s most cutting-edge designers, including Sebastian Bergne, Matali Crasset and Wieki Somers. It is curated by Jeanne Quéheillard, Nestor Perkal and Laurence Salmon, and they hope the show will initiate a discourse for rethinking the idea of progress in today’s design industry.
‘In Progress’, May 9-September 12, Grand-Hornu Images, Hornu, Belgium, tel: +32(0)65 61 38 97, www.grand-hornu-images.be
Pompidou in Metz
The Centre Pompidou will officially open its new satellite exhibition space, the Centre Pompidou-Metz, on Wednesday. Designed by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, the architecture of the building features a unique hexagonal structure formulated around a central spire 77 metres high. The inaugural exhibition will be Masterpieces, which will examine what defines iconic works as masterpieces with a display of items from the Centre Pompidou’s permanent collection, including many important designs. To celebrate the opening, the centre entrance is free-of-charge to all visitors for the first five days.
‘Masterpieces’, from Wednesday to October 25, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France, Tel: +33 (0)3 87 15 39 39, www.centrepompidou-metz.fr
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