The Diary: exhibitions, shows and events in February


Our pick of events happening this month or coming up


Words by Sophie Tolhurst

1. Tutto Ponti: Gio Ponti, Archi-Designer (main image)
Until 5 May
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Gio Ponti, the prolific and influential Italian architect, designer, and founder of Domus magazine, enjoys his first French retrospective, with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs displaying the playful yet groundbreaking designs Ponti produced across six decades.

2. Design Indaba
27 February – 1 March
Cape Town

This annual design conference brings design professionals from across the world to South Africa for talks, exhibitions, and events. Looking to make a positive impact across the globe, Design Indaba aims to encourage debate, and showcase design-led solutions for the future.

3. Futurebuild
5 – 7 March
ExCeL, London

Futurebuild 2019 explores the biggest issues affecting the built environment, both now and in the future. Bringing together industry innovators and key figures, the latest technologies and ideas will be showcased across a three-day programme of events, offering up plenty of insight and inspiration.

4. Stockholm Design Week
4 – 10 February
Stockholm

Taking place alongside the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, Stockholm Design Week comprises a programme of more than 200 events at venues across the city. Designers, architects and other visitors can discover the latest ideas and products in Scandinavian and international design

5. Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution
8 February – 2 June
Fashion and Textile Museum, London

Image Credit: Editorial in Seventeen Magazine, April 1961

This exhibition explores fashion, furniture, lighting and more. Featuring rare early designs by Chelsea Set figures Mary Quant and Terence Conran, it shows how these now household names’ revolutionary designs transformed Fifties’ London and beyond





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