The Diary in January

The pick of events happening this month or on the horizon.

Words by Sophie Tolhurst

W.E.B. Du Bois: Charting Black Lives
8 November 2019 – 1 March 2020

House of Illustration, London

Sociologist and activist W.E.B. Du Bois produced a series of infographics to challenge institutionalised racism in the US, translating data on the achievements of African-Americans post-emancipation into bright, modern designs.

Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World
2 October 2019 – 24 February 2020

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

On the 20th anniversary of Perriand’s death, this exhibition celebrates the modernist designer’s legacy with reconstructions of her interiors and furniture, and items made throughout her lifetime including several created with Le Corbusier.

Surface Design Show
11 – 13 February 2020

Business Design Centre, London

The three-day annual event dedicated to surfaces in the built environment will this year have the theme Close to Home, highlighting sustainability in design – from mining and manufacturing to sales and distribution. Don’t miss the awards on the final day!

After the Wall: Design since 1989
26 October 2019 – 23 February 2020

Vitra Schaudepot (Vitra Design Museum)

Image Credit: Sergio Lozano for Nike, Air Max 95, Original Skizze, 1995 / Nike

This exhibition looks at design in the 30 years since the Berlin Wall fell and the cultural, social, political and technological change that has shaped it – from the rise of the internet to 2008’s financial crisis.

January Furniture Show
19 – 22 January 2020

NEC, Birmingham

More than 50,000 new products and collections will be on display, traversing markets and budgets, but to make browsing easier the show is arranged into different sectors. Around 22,000 visitors come from the industry, including architects, developers, designers and buyers.


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