The Diary in May

Our pick of events happening this month or coming up

Words by: Sophie Tolhurst

Clerkenwell Design Week
21 – 23 May

Celebrating the density of creative businesses in London’s Clerkenwell district, the 10th edition of this independent design festival will bring together more than 300 top UK and international brands for special installations, exhibitions and showroom events.

NYCxDesign / International Contemporary Furniture Fair
10 – 22 May / 19 – 22 May
New York City


During May, NYC holds its annual celebration of design. Among hundreds of citywide events – launches, exhibitions, talks and open studios – head to the Javitz Center to find the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, a key interior design event now in its 31st year.

Is This Tomorrow?
Until 12 May
Whitechapel Gallery, London


Following the groundbreaking 1956 exhibition This Is Tomorrow, where figures including Eduardo Paolozzi and Alison and Peter Smithson presented their visions for the future, contributors today including Adjaye Associates and Amalia Pica utilise queer desire, grief and microbes to meet today’s challenges.

FX Talks
16 May
Christ Church Spitalfields, London

It’s the final countdown for this year’s FX Talks! At our new venue of Hawksmoor’s Christ Church Spitalfields, we’ll have Dr Zoe Laughlin, Tim Hunkin, and professors John Clarkson, James Woudhuysen and Michael Scott providing us with some radical thinking to yank us from complacency! Tickets available for just £60 – come join us!

Henry Moore:
The Helmet Heads
Until 23 June
The Wallace Collection, London


In an exhibition designed by Nissen Richards Studio, new research into Henry Moore’s time as an art student reveals his regular visits to The Wallace Collection’s displays of historic armour. Alongside helmet studies and drawings are the pieces they influenced throughout the sculptor’s career.

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