The Month Ahead: Design Highlights from the Haas Brothers to the London Design Festival

Artsy Design
Sep 1, 2015 9:58PM

Our Month Ahead series rounds up noteworthy shows, news, and other happenings in the design and architecture communities.


Opening / Closing

Across the U.S.

New York

"Molar Group" settee and lounge chair, 1969
R & Company
Unique blown glass vessel, 2015
R & Company
Unique blown glass vessel in blue and light aqua, 2015
R & Company

On September 8th, R & Company opens two exhibitions, new works by the young glass artist Thaddeus Wolfe, and the Jim Walrod-curated “Difficult,” this year’s guest curator exhibition.

Opening September 24th, The Swiss Institute will present the second edition of its Annual Architecture and Design Series, curated by Felix Burrichter. The exhibition pays homage to Le Corbusier’s original Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau from the 1925 Paris Exposition des Arts Décoratifs, reimagining it in a contemporary interpretation of the domestic environment.

Included in our recent preview of 50 must-see fall gallery shows, Friedman Benda launches its fall season with a spotlight on the early career of prolific Italian designer and architect Ettore Sottsass, opening September 10th.

Installation view of “Summer Show” at Patrick Parrish Gallery; Cassie Griffin, glazed ceramic vase, 2015. Images courtesy of Patrick Parrish Gallery.


On September 11th, Patrick Parrish Gallery opens its fall show featuring the experimental clay forms of Cassie Griffin

In case you missed it, be sure to catch The Museum of Arts and Design’s exhibition “Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today” before it closes on September 30th.

This month Chamber unveils “Collection #2,” curated by Andrew Zuckerman. The second installment of this series—which was inaugurated with Collection #1,” curated by Studio Job—will feature designers and artists from around the world, who are also captured in short films directed by Argentine filmmaker Martín Rietti.

Los Angeles

The Afghan Carpet Project,” the Hammer Museum exhibition featuring carpets designed by L.A.-based contemporary artists and hand-woven in Afghanistan, closes September 27.

North Adams, MA

Ferrin Contemporary presents the work of Roberto Lugo in a solo exhibition called “Ghetto Garniture: Wu Tang Worcester.” The works were created during his recent artist residency at Project Art in Cummington.


The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is featuring 30 emerging artists and designers—including the likes of Anton Alvarez and Heike Brachlow—in “Crafted: Objects in Flux,” a look at the crossroads of artistic practice and traditional craft.

Further Afield


Max Lamb, “My Grandfather’s Tree,” 2015. Images courtesy of Gallery FUMI.

During London Design Festival, Gallery FUMI will present an installation by Max Lamb at Somerset House, “My Grandfather’s Tree.” This is the first public presentation of Lamb’s project aimed at giving the ash tree that stood on his grandfather’s farm another life.

The Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition “What is Luxury,” looks at design objects from 17th-century clocks to contemporary design duo Studio Swine’s take on combs; it closes September 27th.


The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is gearing up for “Korea now! Craft, Design, Fashion and Graphic Design in Korea.” Opening September 19th, the exhibition highlights over 700 works to showcase the eclectic state of production in Korea today.




London Design Festival, the annual event celebrating the city’s creativity, kicks off September 19th. While the program is extensive, here are two of our favorites: 

“Momentum” celebrates Fredrikson Stallard’s 10 years of creativity and collaboration through the presentation of a new body of works at the duo’s Holborn studio space.

“Design & Dine” is a collaboration between the new design venture Wrong for HAY (comprised of Danish design brand HAY and London-based designer Sebastian Wrong) and Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi to create a pop-up restaurant to feed your hunger for both modern design and modern gastronomy.


The fifth annual Detroit Design Festival kicks off on September 22nd, giving the city’s wealth of independent designers—over 500 will participate—a well-deserved platform.


In the News

Photo by Mason Poole; photo by Collin Erie.

For the latest Cultured Collaboration, the Haas Brothers have created a limited edition set of three candles available exclusively through Artsy, the proceeds from which will benefit the YoungArts Foundation. Check out the full story behind the new works in the next issue of Cultured, dropping September 16th.

Brooklyn-based graphic design firm Pop Chart Lab has created a visual survey of North American homes from 1600 to the present—cataloguing 121 structures into 40 different types to show the evolution of housing styles. (via Arch Daily)

A brief history lesson about the world’s largest cathedral, found right here in New York City, and constructed by the architectural firm Heins & LaFarge after winning a design contest in 1888. (via Curbed)

Read up on the transformation of an isolated area of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert into Black Rock City, the infamous home of the annual 70,000-person-strong Burning Man festival. (via Dezeen)

As neon signs are replaced across the U.S., Randall Ann Homan and Al Barna, partners in photography and in life, have published the book San Francisco Neon, memorializing the city’s best neon signs while they’re still intact. (via FastCo.Design)

—Kristina Parsons

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Jenna Gribbon, Luncheon on the grass, a recurring dream, 2020. Jenna Gribbon, April studio, parting glance, 2021. Jenna Gribbon, Silver Tongue, 2019