2012: A year of spectacle and design

Some of these are firmly on my radar for 2012. Do you have any plans to attend?

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture at the London Royal Academy

21 January – 9 April 2012 

The Hockney exhibition feature’s a large number of new paintings, many of which are of an ambitious scale and were created specifically for the Royal Academy’s galleries.


Maison et Objet Paris

20-24 January

Maison et Objet will open its doors once again to trade visitors in January this time with the theme of Crazy(!) In their words a pinch of folly and caustic humor and the right to a breath of mental fresh air, to have fun. The Campana brothers are the show’s designers of the year.


Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair Stockholm Design Week

6-12 February

As usual we can look forward to a host of Scandinavian brands launching new products as well as a packed schedule of events and across town as well as guest of honour French designer Inga Sempé



Christian Louboutin Design Museum, London

28 March – 1 July

The French shoe designer, famous for his red soles has an exhibition at London’s Design Museum. Looking forward to seeing iconic fashion design in the museum after 2011 big  architecture focused exhibition. 


Milan Furniture Fair

17-22 April

It will be an interesting year for design in Milan. Given the increasing uncertainty for Europe’s economy it will be interesting to see what the mood will be and what sort of design pieces will come out of it.


Bauhaus: Art as Life Barbican Centre, London

3 May – 12 August

Billed as the largest Bauhaus exhibition in the UK for over 40 years. The highlight though is likely to be the Bauhaus Summer School – an intensive two-week school held at the Barbican and led by leading practitioners from many different creative backgrounds. www.barbican.org.uk

Chelsea Flower Show Royal Hospital, London

22-26 May

The annual spectacle of Chelsea’s show gardens in the Royal Hospital grounds is always a visual feast. Will there be informality or tight planting in 2012 and will the wild meadow trend still be with us. We wait and see.


Thomas Heatherwick – Designing the Extraordinary V&A, London

31 May – 30 September

The exhibition covering Heatherwick’s work couldn’t come at a better time as he’s in hot demand following his pavilion in Shanghai that caused day-long queues  This exhibition will show the enormous variety of projects that Heatherwick Studio have worked on over the last two decades expect gawking at the prototypes.


London Olympics 2012

27 July – 12 August

Whether you’re interested in sports or not the London Olympics will be an excellent opportunity to see the result of London’s quickest and largest regeneration project since the Second World War. The Olympic park includes Zaha Hadid’s acquatic centre and Hopkins Architects who designed the critically acclaimed Velodrome.


London Design Festival

15-23 September

Once again showcasing the UK’s finest talent and proving that London is the hub of the creative industries.




  1. January 14, 2012 / 6:33 pm

    I would love to see the Hockney exhibition, watched how he created the work on Country File (sad I know but true, its a Sunday night staple!)

    Jane x

  2. January 14, 2012 / 6:45 pm

    I CANNOT wait to see Hockney… counting the days!Thanks for that list. Will defo attend all london ones. Milan in the diary but depends on work. Maison et objets done so many times, would love to go to Stockholm but no plans yet!

  3. January 15, 2012 / 1:06 pm

    Hockney's definitely on my visit list have to say. Jane there's nothing wrong with Country File – its like Blue Peter for grown ups. Tina like you hoping that I get to Milan. Fingers crossed

  4. Anonymous
    February 1, 2012 / 5:48 pm

    Northern Light Fair is amazing, can't wait to meet this event! For lighting design lovers check out LUZZA: http://luzza.com.pt/

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