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