It’s early May and once again the party ship we call the smow song contest is ready to set sail……

smow song contest 2017

On May 1st 1851 Queen Victoria opened The Great Exhibition in Hyde Park London: the first “World’s Fair”, an event which celebrated the advances of the industrial age, and whose influence on industry, engineering, science, architecture and society was to resonate globally for decades, acting as it did as the motor for the quickening technological advances of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. While the profit generated from the 6 million visitors allowed for the construction of London’s Science Museum, Natural History Museum and neighbouring Victoria and Albert Museum.

If any of the numerous architecture and design exhibitions opening globally in May 2017 will become quite so pivotal remains to be seen. Our top five can be found in Hamburg, Atlanta, Amsterdam, London and Stuttgart.

5 New Design Exhibitions for March 2017

Culticycle by Green Tractor Farm through Farm Hack Tools (Photo: By Farm Hack)

Slowly but surely September is becoming Europe’s summer. Whereas July and August increasingly fail to produce anything even vaguely “summery”,

Graph by Jehs+Laub for Wilkhahn

Although Stuttgart based design studio Jehs+Laub are in many respects best known as the winners of the inaugural Moormann Bookinist

Presentation of Sitzen - Von der Idee zum Objeckt as seen at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart Rundgang 2016

With its postal address of “Am Weissenhof 1” it should come as no surprise that the Akademie der Bildenden Künste,

The demolition of flats in the Haussmannstraße, Stuttgart. (Photo Copyright Wilfried Dechau)

Cities grow, mutate, evolve, a process which, as with human development, is rarely straightforward, rarely occurs without sacrifice and/or leaving

S32 by Marcel Breuer for Thonet (Artistic Copyright since 1932, Mart Stam)

“…the strict, logical lines which avoid anything unnecessary and which with the sleekest form and through the simplest means embodies

Stuttgart reißt sich ab Architekturgalerie am Weissenhof, Stuttgart

Our five recommendations for new design and architecture exhibitions opening in June 2016 feature four in Germany and one in

Modular bicycle bag/briefcase by Silvio Rebholz and Louis Michel, from the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart project Più di Pegoretti (Photo courtesy AKB Stuttgart)

Every time we are in Milan, be it for the Design Week or simply to enjoy the city without the

Grand Parc, Bâtiment G, Bordeaux, After.. Architects: Frédéric Druot, Anne Lacaton & Jean-Philippe Vassal, Paris (Photo: © Philippe Ruault, Courtesy of architekturgalerie am weißenhof)

“This is a job of work whose goal is precision, delicacy, amiability and attentiveness: being attentive to people, uses, buildings,

"Community: Italy Architecture, city and landscape from the postwar period to 2000" at the Triennale Design Museum, Milan, Italy

December can be a trying month: always having to think of others; always having to patronise bars and restaurants you’ve

Domestic furnishings at smow Stuttgart

It only seems like five minutes since two tall, neatly coiffured, strangers strode, self-confidently, across the floor of the old

Weissenhofsiedlung Stuttgart Houses 28 29 30 by Mart Stam

“The challenges of contemporary housing are rooted in the changing materials, social and intellectual structures of our time; and can

Der Utopist eine architektonische Graphic Carolin Lahode

On the evening of Wednesday June 24th the winners of the 2015 aed neuland young designer competition were announced in

IMM Cologne 2015 Erleuchtung Kräutergarten by Elisabeth Kocher und Anna-Lena Bast

In our post on Plug Lamp by Form Us With Love for Ateljé Lyktan, we posed the question “where in

Tom Vack Tom Vac

It’s now been twelve months since we decided to start recommending upcoming architecture and design exhibitions based on nothing more

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Villa Tugendhat Brno

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” exclaims Anne Shirley in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 novel

weissenhofsiedlung stuttgart mart stam

Erected in 1927 in context of the Deutscher Werkbund exhibition “Die Wohnung” the Weißenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart aimed to achieve “….

B10 Active House by Werner Sobeck Stuttgart

Since the beginning of July the Weissenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart has been one building richer with the official unveiling of the

Staatlichen Museums für Archäologie Chemnitz smac

When Erich Mendelsohn’s new Schocken department store opened in Chemnitz in 1930 Wasmuths Monatshefte für Baukunst, one of the leading

Umbau Handschunäherei zu Wohnungen, Limbach-Oberfrohna Reichel Schlaier Architekten Stuttgart 2

“Potentially it is the simplest assignments, unencumbered by the complex mix of functional, technical or economic conditions, that allow an

On Friday March 14th blickfang Stuttgart opens its doors to the public for the 22nd edition of the consumer design

vitrahaus alexander girard

“Colours have an important, positive, psychological effect“, so explained Verner Panton the polychromatic nature of his Visiona 2 showcase. But not just

Ulrich Müther Binz

The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow, And what will poor robin do then, poor thing? He’ll

wechselraum bda stuttgart

In the context of his Paimio Sanatorium project Finnish architect Alvar Aalto is reported as once saying, “The main purpose