For George Orwell nothing heralded spring quite like the re-appearance of toads, emerging from their subterranean hibernation and setting off, once again, on life’s great cycle.

Our toads are the flurry of new design and architecture exhibitions which open globally every March, as the international museum and gallery community awake from their winter slumber.

Our highlights for March 2017, featuring new exhibitions in Bielefeld, Helsinki, Weil am Rhein, Utrecht and Paris

5 New Design Exhibitions for March 2017

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“Have you ever met a robot?” asks the Vitra Design Museum.

The answer is yes.

The answers to the other 13 questions posed by the exhibition Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine are not necessarily so easily answered: but are important for defining our relationship with digital technology.

Vitra Design Museum presents Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine

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Our picks from the new architecture and design exhibitions opening in February 2017, featuring showcases in Weil am Rhein, Falkenberg, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Berlin and Groningen.

five new design exhibitions february 2017

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Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec - Rêveries Urbaines, Vitra Design Museum

In 2016 the Breton capital Rennes hosted four exhibitions of, by and from Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec; one of them

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The little regarded undersides of chairs....

With the opening of the Vitra Schaudepot the Vitra Campus has not only grown by a further building, but the

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The Vitra Design Museum Weil am Rhein à la Alexander Girard

Clearly vexed by a critical review in Architectural Forum of his friend Alexander Girard’s Santa Fe house, Charles Eames wrote

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Fabric print by Ērika Iltnere

“All in the wild March morning I heard the angels call, It was when the moon was setting, and the

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The end of design’s summer hibernation is traditionally marked by the opening of the Vitra Design Museum’s winter exhibition, which

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On Leipzig’s Augustusplatz one can currently enjoy the wonders of the Leipzig Märchenland, the Leipzig Fairytale World. Alternatively, some 500m

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Depot Basel Forum for an Attitude Exhibition Design Automat

As we’ve often opined in these pages, design is a way of thinking, not a profession. An opinion we inevitably

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Bauhaus Glossary, as seen at, The Bauhaus #itsalldesign, Vitra Design Museum

One of the biggest problems with Modernism is the name. It was unquestionably modern. Which is why it became known

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Manifesto. Works by Students and Graduates of the Studio of Glass in Prague at the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Dresden, Germany

As old Mother Goose, allegedly, once claimed: Thirty days hath September, and the following five enticing new design and architecture

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Maker Library Thingking © Jana Atherton-Chiellino for British Council

In his review of Chris Taylor’s book “How Star Wars Conquered the Universe” the American film critic Tom Shone makes

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Vienna The Pearl of the Reich. Planning for Hitler at the Architekturzentrum Wien

March is a month for caution. Yes, the sun shines. Yes, the days are getting longer Yes, one can smell

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Following on from the relative inactivity of August September saw us wind back up towards the 2014 autumn design festival

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According to our pictorial review of March 2013 it was “a month of travelling: Stuttgart, Chemnitz, Weimar, Dessau….. its amazing

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Alvar Aalto Second Nature Vitra Design Museum Chairs

Everyone knows Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto. Everyone knows his flowing, free-formed buildings and his moulded plywood furniture. What

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Vitra Campus Architektur Design Industrie Aedes Am Pfefferberg Berlin

1989. A year of social, culture and political upheaval whose effects are still being felt today. The Berlin Wall falls. George

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aram gallery future stars

The inescapable chill in the morning air and the deep-seated boredom in the eyes of school aged children can only

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Weil am Rhein City of Chairs Shiro Kuramata Apple Honey Rheinpark

Any self-respecting modern conurbation needs a moniker. An evocative tag line on which to hang its city marketing strategy and

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As part of the accompanying fringe programme to the exhibition Konstantin Grcic – Panorama, the Vitra Design Museum is hosting

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Konstantin Grcic Panorama Vitra Design Museum Netscape Swings

One of the first telephone calls Mateo Kries and Marc Zehntner made upon assuming leadership of the Vitra Design Museum

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Ulrich Müther Binz

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

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happy birthday verner panton

It is almost certainly more by chance than design, but in the week that Verner Panton would have celebrated his

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Aside from the ability to accurately focus light, Richard Sapper had a further motivation in designing his Tizio lamp: “Another

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