APRIL DESIGN DIARY 2024

This month’s line-up of unmissable design events includes glass, ceramics, game design, fashion, digital art, sustainable design, textiles and more. From international events and blockbuster exhibitions to pop-ups and hidden gems, stay up to date with the latest trends and concepts with our April Design Diary – keep reading for this month’s top picks.

Lo Zoo di Enzo by Nanda Vigo. 2020 © Triennale Milano. Photo Gianluca Di Ioia
Lo Zoo di Enzo by Nanda Vigo. 2020 © Triennale Milano. Photo Gianluca Di Ioia

ENZO MARI

THE DESIGN MUSEUM

29 MARCH – 8 SEPTEMBER

The much-anticipated Enzo Mari exhibition has just opened at the Design Museum – visit until 8 September for a celebration of the life and work of one of the greatest Italian designers of the 20th century whose iconic pieces and commitment to the social responsibility of design has inspired generations of creatives from across the globe.

Image courtesy of Milan Design Week
Image courtesy of Milan Design Week

MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2024

16 – 21 APRIL

 

The world’s biggest annual design event returns in Milan this April with today’s industry protagonists presenting a host of showcases, exhibitions and talks to celebrate the international design scene. See a full guide of the programme of this year’s event below.

Image © Blast Studio, Inflated collection made from recycled coffee cups
Image © Blast Studio, Inflated collection made from recycled coffee cups

BIO-SPACES: REGENERATIVE, RESILIENT FUTURES

19 APRIL – 30 SEPTEMBER 2024

ROCA LONDON GALLERY 


As a species we are waking up to the simple fact that we are part of nature’ – Oliver Heath Design Studio

Delve into the world of biophilic design at ‘Bio-Spaces’, an experiential, multi-sensory exhibition opening this month curated by media and events platform Planted, in collaboration with Oliver Heath Design Studio. Featuring pieces by WASP + MCA, Norman Copenhagen, Henning Larsen Architects and more, the showcase will explore a nature-based approach to design.

A still from the game Orchids to Dusk, featuring in Now Play This. Courtesy of Somerset House
A still from the game Orchids to Dusk, featuring in Now Play This. Courtesy of Somerset House

NOW PLAY THIS

SOMERSET HOUSE

6 – 15 APRIL

The most prominent experimental games festival in the UK, Now Play This, makes its return to Somerset House this spring, spotlighting cutting-edge independent and innovative game designs from around the world. Marking its tenth anniversary this year, the event presents immersive interaction and play for all ages, blending art and games surrounding the theme Liminal: Playing Between Worlds.

Sarah Villenau. Courtesy of Ceramic Art London
Sarah Villenau. Courtesy of Ceramic Art London

CERAMIC ART LONDON

KENSINGTON OLYMPIA

19 – 21 APRIL

This year, Ceramic Art London celebrates its twentieth anniversary, heading to Kensington Olympia West for an international showcase of ceramics across 3 days, with 119 top ceramic artists to discover.

Chris Day, Judge & Jury, 2023, glass & microbore copper pipe © The Artist. Courtesy of Vessel Gallery. Image Agata Pec
Chris Day, Judge & Jury, 2023, glass & microbore copper pipe © The Artist. Courtesy of Vessel Gallery. Image Agata Pec

THE GLASS HEART

TWO TEMPLE PLACE

UNTIL 21 APRIL

Bringing together rarely seen works from key UK collections for the very first time, this bold exhibition celebrates the unforgiving, fragile, strong and sustainable properties of glass, challenging existing perceptions of the material and bringing its history to life.

COVERED . DISCOVERED

CRAFTS COUNCIL GALLERY

UNTIL 13 APRIL

In this joint exhibition, discover works by two of the world’s most influential societies – Fellows of Designer Bookbinders and Society of Scribes & Illuminators. A rare opportunity to see these fine contemporary bindings and calligraphic artworks.

'Approach', computer-generated colour photograph, by David Em, 1975, Sierra Madre, United States. Museum no. E.952-2008. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
'Approach', computer-generated colour photograph, by David Em, 1975, Sierra Madre, United States. Museum no. E.952-2008. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

PATRIC PRINCE: DIGITAL ART VISIONARY

V&A SOUTH KENSINGTON

UNTIL 15 SEPTEMBER 2024

Experience the unique collection of digital art curated by visionary collector Patric D. Prince, showcasing unique collaborations and technological innovations. This 14-work exhibition offers a glimpse into digital art evolution from the 1960s to the early 2000s.

Image courtesy of Bankfield Museum
Image courtesy of Bankfield Museum

INSPIRED: THE ART OF MAKING HISTORICAL FASHION

BANKFIELD MUSEUM, HALIFAX

UNTIL 21 DECEMBER 2024

This fascinating exhibition highlights fashion designers from across the country who specialise in creating garments based on historical dress, taking a closer look at the process of transforming museum artefacts or fashion plate into wearable pieces of historically influenced clothing.

Part of Calderdale’s Year of Culture 2024 festivities, this exhibition is also supported by an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded initiative in collaboration with the London College of Fashion titled ‘Exhibiting Fashion: exhibition-making and curation as a catalyst for advancing innovative museum practices.’

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Lo Zoo di Enzo by Nanda Vigo. 2020 © Triennale Milano. Photo Gianluca Di Ioia

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