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Deadline: August 31
The Churchill 2D Design Competition
Capture the essence of Churchill's unique style and personality, and present it for a modern audience. You can create the work in any media as long as it can be submitted to and viewed on the ARTS THREAD site—from fine art and photography to illustration and graphic design. The top three winning entries will be able to attend the prestigious annual Sir Winston Churchill Dinner held in London in Autumn of 2014.

Deadline: September 1
Sober
Sober is open to designers from all over the world. The contest is presented by Formabilio, the Italian brand of furniture, lamps and home accessories. The creatives, architects and designers who intend to enter the contest—on their own or as a group—have to submit furniture, home accessory or lighting projects that stand on their own, without the help of walls, fixings, hooks or the support of other furniture elements; therefore freestanding projects, with an high "sobriety rate." Wherever you are in the world, when someone is sober he/she walks straight, his/her head held high, does not need to lean against the wall, neither hangs on handholds nor falls every time or so.

Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
Calling all U.S. architects and interior designers: Show the innovative and inspiring ways that you have incorporated Hansgrohe and/or Axor products in your recent work by entering Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition. Submit a built residential, hospitality or commercial interior project that features Hansgrohe and/or Axor products. From hotel and restaurant bathrooms to private kitchens and baths, Hansgrohe USA believes in celebrating excellence in design, sustainability and installation. Projects must have been completed (built) within the past three years—i.e. completed between January 1, 2011 and September 1, 2014.

Deadline: September 5
Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit USA, Inc. is excited to announce its second annual North American design competition: the Designer Dream Bath Competition. This program invites architects and designers to draw up an ideal bath space from a range of Duravit's 2014 launches: the Vero, Happy D.2 and DuraStyle collections with a chance to win the products from their design. With a plethora of product offerings spanning furniture, sanitary ceramic and acrylic to inspire their designs, participants are asked to use their own bathroom as the platform for their ultimate dream space.

Deadline: September 15
Graham Foundation Grants
The Graham Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2015 Grants to Individuals. Since 1956, the Graham Foundation has provided direct funding to individuals to produce publications, exhibitions, films, research, and other projects that foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture and society.

Deadline: September 22
2014 Spark Design Awards
Spark is first and foremost a community of designers and creative people, bound together by the idea that Design can make significant, positive changes in the world and help make it better. The way we promote this Good Design is through the annual organization of international design competitions, exhibitions, blogs and workshops. Spark is unique in a world of many design competitions because it is multi-disciplinary, reflecting the modern fact that most designers work on teams in this fashion. Spark sees technology as a great enabling tool, that is helping all of society to be more creative, productive and innovative. Spark is "aspirational," believing that design is a process for improving our life and the planet we live on. Spark winners are published in the Spark Annual and in the Creative World of Design Competitions, exhibited by invitation internationally and archived in permanent galleries on the Internet. The Spark Awards have very active communities at Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Deadline: November 5
[Milan 11]
The theme chosen for the 2015 Milan Universal Exposition is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. This embraces technology, innovation, culture, traditions and creativity and how they relate to food and diet. The aim of this International Competition is to design an Information Pavilion within the World Expo Park in Milan. This competition hopes to achieve the following: Encourage and reward design excellence which integrates function, structure, details and the spirit of the World Expo theme; research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an information pavilion that will be used by visitors during the World Expo; and encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

Early Deadline: November 18
eVolvo Skyscraper Competition
eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world's most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community and the skyscraper and the city.




August 28–31
Creativities Unfold 2014: IF...Defining the Future
—Bangkok, Thailand

CU 2014 "IF... Defining the Future" brings together the future analysts who play leading roles in the world of changes. And the change is happening so fast, in so many facets: from the way nature is evolving from human impact on our planet, to the relation between people, technology and space, or how insights can be gained from consumer behavior to find out the underlying needs. Nine pioneering thinkers will share what is happening now and what are the possibilities, probabilities and potential of tomorrow. Their visions will provoke you to raise questions, analyze information and be prepared to build a better life, as well as open your perspective to future business opportunities.

September 9–12
UX Week 2014
—San Francisco, California

UX Week is highly recommended for user experience professionals and professionals who have an impact on the experience of the customer or end user of the service or product. This includes customer experience professionals, product managers, program/project managers, developers, data analysts, marketing teams and managers, human resource managers and c-suite managers. Additionally, UX Week attracts university students from a variety of disciplines who are eager to exchange knowledge with UX Week professional industry attendees. Enter promotional code CORE77 for 15% current early bird price. Register here.

September 13–21
London Design Festival
—London

First staged in 2003, the London Design Festival is one of the world's most important annual design events. The Festival program is made up of over 300 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of Partner organizations across the design spectrum and from around the world.

September 18–19
GO PRO/NYC
—New York, New York

Specifically developed for emerging design professionals, GO PRO/NYC provides the perfect setting to inspire your work and launch your career. Learn from industry thought leaders, connect with design professionals and engage with members of the ASID national team — all with Manhattan as your backdrop.

September 22–26
Cersaie
—Bologna, Italy

Like the Milan Furniture Fair of the tile industry, Cersaie is the world's premier exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, attracting nearly 1,000 exhibitors from 30+ countries and over 75,000 unique visitors each year! Highlights of Cersaie 2014 include: Expanded categories of interior and exterior floor and wall covering materials including marble, natural stone, wood and laminate and a keynote by 2013 Pritzker Prize winning architect Toyo Ito.

September 26–October 5
Vienna Design Week
—Vienna, Austria

After seven successful festivals the Vienna Design Week will also come up in October 2014 with an exquisite and colorful program of events. Design was—and still is—an important field of cultural production: it shapes our material culture, our everyday life and our consumer world, it shapes our lifestyles and fashions and most fundamentally our aesthetic sense and judgments. Vienna Design Week is an annual festival, which was founded by three experts in order to name Vienna as a design hub and provide Austrian design professionals with an international environment to show their work. Vienna Design Week will be held at various locations around the city.

Through September 28
International Garden Festival
—Reford Gardens, Quebec, Canada

The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Presented at Les Jardins de Métis, at the gateway of the Gaspé Peninsula, the Festival is held on a site adjacent to the historic gardens created by Elsie Reford, thereby establishing a bridge between history and modernity and a dialogue between conservation, tradition and innovation. Each year the Festival exhibits conceptual gardens created by more than 70 architects, landscape architects and designers from various disciplines in a natural environment on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Since its inception in 2000, more than 140 gardens have been exhibited at Grand-Métis and as extra-mural projects in Canada and around the world.

October 9–12
Art in Odd Places (AiOP)
—New York, New York

The festival will feature over 70 artists' projects from New York and beyond, who will insert their practice into the daily context of one of Manhattan's busiest thoroughfares. The ethos of AiOP has always been one of sharing, openness and accessibility. The festival is produced without a budget, and taken up completely on the initiative of the organizers and participating artists. AiOP is collaborative, horizontal, and constantly in motion. AiOP is FREE.

October 23–24
Gain: AIGA Design and Business Conference
—New York, New York

Designers and business leaders alike will gather in New York City this October for "Gain: AIGA Design and Business Conference," chaired by Nathan Shedroff, head of the MBA in Design Strategy program at California College of the Arts. This year's conference will focus on the changing face, place and character of business and together we'll exploredesigners are playing a pivotal role in evolving business models. Culture, economics and commerce will converge to tackle the tough question businesses and designers face: What is the new shape of business?

October 24–27
Art Toronto
—Toronto, Canada

Canada's largest art fair will celebrate its 15th anniversary with an exhibition of artwork from a select group of Canadian and international galleries at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For 15 years Art Toronto has hosted the world's most dynamic galleries under one roof. In honor of the 15th anniversary Art Toronto 2014 will present an ambitious and refreshed curatorial vision showcasing large-scale installation-based work by Canadian artists including BGL, Thrush Holmes, Amalie Atkins and others.

October 29–30
NeoCon East 2014
—Baltimore, Maryland

Returning for its 13th year, NeoCon East has made its trademark as the premier design exposition and conference for commercial interiors on the East Coast, featuring the largest concentration of products and services under GSA's Multiple Awards Schedules Program. Find new solutions for new spaces as you make your way through thousands of innovative products from 250+ exhibitors. Choose from more than 30 CEU-accredited programs and keynote speakers, engage in networking events and discover new building resources, materials and products first hand. Registration opens September 4th.

November 6
SEGD's Xlab: Technology & the Internet of Place
—New York, New York

Xlab 2014 will be a day of inspiring dialogue and collaboration between the designers, thinkers and makers developing the experiential and immersive communication platforms in the built environment of the future. This technology event will be featuring top global design visionaries that are creating digital experiences. Get info on immersive experiences, the collaborative process and emerging platforms that can be used to activate your projects.

November 6–7
DesignThinkers 2014
—Toronto, Canada

DesignThinkers is Canada's premier conference for communication designers and strategists, advertisers and brand managers who believe that design is critical to effective, memorable communication and marketing. The campaign for this year's conference, developed by TAXI with illustration by Andrew Kolb, is premised upon 'The Awakening.' Designers are descendants of an extra-terrestrial race that must evolve in our ever-changing world or be rendered obsolete. DesignThinkers 2014 will be a mass reprogramming of minds drawn from out-of-this-world inspiration.

November 6–9
SOFA Chicago 2014
—Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois

The 21st Annual Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art + Design Fair is a gallery-presented, international art exposition dedicated to bridging the worlds of design, decorative and fine art. Works by emerging and established artists and designers are available for sale by premier galleries and dealers.

November 13–14
Adaptive Path's The Service Design Conference
—San Francisco, California

The Service Design Conference brings together organizational leaders, product managers, business process engineers, dev managers and designers who have a hand in defining, maintaining and executing experiences that span touchpoints, channels and traditional business silos.

January 22–25
Interior Design Show
—Toronto, Cananda

The Interior Design Show is Canada's premier showcase of new products, innovative designers and avant-garde concepts from North America and beyond. For one weekend each January, the city of Toronto is filled with industry superstars, cutting-edge emerging names, design-savvy consumers and top media outlets. And for 3.5 action-packed days, the Interior Design Show shapes the design world for the year to come.


Classes & Workshops

Competitions | Conferences | Classes | Events & Exhibitions

Through August 31
BOFFO Fire Island Art Camp
—Fire Island Pines, New York

The BOFFO Art Camp on Fire Island will be a culmination of artistic presentations contextualized by the history and culture of The Pines. Events and programs include sunset musical performances, art exhibitions, experimental food presentations, movie screenings, painting workshops, craft lessons and more. The BOFFO Art Camp will be open to the public in hopes of adding a positive cultural influence to its inhabitants of the island. BOFFO will present a community driven artist residency program where seven artists are selected to create a body of work that enriches and informs. These programs will provide a constant activity that will engage the diversified friends and family of Fire Island. The series of programs and works will provide moments to reflect, celebrate and memorialize the perseverance of those on Fire Island.

October 13–16
Adaptive Path's UX Intensive Workshop
—Brooklyn, New York

Our popular four-day workshop series designed to build skills in Strategy, Research, Service Design and Interaction Design. Fun and hands-on. "I would highly recommend UXI to any designer looking to build their toolkit, expand their designer network and move into doing more strategic design work." —Megan Erin Miller, Stanford Web Services.




September 11–January 10, 2015
Urban Plunge: New Designs for Natural Swimming in Our Cities
—London

Urban Plunge explores both existing schemes and future visions for river swimming in the heart of our cities. Commissioned by Roca London Gallery, it showcases international design and architectural projects that transform urban rivers into public leisure spaces, giving people an exciting new, water-level perspective on their metropolis. Curator Jane Withers, a design consultant and co-founder of Wonderwater, has selected five key projects to illustrate architecture and design's role in radically changing river usage, challenging our attitude to the urban water environment.

September 14–21
ECOWEEK
—London

Since 2009 ECOWEEK has been organizing week-long events for students and young professionals—primarily architects and designers—within the construction sector with a focus on sustainability. These events are one-week boot camps combining workshops with lectures from some of the most prominent architects, engineers, urban planners etc. in the field.

Through September 19
Cecil Beaton at Home
—Salisbury Museum, United Kingdom

Following sellout shows on Whistler and Constable, Salisbury Museum presents an innovative biographical view of legendary designer, photographer and artist, Sir Cecil Beaton, throuhg his two Wiltshire homes. Simultaneously a retreat, an inspiration and a stage for impressive entertaining, they also fueled his passion for gardening and delight in village life.

Through September 20
Architecture for Dogs
—Zhi Art Museum, Chengdu, China

The Architecture for Dogs exhibition makes its way to the People's Republic of China for the first time this month with the upcoming opening at Zhi Art Museum, in Chengdu, in the province of Sichuan. The opening event takes place on Monday, July 21, at 2:30pm. Stay tuned to the Architecture for Dogs website for photo and video content from the exhibition.

September 26–28
NY Art Book Fair 2014
—MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens

Printed Matter presents the ninth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 26 to 28, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world's premier event for artists' books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines. Last year, the fair featured nearly 300 booksellers, antiquarians, artists and independent publishers from 26 countries and was attended by more than 27,000 people.

Through October 6
Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism
—Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, California

Brimming with a dazzling array of vintage furnishings, textiles, wallpapers, ceramics, posters, dinnerware, photographs and more, Designing Home will feature the work of over 35 creative professionals who helped spark America's embrace of midcentury modernism, a bold new direction in design and thought. The exhibition will highlight the essential contributions of both well-known designers and architects, among them Anni Albers, George Nelson and Richard Neutra; as well as others whose fascinating life stories and important contribution have received much less critical attention, such as Ruth Adler Schnee, Marguerite Wildenhain and Alex Steinweiss. Designing Home will also examine significant patrons, merchants and media figures who helped disseminate the midcentury modern aesthetic and worldview to a broad audience.

Through October 12
NYC Makers Open
—MAD, New York, New York

MAD will inaugurate NYC Makers Open, an exhibition that spotlights the creative communities thriving across the five boroughs today. The first exhibition to be organized under the leadership of MAD's new director, Glenn Adamson, NYC Makers Open will showcase the work of approximately 100 makers—highly inventive artisans, artists and designers who create objects or environments through exquisite workmanship and skill.

October 13–15
BarnRaise
—Chicago, Illinois

At BarnRaise, we will bring together designers, entrepreneurs and social visionaries to amass the creative energy of an entire city to build something new. What could happen if we gathered as problem-solvers from Chicago and beyond to put our minds and hands to work to imagine the future? What could we create and build in two-and-a-half days? What kind of creations could we make and what future could we inspire? This October, we will be networking leading design firms (such as gravitytank, Conifer Research and Greater Good Studio) to rally around one social problem. At BarnRaise, you can plan on actively participating and learning new tools for your design tool belt. Join a team, hunker down at a local design firm's office, and create digital and physical prototypes together. We'll build until the final bell rings, at which point, we’ll shar prototypes for all to see in a public exhibit. Local partners will be equipped. Cheering will ensue.

October 15–19
Architecture & Design Film Festival
—New York, New York

For its highly anticipated sixth season, the festival will host the U.S. Premiere of "Cathedrals of Culture," a revolutionary 3D film project by German filmmaker Wim Wenders. The project brings together six award-winning directors—a powerful creative ensemble—each of whom have selected an iconic building to star in their films. The international roster includes: The Salk Institute by Robert Redford; The Oslo Opera House by Margreth Olin; The Berlin Philharmonic by Wim Wenders; Centre Pompidou by Karim Ainouz; Halden Prison by Michael Madsen; and The National Library of Russia by Michael Glawogger.