Five Design Events in December from Dezeen Events Guide

Everything Architecture, Designed in Hackney and Amsterdam Light Festival are among the architecture and design events featured in this month’s Dezeen Events Guide.

Other events in December include the exhibition Willy Guhl – Thinking with Your Hands and the face-to-face and online summit Business of Design Week.

Read on for this month’s highlights and check out the Dezeen Events Guide for more architecture and design events around the world.

Coco Lom’s abstract murals are on display at Designed in Hackney. Picture above: Chi Wing Lo Glass House

Designed in Hackney
26 November to 4 December 2022, United Kingdom

Dezeen curated the Designed in Hackney exhibition to celebrate the work of five up-and-coming designers in the London Borough.

The exhibition is presented in partnership with One Hundred Shoreditch, with the London hotel hosting the event.

Each rising star has been nominated by one of Hackney’s most prominent designers. Camille Walala nominated artist and designer Coco Lom, Nelly Ben Hayoun nominated animator Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Roksanda Ilincic nominated fashion designer Marie Lueder, Lee Broom nominated furniture designer Amechi Mandi, and Pearson Lloyd nominated ceramics designer Bisila Noha.

The exhibition follows Dezeen’s original Designed in Hackney initiative in 2012, which coincided with the London Olympics.

Photo of floating buildings on the water
Floating community on a canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The photo is by Koen Olthuisf

Design Week store
November 30 to December 3, 2022, Online, Hong Kong

Design Summit Business of Design Week returns to Hong Kong in 2022 for its 20th anniversary with a program of in-person and online events.

The four-day summit will feature presentations and discussions led by 90 professionals, as well as an awards ceremony.

This year’s theme is Design for Change, with speakers exploring topics such as Social Design Innovation, Metaversum and Metaliving, Culture and City, Brand Transformation, New Urban Models and Social Design Innovation.

Speakers at the event include LG Electronics Design Director Chul Bae Lee; Chair of London Craft Week, Guy Salter; Asia Director at Art Basel, Adeline Ooi; CEO of Waterstudio.NL, Dr. Koen Olthuis; co-founder of Thonik, Nikki Gonnissen; and founder of Michael Young Studio, Michael Young.

The summit invites visitors to network with industry experts, exchange ideas and explore possibilities in design.

The event will take place in the Grand Staircase of the M+ Museum.

Amsterdam Light Festival
December 1, 2022 to January 31, 2023, Netherlands

The Amsterdam Light Festival takes place for the 11th year in a row in the Dutch capital.

The two-month festival features 20 light artworks in East Amsterdam designed by international artists.

This year’s event is themed Imagine Beyond, exploring the power of imagination and creating wonders.

As part of the event, the festival organized workshops with local primary, secondary and high school schools, introducing some of the tour’s projects.

You can explore the festival on a guided walking tour or by boat along the canal.

The Shed by DSR and Rockwell Group
The shed in Hudson Yard, New York City with siding from Vector Foiltec. The photo is by Iwan Baan

All architecture
December 5-6, 2022, UAE

Based in the United Arab Emirates, the fair will be held at the Dubai World Trade Center and will feature exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions and lectures.

The event showcases architectural products, materials and services from more than 35 brands including facade, lighting, kitchen, bathroom, flooring, interior design and exterior exhibitions.

The lecture program deals with Biophillia, Human Centric Design, Technology and Innovation, Metaversum, Conservation and Sustainability as well as Carbon Neutral Design.

Speakers will include Partners at Foster + Partners, Will Plowman; Head of the Federal Ministry for Building, Housing and Facility Planning in the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, Marwa Al Taffag; Associate Professor at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah, Cristiano Luchetti; Head of Architecture at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for Abu Dhabi, Mark Powell; and Founder and Design Director of Raw-NYC Architects, Raya Ani.

The two-day show runs alongside The Big 5 construction trade show, which runs from December 5th to 8th.

Photo of a gray chair
Garden chair is shown in the exhibition. Photo courtesy of Willy Guhl’s heirs

Willy Guhl – Thinking with your hands
December 9, 2022 to March 26, 2023, Switzerland

Willy Guhl – Thinking with Your Hands is an exhibition at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich.

The exhibition is dedicated to the work of the Swiss designer, whose works include the first plastic bucket seat in Europe and the Eternit beach chair.

The retrospective shows prototypes, photos, films and examples of Guhl’s holistic design process.

Guhl was known for prioritizing durability, functionality and essential features when designing furniture.

As part of the exhibition, the museum organizes a series of lectures, guided tours and workshops.

About Dezeen Events Guide

Dezeen Events Guide is our guide to the best architecture and design events happening around the world each year.

Updated weekly, the guide includes virtual events, conferences, trade shows, major exhibitions and design weeks, as well as updates on which events have been canceled or postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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