Pay a visit to a ceramicist’s open studio at Budapest Design Week, snag a coveted modern furniture piece at Modernica’s yearly mill sale, learn how to create your very own urban sidewalk garden at San Francisco, or shoot at a photographic tour of this past decade of change in the city of Detroit. If you’re looking for ways to become inspired, or simply love getting out amid other layout fans, here is our shortlist of seven occasions from around the world.

FESTIVAL — Sept. 30-Oct. 9, 2011
Budapest Design Week
Budapest, Hungary

Take in “Couleur Locale,” local colours and shades, at the 8th annual Budapest Design Week. Take an exclusive look into the workshops of 14 designers, such as Zoltán Lublóy (envisioned); go onto a Design Tour headed by an art historian to otherwise closed places in historically and architecturally rich downtown Budapest; test out the latest in modern Polish design; or get inspired by lectures, exhibitions, new goods and visual culture. There are programs for kids, and Design Week Gastro willfeature particular food layout projects everyone will appreciate. Save a bit of money. During the 10-day festival, 72 stores, showrooms and studios will offer festival goers a 20% discount.

Other autumn festival happenings in Europe: EXD’11 in Lisbon (Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2011), Milano Design Weekend (Oct. 6-9, 2011)

FESTIVAL — Oct. 1, 2011-April 2012
Pacific Standard Time: Art at L.A. 1945-1980

Celebrate Southern California layout at Pacific Standard Time, a region-wide collaboration which will tell the story of the growth of the Los Angeles art scene over four years and explore improvements from L.A. Pop and post-minimalism to modernist structure and Chicano performance artwork. The greater than 60 participating cultural associations and exhibitions are centered at the Greater L.A. region, but expand up to San Diego and Palm Springs.

Highlights also include a performance art festival conducting Jan. 19- 29, 2012, which will present 25 projects, such as re-stagings of historical performances and reinterpretations by younger artists.

See here for a list of participating galleries around SoCal, such as LACMA’s California Design,1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way” exhibition (pictured above) that opens Oct. 1, 2011. Also, on Oct. two, take advantage of a promotional offering free admission to some of the participating exhibitions. More details.


Dowel Arm Chair – $429

SALE — Oct. 1, 2011 2011
Modernica Once-A-Year Factory Sale
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
2901 Saco Street
Los Angeles, CA

Calling all modern furniture fans — this is just one crazy sale you don’t wish to miss. If you’ve ever dreamed of incorporating a wrought iron armchair to your home, now you can snag one for less at Modernica’s yearly warehouse sale. The company’s Case Study Furniture is 20-80 percent off; additional examples of sale items include the George Nelson Medium Saucer Pendant Lamp (Retail: $320; Sale: $175) and The Case Study Daybed (Retail: $1698; Sale:$999). Let us know if you go and what you find!

WORKSHOP — Oct. 8, 2011
Grey2Green: Sidewalk Landscaping
County Fair Building at the S.F. Botanical Garden
9 – 10 a.m.
San Francisco, CA

Could your city sidewalk use a tender green touch? A free workshop will teach you all you need to learn to transform your sidewalk into a garden space, such as information about licenses, design and maintenance. Recommendations for what types of plants and trees will be supplied, and you’ll walk away empowered and equipped to beautify your neighborhood. Put in partnership with the S.F. Dept. of Public Works, S.F. Botanical Garden Society and S.F. Parks Trust.

In the event that you already have a gorgeous sidewalk garden, enter the “Sidewalk Garden Contest” for a chance to win a prize, and showcase your green thumb.

FESTIVAL — Oct. 13-23, 2011
Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy a cheesesteak whilst getting creative inspiration at DesignPhiladelphia, an 11-day festival emphasizing more than 450 national and international designers with cooperation, open studios, hands-on workshops, exhibitions, public installations, and much more. Attend a jewelry-making presentation, go on a style bicycle tour, or see an open studio in this event which shows off the city’s finest design, interior design, fashion, product and graphic design and multimedia artists. Put in partnership with The University of the Arts; download the complete event guide.

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EXHIBITION — Oct. 15, 2011-Jan. 16, 2012
Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA

If you’re at the City by the Bay, then check out the comprehensive exhibition featuring drawings out of San Francisco native Richard Serra, well known for his massive steel sculptures. The retrospective exhibition of the lesser-known drawings provides the unique opportunity to see the artist’s job from a totally new angle. The display traces Serra’s evolving ideas and procedures since the 1970s, when he began making wall-size abstractions which shifted the relationship between drawing and architectural space. Explore Serra’s oldest sculptures in lead, rubber, and fiberglass as well as also his use of black paintstick, all of which demonstrate the possibilities of this medium and the connection between the procedures of drawing and sculpting.

Related: Fascinating Industrial Materials: Cor-Ten Steel

EXHIBITION — Oct. 16, 2011–April 8, 2012
Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000–2010
Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit, MI

Explore Motor City’s solve and challenges throughout the past decade at the upcoming exhibition Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010. The photography exhibition captures the town’s structure, neighborhoods, people and famous car industry, giving a window into its cultural landscape at the post-automotive era. Subjects range from the mill to the community, and the display will comprise 50 large-scale colour and black-and-white photos by photographers Andrew Moore (featured above), Michelle Andonian, Corine Vermeulen, and several others.

More Design Events:
Sept. 23-Oct. 14, 2011, Sept. 16-Oct. 7, 2011

What’s in your calendar this weekend? Let us learn about your favourite forthcoming layout events below!

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