State of Design, Melbourne
This four-year-old festival offers 80-plus events, ranging from the useful and informative to the fun and frivolous. Enrol for a workshop on sustainable fashion, visit an exhibition of architectural models created out of food, compete in an Iron Chef-style “design-off”, take a bus tour of Melbourne’s more notable architecture, or attend an interior design workshop.
Volume: Fantasma Light.
The festival’s underlying theme is that good design will pave the way for a better future, through generating innovation and promoting sustainability. State of Design also features events specifically designed for businesses and industry professionals.
Organized by the Victoria state government, the festival is slated to run from 15-25 July in Melbourne and around Victoria.
Tickets: Most of the events are individually priced and cost around AUD25-65 (around Rs960-2,500). Some are free and open to the public.
For more details of schedules and prices, log on to www.stateofdesign.com.au
Dwell on Design, Los Angeles
This festival focuses largely on sustainable design and will feature designers speaking on green topics, ranging from how to cultivate gardens in the city to strategies for making your home more sustainable. Curated exhibits include Kitchen Ecology: Recipes for Good Design, a group show which will explore ways to make kitchens eco-friendly and energy-efficient, and Reclaimed Design, a joint effort of the Los Angeles Times and Dwell magazine to create a modern furnished room out of second-hand pieces discovered through the paper’s classified columns.
Paper tiger: Paperstool.
The event gets bonus points for offering LA home tours. Although you’ll have to drive yourself, you get to peek inside homes such as the 1958-built Pasinetti house, designed by architect Haralamb Georgescu and later renovated by Aaron Torrence. The festival is organized by Dwell and will be on at the LA Convention Centre from 25-28 June.
Tickets: Dwell conference plus ticket retails for $149 (around Rs7,020). The pass will give you access to all events except the house tours.
For details, log on to www.dwellondesign.com