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The Culture Diary – The Best Design Exhibitions in London This June
Team Offbeat | 06 Jun

Three design exhibitions to see in London this June; an installation of colour, a look into architectural design and a ‘New Designers’ exhibition.

Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour – The Design Museum

Opening on 28th June, this installation-based exhibition at the Design Museum will explore our connection to colour. Questioning one of the most elemental aspects of design, Hella Jongerius takes a look at colour behaviour, perception and process. She questions our preconceptions, arguing that selecting colour from a chart has narrowed our experiences and interpretation. If you get the chance to visit the exhibition this month, you will come to recognise how pigments can be used with changing light to produce intense colour variety.

Mies Van Der Rohe and James Stirling: Circling the Square – The Architecture Gallery

Now in its last couple of weeks, it’s your last chance to catch this exhibition which compares the works of two of the most highly recognised 20th century architects. It examines both of their proposed designs for the same site in the City of London, Mies Van Der Rohe’s unrealised ‘Mansion House Square’ and James Michael Wilford & Associates’ successful ‘No 1 Poultry’. It exhibits a case study which draws attention to the continuity in the approach and process for two very different designs. Stirling’s pink-striped building is in stark contrast to Mies Van Der Rohe’s minimalist 19-storey tower and this is reflected in sketchbooks and models on display. It’s a unique opportunity to draw comparisons between these architectural designs and an insight into the debate surrounding them both.

New Designers – Business Design Centre

An annual exhibition designed to showcase the ideas and creations from the next generation of graduate designers. From fashion to illustration and animation, the exhibition will display work from some of the most promising new talent, providing the perfect opportunity to buy products and get fresh ideas. With exciting and innovative designs, it’s a great way to discover new designers, whilst learning new trends and developments in the design industry.

By Charlotte Anderson

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