9 Virtual Design Events to Attend in January

9 Virtual Design Events to Attend in January

Art and design institutions worldwide may have closed indefinitely to help slow the spread of coronavirus, but that hasn’t stopped museums, galleries, and fairs from developing virtual events that can be enjoyed from the comfort of one’s own home. Below, AD PRO rounds up the industry happenings—from exhibition openings to educational sessions—that are worth tuning in to this month. Check out the AD PRO calendar for more.

CES 2021

Though many conferences have had to transition to digital formats amid the pandemic, no pivot was as fitting as that of the Consumer Electronics Show, presented by the Consumer Technology Association to uncover the latest innovations and industry solutions. New tech-product launches from Kohler, Samsung, and Bosch, among others, will be unveiled alongside a dialogue series that’s set to cover how advancements have impacted areas of retail, home building, supply chains, and more.

January 11–14

Learn: Tales of Two Architects at Lotusland 

The gardens of Lotusland, considered one of Santa Barbara’s greatest estates, have garnered greater acclaim than the residential property’s Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. In this virtual presentation, hosted by the Institute of Classical Architecture’s Southern California chapter, the architecture gets its due. Join Harrison Design’s Anthony Grumbine as he delves into property’s blueprints to study the objectives of architects Reginald Johnson and George Washington Smith.

January 12

Attend: Cover Connect 2021

Spec the latest product debuts from nearly 40 leading rug brands, including CC-Tapis and Warp & Weft, or tune in to dialogues between industry pros such as Bethan Laura Wood and Glenn Pushelberg during Cover Connect’s four-day virtual show focused on handmade floor coverings.

January 12–15

Tour: Art Deco Gods & Goddesses with Chicago Architecture Center Live

Greek gods and goddesses are among the motifs often spotted in Art Deco designs. For a decorative arts movement that embodied the elation of the Roaring ’20s, why the ancient connection? Find out during this virtual walking tour highlighting a select series of Chicago’s Art Deco buildings and the histories behind them.

January 13

Learn: Donald Judd: Color Is Never Unimportant

Presented by Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation as part of the Soane Lecture Series, “Donald Judd: Color Is Never Unimportant” will survey how pigments and light played a consequential role within Judd’s work. Join Rainer and Flavin Judd, president and artistic director of Judd Foundation respectively, for a dialogue recounting their father’s philosophies on color and how they remain relevant today.

January 14

Shop: The Winter Show 2021 

New York’s longest-running art, antiques, and design fair moves its gallery exhibitor booths online this year. Sixty international dealers, including Donzella, Maison Gerard, and Lost City Arts, are queued up to present works in fine and decorative arts. The Winter Show, which benefits the East Side House Settlement, grants preview access to VIP ticket holders on January 19 and opens to the public on January 22.

January 19–31

Attend: DesignTO

Toronto-based design fair DesignTO is forging ahead with a distanced and digital edition. For those planning to attend IRL, dozens of design firms throughout the city will be participating in a window installation series spanning thought-provoking activations to new debuts from wallpaper designer Tania J. and potter Paul Stewart. Among the enjoy-from-home virtual events, the Umbra-sponsored Work/Life exhibition, which challenged eight Canadian design studios to experiment with new prototypes for postpandemic living, is not to be missed.

January 22–31

Tour: Tiffany Glass in Chicago With Chicago Architectural Center Live

In addition to being the home of the world’s first skyscraper, Chicago hosts one of the country’s largest collections of glass by renowned artist Louis Comfort Tiffany. The collection’s crown jewel? A 38-foot-diameter Tiffany Favrile glass dome that dazzles in the Chicago Cultural Center. In this virtual tour hosted by the Chicago Architectural Center, join docent Susan Jacobson on a tour of the city’s mesmerizing art-glass and mosaic installations.

January 27

Shop: NY Now Digital Market Week

Hundreds of wholesalers in categories of home design and tabletop, gift and stationery, wellness, and more will be participating in NY Now’s virtual market. Spec new product from industry brands such as 54kibo, Von Gern Home, and Phaidon Press, or sit in on the talks series webinars discussing a range of relevant topics, from nailing your product photography to the challenges of today’s retail climate.

January 28–February 3

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