If It’s Fall, It’s Fairs

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Fall is the season of shows—from New York to Istanbul, Philadelphia to Palm Springs, all seize the opportunity to examine and celebrate their architecture and design. The farthest flung of these is the second Istanbul Design Biennial in Turkey. Entitled “The Future is Not What It Used To Be,” the biennial is curated by Zoe? Ryan, chair and curator of architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, and runs from November 1 to December 14. Ryan selected projects from more than fifty practices on topics that range from design to food. Though the biennial will be based at the Galata Greek Primary School, exhibitions will take place at pop-up locations around the city as well. tasarimbienali.iksv.org


Dolphin Promotions produces the popular wintertime Palm Springs Modernism Show and Sale; this year it is mounting a fall edition—a two-day show and sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center on October 11 and 12 that will feature some forty-five dealers of modern furniture and decorative and fine art. palmspringsmodernism.com

In London the Pavilion of Art and Design (PAD) opens in Berkeley Square in the Mayfair district on October 15 and runs to October 19. PAD—with shows in London in the fall and Paris in the spring— focuses on twentieth-century art, design, and decorative arts—and draws galleries from Europe, North America, and the Middle East. pad-fairs.com

The acronym SOFA stands for sculpture, objects, functional art and design, which means that SOFA Chicago 2014’s focus is slightly different from fairs devoted more strictly to design and art. The show, which runs from November 6 to November 9 at Navy Pier, has a line-up of more than seventy galleries featuring work in glass, ceramics, textiles, wood, and metal as well as lectures, demonstrations, and special exhibitions. sofaexpo.com

The Salon: Art and Design runs from November 13 to November 17 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York and will feature thirty-eight returning galleries joined by seventeen first-time exhibitors, who are from Berlin, Cologne, London, New York, Paris, and Turin. The Salon is produced in association with France’s Syndicat National des Antiquaires, the most prestigious dealers’ association in Europe. thesalonny.com


For the second year in a row, Dwell on Design takes on New York for three days starting October 9 at 82 Mercer Street, in Soho. It’s the East Coast version of the wildly successful show held each summer in Los Angeles. Dwell on Design New York is a three-day “think tank” aimed at becoming a vital forum for the exchange of ideas and features talks from architect Daniel Libeskind, Cooper Hewitt director Caroline Baumann, and architect Barry Svigals (whose field is “creative engagement”), among others. dwellondesign.com/new-york

In Florida, the Sarasota Architectural Foundation is sponsoring a four-day symposium focused on its iconic mid-century modern architecture and the legacy of such mid-century Gulf Coast architects as Paul Rudolph, Ralph Twitchell, and others. SarasotaMod Weekend, runs from October 9 through October 12 and will feature talks by architects and scholars, including Carl Abbott, John Howey, Tim Seibert, Joe King, and Lawrence Scarpa. sarasotamod.com

photo courtesy of Gallery Seomi

photo courtesy of Gallery Seomi


The tenth-anniversary DesignPhiladelphia Festival, mounted by the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, runs from October 9 to October 17 to showcase the work of architects, designers, and others in a city with a lively and ever-growing creative economy (see Design Destination p. 60). 2014.designphiladelphia.org

Open House New York’s OHNY Weekend (October 11 and 12) offers the public a chance to visit more than two hundred important works of architecture and history as well as cultural sites throughout the city’s five boroughs. Many of the buildings are not generally open to the public. ohny.org

Open House Chicago, sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, offers a free weekend-long look at the city’s buildings. Some 150 buildings will be open on October 18 and October 19, and the offerings include repurposed mansions, hidden rooms, sacred spaces, private clubs, iconic theaters, offices, and hotels among other sites. openhousechicago.org