Design events to catch in December

As the year draws to a close, here is our pick of festive and not-so-festive design events that are not to be missed in December.

Exhibition: Gingerbread City

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The Museum of Architecture’s annual gingerbread installation is back for another year, this time with the theme “nature in the city”. According to the museum, this year’s offering “champions sustainable design ideas” on a mini scale.

More than 100 architects, designers and ecologists – as well as bakers – have worked to create the exhibition, which features a miniature city comprised of “eco-buildings and green infrastructure”. Expect to see features like pocket parks, rain gardens, vertical farms and green roofs.

Tickets for the exhibition cost £8.50 and visitors can attend from 4 December. The show is being held at the Museum of Architecture, 6-7 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JU. More info can be found on the Gingerbread City website.


Market: Cockpit Maker’s Market

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A good place to conduct Christmas shopping, the Cockpit Maker’s Market will take place in London in early December. The work of more than 150 craftspeople will be on offer, with pieces ranging from fashion and jewellery, to homewares and furniture.

Organisers point out that shopping from local makers can help limit the impact purchases have on the environment. A number of “studio exclusives” have been produced for the market, by designers that “put an emphasis on sustainable, slow and ethical craft”, organisers say.

The market will be open from 3 to 5 December, and tickets cost £6 in advance or £8 on the door. It’s being held at Cockpit Deptford, 18-22 Creekside, Deptford, SE8 3DZ. Find out more about the market via the Cockpit website.


Online talk: After COP26, what next?

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In an online panel discussion, the Science Museum hopes to break down what happened in Glasgow to help people understand what was committed to, and how these challenges will be tackled by countries.

Design Week has already launched its own series on how designers can reconsider their practice in the context of “climate action”. This talk will offer insight from a policy and activism perspective, making it potentially useful for those looking to make changes.

The talk will be held online on 2 December at 19:30. To sign up, go to the Science Museum website.


For kids: Art & Design Saturday Clubs

Hosted at a variety of higher and further education establishments around the country, National Saturday Clubs art and design mornings offer young people aged between 13 and 16 a chance at hands-on creativity.

Different organisations offer different learning opportunities and a diverse range of activities is available, from subjects like screen-printing and sculpture, to interior design and typography.

Art & Design Saturday Clubs are run around the country at arts institutions like Falmouth, UAL, Norwich University of the Arts and University of Central Lancashire. To find your nearest, head to the Saturday Club website.


Talk: In conversation with Ben Kelly

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Ahead of the release of the book Haçienda Landscapes, the designer behind the famed Manchester club will be hosting a dinner and talk at the V&A Dundee. He will be joined by Glasgow-based designer Ross Hunter and photographer Eugene Schlumberger.

Kelly is best known for designing the interiors of the Haçienda, but has also worked for clients including Virgil Abloh, the Design Council and 4AD. Part photobook, part visual history, Haçienda Landscapes is a collaboration between Kelly and Schlumberger.

Those attending the talk on 2 December in person are invited to join a dinner beforehand at the V&A Dundee inhouse restaurant Tatha. The talk itself will begin at 19:00, and will also be available to watch online. For more information, and tickets, head to the museum website.

What design events are you looking forward to in December? Let us know in the comments below…

Banner image: Hannah Refaat. Courtesy of Cockpit.

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