Exhibition and book: Building the Brutal
What: Discover more about Brutalist architecture and the design of Europe’s largest cultural venue The Barbican with a new show and accompanying book. Exhibition The Barbican: Designing for a Living City will look at architects’ Chamberlin, Powell and Bon’s 1971 landscape plans and illustrations for the venue, alongside original fittings, brochures and films. The book Building the Brutal will showcase never-before-seen photos of the arts centre’s construction and early years, by photographer Peter Bloomfield.
When: Exhibition opens 19 March. Book can currently be pre-ordered, for delivery in mid-March.
Where: Foyer, Level G, Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS.
Info: Exhibition entry – free. Book price – £15 via the Barbican’s online shop.
Product: Oculus Rift
What: Virtual reality will be in the hands of the general public this month, as Oculus Rift finally launches for consumers. The basic pack will include the VR headset with built-in headphones, mic and sensor, an Xbox One controller, and an Oculus Remote, which will be used to navigate the online store. It’s also thrown in platform game Lucky Tale for free.
When: Pre-orders now available for delivery starting 28 March.
Where. Available online via the Oculus website.
Info: Basic pack available for $599 (£427) via the Oculus website.
Conference: PromaxBDA Europe
What: The Europe arm of the annual marketing and design conference PromaxBDA is set to take place in Barcelona this year, and will see speakers such as Neville Brody and Seb Lester. There’ll also be client-side creatives from brands such as Facebook and the Discovery Channel, speaking on the importance of design-led thinking and branding experiences.
When: 14-15 March
Where: Hotel Arts Barcelona, Marina 19-21, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
Info: Ticket price – €1095 (£845) + VAT until 3 March, with increased pricing after this. Buy tickets online.
Festival: DesignMarch Reykjavík
What: The four-day Icelandic design festival includes exhibitions, workshops and other events spread across the town. It is accompanied by DesignTalks, a day of speakers including Jonathan Barnbrook, the designer behind several David Bowie album covers, and Maria Lisogorskaya, the co-founder of architecture collective Assemble.
When: 10 – 13 March
Where: DesignMarch takes place all over Reykjavík, Iceland. DesignTalks takes place at Iceland Design Centre, Vonarstræti 4b, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland.
Info: Most events free, but talks need to be booked in advance online.
Shop: The Sample Sale
What: New this year, The Sample Sale has been curated by the team behind London’s annual design show designjunction, and will showcase furniture, lighting and accessories at discounted prices. It’ll feature 2015 clearance stock from brands such as Tom Dixon, Moroso, Decode and Modus, and is aimed at “design-savvy shoppers” – but it’s first-come first served, so get there early.
When: 4 – 6 March, 12-9pm.
Where: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4DA.
Info: Entrance price – £5, with a £1.47 booking fee. Buy tickets online.