With an office space in London this means apt.Design can take full advantage of the amazing exhibitions and fairs that take place in the city! The month of May is no exception: Here’s a look at what we’ll be visiting this coming month…


The Future Starts Here @ The V&A

12 May – 4 November 2018, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL


This is the first major exhibition produced by the V&A’s Design, Architecture and Digital department and we are intrigued! The exhibition will exhibit 100 objects to showcase the possibilities of the future.

The exhibition will address questions such as What makes us human? Are cities still for everyone? Should the planet be a design project? and Who wants to live forever?. (V&A)

Bringing together design and technology the exhibition will exhibit real objects produced by research labs, designer’s, governments and corporations to give an impression of not only a seemingly fixed future put the unpredictable nature of technological developments and its potentials and possibilities. The future starts here, and we can’t wait to see it!


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Image from: https://www.artfund.org/what-to-see/exhibitions/2018/05/12/the-future-starts-here-exhibition


Yayoi Kusama I Small Pumpkin Paintings @ Omer Tiroche Gallery

2 March – 1 June 2018, 21 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XP


Based right next to our London office, Omer Tiroche Gallery start their spring programme with a curation of small-scale pumpkin paintings by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. A real treat for us here at apt.Design as we’re a big fan of the artist’s work.

Speaking on the exhibition Omer Tiroche says:

‘I am thrilled to be able to present this collection of intimately sized works all together in one space. For Kusama, the pumpkin itself has so much autobiographical significance, relating to her youth when her family would survive primarily off pumpkin dishes. At the same time, though, when you examine the paintings up close you can see that they are comprised of an amalgamation of two motifs that she has revisited throughout her career: the obsession, dots and infinity nets. These small objects are so individually beautiful and we are very excited to be able to offer them for sale.’ (Omer Tiroche Gallery)

Maintaining the immersive element of Kusama’s renowned exhibitions in recent years, Omer Tiroche Gallery doesn’t disappoint, with the iconic polka dot pattern covering the walls and ceiling.



Images from: http://www.omertiroche.com/exhibitions/yayoi-kusama-small-pumpkin-paintings/


Clerkenwell Design Week @ Various Venues I Clerkenwell

22 May – 24 May 2018, See here for map


It’s that time of year again, the Clerkenwell Design week! There is so much to go and see during this event from showrooms, exhibitions and talks with one of the highlights being CDW Presents.

CWD Presents puts together specifically commisioned design projects and street installations for the festival to be all around Clerkenwell.

For the third year running Scale Rule will be creating a pavilion in St. James’ Churchyard. Designed by GCSE students across London the pavilion has been created to act as a kaleidoscopic oculus which invites visitors to direct their eyes up and become aware of the natural elements around them. A much-needed pause in the fast-paced city of London.

Image from: https://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/cdwpresents/the-next-generation-design-pavilion/

A perfectly apt addition to Clerkenwell Design Week is Lou Corio Randall‘s street furniture Tube Line. Demonstrating that the city’s street furniture can fun and pleasing as well as functional.

Describing the project Randall says:

Tube Line is a new approach to public furniture. A wide range of objects can be formed, all using a single continuos curved line. To illustrate this approach I have made a public bench and bike rack. A single continuous line is drawn up from the ground and bends round to form a seat, backrest and eventually a bike rack before re-entering the ground. (Lou Corio Randall)

At Clerkenwell Design Week look out for bike racks/benches. We can’t wait to see what’s next in the pipeline…

Images from: http://loucoriorandall.com/portfolio/tube-line-street-furniture/#jp-carousel-45




LOEWE Craft Prize 2018 @ the DESIGN MUSEUM

4 May – 17 June 2018, 224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG


Inspired by LOEWE’s beginnings as a craft cooperative back in 1846 the LOEWE Creative Director, Jonathan Anderson, has conceived this Craft Prize in order to celebrate the merits of modern craftsmanship, ‘the imagination, diversity, and techniques on display will attest to the crucial role artisans have in the ongoing construction of cultural heritage.’ (Design Museum)

Click here to hear Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, architecture and design correspondent for El País, Gijs Bakker, jewellery artist and co-founder of Droog Design, and John Allen, master weaver and textile designer, speak back in June 2017 about why having a Craft Prize is so important to the international craft community. 

Images from: https://craftprize.loewe.com/en/craftprize2018#brief2018