From a wallpaper demonstration to a lecture on the use of designers in a changing urban landscape, our roundup of upcoming events throughout the country has something to you. Read below for our five selections.

Maya Romanoff

DEMONSTRATION — March 20, 2012, 1 p.m.
Maya Romanoff’s Handmade Wall Coverings
Washington Design Center, 300 D St. SW, Washington, D.C.

Join Joyce Romanoff plus a group of artisans as they demonstrate the procedure for the jewelry-like handmade wallpapers of Maya Romanoff. A reception will follow the demonstration Suite 503, at Donghia. In 11 a.m. that same day, join Andre Wells, Andrew Law and Kathleen Litchfield since they share their experience on outside layout and entertaining.

Cost: Free. Please RSVP to [email protected]. The demonstration qualifies as a Continuing Education Unit (CEU).


EXHIBIT — March 31–July 29, 2012
The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third St., San Francisco

This comprehensive design and architecture exhibit investigates some of the most iconic projects of tradition, philosopher and engineer Buckminster Fuller. On display are 65 works, including drawings, prints, photographs and documentary video. His 4D House, geodesic dome (photograph), World Game, Dymaxion car and other iconic projects celebrate his radical idealism, along with the display showcases his effects on Bay Area endeavors. From the Whole Earth Catalog to the One Laptop Per Child initiative to tents by retailer The North Face, see just how Fuller’s visionary ideas in engineering, ecology and social responsibility have impacted and inspired local innovators.

EXHIBIT — March 16–17, 2012
Bouquets to Art
de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco

See bits from the de Young Museum’s permanent collection take floral form in the 28th annual “Bouquets to Art” fundraiser. More than 140 local, national and international floral designers pay tribute and take inspiration from paintings in this visually vibrant and fragrant display. This weekend wraps up a five-day occasion, and proceeds support instruction and particular exhibition programming at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Hours: March 16, 9:30 a.m.–8:45 p.m.; March 17, 9:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
Cost: $11–$21. Buy tickets beforehand.


LECTURE — April 3, 2012, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Cynthia E. Smith on “Style for another 90%: Cities”
The University of the Arts
Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

Join Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum curator Cynthia E. Smith as she examines the urban landscape of today and tomorrow. Hear her thoughts on how contemporary architects architects and engineers can help solve the world’s most crucial urban population problems in the developing world. Smith’s recent edits in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the United Nations sparked an global dialogue on the opportunities to use design and technology. A book signing follows the lecture.

Cost: Free. Reserve a place here.

CONTEST — Deadline June 1, 2012
Electrolux Design Lab

Calling all design students! Start brainstorming innovative household appliances of the future for entry into the 2012 Electrolux Design Lab competition. This year’s topic is “Design Experience”; pupils are challenged to draw inspiration from professionals such as architects, chefs, interior designers and resort designers to design house appliances that will provide a fuller sensory experience. Whether through innovative technology or a brand new user interface, concepts should reflect Scandinavian layout worth. Best prize is 5,000 euros plus a six-month paid internship at an Electrolux global design center.

Photo: 2011 Electrolux Design Lab winner Adrian Mankovecky’s portable stain cleaner.

More layout occasions: March 2–22, 2012, March 9–31, 2012

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