Summer is over and you already feeling struck by a light melancholy spreading below the surface? Shake off, together with the sand, your longing for open spaces and that slightly wild freedom; September is a month rich in interesting events for design lovers, and in London and Paris at that, two places very worth visiting, so why not mix the useful with the delightful and plan a pre-autumn mini-escape?
Let’s start with Paris, which this month is turning into a Babel of objects, languages and people, thanks to Maison et Objet, the Paris “Salon” dedicated to interior design, which you can visit until 10 September (hurry!), and Paris Design Week, from 9 to 15 September, a week where everyone can immerse themselves in design, including “passionate non-professionals”, the simply curious and passing tourists.
Also on the calendar of events is this intriguing exhibition: “LuxInside – le tracce dell’uomo” (LuxInside – The Traces of Humankind), showing what lies beyond the surface of luxury objects. Through a technique that combines photography and radiography, 14 luxury icons are revealed in their essence, showig the substance concealed behind the appearance. Louboutin shoes, the Hermès saddle, Les Paul’s Gibson electric guitar and the Leica camera are just some of the works on view at the Grand Palais, Salon Révélation, from 11 to 15 September.
On the other side of the Channel, from 14 to 22 September, the British are answering with London Design Festival and 100% design (18-21 September). For refreshment, try Jamie Oliver’s temporary restaurant, Barbecoa, featuring a menu dedicated to those who love smoky flavours and a space designed in collaboration with Modus at Design Junction, which is again this year freely opening the doors of the Sorting Office on New Oxford Street to Visa cardholders.
We will stop there with our suggestions, but we would love to hear yours. While you are wandering around the design events in Paris and London, why not let us know which products catch your attention most, sending a tweet with a photo to @lagoitalia? We are anxiously awaiting your point of view.