Design Lovers, Mark Your Calendars for These November 2016 Events

By Bryan Anthony, Houzz

During the holidays it can be tough finding things to do with visiting family members, so let some of these new and continuing exhibitions around the world inspire you to get out and explore. Take a tour of four lush public gardens in Louisiana. Sit in a chair made out of a living plant in Germany. Or see the first permanent exhibition in London's new design museum. There's plenty to see and think about in November 2016 and beyond.

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Insecurities: Tracing Shelter and Displacement
What: Museum exhibition
Where: MoMa, New York City
When: Through January 22, 2017
Cost: $25

This exhibit explores the ways in which contemporary architecture and design have addressed notions of shelter in light of global refugee emergencies. Refugee camps, once considered temporary settlements, have become sites through which to examine how human rights intersect with the making of cities. Bringing together projects by architects, designers and artists, the exhibition focuses on conditions that disrupt conventional images of the built environment and seek to chart a better future for addressing temporary housing needs during natural disasters, political crisis and global epidemics.

Above is a 2011 image of the Dadaab Refuggee Camp located in Kenya.

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The Secret Garden: Symbols of Nature in Wood, Silver and Gold
What: Museum exhibition
Where: Liang Yi Museum, Hong Kong
When: Through March 1
Cost: 200 Hong Kong dollars (about $26)

The beauty of the natural world and the passing of the seasons have been celebrated by painters and artisans since antiquity. In China, one way craftspeople traditionally embraced nature was by turning magnificent tree trunks into elegant furniture, such as the early-19th-century standing screen seen here.

The Secret Garden: Symbols of Nature in Wood, Silver and Gold explores our appreciation for the natural world and the ways it is expressed in art. Craftspeople and designers from different continents and cultures have formed images of visual beauty in response to nature. This exhibition examines how wood, silver and gold have been transformed into functional art.

On display in The Secret Garden is a set of silver and gold enameled saltshakers from late-19th-century Russia.

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Discover Our Green: Baton Rouge Public Gardens Tour
What: Garden tour
Where: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
When: Nov. 6
Cost: $20

The city of Baton Rouge, known for its lush and ecologically diverse gardens, is hosting its annual garden tour on Sunday, November 6, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Docents will be stationed at each of the four public gardens on the tour to talk about history, plant collections and future plans. Music will be played and refreshments will be served at Louisiana State University's Hilltop Arboretum, seen here, throughout the afternoon.

One of the gardens on the tour, the Cohn Arboretum, features more than 300 species of native and adapted trees and shrubs, a fruit orchard, a butterfly garden, a bamboo collection, a tropical plant collection, a teaching garden for children, ponds with lily pads, a Japanese maple collection, a camellia collection and a crape myrtle collection.

The museum's new exhibition format expands the idea of a temporary exhibition by having one designer reinvent Die Neue Sammlung for 10 months at a time. Werner Aisslinger will convert the two-story hall into a model studio for living and working. Places for recreation, quiet time and the production of furniture and food through microfarming will be features of the installation.

Aisslinger is known for his unconventional solutions in product design and interior architecture. Ecological structures and sustainability play the main role in the development of his furniture, such as the Green chair (shown), which is a live plant shaped by a steel mold. Removing the mold leaves behind a naturally cultivated chair.

Paintings, sculpture and furniture from 55 of the world's finest galleries and boutiques will be on display in Park Avenue Armory's 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall, modeled after 19th-century European train stations.

Among the highlights of last year's exhibition was the Bolotas armchair, seen here, created by Brazilian designers and brothers Humberto and Fernando Campana. The chair is made out of luxurious sheepskin wrapped around a steel structure with ipe legs.

The Design Museum is opening the doors of its new building on November 24 and will include its first permanent exhibition, Designer Maker User. It will feature 476 objects that explore the development of modern design.

Designer David Mellor's Pride, a silver-plated tea set created in 1965, is among the objects on display.

This light blue rotary phone created by Italian architect and industrial designer Marcello Nizzoli in 1958 will also be a part of the permanent Design Museum exhibit.


Engineering Season
What: An annual celebration of the latest and greatest in innovative engineering
Where: Victoria and Albert Museum, London
When: Through Nov. 6
Cost: Free

Biennale Architettura 2016
What: Considered by many to be the world's most renowned annual international architecture exhibition
Where: Venice, Italy
When: Through Nov. 27
Cost: 25 euros (about $28)

Dennis Oppenheim: Terrestrial Studio
What: A collection of Oppenheim's whimsical outdoor sculptures on display on 500 pristine acres
Where: Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, New York
When: Through Nov. 30
Cost: $15 for adults

Yayoi Kusama: Narcissus Garden
What: A landscape installation composed of 1,300 floating steel spheres drifting on a pond next to architect Philip Johnson's famous Glass House
Where: New Canaan, Connecticut
When: Through Nov. 30
Cost: $25

W. Women in Italian Design
What: A celebration of Italian design and the creative women behind it
Where: Triennale Design Museum, Milan
When: Through Feb. 19
Cost: 15 euros (about $17)

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