Event Calendar: Eye for Design

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Love design, home decor or architecture? We’ve rounded up some great events in a handful of cities for you to explore.


  • On May 17, the Wilmette Historical Society’s 28th Annual Housewalk celebrates four homes whose current owners’ preservation, restoration or remodeling show great respect for architectural history and detail.
  • Dreaming of Europe? The Randolph Street Market, open May 23 and 24, is a European-style, indoor-outdoor urban antique market in the historic West Loop neighborhood. Visit the 200 select purveyors of high quality, well-priced finds including furnishings, vintage jewelry and clothing.
  • To satiate your European wanderlust, visit the Art Institute of Chicago’s biggest exhibit of the season, Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840 before it ends June 17. The first of its kind, the exhibit showcases more than 300 objects from Ireland and draws inspiration from the last Knight of Glin, the holder of an ancestral Irish title and an expert in Irish decorative arts.
  • Explore original works of art by more than 130 acclaimed artists at the Millennial Art Festival. Open May 29-31, the 6th annual festival features artwork of every medium as well as live music and food from neighborhood restaurants.
  • Interested in commercial interiors? Head over to NeoCon, the largest commercial interiors show in North America from June 15-17. Mix and mingle with design professionals and learn about the industry’s leading companies.
  • Love art? Check out the Gold Coast Art Fair, rated one of the top 40 juried art festivals in the country, from June 20-21. Held in Grant Park, the fair welcomes more than 300 artists from around the world.


  • The Seattle Architecture Foundation’s Design in Depth Lecture Series focuses on Cultural Landscapes: Shaping the Story of Seattle. The next two sessions focus on Art in Public (May) and Food & Architecture (June).
  • Grab some popcorn and head to Seattle Art Museum for the Classic French Film Noir Army of Shadows series.
  • Check out Cornish College of the Art’s EXPO15: Art & Design and explore the work of the BFA Centennial class.

San Francisco

  • Ending this Sunday, SFMade Week is a celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector. Discover locally made products, meet the makers and learn where to buy the goods.
  • The deYoung Legion of Honor museum is currently showing High Style, an exhibition from the Brooklyn Museum of Costume Collection. Discover gowns, accessories and other looks by the most influential designers of the last one hundred years.
  • Considering a home design or remodeling project? Check out Wine & Design: Home Design and Remodeling Seminars and learn the basics and get your questions answered.

Southern California

  • Through the end of May, the Philharmonic House of Design is open for tours. It is a unique collaboration of design and music that raises funds for the Philharmonic Society Youth Music Education Programs. This year, the home’s living room will be staged exclusively with Room & Board furnishings and home décor.
  • Dwell on Design is an annual three-day exhibition and conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Check out the last two consumer days at the end of May featuring world-class speakers, product demonstrations, continuing education classes for design professionals and seminars for design-seeking consumers.


  • The 9th annual Modern Atlanta Design is Human Atlanta Week takes place May 30 to June 7. The week-long event includes a conversation at Room & Board Atlanta on June 2 about the city’s growing film industry, the role design plays in location selection and the opportunities it presents for homeowners.
  • SCAD Atlanta is hosting a discussion with Peter Copping, the Creative Director for Oscar de la Renta, about the future of the iconic brand.


  • The Boston Society of Architects is housing an exhibit called SteroType: New Directions in Typography. It’s an international typography exhibit of different artists that “explores the opportunities at the intersection of technology and design.”
  • Opening May 9 through September, visit deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum for Walking Sculpture, 1967 – 2015Sculpture, video, photography and performance converge as artists use this elemental and often overlooked act as a poetic means for questioning established conventions.
  • To honor Historic Preservation Month, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy is offering walking tours of the Historic Back Bay.

Washington, D.C. 

  • Visit the National Building Museum and see HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation. The exhibit takes visitors from the hottest to the coldest parts of our planet and explores how design solutions are shaped by their cultural and climatic contexts.
  • Now through Sunday, the DC Design Home Tour is open. An annual event, the McLean, VA, home is available for tours and all ticket sales benefit the Children’s National Health Systems.
  • The 39th Annual Baltimore Symphony Decorators’ Show House is going on now through May 17. The area’s leading designers have transformed the home and encourage visitors to tour the space and then enjoy a meal at the boutique cafe.

What events are you excited about?

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