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The Top Design Happenings, August 13–19

Updated: Aug 16

Seattle Design Festival hits the computer screen, new beauty products land at Nordstrom, and a museum webinar explores artists’ use of abstraction on the human body.




The Seattle Design Festival Seattle’s annual feast of design returns this year reimagined in a digital capacity and will feature a variety of live-streamed webinars, virtual discussions, and more. Programming on the jam-packed SDF calendar includes a roundtable on the architect’s role in the civic conversation for design justice (Saturday, August 15); a free, hands-on “playshop” on designing your own pyramid of courage (Monday, August 17); and a discussion on reimagining retail in the time of coronavirus (Tuesday, August 18). (August 15–23; times and prices vary) 

Pop-In@Nordstrom New Beauty Last week, Nordstrom launched the latest concept in its ongoing pop-up shop series and it’s all about beauty. The Pop-In@Nordstrom New Beauty, located in nine stores around the US and online, will feature the latest and greatest skincare products, haircare goodies, makeup tools, and cosmetics from a variety of brands, including Lapcos, Ritual, Verb, Plant Makeup, The Glow, and more. Expect a selection of sustainable products and CBD-infused potions, as well as black-owned and person-of-color-owned beauty brands. (Through November 1; times and prices vary)

Art History From Home: Abstracted Bodies Part of The Whitney Museum of American Art’s at-home series, this webinar explores the fascination with the human body in contemporary art. Featuring artists in the museum’s collection, including Jay DeFeo, Senga Nengudi, and Christina Quarles, viewers will learn how those artists have employed such strategies as abstraction, metonymy, and metaphor to visually abstract the human body. (August 18; 6:00 p.m. ET; free)

Formex 2020 The bi-annual Nordic interior design fair is—you guessed it—in a digital format this year and will feature talks about trends, sustainability and climate change, and intellectual property. Sign on to hear what’s next in color from the Pantone Color Institute’s Vice President Laurie Pressman, as well as Formex’s Three Trends under the New Now theme from its trend expert Lotta Ahlvar. (August 17–22; times and prices vary)




The Design Datebook is GRAY’s weekly list of must-attend design and cultural events around the globe. For additional events, visit our calendar.


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