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DESIGN DATEBOOK: February 5–11, 2020

Large-format images capture changes to Montreal’s Griffintown district, art and design converge in The Netherlands, and surfaces take the spotlight in London.

art fair installation with art that looks like patchwork and interlocking cubes in bright colors

Now/Forever 2019. Photo: Almichael Fraay

Griffintown—Evolving Montreal 690 Sherbrooke St. W, Montreal, Quebec

As part of the McCord Museum’s newly launched photography project Evolving Montreal, local photographer Robert Walker captures visual changes in the city’s Griffintown district. Through twenty large-format images (and a projection of 100 more) that illustrate both construction and demolition, the show depicts the rapid gentrification and transformation that has defined the neighborhood’s recent history. (February 7–August 9; times and prices vary) 

Art Rotterdam Week Van Nelle Factory, BV, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

In its twenty-first year, Rotterdam’s OBJECT design fair comes together with Art Rotterdam for an immersive, week-long fair showcasing outdoor installations, evening openings, pop-up events, and more. This year galleries will be housed in neighboring museums, as the transformative renovation of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will be well underway. (February 5–9; times and prices vary)

Surface Design Show Business Design Centre, 52 Upper St., London

Expect two-and-a-half days worth of interior and exterior surface design innovation featuring talks and trend forecasts from industry leaders, materials, and products from more than 180 exhibitors, areas dedicated to natural stone and lighting, and an opening night debate that looks at ways to incorporate sustainability into architectural projects. (February 11–13; times and prices vary)


The Design Datebook is GRAY’s weekly list of must-attend design and cultural events around the globe.


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