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Saff Williams

Saff Williams is the Curatorial Director at Brookfield Properties.

 

Say goodbye to the colder months of early 2022 as we welcome the longer, warmer days of spring. Restrictions have been lifted, and I feel optimistic about the days to come! I have the pleasure to share with you my top recommendations for the best architecture and design events to attend this month.

I always found that you can learn much more about a person by how they decorate their home. After being closed for the winter, the Arts & Crafts: Red House and William Morris Gallery is set to reopen its guided tours this month. These will resume in full swing to allow visitors to enter the beautiful home of the Arts & Crafts movement founder, William Morris. The iconic 1860 building, designed by Philip Webb, contains ornate artworks by Edward Burne-Jones and Elizabeth Burden.

If that is not your style, the National Trust is also resuming tours at the modernist 2 Willow Road. What better way to be inspired than visiting the home of an iconic designer? The building, designed by Erno Goldfinger in 1939, was ahead of its time. The Modernist building is still spellbinding today, and the interiors are tastefully accompanied by a striking modern art collection on view throughout the home.

Hidden Masterpieces is opening on 9th March at Sir John Soane’s Museum, giving visitors the rare opportunity to see his elaborate collection of 18th century architectural drawings by prevalent architects, including Thorpe, Chambers, and Gibbs.

More pressing than ever, sustainability needs to be at the forefront of our mind when thinking about the climate crisis. Futurebuild has been curating inspiring, ecologically minded exhibitions for the past 16 years. From 1-3 March, you can pop down at ExCeL London to learn how to construct a safer, more sustainable future from the industry’s top leaders and thinkers.

If you’d rather head West, London Design Week will be the place to be from 14th to 18th March. You can stroll around Design Avenue and peek through numerous creative showrooms of world-class design with renowned speakers, behind-the-scenes craftsmanship, and luxury brand collections on view. You can also tune in from the comfort of your own home, as the event will also kick-off online on 13th March.

Finally, if you haven’t had a chance to check it out already, the intimate exhibition Amy: Beyond the Stage is still on view at the Design Museum – a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a collection of personal objects which will never be reunited.

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