10 architecture and design exhibitions not too miss between January and March 2019

Top 10 architecture and design exhibitions: winter 2019

To start a new quarterly guide to the best architecture and design exhibitions around the world, we've picked out the top 10 to visit between now and March, including a retrospective of fashion legend Christian Dior and a show of future transport design.


Architecture and design exhibitions guide: The Road Ahead Reimagining Mobility

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 E 91st Street, New York, 10128
14 December 2018 – 31 March 2019

This exhibition looks at the impact of technology on our future cities and transport systems. It includes 40 design projects, plus research by Arup, MIT, Höweler and Yoon, Toyota, and more.


Architecture and design exhibitions guide: Grace Wales Bonner

Grace Wales Bonner
Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, London, W2 2AR
19 January – 16 February 2019

Accompanied by a series of meditation workshops by ambient musician Laaraji, this presentation of the Spring Summer 2019 collection by fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner promises to "collapse time and space". Ritualistic practices from around the world will be brought together in one cumulative exhibition.


Architecture and design exhibitions guide: David Adjaye Making Memory

David Adjaye: Making Memory
Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High St, London, W8 6AG
2 February – 5 May 2019

This major exhibition presents seven new works by British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington and the UK National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in London.


Architecture and design exhibitions guide: Christian Dior Designer of Dreams

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
2 February – 7 July 2019

With works spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition looks at the history and influence of seminal French fashion designer Christian Dior and his relationship with Britain.


Design and architecture exhibitions guide: Lake Verea Paparazza Moderna

Lake Verea: Paparazza Moderna
Vitra Design Museum, Charles-Eames-Straße 2, Weil am Rhein 79576
2 February – 7 July 2019

Taking a playful approach to architectural photography, this exhibition explores Mexican artists Francisca Rivero-Lake and Carla Verea's Paparazza Moderna series, which includes images of modernist buildings by Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, among others.


Design and architecture exhibitions guide: Bauhaus Pioneers of a New World

Bauhaus: Pioneers of a New World
9 February – 26 May 2019
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Museumpark 18, Rotterdam, 3015

To coincide with the centenary of the influential Bauhaus school, this wide-ranging retrospective will feature over 60 artists, designers, architects from the Netherlands, all of whom were involved with the Bauhaus between 1919 and 1933.


Design and architecture exhibitions guide: The Value of Good Design

The Value of Good Design
MoMA, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019
10 February – 27 May 2019

With a vast selection of objects spanning domestic furnishings and appliances to ceramics, glass, transport design and toys, this exhibition explores the "democratising potential of design". It includes MoMA's very own Good Design initiatives from the late 1930s through the 1950s, which championed affordable contemporary design.


Design and architecture exhibitions guide: Siah Armajani: Follow this Line

Siah Armajani: Follow this Line
The Met Breuer, 945 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021
20 February – 2 June 2019

With nearly 100 works on display, this retrospective of Iranian-American artist Siah Armajani presents an overview of his sculptures, installations, and drawings, from small-scale architectural maquettes to never-before-seen works from the 1960s and 1970s.


Design and architecture exhibitions guide: Jewellery in Austria

Jewellery in Austria
MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Stubenring 5, Vienna 1010
5 – 24 March 2019

Displaying jewellery and jewellery objects made by nominees of the prestigious Eligius Prize, this exhibition will offer visitors the chance to experience works of artists central to the Austrian jewellery scene.


Design and architecture exhibitions guide: SO-IL: Viewing China

SO-IL: Viewing China
NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006
8 March – 4 August 2019

Architecture firm SO-IL has created a vibrant, acrylic display for this exhibition, showcasing over 50 porcelain objects from the NGV collection, ranging from the 17th century to the present day.