5 Events You Need to Attend at San Francisco Design Week
San Francisco has always been a leader in innovation. Dating back to the Gold Rush era of the mid-1800s, gold panners needed to find new ways to maximize their panning and shake out some glorious gold. That age-old innovative mindset never left the soul of San Francisco and can still be experienced in the 21st century from June 14 - 22, 2017 during San Francisco Design Week, an eight-day celebration of eye-opening design and innovation. It’s a week of everything imaginable for design, featuring a multitude of events to delight anyone with the eye for curves and crevices, as well as those just wondering why or how things are designed the way they are.
SF Design Week Opening Night 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Join designers from around the world at Pier 27 and treat your senses to an experience into what it means to be a designer. There will be a live musical performance from the first woman beatboxing finalist from America’s Got Talent and a one-woman vocal symphony, Butterscotch.
“ECAL Graphic Design” Opening Night
Thursday, June 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Swiss University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL) has long been recognized as a reference for the world for graphic design. From books, catalogues, magazines and posters, typography to digital projects, ECAL students embrace this discipline. Join the opening of our ECAL Graphic Design exhibition, with a talk by Angelo Benedetto, ECAL’s head of graphic design. He is the co-editor of the book, “ECAL Graphic Design,” and developed the concept for this exhibition.
Film Screening: Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future
Saturday, June 17, 7 p.m.
Explore the life and visionary work of Finnish American modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen (1910–1961). Saarinen is best known for designing St. Louis’s Gateway Arch (a National Historic Landmark), the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, and modernist pedestal furniture like the Tulip chair. His work introduced Americans to the expressive delights of the curve, offering an escape from the rectilinear confines of the modernist tradition. Purchase tickets online from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Wednesday, June 21, 6-9pm and Thursday, June 22, 6-9pm
If you only have a few nights but want to experience the best of SF Design Week, head over to Studio Crawls. During the two-night event, guests can meet with designers and creators behind some of the city's most admired products, designs and brands. Open Studios are held at various architecture and design studios, shops, galleries and startups around San Francisco allowing studios to share their products and projects to professionals and design enthusiasts.
Panel discussion with the Curator and Artists of “Architectural Pavilions: Experiments and Artifacts”
“Architectural Pavilions: Experiments and Artifacts” presents digital and handmade architectural pavilions by Bay Area and International architects. The work included in the exhibition transforms the Museum of Craft and Design into an immersive architectural environment, demonstrating a range of projects from small-scale models to full-scale installations.
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