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Get out and get inspired! See what's on the Houzz list of things to see and do this month

Mark your calendars! Take an architectural tour of some of the Bay Area's cutting-edge homes, check out "What's New (and) What's Next" at the New York Design Center, or go across the pond to the London Design Festival and enjoy exploring creative commissions around the city. If you're looking for ways to be inspired or just enjoy getting out amid other design lovers, here's this week's roundup of 6 top happenings around the world.

EXHIBITION — Sept. 2-Oct. 16, 2011
Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, N.Y.

If you’re a fan of Bauhaus and German Expressionism, catch the encompassing Lyonel Feininger exhibit featuring diverse aspects of his artworks: paintings, miniature wooden figures and buildings, photographs and essays focusing on his lesser known works, such as his comic strips. This retrospective exhibit of Feininger’s career will have you enamored by his romantic, crystalline paintings of architecture and seascapes, and since it's the first in his native country in more than 45 years, it's one you won't want to miss.

The exhibit opened in late June and travels next to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, January 20–May 13, 2012.

Catch Feininger's exhibit before it ends on Oct. 16, then attend a concert at Carnegie Hall on Oct. 21, featuring "Bauhaus Bach" premiering three of Feininger's fugues performed by the American Symphony Orchestra. The concert will explore the inspiration Bach exerted on German modernism in the first half of the 20th century. For ticket information, visit
Arturo Alvarez Fluo Pendant - $1,795.50 [ Link ]

SHOWROOM EVENT — Sept. 20, 2011

“What’s New, What’s Next @ 200 Lex”
New York, N.Y.

Interested in discovering the latest designs in everything from lighting to wallpaper, or in seeing the newest furniture collections? Be sure to make the most of the 3rd annual day-long "What's Next" event at the NYDC. Attend lectures on topics such as "How to Make the Web Your Most Creative Tool" and meet authors at design book signings. With more than 55 participating showrooms, including Calger Lighting which will showcase Arturo Alvarez's 2011 FLUO pendant (2010 FLUO pendant shown here), you're bound to enjoy seeing some of the latest industry trends.
by YLighting
Vintage Fisher Price Turtle Pull Toy Lamp - $135.00 [ Link ]

Sept. 10-11, 2011
Renegade Craft Fair
Chicago, Ill.

Try your hand at letterpress or snag a one-of-a-kind pull toy lamp, like this one by Yellow Square Love at the 9th annual Renegade Craft Fair. If you've never been before, it's a DIY, indie-craftapalooza featuring handmade goods by local and national talent, hands-on workshops and tons of creative inspiration. More than 300 artists are participating in this free event, so if you're shopping for a unique print, jewelry or home and garden goods with a handmade touch, check it out.

Renegade Craft Fair also takes place in Austin, Brooklyn, San Francisco, and Los Angeles throughout the year — and this year it will happen for the first time in London. (If you're across the pond on Oct. 8-9, 2011, be sure to check it out and share a photo of your finds with us.)

Sept. 1-30, 2011

Architecture and the City Festival
San Francisco, Calif.

Sept. 17-18, 2011

2011 San Francisco Living: Home Tours weekend
American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter
San Francisco, Calif.

Ever wish you could visit in person gorgeous interiors in San Francisco and Marin like what you see on Houzz? The 9th annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours series by the S.F. chapter of the American Institute of Architects provides an exclusive chance to marvel at cutting-edge residential projects in the city and a little farther north in Marin. As part of a public program that takes place during the monthlong Architecture and the City Festival, you can attend lectures, films, exhibitions, tours, family programs and special events exploring the theme, “Architecture of Consequence.”

Featuring homes by: John Lum Architecture, Studio 12 Architecture, Feldman Architecture, John Maniscalco Architecture and more.
by Feldman Architecture, Inc.
FESTIVAL — Sept. 17-25, 2011
London Design Festival
London, UK

If you’re lucky and in London at the end of this month, be sure to catch the 3rd annual London Design Festival featuring more than 300 design events taking place in some of the city’s best-loved public spaces. The Landmark Projects are always a highlight, featuring impressive installations at St. Paul’s cathedral and at the V&A, built by some of the world’s greatest architects and designers. Other programming includes product launches, trade events and seminars. Best of all, the majority of events are free, enabling you easily participate in this 9-day festival of creative inspiration.
EXHIBITION — Sept. 17, 2011-Jan. 15, 2012
Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Ill.

If you're in the Windy City, visit the Bertrand Goldberg exhibition to see over 100 original drawings, photos and more providing a comprehensive retrospective of a recognized contributor to Chicago's architectural environment. Goldberg was an innovative architect known for his groundbreaking design for Marina City (1959-1967). This exhibit is allows you to see his career within a historical framework, extending from his experimental origins at the Bauhaus to his visionary plans for the postwar American city.

Reserve a spot for a hands-on workshop (Oct. 1-2) where you can create your very own sculptural models inspired by the Goldberg exhibit.

While at the Art Institute, you can check out Design Inspiration: 19th Century American Builders’ Manuals and Pattern Books through Nov. 1.

More events: 6 Top Design Events: Aug. 26-Sept. 16

What's on your calendar this weekend? Let us know about your favorite upcoming design events below!