Design Week

It all starts Oct. 14!

Design Week 2016 will kick off Friday evening, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. at The Center with a reception for the opening of a new exhibit, ModernMadeOhio, curated by former Center board member and owner of Grid Furnishings Tim Friar. The Center exhibit will be a companion to a larger exhibit at the Hilton Columbus Downtown under the same name, also curated by Friar.

“ModernMadeOhio is a multi-site exhibition of modern furniture collections, designed and made in Ohio,” Friar said. “The common theme is Ohio furniture designers who have created individual design languages in the form of a visual vocabulary within a collection of production work.”

Exhibitors are 44 Steel, Avon; Bomb Factory Furniture, Lakewood; Domenic Fiorello Studio, Cleveland; John Strauss Furniture Design, Canton; Such + Such, Cincinnati; and Tronk Design, Cincinnati.

Another highlight of the evening will be the introductory screening of a Design Talks short film, Stories of Architecture in Columbus, featuring a series of interviews with various local residents, leaders and architects exploring four unique building in Columbus.

“I envision the video as a story that shows how different people are inspired by the architecture around them,” said Tim Lai, principal of Tim Lai ArchitecT and the video’s producer.

Earlier in the afternoon, (10/14 is a day off for many public school children in central Ohio), The Center will host a mini Camp Architecture session from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for elementary and middle-school students.

Check the following events on our calendar:


Design Week Calendar Graphic


Mini Camp Architecture
Friday, October 14, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Friday, October 14, 6 pm

Franklinton Focus
Saturday, October 15, 2 pm – 5 pm

Architecture and Design Firm Crawl
Sunday, October 16, 1 pm – 4 pm

AIA Columbus Annual Meeting
Kate Schwennsen, FAIA, Equity Presentation
Tuesday, October 18, 7 pm – 8 pm

Joint Associations’ Happy Hour
Thursday, October 20, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Center Celebration/Fund-raiser/Silent Auction
Friday, October 21, 6 pm – 9 pm

ModernMadeOhio Hilton Exhibit Closing Reception
Friday, October 28, 6 pm – 8 pm