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Fall ushers in more than cooler temperatures and falling leaves. It also kicks off a busy time in the design community. You’ll likely want to include (at least) one of these events on your to-attend list:

Design by William Sofield

National Design Week runs October 9th through 17th in New York City, including the big awards bash on the 14th. But don’t fret if you don’t live in NYC. A wide-range of events are produced across the country, in association with National Design Week. Visit their website to see what’s going on in Boise, Idaho. Missoula, Montana. Even Little Rock, Arkansas.

If you’re destined to be in the Bay Area between October 28th and 31st, and you love antiquing, then head directly to the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show…and bring comfortable shoes. You’ll need them if you stand a chance at checking out all the wares of more than 70 North American and European dealers. Give your feet a rest when you attend one of the many lectures on this year’s theme, Chinoiserie.

And starting October 16th, home furnishing design faithfuls will make their way to High Point Market Week in North Carolina. Some HGTV decorating experts will be in attendance. Maybe we’ll see you there?

Hot Topics:

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has won his 16-year-long battle for the rights to tear down the historic George Washington Smith-designed, Spanish-colonial home he bought in 1984. California preservation groups fought to keep this rare find intact, arguing that Jobs purposefully neglected the home to strengthen the case for its destruction. Jobs knocked down the historic home this week and plans on putting an expansive contemporary-style abode in its place. He’s hired Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the architects responsible for Apple’s iconic Fifth Avenue store, to tackle the build.

New Collections:

Textile and fashion designer Virginia Johnson, known for her fabulously fun prints, has launched a new bedding line embracing the block printing processes of India. Each piece is hand block-printed in Jaipur and features playful designs like this sombrero print.

And purveyor of All-American style, Ralph Lauren, launches the Heiress Collection, an unabashedly feminine line of bedding and accessories. All purchases from now until October 11th are 25% off, and 10% of these purchases benefit the cancer prevention charity, The Pink Pony Fund.

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