Design Fairs and Trade Shows around the World to Experience

Design fairs and trade shows are Annual fests compassing of an extensive display of upcoming trends in numerous design disciplines like art, architecture, interior design, furniture, textile, craft, home décor, etc. They also act as a catalyst in uniting various stakeholders in the industry, to establish connections and collaborations within the fraternity. Thousands of people are attracted towards these feasts including industry professionals and the public with interest in design, many looking forward to accentuating their new/existing homes.

Below is a list of such carnivals that designers can look forward to participating in, look up to for the freshest trends, or club with their travel plans to witness thorough design and inventions across the globe:

Interior Design Show Toronto (IDS Toronto)

Location- Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada

Time of the year- January

Duration- 4 Days 

Focus- design across all verticals

Design discipline- home furnishing, accessories, architecture, products, fashion, lights, building material, modular systems, sanitary ware, soft furnishing, etc.

What to expect- latest product release, innovative companies, linking brands and businesses, access to notable design leaders from across the globe

Events- seminars, keynotes, maker section, and demos

Architectural Digest Design Show (AD Design Show)

Location- New York and India

Time of the year- October (India)

Duration- 3 Days

Focus- bringing together high-end appliance companies with luxury brands and creators.

Footfall- 40,000 visitors

Design Discipline- furniture, lighting, kitchen, bath, and textile exhibitors, art, design, accessories, and décor

Events- weavers, potters, and embroiderers platform their skills and authentic ways of making, Power Talks by the best minds from the industry

Note- the New York AD design show is now the NY design luxury fair without licensing partnership with AD.

Milan Furniture Fair/Salone del Mobile Milano

Location- FieraMilano complex, Milan, Italy

Time of the year- April

Duration- 5 Days

Focus- Originally focused on Italian furniture but covers many verticals

Footfall- 3,48,000 visitors, over 2500 brands (largest market fair of its sort in the world)

Design discipline- popular setting for home-product, lighting, and furniture designers

What to expect- furniture and design inventors across the globe to showcase their latest designs

Dutch Design Week (DDW)

Location- Eindhoven, Netherlands

Time of the year- October

Duration- 8 Days

Focus- experimentation, innovation, works of young designers, shaping a positive future through design and crossovers.

Footfall- 3,50,000 visitors, 2600 brands (biggest design event in Northern Europe)

Design Discipline- different scales of creative installations from different creative realms

Events- facilitates exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, debates, and festivities.

Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair

Location- Stockholmsmässan exhibition centre, Stockholm, Sweden

Time of the year- February

Duration- 5 Days

Focus- furniture and lighting design for both public and home environments

Footfall- 40000 visitors, 700 exhibitors 

What to expect- New products, materials, knowledge, trends, and environmental and technological solutions are displayed in an educational and inspirational approach

Events- seminars, lectures, and awards shows.

IIM Cologne

Location- Koelnmesse exhibition centre in Cologne, Germany

Time of the year- January

Duration- first 4 days for professional visitors and last 3 days for public

Focus- primary focus is a contemporary furniture and interior design, but it also platforms innovative materials and fabrics and the latest lighting design and technology

Footfall- 125000 visitors, 1250 exhibitors 

What to expect- a top marketplace for associated industries including furniture designers, furniture companies, furniture retailers, architects, and interior designers

Design Shanghai 

Location- Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, Shanghai, China

Time of the year- June (Asia's premier design event)

Duration- 3 Days

Focus- path-breaking standard in China's ever-growing design community, works by upcoming talent

Footfall- 70,000 visitors, 500 exhibitors

Design Discipline- contemporary design, classic and luxury, collectible design, kitchen and bathrooms, workplace design, new materials, objects, and accessories

What to expect- 7 sections Showcasing the best design brands and galleries from across the globe, a unique networking platform for establishing long-term business relations with Asia's top architects, interior designers, property developers, retailers, and private buyers.

Events- international design icons share insights into the future of design

Venice Architecture Biennale/Mostra di Architettura di Venezia

Location- Venice, Italy

Time of the year- May to November (even years)

Focus- Architecture from nations around the world is presented- pavilions from various countries

Footfall- 3,00,000

Design Discipline- Art, Architecture, cinema, dance, music, theatre, and historical archives

What to expect- leaning towards the academic side of architecture, architectural solutions to contemporary societal, humanistic, and technological issues. The Biennale also provides an opportunity for local architects around the world to present new projects.

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