2020: All the Design Events in Italy and the world to not be missed


What are the most important Design Events and Fairs not to be missed in 2020? Despite the various commitments and design projects we are currently working on, again this year I have prepared a list of the main events in our design sector for Italy and the world.

Ever since I started working as a designer, I’ve always tried to make the time to look and see what new things and innovations are going on in the design world.

At this year draws to an end, I would like to share with you what I consider to be useful list for inspiration and cultural enrichment.

Here is the list of all the design events not to be missed in Italy and the world.

As I have said the events are all around the globe. Many of these events I will attend personally, other events and trips will follow thanks to the power of the social network and my community. (Thumbs up for Instagram!)

Most likely, there will be updates and changes over the coming months, I may add  some ‘mega’ event that I have overlooked!

Let’s begin!

We have had no official news for some time but in 2020 the project Museo del Compasso d’Oro (most famous design award) should materialise. It was announced by the Italian press and then unannounced by the International press.

I can say ‘officially’ as I know that Luciano Galimberti, president of the ADI (Association for Industrial Design), has published a series of photographs of his work in progress, on his Facebook page.

In the bottoom of the arcticle you can download the Google Calendar with all the design events. Useful, isn’t it?

January 2020

7th / 10th January: Heimtextil – Frankfurt, Germany | The biggest fair for materials and fabric.

Website https://heimtextil.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en.html

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/heimtextil/

Twitter https://twitter.com/heimtextil

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/heimtextil/


10th / 13th January: Domotex – Hannover, Germania | International center for flooring. I attended!

Website https://www.domotex.de/en/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/domotex_hannover/

Twitter https://twitter.com/thedomotex

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/domotexhannover


13th / 19th January: IMM Cologne – Cologne, GermaniaAn important fair for interior design, not to be missed! 

Website https://www.imm-cologne.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/immcologne/

Twitter https://twitter.com/imm_cologne

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/immcologne


16th / 19th January: Interior Design Show – Toronto, Canada | Interior design products and trends.

Website https://toronto.interiordesignshow.com/en/home.html

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/idstoronto/

Twitter https://twitter.com/IDSToronto

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/idstoronto/


16th / 20th January: Paris Déco Off – Parigi, Francia | A show dedicated to interior design and decor.

Website https://www.paris-deco-off.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/parisdecooff_official/?hl=en

Twitter https://twitter.com/parisdecooff?lang=fr

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ParisDecoOff


17th / 21st January: Maison&Object – Paris, France | You will be able to see news and new trends in “WHAT’S NEW?”. The themes are: Living, Sharing, Caring, Working.

Website https://www.maison-objet.com/en/paris

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/maisonetobjet/

Twitter https://twitter.com/MaisonObjet

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/maisonobjetparis


17th / 26th January: DesignTO (Toronto Design Offsite Festival) – Toronto, Canada | The 10th edition of the biggest festival dedicated to design in Canada.

Website https://designto.org

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/designtofestival/

Twitter https://twitter.com/DesignTOFest

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DesignTOFestival/


22nd / 25th January: Klimahouse – Bolzano, Italy | Fair dedicated to innovations and the latest trends in the construction sector with an emphasis on sustainable and low energy impact.

Website https://www.fierabolzano.it/klimahouse/en/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/fieramesse/

Twitter https://twitter.com/klimahouse

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/klimahouse


24th / 27th January: Homi – Milano, Italy | Once it was called Macef, now it’s an international fair dedicated to homes and lifestyle.

Website http://www.homimilano.com/it

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/homimilano/

Twitter https://www.facebook.com/homimilano

Facebook https://twitter.com/homimilano

February 2020

1st/3rd February: Firenze Home TexStyle – Florence, Italy | An important fair for household linen, textiles and furnishing.

Website https://firenzehometexstyle.com/fiera/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/firenze_home_texstyle/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FirenzeHomeTexstyle


3rd / 9th February: Stockholm Design Week –Stockholm, Sweden | Probably the most important fair for Scandinavian design which revolves around the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.

Website https://www.stockholmdesignweek.com 

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/stockholmdesignweek/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/stockholmdesignweek 


4th / 7th February: Abimad – São Paulo, Brazil | A fair dedicated to interior design and product design.

Website https://abimad.com.br

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/abimadfeiras/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FeiraAbimad/


7th / 11th February: Ambiente-Sensational Exceptional Original – Frankfurt, GermanyInternational fair for consumer goods.

Website https://ambiente.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en.html

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ambientefair/

Twitter https://twitter.com/ambiente

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ambientefair


26th / 28th February: Design Indaba Conference – Cape Town, South Africa | The 25th edition of the biggest International Conference of Design. 

Website https://conference.designindaba.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/designindaba/

Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNlmZtQdJe5weiDuC0eeTfw

Twitter https://twitter.com/designindaba


Postponed, tba – 29th February / 8th March: Casa su misura – Padua, Italy |Fair dedicated to furnishings.

Website https://casasumisura.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/casasumisura.padovafiere

March 2020

Postponed, tba – 1st / 8th March: Expo casa – Perugia, Italy A show dedicated to building, furnishing and saving energy.  

Website https://www.expo-casa.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/expocasaitalia/


3rd / 7th March: Bogotà Design Festival – Bogotà, Colombia | It has the ambitious goal of acting as a hub for creativity for innovation and design. 

Website https://bogotadesignfestival.co

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bogotadesignfestival/

Twitter https://twitter.com/BogDesignFest

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bogotadesignfest/


4th / 6th March: Leading Design – San Francisco, USA | Great event for designers.

Website https://ti.to/clearleft/leading-design-san-francisco-2020/en


5th / 8th March: Collectible Belgium – Bruxelles, BelgiumA fair dedicated exclusively to unique pieces of contemporary design.

Website https://collectible.design

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/collectiblefair/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/collectiblefair/


12nd / 22nd March: Melbourne Design Week – Melbourne, AustraliaOrganized by National Gallery Victoria, it puts together business and creativity.

Website https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/melbourne-design-week/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ngvmelbourne/

Twitter https://twitter.com/ngvmelbourne

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NGVMelbourne/


Postponed, tba – 18th / 21st March + 28th / 31st March: Ciff-China International Furniture Fair – Guangzhou, China (with an autumn edition in Shanghai, China) Excellent opportunity to see the developments in the Asian market first hand.

Website https://www.ciff-gz.com/en/index


Cancelled – 19th/21st March: Art Basel – Hong Kong | An event concerned with the world of art and new emerging artists from all around the world.

Website https://www.artbasel.com/hong-kong

Instagram https://instagram.com/artbasel

Twitter https://twitter.com/ArtBasel

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/artbasel


16th / 22nd March: Arctic Design Week – Rovaniemi, Finland | The future of Arctic design created by a fusion of professionals and the citizens.

Website https://www.arcticdesignweek.fi

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/arcticdesignweek/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/arcticdesignweek/


18th / 24th March: Nairobi Design Week – Nairobi, KenyaA festival celebrating  the African spirit and the partnership with the designer.

Website http://www.nairobidesignweek.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nairobidesignweek/

Twitter https://twitter.com/nairobidesignwk

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nairobidesignweek


25th March / 5th April: Boston Design Week – Boston, USAA festival that aims to encourage the public to explore all aspects of design.

Website https://www.bostondesignweek.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bostondesignweek/

Twitter https://twitter.com/bosdesignweek

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bostondesignweek/


28th February / 5th April: Expo Casa – Torino, ItaliaThe 57th edition always with new ideas for the home. 

Website http://www.expocasa.it

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Expocasa.LingottoFiere/

Twitter https://twitter.com/LingottoFiere 


April 2020

16th / 19th April: The Home Show – Melbourne, Australia | A big fair dedicated to the home.

Website https://www.melbournehomeshow.com.au

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/melbournehomeshow/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MelbourneHomeShow


17th / 19th April: Miart – Milan, Italy | An international fair of modern and contemporary art.

Website http://www.miart.it/en

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/miartmilano/?hl=it

Twitter https://twitter.com/MiArtMilano

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/miart.milano/


18th / 24th April: Portland Design Week – Portland, Australia | A network of independent events designed by the creative minds of the city.

Website https://designportland.org/festival/2020

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/designweekpdx/

Twitter https://twitter.com/DesignWeekPDX

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DesignWeekPortland

May 2020

2nd / 5th May: Vancouver Design Week(end) – Vancouver, Canada | A multidisciplinary festival for design and creativity. 

Website http://vancouverdesignwk.com/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/vandesignwk/

Twitter https://twitter.com/vandesignwk

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/vandesignwk


2nd / 10th May: Grand Design Live – London, UK | A fair dedicated to design in all its forms.

Website https://www.granddesignslive.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/granddesignstv/

Twitter https://twitter.com/granddesigns

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GrandDesigns/?ref=bookmarks


12th / 20th May: NYC X Design – New York, USA | A celebration of design around the world.

Website https://www.nycxdesign.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nycxdesign/

Twitter https://twitter.com/NYCxDESIGN

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NYCxDESIGN/


14th / 20th May: Wanted Design – New York, USAInnovation and design.

Website https://www.wanteddesignnyc.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/wanteddesign/

Twitter https://twitter.com/wanteddesign

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WantedDesignNYC


17th/ 20th May: ICFF – New York, USAA point of reference for North American design. 

Website https://www.icff.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/icff_official/

Twitter https://twitter.com/ICFF

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ICFFdesign/


19th / 21st May: Clerkenwell Design Week – London, UKImmersion in the creative heart of London. 

Website https://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/clerkenwelldesignweek/

Twitter https://twitter.com/CDWfestival

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Clerkenwell.Design.Week/


19th / 27th May – Łódź Design Festival – Łódź, Poland | A significant event in Europe with an international scope.

Website http://www.lodzdesign.com/ 

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lodzdesign/?hl=en

Twitter https://twitter.com/lodzdesignfest?lang=en

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Lodz.Design/


26thd / 29th May: Design Shanghai – Shanghai, China | The top design event in Asia.

 Website https://www.designshanghai.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/design_shanghai/

Twitter https://twitter.com/designshanghai

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DesignShanghai


27th / 31st May: Expodeco – La Molina, Perù | A show dedicated to furniture and architecture.

Website https://expodeco.pe

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/expodeco/

Twitter https://twitter.com/expodeco

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EXPODECO

June 2020

9th / 18th June: Barcelona Design Week – Barcelona, Spain | An important event with a 360° view of creativity and innovations in design.

Website https://www.barcelonadesignweek.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/barcelonadesignweek/

Twitter https://twitter.com/bcndesignweek

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BCN.Design.Week


16th / 21st June: Design Miami/ Basel – Miami, USA | A favorite for meeting architects, designers, collectionists and curators of galleries.

Website http://www.designmiami.com/page/future-dates

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/designmiami/

Twitter https://twitter.com/designmiami

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DesignMiami


16th / 21st June: Milano Design Week – Salone del Mobile – Milan, Italy |Does this need an introduction?

Website https://www.salonemilano.it/en/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/isaloniofficial/

Twitter https://twitter.com/isaloniofficial

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/salonedelmobileofficial


16th/ 21st June:  Milano Design Week – Fuorisalone– Milan, Italy | Events scattered around the city that amplify the strength of the Salone del Mobile.

Website https://fuorisalone.it/welcome/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/fuorisalone/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fuorisalone.it


15th/ 21st June: Los Angeles Design Festival – Los Angeles, USAA celebration from one of the design capitals.

Website https://www.ladesignfestival.org

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ladesignfestival/

Twitter https://twitter.com/LADesignFest

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ladesignfestival


16th / 25th June: San Francisco Design Week – San Francisco, USAAn opportunity to learn about new innovations.  

Website https://sfdesignweek.org

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sfdesignweek/

Twitter https://twitter.com/sfdesignweek

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sfdesignweek


27th / 30th June: Tendence – Frankfurt, Germany | An international fair of consumer goods with exhibitors linked to interior design – coming from 30 different countries.

Website https://www.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en.html

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/tendencefair/

Twitter https://twitter.com/tendencefair

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tendencefair

July 2020

7th – 10th July: Design Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan | All round design. 

Website https://www.designtokyo.jp/ja-jp.html

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lifestyleexpotokyo/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DESIGN.TOKYO.FAIR/


16th – 19th July: Decor + Design – Melbourne, Australia | Events and  exhibitions dedicated to design and home decor.

Website https://www.decordesignshow.com.au

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/decordesignshow/

Twitter https://twitter.com/decordesignshow

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/decordesignshow

August 2020

16 / 23 Agosto: São Paulo Design Weekend –  São Paolo, Brazil | A festival that aims to promote the culture of design and its connections with architecture, art, decoration, urban planning, social inclusion, business and technological innovations. 

Website http://designweekend.com.br/programa-dw-2019//

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/designweekendsp/ 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/designweekendsp


17th – 23rd August: Stockholm Summer Design Week – Stockholm, Sweden | Following on from the February show, the summer has arrived. 

Website https://www.stockholmdesignweek.com 

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/stockholmdesignweek/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/stockholmdesignweek


27th / 29th August: EFE – Kuala Lampur, MalesiaAn important fair dedicated to interior design. 

Website http://www.efe.my


28th – 30th August: The Home Show – Melbourne, Australia | The second fair this year dedicated to the home. 

Website https://www.melbournehomeshow.com.au

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/melbournehomeshow/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MelbourneHomeShow


29th August / 29th November: Biennale architettura – Venice, Italy | Presented by the academic and architect Hashim Sarkis.

Website https://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/2020

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/labiennale/

Twitter https://twitter.com/la_Biennale

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Labiennaledivenezia

September 2020

17th – 20th September: Feria Hábitat Valencia – Valencia, Spain | An international fair dedicated to furniture, lighting and fabrics. 

Website https://www.feriahabitatvalencia.com/en/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/feriahabitatvalencia/

Twitter https://twitter.com/habitatvalencia?lang=es

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FeriaHabitat/


4th – 8th September: Maison & Objet – Paris, France | The second fair this year following on from the January fair.

Website https://www.maison-objet.com/en/paris

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/maisonetobjet/

Twitter https://twitter.com/MaisonObjet

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/maisonobjetparis


9th – 13th September: Auckland Home Show – Auckland, New Zealand | A grand fair dedicated to the home.

Website https://www.aucklandhomeshow.co.nz

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/aucklandhomeshow/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AKHomeShow


8th – 27th September: London Design Biennale – London, UK | The artistic director of this event Es Devlin has chosen for this year the theme Resonance.

Website https://www.londondesignbiennale.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/london_design_biennale/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Londondesignbiennale/


September, during London design festival (events not yet announced)100% Design – London, UK | International event dedicated to contemporary design.

Website https://www.100percentdesign.co.uk

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/design.london/

Twitter https://twitter.com/designlondon

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/100percentdesignshow


12th – 20th September: London Design Festival – London, UK | A celebration from the world’s capital of design. 

Website https://www.londondesignfestival.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/l_d_f_official/

Twitter https://twitter.com/L_D_F

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LondonDesignFestival/


23rd/ 25th September: Proposte – Cernobbio (Como), Italy | A fair for manufacturers of furniture and curtain fabrics.

Website https://www.propostefair.it

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/propostefair/

Twitter https://twitter.com/propostefair

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/propostefair/


28th September – 2nd October: Cersaie – Bologna, Italy | An international exhibition of  building ceramics.

Website https://www.cersaie.it/en/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cersaie/

Twitter https://twitter.com/CersaieOfficial

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CersaieCostruireAbitarePensare/


30th September – 3rd October: Marmo+Mac – Verona, Italy | An international event dedicated to companies in the stone industry for designers and those who work in this sector.

Website https://www.marmomac.com/it/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/marmo_mac/

Twitter https://twitter.com/marmo_mac

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Marmomac

October 2020

3rd – 11th October: Casa Moderna – Udine, Italy | An important Italian fair for indoor and outdoor furniture. 

Website http://www.casamoderna.it

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/udinegoriziafiere/

Twitter https://twitter.com/udinefiere

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CasaModernaUdine/


7th – 10th October: Salone del mobile.Milano Mosca – Moscow, Russia | Milan Salone on tour.

Website: https://www.salonemilano.ru/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/isaloniofficial/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/isaloniofficial

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/salonedelmobileofficial


7th – 11th October: Grand Design Live – Birmingham, UK | The second fair this year dedicated to design in all its forms. 

Website https://www.granddesignslive.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/granddesignstv/

Twitter https://twitter.com/granddesigns

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GrandDesigns/?ref=bookmarks


11th – 14th October: Decorex International – London, UK | An event dedicated to luxury interior design.

Website https://www.decorex.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/decorex_international/

Twitter https://twitter.com/decorex_intl

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/decorex


14th – 16th October: Sia Hospitality Design –  Rimini, Italy | A fair dedicated to hospitality. 

Website https://en.siaexpo.it

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sia_hospitalitydesign/?igshid=1kmrghw2af3ku

Twitter https://twitter.com/SIA_Expo

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SIAhospitalitydesign/


14th – 16th October: SUN Beach & Outdoor Style –  Rimini, Italy | A reference point for the world of outdoor bathing and camping.

Website https://www.sunexpo.it

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sun_beachoutdoor/?igshid=rq5b0c5v3bsr

Twitter https://twitter.com/expo_sun

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SUNBeachOutdoorStyle/


21st – 24th October: SAIE Building and Construction – Bologna, Italy | Technology and building. 

Website https://www.saiebologna.it/en/

Twitter https://twitter.com/SAIEfiera

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SAIEfiera/


27th – 31st October: Orgatec –  Cologne, Germany | A fair dedicated to the office sector – every 2 years.

Website https://www.orgatec.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/orgatec/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/orgateccologne


19th – 27th October: Dutch design week  – Eindhoven, The Netherlands | One of the biggest design events in northern Europe.

Website https://www.ddw.nl/en/home

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dutchdesignweek/?hl=en

Twitter https://twitter.com/dutchdesignweek?lang=en

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DutchDesignWeek/


November 2020

6th – 8th November: Artissima – Turin, Italy | Contemporary art fair, leading event and forerunner of the contemporary art week in Turin.

Website:  https://www.artissima.art/en/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ArtissimaFair/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArtissimaFair

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtissimaFair


17th – 18th november : Sleep & eat – London, UK | Design and innovation event for the hospitality sector.

Website: https://www.sleepandeatevent.com 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/SleepEatEvent/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SleepEatEvent

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SleepEatEvent


25th – 29th November: Heim+Handwerk – Monaco, Germany | A fair dedicated to furniture and design. 

Website https://www.heim-handwerk.de/en/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/heimundhandwerk/?hl=de

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HeimHandwerk/


To make everything easier, I decided to create and share with you the Google Calendar with the design events you’ve just seen.  You can download it HERE.
Let me remind you that this calendar is constantly updated and your calendar will also be automatically updated.

Soon I will also add all the events of the latest part of 2020.
This article will always be updated so you can read any event or fair in Italy and around the world.

 Did you appreciate this list of the main events in Italy and around the world?
If you have any  suggestions for an event concerning design, art, technology, innovation or fashion that you did not find in this list, write it in the comments below or send an email to  [email protected]. You contribution to my list will be most welcome. Thanks!

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