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 (e.g. from 11th – 16th November I will be in Dubai for the Dubai Design Week), 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 2019

30th October – 1st November: Living & Design – Osaka, Japan. A fair dedicated entirely to interior design

Website http://www.living-and-design.com/eng/


1st – 3rd November: Artissima – Turin, Italy | Exhibitions related to contemporary art will liven up the city of Turin

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

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/ArtissimaFair

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


11th – 16th November: Dubai Design Week – Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I will be there! 😉 

Website https://www.dubaidesignweek.ae

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/Dubaidesignweek?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

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


14th – 17th November: Design Week Turkey – Istanbul, Turkey. Exhibitions, conferences, workshops and installations

Website https://designweekturkey.com

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/DesignWeekTR?lang=tr

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


16t / 18 and 22 / 24 November: Salone del Mobile – Bergamo, Italy. Elegance and innovation meet at the Bergam Fair.

Website https://www.fieradelmobile-bergamo.it

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

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


19th / 20th November: Sleep & Eat – Londra, UK | One of the main design events linked to 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


20th / 22nd November: Salone del Mobile. Milano Shanghai – Shanghai, China | Fourth edition of the Milan show in China

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

Wechat https://www.salonemilano.cn/wechat


14th November 2019 / 9th February 2020: Biennial of Design Ljubljana – Ljubljana, Slovenia | Events and exhibitions for design, architecture and art

Website https://bio.si/en/

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/MAO_Slovenia

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MAO.Slovenia 


3rd / 8th December 2019: Design Miami – Miami, Florida| The global forum of design, I’ll be there! 😉 

Website https://miami2019.designmiami.com/

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/designmiami

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

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

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, Germania |

An 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


29th February / 8th March: 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 


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

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, ColombiaIt 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/


9th / 12nd March: EFE – Kuala Lampur, MalesiaAn important fair dedicated to interior design 

Website http://www.efe.my


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/


12nd / 15th March: 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


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


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/

April 2020

16th / 19th April: The Home Show – Melbourne, AustraliaA 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


21st / 26th April: 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


21st / 26th April:  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


27th/ 29th April: 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/

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/


17th / 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/


23rd May / 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


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

Jun 2020

11st / 18th Jun: Barcelona Design Week – Barcelona, SpainAn 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


[Date to be confirmed]: São Paulo design weekend – São Paulo, 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


16th / 21st Jun: 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


17th / 21st Jun: 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 Jun: 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 Jun: 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

Soon I will also add all the events of the remaining months of 2020. I already anticipate that there will be Tokyo Design and The home show in Melbourne. 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  camilla@camillabellini.com. You contribution to my list will be most welcome. Thanks!

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