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!
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?
7th / 10th January: Heimtextil – Frankfurt, Germany | The biggest fair for materials and fabric.
10th / 13th January: Domotex – Hannover, Germania | International center for flooring. I attended!
13th / 19th January: IMM Cologne – Cologne, Germania | An important fair for interior design, not to be missed!
16th / 19th January: Interior Design Show – Toronto, Canada | Interior design products and trends.
16th / 20th January: Paris Déco Off – Parigi, Francia | A show dedicated to interior design and decor.
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.
17th / 26th January: DesignTO (Toronto Design Offsite Festival) – Toronto, Canada | The 10th edition of the biggest festival dedicated to design in Canada.
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.
24th / 27th January: Homi – Milano, Italy | Once it was called Macef, now it’s an international fair dedicated to homes and lifestyle.
1st/3rd February: Firenze Home TexStyle – Florence, Italy | An important fair for household linen, textiles and furnishing.
3rd / 9th February: Stockholm Design Week –Stockholm, Sweden | Probably the most important fair for Scandinavian design which revolves around the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.
4th / 7th February: Abimad – São Paulo, Brazil | A fair dedicated to interior design and product design.
7th / 11th February: Ambiente-Sensational Exceptional Original – Frankfurt, Germany | International fair for consumer goods.
26th / 28th February: Design Indaba Conference – Cape Town, South Africa | The 25th edition of the biggest International Conference of Design.
Postponed, tba – 29th February / 8th March: Casa su misura – Padua, Italy |Fair dedicated to furnishings.
Postponed, tba – 1st / 8th March: Expo casa – Perugia, Italy | A show dedicated to building, furnishing and saving energy.
3rd / 7th March: Bogotà Design Festival – Bogotà, Colombia | It has the ambitious goal of acting as a hub for creativity for innovation and design.
4th / 6th March: Leading Design – San Francisco, USA | Great event for designers.
5th / 8th March: Collectible Belgium – Bruxelles, Belgium | A fair dedicated exclusively to unique pieces of contemporary design.
12nd / 22nd March: Melbourne Design Week – Melbourne, Australia | Organized by National Gallery Victoria, it puts together business and creativity.
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.
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.
16th / 22nd March: Arctic Design Week – Rovaniemi, Finland | The future of Arctic design created by a fusion of professionals and the citizens.
18th / 24th March: Nairobi Design Week – Nairobi, Kenya | A festival celebrating the African spirit and the partnership with the designer.
25th March / 5th April: Boston Design Week – Boston, USA | A festival that aims to encourage the public to explore all aspects of design.
28th February / 5th April: Expo Casa – Torino, Italia | The 57th edition always with new ideas for the home.
16th / 19th April: The Home Show – Melbourne, Australia | A big fair dedicated to the home.
17th / 19th April: Miart – Milan, Italy | An international fair of modern and contemporary art.
18th / 24th April: Portland Design Week – Portland, Australia | A network of independent events designed by the creative minds of the city.
2nd / 5th May: Vancouver Design Week(end) – Vancouver, Canada | A multidisciplinary festival for design and creativity.
2nd / 10th May: Grand Design Live – London, UK | A fair dedicated to design in all its forms.
12th / 20th May: NYC X Design – New York, USA | A celebration of design around the world.
14th / 20th May: Wanted Design – New York, USA | Innovation and design.
17th/ 20th May: ICFF – New York, USA | A point of reference for North American design.
19th / 21st May: Clerkenwell Design Week – London, UK | Immersion in the creative heart of London.
19th / 27th May – Łódź Design Festival – Łódź, Poland | A significant event in Europe with an international scope.
26thd / 29th May: Design Shanghai – Shanghai, China | The top design event in Asia.
27th / 31st May: Expodeco – La Molina, Perù | A show dedicated to furniture and architecture.
9th / 18th June: Barcelona Design Week – Barcelona, Spain | An important event with a 360° view of creativity and innovations in design.
16th / 21st June: Design Miami/ Basel – Miami, USA | A favorite for meeting architects, designers, collectionists and curators of galleries.
16th / 21st June: Milano Design Week – Salone del Mobile – Milan, Italy |Does this need an introduction?
16th/ 21st June: Milano Design Week – Fuorisalone– Milan, Italy | Events scattered around the city that amplify the strength of the Salone del Mobile.
15th/ 21st June: Los Angeles Design Festival – Los Angeles, USA | A celebration from one of the design capitals.
16th / 25th June: San Francisco Design Week – San Francisco, USA | An opportunity to learn about new innovations.
27th / 30th June: Tendence – Frankfurt, Germany | An international fair of consumer goods with exhibitors linked to interior design – coming from 30 different countries.
7th – 10th July: Design Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan | All round design.
16th – 19th July: Decor + Design – Melbourne, Australia | Events and exhibitions dedicated to design and home decor.
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.
17th – 23rd August: Stockholm Summer Design Week – Stockholm, Sweden | Following on from the February show, the summer has arrived.
27th / 29th August: EFE – Kuala Lampur, Malesia | An important fair dedicated to interior design.
28th – 30th August: The Home Show – Melbourne, Australia | The second fair this year dedicated to the home.
29th August / 29th November: Biennale architettura – Venice, Italy | Presented by the academic and architect Hashim Sarkis.
17th – 20th September: Feria Hábitat Valencia – Valencia, Spain | An international fair dedicated to furniture, lighting and fabrics.
4th – 8th September: Maison & Objet – Paris, France | The second fair this year following on from the January fair.
9th – 13th September: Auckland Home Show – Auckland, New Zealand | A grand fair dedicated to the home.
8th – 27th September: London Design Biennale – London, UK | The artistic director of this event Es Devlin has chosen for this year the theme Resonance.
September, during London design festival (events not yet announced) – 100% Design – London, UK | International event dedicated to contemporary design.
12th – 20th September: London Design Festival – London, UK | A celebration from the world’s capital of design.
23rd/ 25th September: Proposte – Cernobbio (Como), Italy | A fair for manufacturers of furniture and curtain fabrics.
28th September – 2nd October: Cersaie – Bologna, Italy | An international exhibition of building ceramics.
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.
3rd – 11th October: Casa Moderna – Udine, Italy | An important Italian fair for indoor and outdoor furniture.
7th – 10th October: Salone del mobile.Milano Mosca – Moscow, Russia | Milan Salone on tour.
7th – 11th October: Grand Design Live – Birmingham, UK | The second fair this year dedicated to design in all its forms.
11th – 14th October: Decorex International – London, UK | An event dedicated to luxury interior design.
14th – 16th October: Sia Hospitality Design – Rimini, Italy | A fair dedicated to hospitality.
14th – 16th October: SUN Beach & Outdoor Style – Rimini, Italy | A reference point for the world of outdoor bathing and camping.
21st – 24th October: SAIE Building and Construction – Bologna, Italy | Technology and building.
27th – 31st October: Orgatec – Cologne, Germany | A fair dedicated to the office sector – every 2 years.
19th – 27th October: Dutch design week – Eindhoven, The Netherlands | One of the biggest design events in northern Europe.
6th – 8th November: Artissima – Turin, Italy | Contemporary art fair, leading event and forerunner of the contemporary art week in Turin.
17th – 18th november : Sleep & eat – London, UK | Design and innovation event for the hospitality sector.
25th – 29th November: Heim+Handwerk – Monaco, Germany | A fair dedicated to furniture and design.
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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