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!
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.
30th October – 1st November: Living & Design – Osaka, Japan. A fair dedicated entirely to interior design
1st – 3rd November: Artissima – Turin, Italy | Exhibitions related to contemporary art will liven up the city of Turin
11th – 16th November: Dubai Design Week – Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I will be there! 😉
14th – 17th November: Design Week Turkey – Istanbul, Turkey. Exhibitions, conferences, workshops and installations
16t / 18 and 22 / 24 November: Salone del Mobile – Bergamo, Italy. Elegance and innovation meet at the Bergam Fair.
19th / 20th November: Sleep & Eat – Londra, UK | One of the main design events linked to the hospitality sector
20th / 22nd November: Salone del Mobile. Milano Shanghai – Shanghai, China | Fourth edition of the Milan show in China
14th November 2019 / 9th February 2020: Biennial of Design Ljubljana – Ljubljana, Slovenia | Events and exhibitions for design, architecture and art
3rd / 8th December 2019: Design Miami – Miami, Florida| The global forum of design, I’ll be there! 😉
7th / 10th January: Heimtextil – Frankfurt, Germany | The biggest fair for materials and fabric
10th / 13th January: Domotex – Hannover, Germania | International center for flooring
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
29th February / 8th March: Expo Casa – Torino, Italia | The 57th edition always with new ideas for the home
29th February / 8th March: Casa su misura – Padua, Italy |Fair dedicated to furnishings
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
9th / 12nd March: EFE – Kuala Lampur, Malesia | An important fair dedicated to interior design
12nd / 22nd March: Melbourne Design Week – Melbourne, Australia | Organized by National Gallery Victoria, it puts together business and creativity
12nd / 15th March: Design Shanghai – Shanghai, China | The top design event in Asia
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
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
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
21st / 26th April: Milano Design Week – Salone del Mobile – Milan, Italy |Does this need an introduction?!
21st / 26th April: Milano Design Week – Fuorisalone– Milan, Italy | Events scattered around the city that amplify the strength of the Salone del Mobile
27th/ 29th April: Proposte – Cernobbio (Como), Italy | A fair for manufacturers of furniture and curtain fabrics
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
17th / 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
23rd May / 29th November: Biennale architettura – Venice, Italy | Presented by the academic and architect Hashim Sarkis
27th / 31st May: Expodeco – La Molina, Perù | A show dedicated to furniture and architecture
11st / 18th Jun: Barcelona Design Week – Barcelona, Spain | An important event with a 360° view of creativity and innovations in design
[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
16th / 21st Jun: Design Miami/ Basel – Miami, USA | A favorite for meeting architects, designers, collectionists and curators of galleries
17th / 21st Jun: Los Angeles Design Festival – Los Angeles, USA | A celebration from one of the design capitals
16th / 25th Jun: San Francisco Design Week – San Francisco, USA | An opportunity to learn about new innovations
27th / 30th Jun: Tendence – Frankfurt, Germany | An international fair of consumer goods with exhibitors linked to interior design – coming from 30 different countries
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 email@example.com. You contribution to my list will be most welcome. Thanks!
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