7 Design Fairs Around the World to Check Out

Make the most of your next vacation and check out these design fairs if you’re in town.

Updated on June 12, 2017 12:06 pm

Michelle Ong


Travelling soon? You might want to check out these fairs around the world that showcase the best in design and will leave you with ideas for a better home.

Tokyo: Tokyo Design Week
24 to 28 Oct (Former Session), 30 Oct to 3 Nov (Latter Session)
2-3 Kasumigaoka, Tokyo 160-0013 Meiji-Jingu Gaien Mae (Central Venue), Shops around the Metropolitan areas

Those with appreciation of Japanese design should visit this event. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the event has been held at Meiji Jingu Gaien Mae, Tokyo every year since 2005 and attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually. This year, the first half of the exhibition will be focused on famous Japanese interior designers.

New York: ICFF
14 to 17 May 2016
Javits Convention Center

ICFF prides itself on being a design event that is truly international. "Most design events around the world are populated by exhibitors from the country that the event is produced in. More than half of ICFF exhibitors come from outside of the US," says ICFF Show director Kevin O’Keefe. When you visit, you can expect to see only the best in interiors as nearly 100 suppliers are declined participation the fair every year.

In 2016, visitors can expect to see more luxe interiors from places like France, UK, and Italy. There will also be a focus on emerging designers from around the world as well as a feature which will showcase the best Design Weeks from around the world. With so much to check out, Mr O’Keefe recommends planning a full day or two to see everything.

Shanghai: Design Shanghai 2016
9 to 16 March 2016
Shanghai Exhibition Centre

Touted as China’s leading international design event, Design Shanghai isn’t just a great platform to showcase talents from China’s ever-growing community, it is also the place for talents from around the world. This year’s Design Shanghai saw its biggest turnout—some 42,000 visitors during the four-day event. On display were a mix of of designs from 300 brands and some of the world’s top galleries. Design Shanghai promises to return with an even better show featuring even more of the finest international design houses.

London: London Design Festival
19 to 27 September
Various locations across London

This annual event was conceived to promote the city’s creativity and to be a gathering place for UK’s greatest thinker, practitioners, retailers, and educators. This year, the free event boasts 350 events and installations across the city. Homeowners looking for inspiration can check out the works of India Mahdavi who was named one of the world’s best interior designers by Architectual Digest, as well as furniture and lighting by Scandinavian studios Studio Vit and MA/U at the White on White exhibition. All events are free.

Stockholm: Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair
9 to 13 September 2016
Venue to be confirmed

If you’re a big fan of Scandinavian design, this event is not to be missed. Two trade fairs make up this event—the Stockholm Furniture Fair and the Northern Light Fair. The largest event for Scandinavian design, they feature everything from office furnishings to lighting, to design objects. The event will include Twelve, a curated exhibition zone which will show the latest news from designers and design studios, and the Stockholm Design Talks, a seminar programme that will help shed light on hot topics.

Paris: Maison&Objet Paris
4 to 8 September
Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Maison&Objet is a trade show that should not be missed! This lifestyle event brings together a wide variety of product offerings in furniture, accessories, tableware, decoration, among others. Maison&Objet is considered a major event not only in Paris, but in Asia and Americas as well, as it proves to be a popular platform for professionals in the art of living to showcase their works. It has become an important lifestyle event and attracts visitors from all over the world.

South Korea: Seoul Living Design Fair
30 March to 3 April 2016
COEX Korea Exhibition Center

This five-day event will explore current issues and trends in the interior design industry and showcase products that will impact the domestic living interior industry. It will serve as a venue for international business leaders and stakeholders to introduce new products and design ideas as well as learn about technology in the home and living segment.

Cover photo courtesy of ICFF

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