The fall of 2015 is always busy for the interiors industry. Whether you are looking for a great place to showcase your brand, to discover new designers for your store or to simply find some inspiration, trade events provide a beautiful starting point to inspire creative, forward-thinking ideas for design enthusiasts from all over the world.
Here’s a compilation of ten must-do events that will dazzle you with their striking presentation and interior design concepts. These events are held throughout the season and located primarily in three major European cities, London, Milan and Paris, but most of these shows are replicated in other cities such as New York and Tokyo should that be of interest.
100% Design 23 – 26 September 2015 Olympia, London
100% Design is the UK’s largest design trade event, attracting architects and designers from across the globe. First hosted in 1995, the show is defined by four key sections: Interiors, Workplace, Kitchen & Bathrooms and Design & Build. Starting this year, there will also be a presentation of the Luxury and Modern British sections. For 2015, the show will take over a new venue, Olympia London. All 100% Design exhibitors are carefully selected, in order to reflect the show’s focus on design quality, innovation and relevance to the architecture and design community. The show has a corporate feel, showcasing high-end products to an International audience ready to place orders.
Decorex International 20-23 September 2015 Syon Park, London
Decorex International is one of the most important events in the field of interior design which takes place this year at the start of the London Design Festival. With a glorious experience of 38 years, Decorex International is an incredible place to discover the very best, high-end products from an unrivalled collection of more than 400 hand-picked exhibitors. Decorex is not a one-room affair, but it’s not enormous like Paris or Cologne. There is also a great variety of products to keep you excited; furniture, rugs, fabrics and so on. The atmosphere is much more personal and not like enormous fairs where corporates walk around in groups like zombies.
London Design Festival 19-27 September 2015
The London Design Festival is one of the world’s most important annual design events, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community. The show draws in the country’s greatest conceptual thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators in order to make a celebration of London’s best designers.
TENT London 24-27 September 2015 Old Truman Brewery, London
Tent & Super Brands London is the trade show for original thinkers looking to discover the best in contemporary design. This is the perfect place to raise your brand awareness, sell directly to a consumer audience and make new important contacts with top industry figures. This event takes place during London Design Festival and exhibits more than 440 inspiring independent designers from 29 countries.
Design Junction 24-27 September 2015, London
Designjunction is another leading destination for contemporary interior design and culture – and particularly good for anyone interested in home accessories. It features furniture, lighting and product design from around the world. Designjunction showcases many processes as well as products – so there are many demonstrations going on, from glass cutting to tile creating. There is also ample opportunity for retail sales, with a host of “pop up shop” style vendors on show. The event is held annually during the London Design Festival in London, the Salone del Mobile, Milan and NYCxDesign in New York.
Home London 13 – 15 September 2015 London Olympia
Since its launch in January 2012, Home London has developed year on year, attracting more key brands and doubling in size. This show puts together a compelling cross-section of stylish products, covering a great deal of market sectors, from kitchen and dining, to tableware, furniture, lighting and garden – primarily homeware retailers. Their focus is on design led brands, featuring more affordable designs as well as the super expensive.
Maison et Objet 4-8 September 2015 Paris
Maison & Objet is the major event for professionals working in the art of living and contemporary interior design. This show is a unique display of decorations, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances and tableware all presented with an extraordinary style that captures the global markets trends in interior design. Maison holds its own in terms of smaller independent brands, fabrics and wallpapers, tableware and decorative accessories. Also, heavyweight French brands Baccarat, Ligne Roset and Roche Bobois always choose their home turf and Maison to unveil their new collections.
Pulse 15-17 May 2016 London Olympia
Pulse London is a lifestyle and design retail event that unites the freshest designers, all carefully selected by experts. Ok, so I’ve cheated here as Pulse is the UK’s only summer trade event, so not technically a “Fall” event, but this is actually one of its benefits and so worth the mention; Pulse allows you to source and buy what your customers want right now, in the season, as well as your long orders for the rest of the year. You can spot the latest innovative products and cutting edge designs from the finest edit of emerging talent. Something else worth noting is that they offer discounts for first time exhibitors, to help you launch your brand into the stratosphere!
Designers Block – 2016 (Dates Not Yet Announced)
Designers block designs and delivers unique, contemporary exhibitions, events and experiences in the UK while working internationally with a variety of independent designers, creative partners, commercial clients and brands. Their aim is to bring the most innovative ideas to the widest possible audience, and they’re great at bringing young and new designers to the forefront. This is what you get by attending this great venue: product design, furniture, lighting, concept design, graphics and illustration, architecture and fashion Installations, interactive workshops, talks and seminars, structures, music and performance.
Milan Furniture Fair 3rd week of April Milan
The Milan Furniture Fair is held annually in Milan. It is the largest trade fair of its kind in the world. The exhibition showcases the latest in furniture and design from countries around the world. This important interior design exhibition is considered a leading venue for the display of new products by designers of furniture, lighting and other home furnishings. It also hosts many small events that take place across the city. A plus for newcomers is that part of the main fair is reserved for young designers and prototypes – an ideal place to find bright new talent and unheard of products.