They’re the incubators where design starts. The international furniture design shows are where young and established designers and brands display their latest offerings in the hopes that the biggest retailers in the world will buy them — and bring them to you. Here are the most important international furniture design shows for 2018.
| January 6-8
This is the winter edition of the “interior, inspiration and lifestyle” show with a heavy focus on home accents and accessories. There’s also a July show, although the winter show is more popular. You’ll find the upcoming spring and summer trends, which Trendset forecasts as “Earthy colours, relaxed patterns, and sustainable materials characterise the widely diverse trends of the coming summer. The deep attachment to the earth gives rise to new ethnic and near-natural designs. Natural and recycled textiles arise from the innovative power and creativity of excellence in craftsmanship.”
| January 9-12
Heimtextil is the biggest international trade fair for textiles. You’ll find professionals from all fields who work with fabric and textiles, like architects, designers, internal decorators, visual merchandisers and bed and bath retailers. According to Heimtextil, the future trend will be about urbanization and city living.
| January 9-11
KBIS hosts this show in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and runs alongside the NAHB International Builders’ Show. It’s the go-to show for design professionals, retailers, builders, planners, cabinet shops and architects who specialize in kitchen and bath design.
| January 15-21
IMM, or the International Interiors Show, gets more than 100,000 visitors from around the world. The show is well organized into 11 segments like Global Lifestyles, Pure Talents featuring upcoming designers, and Pure Architects geared toward architects and building professionals. The show is extensive, covering furniture, lighting and home accents, with trend reports for each specific category.
| January 17-21
This is the main lighting show in the U.S. It’s held at the Dallas Market Center where thousands of lighting industry buyers go to find the latest lighting for their stores, residential and commercial projects.
| January 19-23
Held in Paris, this is perhaps the best show for design inspiration in the world. Held in January and September, in conjunction with , more than 100,000 visitors come to see the latest trends and order the hottest looks for their design clients and retail stores worldwide.
| January 28-February 1
You’ll find everything in this design show. It’s one-stop shopping for buyers and designers looking for anything from one-of-a-kind antiques to art to outdoor furnishings and everything for residential and commercial projects. The market brings top design stars to speak about their secrets to success or what the upcoming design trends will be.
| February 5-11
This is THE Scandinavian design show to attend. The show takes place throughout the city in some of the coolest galleries and showrooms. Plenty of activities including hip dinner parties, vernissage cocktails and museum nights to keep attendees entertained.
| February 9-13
This is the largest consumer goods show featuring housewares, home accents and more. The items at your favorite home store probably started here. For 2018, 4,460 companies from 94 countries will be displaying their latest designs for sale.
| March 9-12
You’ll find a wide range of handcrafted furniture and home accents during this event in Jakarta. Manufacturers not only offer their latest designs but will work with international buyers to create custom designs.
| March 14-17
It’s billed as the leading design event in Asia. The setting is the vibrant city of Shanghai. You’ll find the future home design trends here, organized into five design halls of Classic & Luxury, Collectibles, Contemporary, Kitchen/Bathroom and Office/Workplace.
| April 17-22
This show is a must-visit for any design lover. With more than 2,000 exhibitors and more than 270,000 attendees coming for the week, it’s essential to book your hotel well in advance! Various events happen throughout the city, with a massive 1,000 events scheduled. This is the place to find the top contemporary design trends.
| May 20-23
Following Milan, Italy’s big contemporary fair, New York city follows. It takes place at the Javits Convention Center where, according to the fair organizers, “36,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, representatives, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers” attend the seminars, buy the latest products and take inspiration from what’s in store for home design.
| June 11-13
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the show is the place where contract, hospitality and commercial or workplace professionals and designers source the latest products for their projects. The most beautiful commercial buildings, hospitals or businesses may have sourced their design products here first.
| September 20-23
London does something extraordinary every September. It creates a design festival with access to both trade and the general public. Hundreds of events and art installations are scheduled through the week. The and are the trade-only portions of the festival.
| October 18-22
Held every two years since 1968, the Biennale Interieur is an important show for the most avant-garde and contemporary design trends in the world. The nonprofit organization wants to showcase the most innovative designers in the world and presents a carefully curated collection of the latest talents and products.