1 Toronto Design Week, January 18 to 24
Anchored by Canada’s premier design fair, the Interior Design Show, this week-long event will have design junkies filling the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and spilling out into the streets for dozens of off-site events. The main event features an all-star bill of name designers, among them Tom Dixon, Ora Ïto and Lee Broom. In addition to his talk, Dixon will present the Toronto Ice Kitchen, inspired by Canada’s frozen lakes, in collaboration with Caesarstone. EQ3 is also promising to have one of the show’s most exciting launches, with the Assembly line of furniture, designed by up-and-coming Canadian talents including MSDS Studios and Zoë Mowat. (See our previews here and here.)
2 imm Cologne, Germany, January 18 to 24
This international expo is an opportunity for brands such as Living Divani (pictured) to preview their Milan launches. Its also known for its special sections such as the annual Das Haus installation which this year is realized by German designer Sebastian Herkner. The fair coincides with LivingKitchen and is expected to fill Koelnmesse with over 1,200 exhibitors of furniture, lighting and accessories. (Read about our 10 must-sees of the fair.)
3 KBIS and TISE, Las Vegas, January 19 to 21
We’ll be on the ground at these two shows, which are the foundation of Vegas’s Design & Construction Week, which attracts 100,000 design professionals and 2,500 exhibitors to the city. The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show co-locates with the International Builders’ Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with a massive selection of architectural and interior products showcases by over 500 brands, including Kohler, Electrolux, Grohe and American Standard. Be sure to check out the FutureHaus Kitchen (shown above), a special feature presented by students from Virginia Tech. Meanwhile, at the Mandalay Convention Center, The International Surface Event includes Surfaces, StonExpo and Tile Expo. (See our top 10 best bets at the fairs.)
4 Maison&Objet, Paris, January 22 to 26
A bi-annual affair in Paris for years, this show has recently expanded to include Asian and American editions. The next fair at its Nord Villepinte home base will amass hundreds of exhibitors, offering everything for the home, from lighting, textiles and furniture to linens, tableware and accessories. Among them you’ll find Canadian exhibitors Molo and Martha Sturdy, alongside Glas Italia, Ondarreta and By Lassen. The January show places special emphasis on outdoor furniture, with a sneak peek at the spring trends from brands such as Vondom, whose Ulm chairs are shown.
5 Stockholm Furniture Fair, February 9 to 13
You won’t find a better place to source Scandinavian furniture and lighting (at the concurrent Northern Light Fair) than this winter event. This year brings special guests Barber & Osgerby into the mix; the British architects will install a welcoming lounge in Stockholmsmässan’s entrance hall. Their exhibit will be in good company, alongside such exhibitors as Offecct, &Tradition, Brokis and acoustic panel maker Baux. Be sure to visit outdoor furniture makers Vestre, who are launching Pop – a new collection by Norweigan designer Kristine Five Melvær. If you can’t make it, watch for it in our profile of Melvær in the March/April issue of Azure.
6 Light+Building, Frankfurt, Germany, March 13 to 18
Messe Frankfurt gets seriously brightened up, with halls upon halls of lighting innovations, from brands such as Flos, Osram, Ingo Maurer, Oligo, Philips and Artemide (makers of the Empatia table lamp shown above). This biennial trade show is divided into sections focussed on fixtures, electrical engineering, home and building automation and software.
7 Milan Design Week, April 12 to 17
The most highly anticipated event on the industry’s calendar, Milan packs more exciting furniture launches into six days than we’ll see the rest of the year. The big players – including Magis, Moroso, Kartell and Cappellini – are on hand at Salone del Mobile. Niche brands are also at the fair, while emerging designers are found offsite, in the Ventura Lambrate and other design districts. This year also includes the biannual feature EuroCucina, which spotlights 130 kitchen exhibitors.
8 Coverings, Chicago, April 18 to 21
North America’s best opportunity to take in the latest in tile and stone trends returns to Chicago with product representing more than 40 countries. The ever-growing show will bring more than 1,000 exhibitors to McCormick Place. Spanish and Italian manufacturers, such as Apavisa and Tagina (its Terre Nostre is shown) have a major presence at this nomadic show.
9 NYC x Design and ICFF, May 3 to 17
The Big Apple becomes a bigger and better design destination in the spring during this festival, anchored by the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, held at the Javits Center. Also be sure to hit NYCxDesign events such as local talent showcase WantedDesign, held in Brooklyn and Manhattan; the Frieze Art Fair; and Collective Design.
10 NeoCon, Chicago, June 13 to 15
Chicago’s Merchandise Mart plays host to the biggest commercial interiors event in North America. Contract furniture heavy-hitters such as Herman Miller, Knoll, Steelcase and Teknion (whose Lite Wall screen is shown above) are always among the 700 exhibitors, which draw nearly 50,000 visitors each year.