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Design Shows and Exhibitions

Update your calendar! From Interior Design, Architecture, Art, Fashion, Graphics, Furniture, Materials, UX Across the Globe, these are shows for people who love design, live design,create and manufacture for the trades.... Started from a private list curated by Brandon Smith, growing over time for a broader inclusion of types of design events: add your own, vote on ones you love to move them up the list, add in comments, experiences, recommendations, more explanations about each show. Live coverage from winning shows!


100% Design 2015

21-24 September 2016, London.100% Design is officially the UK's largest design trade event found at their website: With over 25,000 visitors including architects, interior designers, retailers. It covers from office to interiors, emerging brands, kitchen and bath, international pavilions. Their twitter account @designlondon is officially the most followed UK trade #Exhibition on @twitter Via @exhibitorsmarts highlights from 2015's show (23-26 September) in new venue Olympia London. Video produced by Frizbee Films (

A Design Film Festival

September 2016 will be A Design Film Festival in Singapore- one of ten cities. This year it partners with which is in May 2016 and you can find more information at You can find call for entries at

They are now accepting film entries for the 2016 editions of A Design Film Festival (DFF) and Whether you’re a filmmaker or from the film community, we like to receive your submissions and nominations of films for DFF, focused on design and its subcultures, and, a festival that looks at the culture of food.

Conceived in 2010 by Anonymous as a film festival dedicated to design, A Design Film Festival (DFF) launched in Singapore and has since travelled to over 10 cities globally including Bangkok, Taipei, Berlin and Portland, with over 100,000 attendees.

The festival is a curated collection of films on design and its subcultures, including architecture, fashion design, product design, urban design, photography, contemporary art, sign-painting, craft and more.

The festival has been featured in international and local publications including Monocle, Wallpaper*, Silverkris, Time Out, It's Nice That, Wall Street Journal, The Business Times, The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao and more.

Architectural Digest Home Design Show

March 19-22, 2015 NYC Home Design Show by one of the biggest magazines in the world of architecture.


Architecture and Design Month, New York City: The third annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions in New York City. Events going all month of October. Full calendar at

Art Basel

The world's premier international art show for Modern and contemporary works, Art Basel features nearly 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

BDNY is the specialized trade fair tailored exclusively to hospitality

November 9-10, 2014 BDNY, a boutique design trade fair, is built for the boutique hospitality industry. New York City. www.boutiquedesignnewyork.comUpdates Sign up for the Newsletter Products Coming Soon Video Watch the BDNY 2013 video Gold Key Awards Why visit BDNY is the go-to trade fair for design - the trade show exclusively for hospitality.

Beijing Design Week

International Design Exhibition- 2014 will be in the early fall. Note there is a competition current for Chinese designers for 2014.

Clerkenwell Design Week- Furniture, lighting, interior and product design

May 24-26, 2016, U.K.: A week of non-stop exhibits and showrooms in design for interiors and furniture categories. Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world.

Includes showrooms, exhibitions, a pop-up show, new product launches and prototypes.

Types of design you can expect to see: acoustics, contract furniture, fabrics and textiles, flooring, interior furniture, kitchens and bathrooms, lighting, surfaces, workplace furniture.


Stockholm - SE, 7-8 October 2014 "Creating Value for Quality of Life" The 7th Service Design Global Conference (SDGC14) is the premier service design event providing a unique opportunity to engage, share thought leadership and contribute to the evolving field on a global level.

Cosmit - EuroCucina

EuroCucina Created in 1974, EuroCucina - the International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition - runs concurrently with the International Bathroom Exhibition in the broader context of the Saloni during the even-numbered years at the Milan Fairgrounds in Rho, bringing together in the same place the top Italian and foreign manufacturers. This year April 8-13, 2014 in Milano.


Coverings is one of the biggest tile and stone shows internationally. This year it is in Chicago April- 18-21. You can follow more information @Coverings and with #KBTribeChat Register Now for Free Attend You belong here. Join the Mailing List Contact Us Show Features Coverings offers something for everyone in the tile & The

Decorex International- Sept 18-23, 2016, London


Decorex International is synonymous with luxury, and is internationally renowned for being THE event to discover the very best, and most coveted products from our unrivalled collection of 400 hand-selected exhibitors.

With a rich heritage of 38 years, Decorex’s long standing reputation has proven the test of time; growing and evolving to remain exciting and innovative – and 2016 will be no different.

Design Bloggers Conference

The Design Bloggers Conference is the only conference specifically focused on the interests of bloggers in interior design. You'll join interior design bloggers, new media innovators, and interior design industry leaders for the sixth annual Design Bloggers Conference - the premier conference and experience for professionals actively using or interested in learning about new media and the interior design industry. This two-day conference brings you a unique opportunity to participate in the intersection of interior design with the world of new media including blogging, social media, and more.

Design Days Dubai- March 14-18, 2016

Design Days Dubai is a fair dedicated to collectible furniture and design objects presented by international and Middle East galleries.

Design Days Dubai is the leading fair in the Middle East and South Asia dedicated to collectible and limited edition furniture and design objects. The fair presents design from leading international designers and galleries alongside up and coming design from across the world. The fair also presents a strong non-commercial programme consisting of education, workshops, installations and live performances.

Design Days Dubai is owned and managed by Art Dubai Fair LLC, a joint venture company between the DIFC and Middle East Fairs Ltd.

Art Dubai Fair LLC’s other initiatives include:

  • Art Dubai
  • Downtown Design
  • Art Week
  • The Global Art Forum
  • Campus Art Dubai
DesignPhiladelphia Festival

The DesignPhiladelphia Festival
is an annual citywide event in October that unites the region’s dynamic creative community by bringing together individuals and organizations from across the design spectrum. One of the first and largest design festivals in the country, DesignPhiladelphia is now a signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. The Festival
spotlights Philadelphia as a hub of creativity and innovation while increasing the public’s awareness of the role that design plays in our everyday lives. Breaking
down the barriers to entry,
emphasis is placed on a vast majority of events being free and open to the public. Programming includes a diverse mix of exhibitions, lectures and public forums, runway shows, workshops and open studios across design disciplines. Set in boutiques, galleries, museums, universities, warehouses, public spaces, and city streets, DesignPhiladelphia
transforms the city into a stage for ideas and designs of the past, present, and future.

Design Post, Cologne- Ongoing

The seven so-called Dreigelenkbogenhallen (three-joint arcade halls), commissioned by the Post Office and built in 1913, were elaborately modernised with great attention paid to their historical significance and remodelled into a large, bright exhibition building in 2005. Originally a parcel distribution centre, they are located directly opposite the Cologne-Deutz railway station and the trade fair grounds. It runs changing exhibits of international interior design brands.

A showroom for design aficionados, a boulevard for aesthetes and a source of inspiration for design industry professionals. Welcome to Design Post Köln!

Exclusive international interior design brands present their current trends in the historic halls of a former post office in the Deutz quarter of Cologne. Visitors are invited to explore an extensive product range by renowned furniture, lighting and textiles manufacturers. With regularly changing exhibitions, a visit to Design Post is guaranteed to deliver new ideas and inspiration. The products cannot be purchased directly; instead the focus is very much on qualified advice and consulting. This makes Design Post an inspiring place for both end users who want to explore new interior trends in a relaxing environment and for retailers and architects who may come to Design Post with clients and project owners to flesh out their plans.

Design Shanghai - DESIGN SHANGHAI 2014

Design Shanghai will be Shanghai's first truly international design event. Attracting architects, interior designers, developers, designers and China's most affluent design conscious consumers, the event will be held at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre from February 27 to March 2.

DisArt Festival

DISART Festival: Grand Rapids, MI, April 10-25, 2015. will include this piece from the photography collection of Tom Olin, a pivotal documentary photography collection of the Disability Rights Movement. It also includes a DisArt Fashion Runway Show, a 4 night independent film festival, drama, and the U.S. Premiere of Art of the Lived Experience- an international exhibit originating in Liverpool, UK.. The mission of DisArt is to change perceptions about disability, one work of art at a time "DisArt awakens a spirit of ability equality, social inclusion, physical accessibility, community, and a sense of place for those living with disability."

DOMOTEX Middle East

Nov 7-10 DOMOTEX Middle East: Carpet and Floor exhibition. Istanbul

Dwell on Design

Oct 9-11, 2014, NY and May 29-31, 2015 Los Angeles: Celebration of modern design. Says it's the largest design show in the United States.

Environments For Aging Conference

April 19-21, 2015, Baltimore, Environments For Aging Conference,Annual Conference for assisted-living and nursing home senior care environment news and information for nurses, continuing-care providers & directors. Learn about design and management of independent living communities for the elderly, environments for aging and accountable care organizations as well as hospice services and healthcare information technology for retirement facilities. For architects, designers, geneologists, healthcare providers and more.

Event Name | Atlantic Design & Manufacturing Show

By the creators of Design News, the East Coast Version of the event for design engineers- a focus on technologies and hardware used in large industry manufacturing.

EXPERIENCE INNOVATION: DMI: Design Leadership Conference BOSTON, November 5-6, 2013

Sept 30-Oct 1, 2014: EXPERIENCE INNOVATION DMI: Design Leadership Conference BOSTON The Liberty Hotel, Boston, USA Technology innovation has propelled us into an era of creative disruption that has challenged every business, and organization to continually refresh their role in society and business. Focus on all elements of design experience- an impressive line-up with vey varied backgrounds of speakers.




Formex - the largest interior design fair for Nordic design. The fair is a meeting place for 850 exhibitors, 25,000 national and international visitors and over 800 media representatives. Formex is a trade fair that is open for anyone who is active in the following areas: gifts, home textiles and furnishings.

Grassimesse Leipzig - Startseite

Founded in 1920, the Grassimesse is an international forum for applied art and product design. On the last weekend of October every year they have an international exhibition including textiles, fashion, jewelry, leather, paper, toys. The goals is to raise awareness of design quality, look at innovations and trends, and act as an artistic performance. About 100 exhibitors. Germany