Which interior design fairs should you not miss in 2020? In addition to the “well-known” events, such as the Heimtextil, Maison & Objet in Paris, Imm Cologne or the Salone del Mobile, our list of interior design fairs in 2020 also includes a few new, partly international events worth visiting for trade visitors. In this list you will find all important highlights in 2020, as well as smaller consumer goods fairs, where often young labels are present with their ideas. This article will be continuously updated throughout the year to link our latest research to the respective interior fairs.
Among the many interior design fairs in 2020, we will focus on 17 events.
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Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Germany from Jan 07 – 10, 2020
Of course, the number one in our list is the Heimtextil fair in Frankfurt, which makes the prelude to the German trade fair calendar every year. From January 7 to 10, around 65,000 national and international visitors will meet on 134,327 m² to find out about new developments in the home textile sector. The 50th edition shows as many sustainable products as never before and provides inspiration for trade, craft and industry. Especially the “Trend Space” in hall 3.0 and the special area for hospitality projects is a magnet for many visitors and an indicator of future trends in the home textile industry.
Imm Cologne in Cologne, Germany from Jan 13 – 19, 2020
The Imm Cologne is a coveted international furniture fair and for many experts in the industry a trend barometer in terms of interior. In seven days, the trade visitors can find out about the trends in the furniture segment. The special area “Das Haus 2020” will be designed by Eduardo Villalón and Alberto Sánchez of MUT Design from Spain. It regularly attracts visitors from the design scene as well as from the architecture and interior industry.
At Imm Cologne, more than 1,100 exhibitors from over 50 countries present their concepts and innovations that are ready for the market. Whether, dining room, living room, kitchen or bathroom furniture. The furniture fair offers a good insight to everything. Over the past few years, we have been able to observe that Imm Cologne focuses on a wide and varied product range. But even for the extravagant and special taste you can find exhibitors here. On the last day of the fair, the halls are also open to end customers and the interested public.
Maison & Objet in Paris, France from Jan 17 – 21 and Sept 06 – 10, 2020
Almost at the same time, the Maison & Objet opens in Paris for its visitors from the interior and accessories industry. It takes place from January 17 to 21 – coinciding with the “Paris Design Week”. Above all it attracts with a compact exhibition center and numerous mostly French, English and Mediterranean exhibitors. The Maison & Objet is a semi-annual fair, the second edition will take place from September 4 to 8.
The theme – “(Re) Generation!”, developed by trend agency NellyRodi, unlocks the desires and expectations of a generation that grew up in a world of economic crises, the environment, identity and migration. In the September edition, the limelight will be focused on what the “Augmented Generation” wants – a generation grown in the midst of social media and the Internet. Experience has shown that, in spite of Imm Cologne, more than 38,000 visitors outside of France are coming to Paris. Impressive are the design halls of the premium class called “Signature”. The areas for high-quality handicrafts, fragrances, accessories and small pieces of furniture also fascinate with a variety of styles and concepts. The Maison & Objet is one of our most interesting interior design fairs in 2020.
Blickfang in Hamburg, Germany from Jan 24 – 26, 2020
An event also for end customers and those interested in the decoration and jewelry industry is the Blickfang trade fair. It regularly opens in various German cities throughout the year. From January 24 to 26, 2020, the Hamburg edition will take place. In the Deichtorhallen especially smaller labels present their collections.
It is worth taking a look at a Blickfang trade fair, especially for the retail trade and those interested in decorations. Here you will possibly find labels that complement your own range of products. You can personally talk with founders and designers and find out about possible sales concepts and trends. Exhibitors from neighboring industries, such as furniture, lighting, fashion and outdoor segments are also regularly there.
In the course of the climate discussion, we were able to observe that labels and founders, who deal with ecological or regional products, sustainable production and ethical issues are also becoming more involved. As the demand for such products increases rapidly, cooperation with such a label could interest one or the other trade visitor. Further locations and dates can be found at www.blickfang.com.
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair in Stockholm, Sweden from Feb 04 – 08, 2020
It’s all happening in February, followed by the 70th edition of the Stockholm Furniture Fair + Northern Light Fair. From February 4 to 8, Sweden’s largest furniture fair will take place, which will also be the presentation space for the Northern Light Fair lighting exhibition and the Stockholm Design Week, open to the public. More than 40,000 visitors from more than 100 countries visit the fair every year. Around 700 exhibitors, mainly from the Scandinavian region, show their innovations for interior design, furniture design and lighting.
The proportion of international visitors has risen here in recent years, as the Scandinavian interior design style has long been a trend, especially in Germany. Even if it’s currently on the decline, there’s still a large clientele in the German-speaking countries who love the Scandi or Hygge style thanks to the Swedish furniture giant. So again this year, many German and internatiuonal visitors will be looking for ideas and new trends.
Ambiente in Frankfurt, Germany from Feb 07 – 11, 2020
An event of a different kind among interior design fairs in 2020, is the Ambiente in Frankfurt. From February 7 to 11, it is Germany’s largest consumer goods trade fair and order platform with more than 4,500 exhibitors of household, living and gift shops. In other words, everything that makes living homely. For interior fans and decorators alike it’s perfect to find ideas for the home, the store or the retail chain. Similar to Blickfang fair, there are many smaller labels, but above all, large trading partners, where everything from crockery, vases and pictures to furniture can be ordered from one place. The Ambiente is also a great platform for the seasonal business at which you can inform yourself about upcoming summer and Christmas trends.
But there are also plenty of spring ideas for those who are quick to decide. In this edition again the style office bora.herke.palmisano selected three trend topics: “shaped + softened”, “precise + architectural” and “artistical + diverse”. The trend worlds will be staged with products from the Ambiente exhibitors. For an intensive insight into Ambiente Trends, the fair offers exclusive guided tours and lectures by the style office.
Light + Building in Frankfurt, Germany from Sept 27 – Oct 02, 2020
The world’s leading trade fair for lighting takes place in Frankfurt only every two years. The Light + Building attracts more than 220,000 visitors each time and is an important destination for us among the interior design fairs in 2020. Around 2,700 exhibitors from all over the world will be there to present everything relating to lighting and building technology. According to the organizer, the building control technology will play a major role this year. From September 27th to October 2nd the motto will be “Connecting, Pioneering, Fascinating”. We are looking forward to new developments in the building technology segment, but we are also looking forward to innovations in the field of lighting.
In light of the recent developments in lighting technology, we are looking with interest at the reactions of retailers to the end customers’ demands for environmental responsibility, sustainability and the ecological footprint of lighting concepts. The background is that the many LED-based light models can not be repaired after their light output has expired (often less than five years) and the complete lamp lands on the residual waste or bulky waste. A condition that was certainly not in line with the law when we banned the previous light sources such as light bulb, halogen and Co. We’re curious what was developed in this regard and what will be presented. The design halls 1 and 2 are also mandatory during a visit. Here again some design highlights of the future are presented.
Wohnen & Interieur in Vienna, Austria from Mar 18 – 22, 2020
Austria’s largest trade fair for living & interior will be taking place from March 18 to 22. The fair offers everything about living, sleeping, gardening. Also companies for home entertainment are among the exhibitors in Vienna. On 55,000 m² mostly Austrian and international countries show their new collections. In 2020, it will be a five-day trade fair that ends on a weekend and is structured even better with a new multi-level concept to meet the requirements, wishes and expectations of the industry, exhibitors and visitors. In addition, the topic of “barbecues” will receive special attention from Friday to Sunday in the outdoor area. Under the title “Grillwelt” an event takes place around equipment for barbecues.
It will be interesting to see how this concept is being implemented step by step. A country with so much tradition emphasizes craftsmanship and solid production in its trade fairs. If you are fascinated by typical Austrian living culture with its basic material “wood” you will find inspiration and innovative developments of traditional interiors.
Salone del Mobile Milano in Milan, Italy from Jun 16 – 21, 2020
An old acquaintance is the Salone del Mobile from June 16 – 21. The Milan Trade Fair is a must-attend event for almost every architect, designer, interior decorator, brand dealer and the lighting industry. It is the world’s largest furniture and furnishing fair for brand manufacturers and design labels. Around 370,000 visitors from 188 countries visit Milan every year to find out about innovative, modern and timeless design trends.
The 39th edition of the fair will certainly come up with an impressive and worthwhile supporting program, which will be represented not only on the exhibition grounds, but also through exhibitions, presentations and events in the city. Despite the size of the fair, however, it is well organized and clearly laid out.
ICFF in New York City, USA from May 17 – 20, 2020
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) will take place in New York from May 17 to 20. It is the most important US consumer goods fair, but also has a strong focus on premium products, which makes the fair not only interesting for retailers and interior designers, but also for architects, real estate agents and designers with international clientele. More than 500 exhibitors from all over the Americas – but also from Europe, Australia and Asia show their collections here. It is a good indicator fair for international design trends. In addition to the show, there are events in showrooms, galleries, and museums that are worth a visit, providing even deeper insights into American design history and new American trends.
Tendence in Frankfurt, Germany from Jun 27 – 30, 2020
Shortly before the summer break of the interior design fairs 2020, Tendence in Frankfurt takes place again. Around 1,000 national and international exhibitors will be presenting everything to do with living, giving, and decorating on 30,000 m². It is Germany’s order platform No. 1 and offers a large selection for trade visitors from the furnishing, decorating, gift, jewelry, fashion and home textiles sectors – and this for both the large contract business and retailers. In 2020, everything will be even more compact, to optimize walkways for the visitor. The fair also scores with an additional day – what makes the trade fair experience certainly more relaxed.
The newly introduced theme worlds and hall concepts (Style City, Moment Market, Design City and Sunshine State) of the past year were well received, which is why Messe Frankfurt has decided to continue them this year as well. The attractive supporting program with expert presentations, special shows and events also rounds up the fair experience.
Habitare in Helsinki, Finland from Sept 09 – 13, 2020
The Habitare is the largest furniture, design and interior decoration event in Finland and celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020. The fair focuses on the ideas and work of young designers and thus creates space for discussion. Last year, over 58,000 visitors attended the fair. The guiding theme for 2020 is “Art of living!” and focuses on appreciating the moment, having an optimistic outlook on the future, and pursuing a hands-on approach.
The Habitare also hosts the Helsinki Design Week – in this edition at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki. It attracts an average of 165,000 visitors to Finland with a very extensive program over the trade fair period. It is an important meeting place for the Nordic design scene. Trade visitors from all over the world are here to find out about new developments in furniture design, architecture, interior design and decoration.
This year’s motto is “Commitment Matters” and serves as a food for thought for all those involved in the festival: for the organizers, the exhibitors, the seminar speakers and the visitors. Change needs impulses. Impulses come out of necessity and necessities also emerge from everyday life. Sustainability, ecological compatibility and the responsibility for it this year is the focal topic in Finland. It will be interesting to see what designers, manufacturers and exhibitors are working for and how they are implementing this necessity.
Warsaw Home in Warsaw, Poland from Sept 30 – Okt 03, 2020
One of the interior fairs in 2020 with the largest increase in area, visitor numbers and exhibitors, is the still very young fair “Warsaw Home”. It will take place in the fifth edition from 30th of September to 3rd of October. The fair is divided into five sectors: selected design, selected furniture, decoration, kitchen & food, as well as interior design. As the real estate market in Poland is growing rapidly, the latter plays a major role for the organizer. Here manufacturers of windows and doors, floor coverings, wallpaper manufacturers show their novelties, as well as bathroom furniture and fireplace manufacturers.
In the first two sectors design-oriented manufacturers of furniture and classic living concepts can be found. The “Deco” segment shows light, home textiles, candles, home fragrances, pictures and home accessories as well as smart home novelties in the Eastern European market. It seems as if the Warsaw fair on a compact surface provides a good overview of all interior-relevant topics. On more than 120,000 m² over 800 exhibitors show their innovations and concepts. While in 2018 there were only 30% visitors from abroad, in 2019 it was almost 40%. A trend that shows that companies from Eastern Europe are certainly of interest to dealers, manufacturers, interior designers and architects from abroad. Nearly 70,000 visitors informed themselves at the fair in 2019 – a figure that is sure to increase given the double-digit growth rates of recent years.
So much for our overview of interesting interior design fairs in 2020.
Organizers of major interior fairs in Europe have given format-identical events in future relevant sales countries. For example once a year (in October), the Salone del Mobile in Moscow organizes an edition of its format for customers of high-end and luxury furniture and interior design.
Or Messe Frankfurt, which is expanding its portfolio with the “Lifestyle Middle East” in the consumer goods fairs segment. Starting in 2020, the three-day trade show will be held in parallel with “Paperworld Middle East”, the leading paper, stationery and office supplies exhibition in the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center.
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