Our 12 most interesting interior design fairs in 2019

Which interior design fairs you shouldn’t miss in 2019? Last year, it was above all the Imm Cologne and Light + Building in Frankfurt, on which we put a special focus in matters of newcomers and trends in decorative lighting. We have a lot of plans for 2019 and will be traveling to Paris for the Maison & Objet, among other things, to research future interior trends.

In this list you’ll find our major interior design fairs in 2019, as well as smaller consumer goods fairs, where often young labels are present. This article will be updated continuously throughout the year to link our latest research to the respective fairs.

Among the many interior design fairs in 2019, we will focus on 12 interior events again.

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Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Germany from Jan 08 – 11, 2019

Our first highlight among the interior design fairs in 2019 is Heimtextil. Heimtextil is the largest and most important international trade fair for home and contract textiles. Heimtextil’s product show is accompanied by top-class special shows such as the “Trend Space” (formerly “Theme Park”) and workshops that address both visitors and exhibitors in a targeted manner. In 2019 the guiding theme is “Toward Utopia”. With more than 400 international manufacturers, the range of home furnishing and decorative fabrics as well as furniture and synthetic leather at Heimtextil is as big as ever. The world’s leading trade fair is expanding its spectrum on six hall levels.

Imm Cologne in Cologne, Germany from Jan 14 – 20, 2019

Imm Cologne is a coveted international furniture fair and for many experts in the industry a trend barometer in terms of interior. With more than 1,300 exhibitors, including international design stars and creative newcomers from 50 countries, the Imm Cologne exhibition shows the trends of the coming year. A comprehensive furniture and furnishing program and innovative design ideas lead through the entire interior design world. This year’s design project “Das Haus” was created by Australian designers Kate and Joel Booy of Studio Truly Truly. The 180 m² simulation of a residential building shows their personal vision of contemporary living: a house with almost no interior walls, with four connecting zones “Reclusive”, “Serene”, “Active” and “Reclining”.

Maison & Objet in Paris, France from Jan 18 – 22 and Sept 06 – 10, 2019

The Maison & Objet in Paris offers an extensive collection of the best design pieces: from pillows, vases to accessories and furniture. The “Paris Design Week” is taking place at the same time as the Maison & Objet, which should be enough to amaze the 100,000 visitors outside the fairground. The guiding theme for January – “Excuse my French”, was developed by the trend agency NellyRodi and is supposed to symbolize the coming consumer trends and social phenomena. Also, look forward to Sebastian Herkner as Designer of the Year, who will present his new products. The Maison & Objet is one of our most interesting interior design fairs in 2019.

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair in Stockholm, Sweden from Feb 05 – 09, 2019

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is Sweden’s largest trade fair event for interior design and offers the latest in interior design and lighting. In an informative and inspiring way, new products, materials and up-to-date knowledge of novel environmental solutions are presented there. More than 40,000 people from more than 60 countries attended the 2018 trade fair. The same week sees the Stockholm Design Week host more than 100 high-profile design events in various locations throughout the city.

Ambiente in Frankfurt, Germany from Feb 08 – 12, 2019

Ambiente is Germany’s largest consumer goods trade fair and order platform with more than 4,800 exhibitors. More than 90 nations present their new products from household, living and Giving. Elaborately staged trend worlds and expert tours give trade and industry a comprehensive insight into future trend topics. For 2019, the style office bora.herke.palmisano has selected three trend themes: “Tasteful residence”, “Quiet surroundings” and “Joyfilled ambience”. 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.

Design Shanghai in Shanghai, China from Mar 06 – 09, 2019

Design Shanghai has quickly conquered a place beside the most established design events in the world and is one of the most important events in the international design calendar. It is the leading international design event in Asia, providing a unique and exciting platform for networking, exchange and long-term business relationships with top Asian architects, interior designers and retailers. Design Shanghai wants to explore how Eastern and Western design philosophies can work synergistically in the five halls: “Contemporary”, “Classic & Luxury”, “Collectibles”, “Kitchen & Bathroom” and “Workplace”. The event also features bespoke installations, an inspirational design forum and exciting networking events.

Salone del Mobile Milano in Milan, Italy from Apr 09 – 14, 2019

The Salone del Mobile is the largest furniture show of its kind in the world. With around 2,000 exhibitors, an exhibition space of over 270,000 square meters and thousands of new products to be shown at the event, the Salone del Mobile is the benchmark trade show on the international stage over 372,000 visitors from 165 countries. Every year, the most renowned design companies meet here to present their new designs. In 2019, the Euroluce will be held again as part of the trade fair event. Here, the most innovative solutions in the field of lighting for indoor and outdoor are presented to the professional audience.

ICFF in New York City, USA from May 19 – 22, 2019

The ICFF, North America’s Platform for Luxury & Global Design, will be celebrating its 31st edition at Jacob K. Javits Center on May 19-22, 2019. On more than 15,300 m² of the Javits Center with more than 700 international exhibitors, the four-day duration of the fair presents the latest in contemporary furniture, seating, carpets and floor coverings, lighting and garden furniture. This remarkable set of exhibitors creates an unparalleled opportunity to see a broad yet focused selection of original designs under one roof. Every year we pay close attention to the ICFF, because it shows us the trends on the American market.

Tendence in Frankfurt, Germany from Jun 29 – Jul 02, 2019

The main focus of Tendence lies in furnishing, living, tableware and decorating. But also the segments jewelry, giftware and fashion accessories are dedicated to some presence areas. Tendence is the innovation platform for the presentation of winter and Christmas trends. At the same time, it provides an opportunity for early orders for spring and summer collections. Divided into commercial forms, lifestyles and target groups, Tendence is geared more towards the needs of its customers this year. This enables retailers to tailor their assortment and implement it in their shop as they need it. The fair has established itself as an indicator fair for future color and shape trends in the respective branches of the German retail trade.

Habitare in Helsinki, Finland from Sept 11 – 15, 2019

The Habitare is the largest furniture, design and interior decoration event in Finland. Habitare focuses on the ideas and work of young designers, thereby creating space for discussion. In 2018, over 56,000 visitors attended the fair in Helsinki. The guiding theme for 2019 is “Mindspaces”. The Habitare program will also highlight current issues, such as multi-sensory experiences. The union of digitality and reality (virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, real reality), the importance of privacy, circular economy and happiness. The Habitare exhibition design, created by designer Laura Väinölä, is also built around this theme.

London Design Festival in London, UK from Sept 13 – 22, 2019

London Design Festival is an annual event that takes place to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world. The London Design Festival is subdivided into the five well-known events: 100% Design, Decorex, designjunction2019, Focus/19 and the London Design Fair, for which hundreds of international exhibitors from all interior sectors register to present their variety of novelties. That is why it is also interesting for us and is one of our favorite interior design fairs in 2019.

Habitat in Feria Valencia, Spain from Sept 17 – 20, 2019

The Habitat is the big international meeting for interior design, architecture and design. The main focus of this event is on professionals working in the fields of interior design, architecture, decoration and design, as well as all those involved in ceramics, furniture, lighting, home textiles, machinery and components for the wood industry. The fair attracted more than 119,000 visitors from 155 countries in 2018. More than 200 events were held between exhibitions, showrooms, lectures and conferences. We are curious what Habitat 2019 will offer.

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