Interior Design Trade Events
Spring and autumn are the seasons for visiting trade exhibitions and other interior design-related events. It is highly recommended that you visit these exhibitions – with your business cards of course – and begin to get yourself known on the international design circuit. As you begin to appear on mailing lists you will, in turn, begin to be invited to product launches, showroom events, private views and other networking opportunities.
Below are some of the best events to attend and don’t forget to look on the BIID website for other events such as CPD or Industry Seminars which are usually free to Student Members of the BIID. www.biid.org.uk
Maison & Objet, Paris www.maison-objet.com
IMM, Cologne www.imm-cologne.com
Salone del Mobile, Milan www.cosmit.it
Decorex International, Syon Park, London www.decorex.com
Focus, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour www.dcch.co.uk
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair www.stokholmfurniturelightfair.se
Ambiente Frankfurt https://ambiente.messefrankfurt.com
100% Design, London www.100percentdesign.co.uk
The Society of Garden Designers also hosts a number of events throughout the year, most of which are open to their student members www.sgd.org.uk The next major event is their Spring conference Into The Long Grass which is all about using grasses in the garden. As their website indicates …
“Using ornamental grasses in planting design started back in the late 19th century. Since then enthusiasm for the extra dimension and particular qualities they bring to planting schemes has waxed and waned. Grasses have gone through fashionable periods: from the renowned Karl Foerster to the new perennial movement of the 80s and 90s, through the bold romantic gardens of Oehme and van Sweden, steppes, prairies and meadows. Now, grasses are a distinctive part of our planting palette.”
At the Lapicida stand at Decorex 2014, “visitors were immediately immersed into near-darkness and led through the Cabinet of Curiosities. Each packed with esoteric stone curiosities in dramatically lit cabinets, each cabinet was illuminated using Progress Lighting’s new Linear LED range of fixtures; it felt like stepping into the world of an obsessive 18th Century collector or natural scientist. Blown glass pendants were hung in random formation over viewing tables allowing visitors to get tactile with the items that were on display, it was like visiting a history museum.”
www.progresslighting.co.uk [Accessed 02/03/15].
www.lapicida.com [Accessed 02/03/15].
The Kartell® Stand at the 2011 Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. The scale and investment of some of these exhibition stands is extraordinary, influencing retail design in general as well as presenting new furniture and product collections.
www.artribune.com [Accessed 02/03/15].
There are 102 high-end interiors showrooms offering 500 brands in 145,000 square feet at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. It is the largest showroom of its kind in Europe and offers some very good events indeed. Make a point of visiting next time you are in London or when Focus is being hosted by the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.
www.telegraph.co.uk [Accessed 02/03/15].
slhdesign.wordpress.co.uk [Accessed 02/03/15].