Trade shows are a great place to find inspiration, to network and to learn something new.
We’ve put together a list of some of the best international trade shows happening around the world, all with a focus on gifts and interiors.
So what are you waiting for? Get out your diary and start planning!
Top Trade Shows for Interiors and Gift Brands Worldwide
Interior & Gift Trade Shows in Europe
Where? Frankfurt, Germany
Ambiente promises to reveal what is shaping the global market for “Dining, Living and Giving”. The show features 4,451 exhibitors from 92 countries. For conscious designers and retailers, there’s a special sector on Ethical Style. And there are also lectures, events with industry experts and award ceremonies – plenty of opportunities to learn and network.
Dutch Design Week
Where? Eindhoven, Netherlands
Dutch Design Week is the biggest design event in Northern Europe. It showcases the work and ideas of more than 2,600 designers. Every discipline of design is covered with plenty to see for the interiors and craft industries. With a focus on innovation and experimentation, expect to see things you’ve never seen before.
Where? Cologne, Germany
imm Cologne is one of the best-regarded international interiors and furniture trade shows in Europe. It’s the first show of the year and always aims to present the trends that will shape the industry for the months to come. There’s a huge variety of interior design ideas on show, as well as innovative materials and fabrics.
Where? Paris, France
When? January and September
Maison&Objet is a professional trade fair for the lifestyle, decoration and design industries. Twice a year, visitors from around the world flock to Paris to discover both contemporary and classic design. Exhibitors from over 2,500 brands are split into sectors including home and fashion accessories, gift, cookware, kids and family, home linens, furniture and interior design.
Paris Deco Off
Where? Paris, France
The Paris Deco Off celebrated its 10th anniversary in January 2019. This exciting event takes place in 120 showrooms and galleries around the city. With a focus on floor and wall coverings, home textiles, wallpapers, lighting and home accessories, there’s plenty of design inspiration to be found.
Salone del Mobile Furniture Fair
Where? Rho (just outside Milan), Italy
The Salone del Mobile Furniture Fair is part of Milan Design Week. And it’s very much the hub of the event. It’s one of the world’s largest furniture fairs covering 20 halls and 1,100 brands. Exhibitors are split into three categories. “Classic” focuses on tradition and craftsmanship, “Design” looks at innovation and functionality, and “xLux” offers a take on contemporary luxury living.
Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair
Where? Stockholm, Sweden
If you’re looking for Scandi design inspiration, look no further than the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair. It’s the world’s leading event for Scandinavian design and offers brand new furniture and lighting ideas. There are networking opportunities, great lectures. And the event falls within Stockholm Design Week so there’s plenty going on around the city too.
Where? London, UK
When? January and September
Taking place at Olympia in London, Top Drawer’s twice-yearly trade show is a date for the diary. It features over 1,500 design-led lifestyle brands from around the world. Expect new products and exclusive launches, unseen designers and top brands too. Sectors cover home, gift, tableware, kids and family, fashion, stationery and craft.
Interior & Gift Trade Shows in Asia
Where? Shanghai, China
Design Shanghai is Asia’s biggest design event. So big, in fact, that it describes itself as “six shows in one.” These six shows include kitchen and bathroom design, contemporary design, classic and luxury design and new materials. You can expect to see some of the best brands from across the world, many of which fuse eastern and western design to great effect.
Dubai Design Week
Where? Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai Design Week is the largest creative festival in the Middle East. It takes place in venues around the city and aims to reflect Dubai’s position as the regional capital of design. The six-day programme is made up of more than 200 events, covering a range of disciplines. Think architecture, interior products, furniture and graphic design.
Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF)
Where? Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
MIFF ranks amongst the top furniture fairs worldwide. Over 600 international and Malaysian designers showcase their designs for bedrooms, living areas, kitchens, bathrooms and children. There are also seminars with industry experts and some great networking events.
Interior & Gift Trade Shows in North America
The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market
Where? Atlanta, USA
When? January and July
The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market showcases an incredible 8,000 different brands. You can expect to find exciting new products and events associated with the gift, home décor and furnishings sectors. There’s also a huge area dedicated to the show’s famous rug market.
Interior Design Show
Where? Toronto, Canada
The Interior Design Show first began back in 1999. Since then it’s grown to become Canada’s top showcase of new interior products and furniture. It always promises the best designers and most cutting-edge concepts from North America and beyond.
Las Vegas Market
Where? Las Vegas, USA
When? July to August
Las Vegas Market is the fastest growing gift market in the United States. It showcases gift, home décor and furniture from over 4,000 brands across 1.6 million square metres. And, as you’d expect from such a glitzy location, it offers great hospitality and amenities too.
Where? New York, USA
When? February and August
Head to the Big Apple for a gift and interiors extravaganza. NY NOW is a twice-yearly event showcasing home, lifestyle and handmade products from 2,300 brands. There are talks with top influencers and designers, new product launches, happy hours and lots of networking opportunities.