Design exhibitions Guide 2015 – My list of the best trade design and interiors fairs to visit

Get those diaries at the ready, 2015 has a whole heap of inspiring design and interiors fairs. This list mainly consists of trade fairs with a few open for the general public. I find these fairs incredibly inspirational for my work but equally exhausting! It’s worth the effort though as it keeps you up to date with the latest designers, brands, trends and products. If you have missed out on any of the shows or can’t attend any, then I advise following them via social media, I’ve attached the links to help. A handy tip is to find the events hashtag and search on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. You’ll have so many more chances to catch the latest and most beautiful products around.

More events will be added throughout the year, please note some dates may change.

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Formex, Stockholm, 14-17 Jan 2015

“Formex – the biggest meeting place for Nordic interior design. It brings together 850 exhibitors, 23,000 national visitors and over 800 media. Formex is a trade show that is open for anyone who is active in the following areas: gifts, home textiles, interior design, fashion, fine foods / food and toys. Minimum age 15 years.”

Twitter : @Formex

Instagram : Formex Stockholm

Facebook : Formex


North Modern, Copenhagen, 18-20 Jan 2015


Northmodern is Scandinavia’s newest innovative design and lifestyle trade show.

“Inspired by the Danish Modern movement and Copenhagen’s unique positioning as a top cultural destination, northmodern showcases the most exciting international talents working today along with the best of Scandinavian design heritage.”

Twitter : @northmodern

Instagram : northmodern

Facebook : Northmodern


Maison & Objet, Paris, 23-27 Jan 2015.

Maison & Objet

“MAISON&OBJET is the major event for professionals working in the art of living in all its rich and varied expressions. The lifestyle show brings together a 360°product offering. Decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances, the world of children, tableware… The styles coexist in a multifaceted way, throughout the inventive show design which enlivens the spaces. This extraordinary diversity is in line with the varied expectations of global markets. With each session, the great lifestyle platform, at the intersection of business and creativity, reveals solutions to visitors from around the world in search of uniqueness.”

Twitter : MaisonObjet

Facebook : MaisonObjetparis




Stockholm Furniture and Light fair + Northern Light fair, 3-7 Feb 2015



“Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is the world’s largest meeting place for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design, with furnishings for both homes and public spaces.”

Twitter : @sthlmfurnfair

Facebook : Stockholmfurniturefair

Instagram : sthlmfurnfair



Stockholm Design week, 2-8 Feb 2015



Surface Design Show, London, 10-12 Feb

“Surface Design Show gives you the unique opportunity to meet architects, designers, specifiers and contractors who are actively sourcing new, cutting edge and inspiring materials for their live projects.”

Twitter : @surfacethinking

Facebook : Surface Thinking

Instagram : Surfacethinking



London Design Week, Chelsea Harbour, 8-13 March 2015

“An exceptional showcase of style, innovation and imagination, the show will offer the most comprehensive collective of the latest fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, lighting, accessories, kitchens, bathroom, outdoor living, tiles and carpets.”

Twitter : @DesignCentreCH


ISH, Frankfurt, Germany, 10-14 March 2015

” The World’s Leading Trade Fair for The Bathroom Experience, Building Services, Energy, Air Conditioning Technology and Renewable Energies – is the world’s biggest exhibition for the combination of water and energy. With everything from sustainable sanitation solutions, innovative bathroom design and energy efficient heating technologies combined with renewable energies to environmentally friendly air-conditioning, cooling and ventilation technology, the world’s leading trade fair covers all aspects of future-oriented building solutions in both horizontal and vertical terms.”

Twitter :@ish_frankfurt

Facebook :ISHfrankfurt


Architectural Digest Home Design Show, New York, 19 – 22 March 2015

“A world of design inspiration awaits at the 14th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show on March 19-22, 2015. SHOP the latest furniture, accessories, lighting, art, kitchen, bath and building products for all your design projects. BE INSPIRED with seminars offered by leading talent from the world of design. CELEBRATE DESIGN at North America’s Premier Design Show for the luxury market.”

Twitter : @ADHomeDesign

Facebook : ADHomeDesignShow


PAD, Paris 26 -29 March 2015

PAD paris

“PAD, pioneering event for Art and Design aficionados and collectors, has been reinventing for the past 18 years the Cabinet d’Amateur and the notion of eclecticism, anticipating the aesthetic aspirations of its time. Season after season, it offers an intimate cocoon to those who have made decorative arts and design the core of their collection, driven by passion and heritage.”

Facebook : PADparis



iSalone, Salone Del Mobile, Milan,  14-19 April 2015


“The Salone Internazionale del Mobile is the global benchmark for the home furnishing sector; an invaluable tool for the industry as well as an extraordinary promotional vehicle. The Salone made its first appearance in 1961, designed to promote Italian furniture and furnishing accessories on the export market, and it has continued to do so, with half of all its visitors coming from around the world. Its 51st edition will showcase thousands of high quality products destined for the global market.”



NYC x DESIGN , New York, 8-19 May 2015

“NYCxDESIGN is New York City’s official citywide celebration of design. Spanning all disciplines of design, NYCxDESIGN creates a collaborative platform for cultural and commercial opportunities, elevates established and emerging design practices and increases awareness of and appreciation for design by all audiences.”

Twitter : @nycxdesign

Facebook : NYC x DESIGN


PULSE, London Olympia, 10-12 May 2015



Pulse is the UK’s only trade event in the retail sector that offers you the newest, most exclusive, directional and unique products, inspirational industry insight and cutting edge trend forecasts, throughout the year.

Twitter : @Pulse_London_

Facebook : Pulselondon

Instagram : pulse_london


May Design Series, ExCel Centre, London, 17 -19 May 2015

” The May Design Series is an event at the business end of the European show season, when products are poised for market and orders ready to be placed. Source from 5 sectors showcasing new products across the entire design spectrum.”


Clerkenwell Design Week, London, 19 – 21 May 2015


“Internationally renowned design festival, Clerkenwell Design Week (19-21 May 2015), will return for its sixth year in 2015, bringing together the latest innovations by some of the best creative forces from the UK and around the world. Led by Show Director William Knight, the event looks set to yet again encompass the true spirit of the design community in one of the world’s most vibrant, creative hubs. Showroom partners in the neighbourhood remain integral to Clerkenwell Design Week, and the festival will see showrooms, studios and galleries open their doors to the public and present their most innovative projects in architecture and design. Showrooms returning to the festival in 2015 include Vitra, Arper, Poltrona Frau and Brintons, with Modus and sound specialists Bowers & Wilkins joining the new line-up.”

Twitter : @CDWfestival



New Designers Part 1, Business Design Centre, London, 24 – 27 June

“New Designers is arguably the most important design event in the UK for ensuring the life cycle of the design industry continues and thrives. The careers and fresh thinking it generates and delivers year on year is hard matched elsewhere, and the breadth, diversity and calibre of visitors out ranks any other emerging design event. New Designers returns to the Business Design Centre next year to celebrate its 30th edition.”


New Designers Part 2, Business Design Centre, London, 1 – 4 July 2015



Luxe Home Shanghai, China, 6 -8 August

“LuxeHome is a dedicated sourcing platform for manufacturers of high-end homeware, interior décor products and classic furniture. Aimed at the local market and with over 70% of the exhibitors having production capabilities, LuxeHome represents a competitively priced, advantage-laden sourcing platform for trade buyers, agents, wholesalers, retailers and designers in China.”



Maison & Objet, Paris, 4 – 8 September 2015

Paris Design Week,  5 – 12 September 2015


“Furniture, decoration, fashion, gastronomy, art, and the art of living under the banner of design, all the paths to creation intersect in the very place they emerged: showrooms, concept stores, designers’ workshops, galleries, cultural institutions, hotels and restaurants. Over 180 spaces, 250 participants and 100,000 visitors joined forces in 2013 to offer a decompartmentalized, accessible, broad-based view of design.”

Twitter : @ParisDesignWeek

Facebook : ParisDesignWeek

Instagram : parisdesignweek


Designersblock London edition 17 , 18-21 September 2015


 London Design Festival, 19 – 27 September 2015

london design festival

“Staged every year in September, the Festival aims to celebrate and promote a broad spectrum of design disciplines across cultural and commercial platforms in London. The Festival provides the punctuation moment in the calendar when the design community comes alive, attracting local and international audiences to over 300 events and installations across the capital.”

Twitter : @L_D_F

Facebook : LondonDesignFestival


Tent London + Super brands London, 24 -27 September 2015


Constantly evolving, always thought provoking; design trade shows Tent London & Super Brands London have carved out an impressive reputation as the most creative of the hubs that anchor the London Design Festival, a beacon for anyone looking to discover the best contemporary design

Twitter : @tent_london, @superbrandsLDN

Facebook : Tentlondon, SuperbrandsLondon


Cersaie, Bologna, Italy 28 September – 2 October 2015




Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, 1-25 Oct 2015


SLEEP, Business Design Centre, London, 25 – 26 November 2015

” With the UK’s best hotel suppliers, a sought-after international collective plus exhibitors exclusive to Sleep who you won’t meet at any other UK show, visitors were able to fulfill all their hotel sourcing needs. The event presented an edited collection of stunning hotel furniture, bathrooms, fabrics, surfaces, wallcoverings, flooring, lighting, technology plus much more.”


Bookmark this page as I will keep it updated with more trade fairs plus look out for my list of public design exhibitions and craft fairs.

Where will you be visiting?

H x

1 Comment

  • Reply Jemma February 5, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Cheers Hannah, being a newcomer to the fairs this is super helpful. Drop in and see us when you’re at Stockholm furniture fair, stall C18:49, would be great to meet you!

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