12 Most Important Design Events in 2016

by Claudia Lorusso
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2016 has just kicked off, and if you are addicted, like me, to everything regarding the industrial design field, you need to be aware of the next exciting design events around the world.

They are great opportunities to take a sneak peek at tomorrow's trends, sharing ideas and experiences with other people interested in the same industry, and to touch with your hands the new collections from the most important brands.

So get your smartphone ready to mark the following dates on your calendar:


Imm Cologne | 18 - 24.01 | Cologne, Germany

"The first interiors show of the year presents the trends that will be shaping the furniture and interiors sector – and the products that are good for business. At the imm cologne, you'll find a unique variety of interior design ideas for every room, every style and every requirement – from the basics all the way to designer items and luxury furnishings."


Maison&Objet | 22 - 26.01 | Paris, France

"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."


Stockholm Design Week | 8 - 14.02 | Stockholm, Sweden

"Stockholm Design Week is the world's largest meeting place for Scandinavian Design. The main event is Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair which attracts around 40 000 visitors and 700 exhibitors from all around the world. The entire city of Stockholm gets involved. During Stockholm Design Week the city is filled with high-profile design events, showrooms and exhibitions all week long."


Design Days Dubai | 14 - 18.03 | Dubai, UAE

"Design Days Dubai, the international fair for purchasable and highly desirable works of modern and contemporary design, closed its doors on its fourth edition this week, having had a record breaking 2015."


Salone Internazionale del Mobile | 12 -17.04 | Milan, Italy

"The Salone del Mobile is the global benchmark for the Home Furnishing Sector. An invaluable tool for the industry as well as an ongoing, quite 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 impeccably, ensuring that the quality of Italian furniture is known to all four corners of the earth, and continues so to do, with half of all its visitors coming from around the world."


International Contemporary Furniture Fair ICFF | 14 - 17.05 | New York, USA


"The 28th annual ICFF, North America’s platform for global design, will map the newest frontier of what’s best and what’s next at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, May 14-17, 2016.

North America’s premier showcase for contemporary design, the ICFF annually lures those in determined pursuit of design’s timely truths and latest trends to an encyclopedic exhibition of up-to-the-moment offerings, as well as a series of fascinating, fun, edifying programs, and a packed schedule of exhibits and features."


Clerkenwell Design Week | 24 - 26.05 | London, UK


Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world.

To celebrate this rich and diverse community, Clerkenwell Design Week has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.


"The DMY International Design Festival Berlin will be taking place from June 2nd to 5th, 2016 at Kraftwerk Berlin in the disctrict of Mitte.

For the first time in 14 years of existence the DMY International Design Festival Berlin is opening up to participants from all disciplines – from product and industrial design over fashion, graphic to communication and digital design. The DMY International Design Festival Berlin presents itself as a place of communication between different design disciplines, companies, young and talented designers, media and the broad public."


Design Miami - Basel | 14 - 19.06 | Miami, USA

"Design Miami/ is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, USA each December and Basel, Switzerland each June, Design Miami/ has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating collectible design."


Paris Design Week | 3 - 10.09 | Paris, France

"The fifth annual PARIS DESIGN WEEK, scheduled to overlap with MAISON&OBJET PARIS, will take place from Saturday 5 to Saturday 12 September 2015. For eight days, the event invites French and international professionals and the general public to discover the best showcases of design in Paris, while the leading talents in the discipline gather in the now! le Off exhibition."


London Design Festival | 17 - 25.09 | London, UK

"The London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community."


Design Miami - Basel | 30.11 - 4.12 | Miami, USA

"Design Miami/ is more than a marketplace for design, where the world’s top galleries gather to present museum-quality exhibitions of twentieth and twenty-first century furniture, lighting and objets d’art. Each show balances exclusive commercial opportunities with progressive cultural programming, creating exciting collaborations with designers and design institutions, panels and lectures with luminaries from the worlds of design, architecture, art and fashion, and unique commissions from the world’s top emerging and established designers and architects."


Did I miss Something? Feel Free to mention it to the comments section and I will add it to the list!