The interior design events catching our eye in 2019
2019’s design season is just beginning to get into full swing. As 2018 came to a close, we found found ourselves reminiscing about the great UK interior design events that really grabbed us last year. From Clerkenwell Design Week in May to September’s London Design Biennale and – one of our favourites – The Decorex Design Show, last year delivered some truly wonderful interior design shows.
This year’s Surface Design Show has passed us by and we’ve recently visited the London Design Week, needless to say, we’re excited to take a look at the other design events coming up this year. We’re intrigued to see the contents of each show this year and we’ve no doubt that the following shows will offer a wealth of inspiration to both home owners and industry professionals around the UK and overseas.
Surface Design Show
When? 5th – 7th February
Where? Business Design Centre, Islington
The Surface Design Show took place in February. More than 170 exhibitors displayed some of the most cutting edge materials for interior and exterior surfaces that are sure to leave any designer with plenty of inspiration for their next project, and any home owner dreaming about the surfaces they could have in their own home.
Looking back to 2018, you may remember from our review of the event that our designers noted geometric patterns and dyed marble as being amongst the most represented trends at this year’s show.
London Design Week
When? 10th – 15th March
Where? Design Centre, Chelsea
We visited the London Design Week earlier this month and were reminded of the sheer size of the show, with design trends on display from over 600 brands across 120 showrooms. A particular highlight of the show included brands mixing pop culture figures from the worlds of rock music, fashion and the arts with prevailing interior design trends.
For those of you who are thinking of attending next year’s London Design Week, we would certainly recommend attending the ‘Access All Areas’ features of the event. Featuring interviews
with designers, archivists and design historians, the London Design Week can really help to open your mind to the biggest trends in the design world today.
Ideal Home Show
When? 22nd March – 7th April
Where? Olympia, Kensington
As the world’s longest-running exhibition – not just in the field of interiors, but overall – we are always excited to see what will be introduced at the Ideal Home Show, now in its 111th year. The show may not always showcase the kind of cutting edge luxury that Extreme deliver, but the hundreds of exhibitors who arrive every year always have something that catches our eye.
The Ideal Home Show delivers something for every homeowner. From technological innovation to the biggest interior trends of the year, you are certain to uncover something amazing. The show also hosts talks from some of the biggest names in interiors, as well as workshops, beauty treatments and a champagne bar.
Grand Designs Live
When? London: 4th – 12th May | Birmingham: 9th – 13th October
Where? Excel, London | NEC, Birmingham
The ever-popular Grand Designs Live returns to the UK this year with dates in both London and Birmingham. A huge show, Grand Designs Live offers something for just about anyone, taking over the huge venues of London’s Excel, as well as Birmingham’s NEC.
Guests can participate in numerous events over the course of the show, including tips on upcycling and gardening, beautiful self-build inspirations and even a show led by Grand Designs’ very own Kevin McCloud. Grand Designs Live is always a fantastic event and we’re sure that this year’s show will be no different.
Clerkenwell Design Week
When? 21st – 23 May
Where? Multiple venues across Clerkenwell
Taking place across multiple venues in one of the city’s trendiest and most innovative neighbourhoods, Clerkenwell Design Week brings the future of design to London. Exhibitors push the boundaries of design with their showcases, while also crafting truly stunning installations around Clerkenwell.
Visitors to CDW are sure to be faced with examples of definitively inspiring design. Although the full programme for this year’s event has not yet been laid out, if past events are anything to go by, we’ll see plenty of showrooms, exhibitions and workshops offered by an array of brilliant designers.
Masterpiece Art Fair
When? 27th June – 3rd July
Where? Royal Hospital, Chelsea
The Masterpiece Art Fair will return to Chelsea this summer. Set within the beautiful grounds of the Royal Hospital, art and antiquities dealers from across the globe will have some fascinating pieces for sale.
For those of you looking to fill your home with the world’s most beautiful art, from classical to contemporary, Masterpiece is the place for you. So head down to Chelsea in June to pick up the artwork of a lifetime, guaranteed to give your interiors a magical boost.
When? 18th – 21st September
Where? Olympia, Kensington
100% Design arrives at Kensington’s Olympia in October, with displays showcasing the work of well-established veterans of design and architecture, as well as some of the world’s most innovative emerging brands.
If you are seeking out original trends from the country’s pioneering designers, you simply must attend 100% Design. A huge variety of new and unique exhibitors will be around to give visitors an insight into the ever-evolving future of interior (and exterior) design.
Monaco Yacht Show
When? 25 – 28th September
Where? Port Hercule, Monaco
As designers, we’re always looking beyond the kitchen and interiors industry for inspiration. What could be a better excuse could there be to head down to the Côte d’Azur than to attend the glitz and glamour of the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show? While not wholly a design event, many of the 580 exhibitors specialise in nautical interiors for yachts of all sizes.
Whether you already own a boat, are looking to buy one, or simply wish to attend one of the most prestigious events of the year, the Monaco Yacht Show is for you. For those looking to enter the world of superyacht ownership or chartering, the MYS Sapphire Experience is the best way to take in the show from a VIP point of view.
When? 30th September – 6th October
Where? Berkeley Square, Mayfair
As one of the city’s leading fairs for design, art and decorative arts, PAD London is always a fantastic event to attend for those interested in interiors. With exhibitors from the worlds of both traditional and contemporary design, as well as antiquarians, jewellers and art dealers, you are guaranteed to find something you love.
As summer ends and the design calendar begins to wind down, the PAD London design fair is a perfect opportunity for you to explore the very best in upcoming design from the world’s best designers.
When? 6th – 9th October
Where? Olympia, Kensington
We attended Decorex International last year (read our team’s thoughts here) and were impressed to see an increase in bespoke and personal design – we are hoping for more of the same from the UK’s most innovative trendsetters this year.
Exhibitors will be coming from far and wide to show off their take on the year’s key design trends while looking forward to what’s to come. Innovation is the name of the game at Decorex and you’re sure to leave inspired.
Salon del Mobile – Eurocucina
When? April 2020
Where? Milan, Italy
While it won’t be happening this year, 2020 will see the Extreme Design team attending the fantastic Salon Del Mobile – Eurocucina show in Milan. Showcasing new kitchen styles, trends and technological innovations, our designers will no doubt leave inspired and invigorated, ready to begin working on many beautiful projects further down the line.
Salon Del Mobile isn’t just kitchens, however, and our team will also be sure to visit the furniture and home areas of the show for a wider view on interiors as a whole. As luxury furniture designers, we’ll be sure to take it all in and leave Italy with fresh ideas for our next bespoke furnishing project.
If you’ve been left feeling inspired by a design show you’ve visited recently and are looking to collaborate with a designer to achieve your vision, contact Extreme Design today.