In Review: Interior Industry & Design Events January 2019 11th December 2018 | IN DESIGN EVENTS | BY SBID

As you’re resetting your focus for the New Year, start 2019 as you mean to go on – with a steady feed of interior inspiration and regular updates for the latest interior industry innovations and design developments to integrate into those new and exciting projects for the year ahead. What better way to start than with a host of design news and essential industry events to attend this January… 

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Scroll down to discover more about Maison&Objet this January and how SBID Members can claim FREE tickets to attend…

SBID student design competition Designed for Business Student Award winners

Winners of the Designed for Business Student Awards were announced!

SBID and BE OPEN announced the winners of the student design competition, Designed for Business, at the House of Commons on Thursday 29 November. Designed to showcase emerging talent and nurture relationships between students and the working world, competition Finalists, design professionals and leading educational establishments gathered for the prize-giving ceremony as the culmination of a six-month judging process.

Katarina Spenerova was announced as the Overall Winner, claiming the life-changing cash prize of £30,000, along with five other Category Winners across Art & Design, Interior Decoration, Fashion, Interior Design and Product Design. The 2019 edition of the Designed for Business Student Awards will be launching in the Spring!

Click to see the winning projects


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8th – 11th January 

Heimtextil – Frankfurt, Germany

Heimtextil is one of the biggest and most important international trade fairs for home and contract textiles, acting as a climate and trend barometer for the whole business year. At this leading event for interior textiles, design and trends, international manufacturers, dealers and designers present their products and innovations to a large audience of trade visitors. Heimtextil features over 2,900 exhibitors showcasing the very latest textiles and textile designs, attracting around 69,000 trade visitors from across the world.


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11th – 14th January

Domotex – Hannover,  Germany

From 11-14 January 2019, the Hannover Exhibition Centre will serve as a four-day hotspot for the global flooring industry, acting as a meeting point for the industry and bringing together industry professionals from all over the world with 1400 exhibitors and 38,000 visitors. Both exhibitors and visitors enthusiastically embraced the launch of a fresh exhibition design that introduced a clear hall layout, an annual keynote theme and the special Framing Trends showcase.

Many of these exhibitors are finalising the finer details of their showcases, eager to put their best foot forward when they present their product innovations in January. The show’s new keynote theme, “CREATE’N’CONNECT”, is a bold statement that puts the spotlight on the current connectivity megatrend. Connectedness is an important aspect of flooring in the sense that floors are unifying, connecting elements of room design. They inspire us, give us orientation and set the stage for human interaction. With their numerous design options, floors play an important role in providing the very foundation for the rooms in which we live and work.

SBID Members can claim complimentary tickets to attend – email [email protected] to claim yours! 


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13th – 15th January

Top Drawer – London, UK 

Presenting thousands of leading and undiscovered UK and international brands, expertly curated and chosen for their beautiful design, exceptional quality, originality and commercial appeal. Top Drawer encompasses the dynamic worlds of Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft, providing unique access to this season’s hottest new products giving buyers the ultimate choice for a successful season.

This year, the SBID Colour Council will make an appearance at Top Drawer 2019 on the 14th January at 12:30pm with a dedicated colour seminar to discuss those all-important colour trends for the year ahead, inviting a range of experts from the industry to talk about how they interpret colour for 2019. Click here to find out more.

SBID Members can upgrade their tickets to VIP for free – email [email protected] to register!


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14th – 20th January 

imm cologne – Cologne, Germany 

imm cologne 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 will 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.

For 2019, Hall 11 will be transformed into Pure Atmospheres as part of the conceptual development of the ‘Pure’ design segment. The new direction means even more inspiration combined with a stronger business focus.The name underscores the nature of the presentations, shaped by the exhibitors’ holistic interior concepts. Exhibitors will showcase inspiring brand concepts: their own take on domestic culture, their personal signature, their interpretation of good design. Here, the focus is not on the individual product but on the interaction of all the elements.


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18th – 22nd January

Maison&Objet – Paris, France

Since 1995, MAISON&OBJET has inspired generations of interior designers and retailers by maintaining a high level of creativity, diversity and excellence throughout the years. With 2 aptly named hubs, Maison and Objet, M&O showcase an excess of 3,000 international brands to over 70,000 interiors professionals twice a year in Paris. The next edition is set to take place on 18-22 January 2019. Find out more about the upcoming event in January, here.

SBID Members can claim complimentary tickets to attend – email [email protected] to claim yours!


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20th – 23rd January

January Furniture Show – Birmingham, UK 

Perfectly timed at the start of the year to reveal the newest launches, the biggest names and the freshest trends at the UK’s largest furniture event, the January Furniture Show is back on 20-23 January 2019 at the National Exhibition Center, Birmingham. New for 2019 will be the JFS Contract Trail. Over 150 of the 2019 exhibitors either regularly, or occasionally supply contract. For the first time contract suppliers will be identified on the exhibitor listing on the JFS website, making it easy for buyers to plan their stand visits in advance.

Show Director, Cleere Scammell said, “It is important that we give our buying visitors as much useful information as is feasible, to make their visiting time at JFS as productive as possible. Adding the Contract Trail was an easy decision given the number of requests we receive for the information, and given the large number of contract suppliers that we have among our exhibitors.”


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30th – 31st January 

[email protected] – London, UK 

[email protected] is an exclusive event for architects, interior designers and specifiers taking place at the Old Truman Brewery. The carefully curated trade show aimed at interior and design industry professionals will return to London for its 2019 edition on 30-31 January with a brand new theme. The theme is future-proof. In an age when change is measured in seconds, not years, and sustainability is a necessity not an optional extra, architects and designers are increasingly tasked with proposing projects that have longevity. How can practitioners ensure they are taking the lead when it comes to future-proofing their projects and who is setting the agenda for tomorrow’s built environment?