Each year designers, architects and specifiers across the world flock to international trade shows as key industry events for fuelling the creative fire of the design community at large, establishing networks and setting the direction of interior design for the year ahead. While the world comes to an unprecedented standstill in response to the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, design events for 2020 continue to cancel or postpone operations while we adjust to a new lifestyle of social distancing, working from home and restricted outdoor access. It’s more important than ever for the industry to stay connected, up to date and inspired throughout these challenging times.
This month’s Industry & Events blog will outline key design event announcements and highlight some of the ways SBID will be responding to facilitate engagement and provide resources to help you keep learning, finding new inspirations, networking with other industry professionals and sourcing products for potential projects in the pipeline.
Design Shanghai | 12-15 March: This event has been postponed. New programming is planned for 26-29 May 2020.
Berlin Design Week | 30 April-10 May: This event has been cancelled.
NYCxDESIGN | 12-20 April: This event has been postponed. New programming is planned for October 2020.
Clerkenwell Design Week | 19-21 May: This event has been postponed. New programming is planned for 14-16 July 2020.
Copenhagen Architecture Festival | 23 April-3 May: This event has been postponed. Rescheduled dates are yet to be announced.
London Design Fair | 17-20 September: This event has been postponed to 2021. Rescheduled dates are yet to be announced.
London Festival of Architecture | 1-30 June: The public event has been postponed, with the launch of a new digital version, LFA Digital 2020 to take place online this June.
Salone del Mobile | 21-24 April: This event has been postponed. New programming is planned for 13-18 April 2021.
NeoCon | 8-10 June: This event has been cancelled. The next edition will run as planned for 14-16 June 2021.
Join SBID online from video conferences to webinars!
President of SBID and founder of Chicago-based design practice marquardt+, Tom Marquardt will be leading a m+ consulting team Zoomtable discussion where professionals across the design industry address the present and future state of design and business during the pandemic.
In the coming months, SBID will continue to shift it’s focus to driving communications online and keeping our community as connected as possible; inviting members to join in live talks and panel discussions, attend online networking events and gain knowledge through helpful webinars.
If you are interested in taking part in our programme of online events or would like to get involved with SBID in another way, get in touch!
Tune in to SBID’s new podcast series ‘SpeakEasy’
In partnership with Pierrus Agency, SBID launched the new SpeakEasy podcast series. Hosted by Grant Pierrus, we’ll be sharing insightful and thought-provoking conversations with leading design professionals across the field of interior design to uncover their unique perspectives on the industry, the key factors driving industry change, and what they intend to do about it!
The first episode in the series features a conversation with Dr Vanessa Brady OBE, founder of SBID, where she sheds light on how climate change impacts interior design.
An Accredited Product Directory with SBIDPro Access
The exclusive SBIDPro platform is a dedicated members area specifically for SBID design and trade professionals. Aimed specifically at bringing the industry together in a professional-only environment, the platform includes an extensive directory of the latest and most innovative products from our network of trusted Industry Partners – so you can explore the range of product categories from SBID Accredited suppliers and send enquiries all in one place. If you are an SBID Accedited Designer, you will be sent your secure login detail to access.
If you would like to become Accredited or find out more about membership, get in touch
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Cover Image: Courtesy Salone del Mobile.Milano. Credits: Diego Ravier
Already preparing for the month ahead? March may be the month for you. Discover the latest on the business environment and export opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean, learn about the link between nature, interiors and human wellbeing, or look to the future of design with international trade shows as Munich Design Week draws the focus on how good design drives sustainability: ecological, economical and social.
Innovation & Design in the Built Environment – London, United Kingdom
Discover how Innovation and Design reshape the Apulian Built Environment. The Italian Chamber of Commerce will present 10 cutting edge companies from Puglia. Apulia, the heel of the Italian boot, is a land where tradition, history and culture mingles with knowledge, a crossroads for business trade between Europe and the Orient, at the heart of the Mediterranean. With its roots steeped in ancient Mycenaean Greeks, Apulia is a region that has always been capable of transforming the challenges of sustainability into opportunities for innovation, whilst maintaining its heritage. The event offers a dynamic and lucrative business environment designed carefully to develop, promote and facilitate synergies that establish key relationships.
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6th – 9th March
Malaysian International Furniture Fair – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The biggest furniture trade show in Southeast Asia, the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) introduced a fresher perspective on design with a brand new look and concept called ‘Design Connects People’ since 2018 for greater business opportunities, renewed locational advantage, and innovative solutions in furniture and creative spaces. Every March, quality exhibitors and buyers from all over the world converge on this global stage. MIFF’s commitment to professionalism, innovation and dynamism is backed by a dedicated team of bright individuals; it is no wonder MIFF is always a sought-after destination and the ideal business platform for trade professionals.
7th – 15th March
Munich Creative Business Week – Munich, Germany
Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) 2020 co-operates for the first time with the INTERNET WORLD EXPO (10-11 March) with a focus on the connection of design and digital commerce. The Munich Design Week underlines its conceptual and content orientation with changing thematic focal points along the major social trends with debates on climate change and the energy transition under the theme “Sustain by Design”, because good design drives sustainability: ecological, economical and social. A particular focus is on the topics of the future of innovation, cities, fashion, work, communication and digitisation.
9th – 14th March
LiFE Gallery by ViDERE Aquariums – Birmingham, United Kingdom
The LiFE Gallery by ViDERE Aquariums is a one-week exhibition showcasing an art gallery of nature aquariums and natural art, all curated to inspire ideas about how we can incorporate nature into our business and commercial spaces. The official opening of the gallery at 6pm on the 9 March will include a tour by ViDERE Founder, Akil Gordon-Beckford followed by a CPD Table Talk “Brand from Biophilia”. This will be a presentation covering the link between nature, interiors, and human wellbeing as well as an overview of the ‘Workplace Stress Study’ he and his team carried out in 2019. Throughout the week there will be workshops, events, and talks as well as live stream interviews introducing you to the amazing world of Aquariums, Human-Centred Design and BIOPHILIA.
9th – 13th March
Latin America and the Caribbean UK Roadshow 2020 – United Kingdom
Want to get the latest on the business environment and export opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LatAC)? Are you an experienced exporter thinking of expanding to a region full of vibrant and lucrative markets? The Department for International Trade (DIT) is delighted to invite you to join the 2020 edition of our LatAC Roadshow. Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for LatAC Jo Crellin and eight DIT country directors will be updating UK companies on the latest opportunities in these exciting markets. The Roadshow will be visiting Manchester, Birmingham, London, Bristol, Cardiff and Belfast.
Click here to register your interest
SBID Regional Event: Bringing the Outdoors In – Scotland, United Kingdom
Garden Designer, Lynn Hill calls for joined up thinking, blending indoor and outdoor spaces to create a seamless transition between the two. With an opportunity to gain insight and inspiration, interior designers are invited to join for an interactive evening, enjoy a cocktail or two and get creative with some paint techniques whilst Lynn shares her practical ideas to bring unity in the design of home and garden.
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It’s time to wash away those January blues for 2020 as February falls into focus. Fill your February with inspiration and keep the New Year momentum going with a selection of upcoming design events in London, Stockholm and Dusseldorf! Scroll down to find out more.
3rd – 9th February
Stockholm Design Week – Stockholm, Sweden
Together with Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, Stockholm Design Week has established itself as the most important week of the year for Scandinavian Design since its launch in 2002. During Stockholm Design Week the city of Stockholm is buzzing with design events. Stockholm becomes the perfect place for everyone connected to, or interested in, design to meet and thrive, discover new impulses, broaden their network and get inspired. A meeting place for buyers, architects, designers, press and influences from all over the world.
11th – 13th February
Surface Design Show – London, United Kingdom
For architects and designers the Surface Design Show has become an essential date in the calendar. Billed as the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces, the Surface Design Show is an opportunity to meet suppliers and experience innovative and exciting materials.
16th – 20th February
EuroShop 2020 – Düsseldorf, Germany
EuroShop is the world’s largest trade fair for retail investment requirements. Future-oriented and dynamic as the industry itself, the trade fair presents itself in seven fascinating retail dimensions with all the trends and topics that are moving the future. At EuroShop 2020, the 550 international exhibitors of the experience dimension “Retail Technology” (from the more than 2,300 international EuroShop exhibitors) provide impressive proof of this. In the run-up to EuroShop, we had a look around the international stores to see what is already being offered to customers in terms of high-tech.
SBID Regional Event: Living Home Tech – Poole, United Kingdom
Founded by the 3 brothers Wes, Wayne and Luke Crutcher in 2005, Living is one of the most respected Smart Home and Lighting firms in the world. The event offers the chance for designers to enhance their knowledge of Home Cinema and Media Rooms. One of the qualified Directors will give a presentation on how they design their award winning Cinema rooms and allow attendees to experience their Media and Cinema set ups.
Interested in attending? Email [email protected] to register now!
James Latham acquires Dresser Mouldings
James Latham has acquired the market leading specialist, timber and cladding processor, Dresser Mouldings. Having enjoyed a long-standing business relationship with Dresser, the move will enable James Latham to increase its offering in processed timber, developing specialist products for the specification market.
Dresser specialises in the processing and vacuum coating of bespoke timber products, the production of timber mouldings and other specialist timber machining. Commenting on the acquisition, Andrew Wright, Managing Director at Lathams Limited said, “This was a strategic decision which will allow us to develop our existing timber moulding, cladding and timber coatings business. It will also enable us to continue to invest in product and business development.”
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The international trade fair for decoration, design and lifestyle is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. More future-focused than ever, Maison&Objet (M&O) Paris 2020 is an unmissable event for industry professionals seeking new design solutions. In the age of social media, consumers have become an increasingly discerning clientele, seeking innovation in design. These demanding connoisseurs with refined aesthetic tastes are also increasingly conscious of the environmental performance and wider impacts on sustainability. M&O provides a bottomless source of inspiration, as well as a tool for visitors to communicate directly with thousands of brands throughout the year.
We’re featuring some of the exciting news from a selection of SBID Accredited Partners who are set to exhibit their latest collections at the upcoming edition of M&O this January. Read below to discover more!
Deirdre Dyson’s 2020 Looking Glass collection Previews at Maison & Objet Paris
Lady Deirdre Dyson’s themed collection for 2020 will be unveiled at the prestigious Maison et Objet interiors exhibition on Stand B100, Hall 8. Inspired by the act of looking at and through glass, ‘Looking Glass’ consists of eight carpet designs, including ‘Transparent’, a reinterpretation of decorative shapes on a coloured vase and ‘Light Between’, a play on contrasting monochrome grading with the illusion of light. ‘Slivers’, which stems from a series of small flat discs of overlapping glass, combines 33 colours in wool and silk while ‘Looking Through’ began as a painting of the distortions seen through a water-filled flask against the real shapes behind. This new collection will be on show in the Deirdre Dyson Gallery on London’s King’s Road (554 King’s Road, SW6 2DZ) from February.
Technogym presents Bike Personal this January
Technogym presents the ultimate design bike that combines Technogym’s technology and innovation with Antonio Citterio’s iconic style; Bike Personal. Bike Personal is the impeccably designed addition to Technogym’s Personal Line by Antonio Citterio. The Bike boasts elegant lines and a sleek and compact design, and the materials chosen such as micro-polished steel and aluminium are worked at the highest level of craftsmanship. It is the only product on the market comparable to a ‘piece of art’, perfect for any living space or dedicated wellness areas.
Bike Personal also offers Technogym Coach, the breakthrough innovation that allows users to choose different classes and reach the best results. The bike is also fully integrated with Technogym’s digital MyWellness Cloud platform and a complete range of contents and training programs dedicated to fitness, sport and health, all available on the UNITY digital touchscreen display. The display also features internet browsing, social media, TV, Netflix and a sleek wireless charger.
Kings of Chelsea showcases Roberto Cavalli’s striking tableware
Kings of Chelsea’s selected partner Roberto Cavalli Luxury Tableware will be showing at Maison & Objet with a range of stylish prints across high-quality bone china, perfect for a well-dressed home. As always, Cavalli uses striking animal patterns, both detailed and abstracted, in bold monochromes and sumptuous golds, greens and reds. The ranges have been designed to both complement and contrast each other with a possibility to “mix and match” with the fine crystal stemware and gold plated flatware also available from this division of the esteemed design house. Italian flair is the hallmark of the Cavalli DNA and there is no doubt that the new collections will be finding their way onto the most fashionable tables this year.
Oxley’s Furniture launch new design range, Scroll
The first presentation of Scroll will be on display at Oxley’s exhibit on Stand B11, Hall 7. Scroll is inspired by the carvings left on stonework by the ancient Celts of the British islands. The carvings on their monuments are enormously varied but many include the Celtish knot; an interlocking weave that has been incorporated in objects since the dark ages. Oxley’s have coupled this ancient design on the table tops to the sensuous flowing lines of the chair to create a range of elegant outdoor furniture.
Simon Hudson, Managing Director said “The Scroll design represents the interweaving of two Oxley’s fundamentals, our British heritage and our ability to use recycled aluminium to create intricate, timeless and beautiful outdoor furniture. As with everything we make, it is the reuse of a resource to produce our unique designs that makes them so special”.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, MAISON&OBJET has decided to fix its eyes firmly on the future and explore the new trends in consumer behaviour being driven by generations Y and Z. The self-evident theme, “(RE) GENERATION”, will run throughout 2020. Setting out to analyse the attitudes, desires and expectations of Generation who are digital natives, the whole year’s celebrations will be devoted to these committed millennials who are looking for a better world, changing the rules and revolutionising consumer behaviour in both the home and lifestyle sectors.
The January’s edition will decipher the desires and expectations of an “engaged generation” that has grown up in a world of crisis affecting the economy, the environment, identities, migration; whilst the September fair will rutn the spotlight on what the “augmented generation” wants – a generation rasied on a diet of social media and the Internet.
An Engaged Generation
“Faced with multiple global crises, today’s twenty- and thirty-somethings are keen to pull together to change the world…” explains Vincent Grégoire, trend hunter at NellyRodi. “It is a generation that is deeply concerned about making a meaningful difference, which in itself is injecting new values into everyone’s way of living.” These well-informed consumers dream of getting back to nature, adopting vegan materials, bringing the outdoors in. Led by ethics, they advocate fair, responsible and virtuous trade.
In a similar vein, these community-minded individuals champion small regional productions and return to handcrafted wares that are underpinned by solig social and human foundations. With sustainability being another factor that tops their priority list, this engaged generation also flies the flag for exchanging items and buying second hand; turning upcycling into a veritable lifestyle.
An Augmented Generation
“Hooked up to the internet on a drip feed, what this Wi-Fi generation also wants is a smoother and easier relationship with consumption. They want to try things out, voice their opinions and use the web as a source of inspiration”, adds Grégoire when describging the continually connected Millennials. Constantly primed to spot new talent on Instagram and always receptive to the latest high-tech gadget, the tastes they develop are measured against the yardstick of digital aesthetics.
Their mantra? Being cool. An attitude that goes hand-in-hand with a quest for well-being. This point of view embraces the charm of soft beds and squishy sofas as the ultimate cacoons for a spot of cosy surfing. Aficionados of all the customisation options the World Wide Web brings, they go wild for the feel of good messages that are splashed across cushions, and their avid passion for viewing or creating tutorials of every kind elevates them to the realms of DIY enthusiasts.
Designer, Ramy Fishler, who has always been one step ahead of this time, will be creating an XL installation at MAISON&OBJET to illustrate these new trends in consumer behaviour. The theme will also be presented in the What’s New exhibition areas with a selection of new products curated by Elizabeth Leriche, François Bernard and François Delclaux.
Planning on visiting MAISON&OBJET this January? Complimentary tickets are available through SBID!
Email [email protected] to find out more.
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The New Year is just around the corner, and what better way to start planning ahead for 2020 than with a host of fresh inspirations and the low-down on the latest trends and innovations from the must-attend trade events of the season. Check out our selection of interior design events and take advantage of SBID’s complimentary ticket offers to help kick-start your creative juices this coming January!
7th – 10th January
Heimtextil – Frankfurt, Germany
Heimtextil is a international trade fair for home and contract textiles. With its new products for interior textiles, design and trends, it kicks off the upcoming season and gives important impulses to both exhibiting companies and professional visitors from all over the world. The product portfolio is supported by a varied programme of specialist lectures by internationally renowned experts, themed tours, and an extensive textile material library.
10th – 13th January
DOMOTEX – Hannover, Germany
A leading trade show and the biggest innovations and trend platform for the flooring industry. It is the place to soak up inspiration for luxurious fitted carpets, elegant solid wood parquet, magnificent rugs or stylish designer floor coverings as DOMOTEX provides interior designers with a unique overview of flooring trends, as well as insights into contemporary interior design solutions and new materials.
Complimentary tickets are available through SBID. Email [email protected] for more information.
13th – 19th January
imm cologne – Cologne, Germany
Hosted at the start of the year, imm cologne is where the interiors industry gathers to present and discover new launches from around the world, to experience the major future trends and make a successful start to the new season. The trade fair is a must-attend event for senior decision makers from all international markets and the interior design scene as a whole.
14th – 17th January
Formex – Stockholm, Sweden
Launched in 1960 and now hosting up to 800 exhibitors per fair with products within interior design, fashion and accessories, Formex brings together national and international buyers, agents, designers, producers and media from all over the interior and design industry. A meeting place where it is easy to find new products, get inspiration, discover trends, meet new exhibitors and do business together.
17th – 21st January
MAISON&OBJET – Paris, France
As an international authority for home decor, interior design, architecture, lifestyle, culture and trends, MAISON&OBJET showcases the latest innovations and inspirations with its annual shows, events and digital platform. The Parisian trade fair brings together market professionals from across the industry, from brands, designers, interior designers and stylists, to buyers, hoteliers, restaurateurs and trend hunters… making it a key event for establishing new contacts and cultivating relationships with existing partners.
17th – 26th January
DesignTO – Toronto, Canada
Going into its 10th year, the DesignTO Festival (formerly the Toronto Design Offsite Festival) transforms Toronto into a hub for creativity, taking art and design out of the studio and into the urban sphere. Canada’s largest annual celebration of design and contemporary culture, provides opportunities for emerging talent and engages the community with exceptional and accessible public programming.
DOMOTEX is the world’s leading trade show and biggest innovations and trend platform for the flooring industry. It is the place to soak up inspiration for luxurious fitted carpets, elegant solid wood parquet, magnificent rugs or stylish designer floor coverings as DOMOTEX provides interior designers with a unique overview of flooring trends, as well as insights into contemporary interior design solutions and new materials.
At the upcoming DOMOTEX which will take place from the 10th to the 13th January 2020 the keynote theme is “ATMYSPHERE” which covers every aspect of well-being, natural lifestyle and sustainability, including the impact of floors on acoustics and air quality (e.g. low emissions).
To browse through the companies who will be showcasing their flooring products please click here.
HALL 8 is the creative heart of the trade fair
For the very first time, the popular Framing Trends showcase – the communicative and creative heart of the entire show – will occupy the whole of Hall 8. Framing Trends is where the “ATMYSPHERE” keynote theme takes physical form in an array of ingeniously inspired walkthrough presentations, creating a vibrant, electric atmosphere where thought-provoking discussions can take place and new cooperative ventures can emerge. In the Flooring Spaces, NuThinkers and Art & Interaction areas, manufacturers, interior designers, students and artists will showcase their special interpretation of the mega trend Well-Being.
Talks & Tours at DOMOTEX 2020
The Talks program will run from 11 am to 4:30 pm on each of the four days of DOMOTEX. This is a richly varied program of speed presentations followed by discussions on topical issues. The program on Friday is dedicated to the planning methodology known as building information modelling (BIM). On Saturday, the speakers will address social and ecological aspects, while the Sunday program is dedicated to health-promoting home and work environments. SBID’s Founder and CEO, Dr Vanessa Brady OBE will be making an appearance with her talk, Interior Designer Product Selections: Influences and insights for manufacturers on Sunday 12th January at 10.30 am! Finally, Monday’s program is aimed at university students and career-starters – an opportunity for budding young architects and planners to gather information and find answers to their questions on careers and career planning.
Each day of the show, AIT-Dialog will conduct guided Tours for architects, interior designers and experts to gain deeper insights into the keynote theme, discover the products on display and, of course, make contact with exhibitors. Running from 12 to 2 pm and again from 3 to 5 pm each day, the tours will be led by big-name international architects and interior designers. The morning tours will focus on various aspects of the keynote theme, such as healthcare, acoustics, digital technology and sustainability, while the afternoon tours will take in product innovations of interest to the contract flooring sector.
Complimentary tickets are available through SBID! Email [email protected] to find out more.
*Please note availability is limited so get in touch to claim yours and avoid disappointment.
For some, December is a time for festivities; relaxing by the fire with a mulled wine or gearing up for all those Christmas parties – but if business is still on your brain this season and you’re not quite ready to hang up your Christmas stockings and call it a year, we’re sharing some of the upcoming design events to attend – as well as some exciting details about SBID’s latest announcement, due to launch this December!
3rd – 8th December
Design Miami – 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. More than a marketplace for design, professionals 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 collaborations between designers, design institutions, panels and lectures with luminaries from the world of design, architecture, art and fashion.
4th – 5th December
[email protected] – Düsseldorf, Germany
The unique exhibition layout of [email protected] was created to ensure optimal contact between exhibitors and visitors, as visitors are automatically led along a route that winds its way through the exhibitors stands, showcasing their latest innovations. At [email protected], traditional aisles are transformed into lounge zones: places to enjoy a drink, to network and to provide further explanation about innovative products, applications or services.
Click here to register
4th – 6th December
The Buildings Show 2019 – Toronto, Canada
Lead for success. Empowering design professionals to improve business and industry practices, solve problems and save time and money while earning education credits for ARIDO and IDCEC. This year, The Buildings Show will be running from Wednesday 4th December, with opportunities to explore new technology innovations, attend informational sessions and connect with industry influencers.
Alongside showcasing inspiring and informative design concepts, the Buildings Show offers interior conversations about lighting, design trends for colour, kitchens and baths, workplaces, accessibility and inclusive design, social resilience and wellness, BIM, AI and the future of work. As well as this year’s series of roundtables and workshops which will dig deeper into specific issues affecting design professions; like designing with mass timber, cross-pollinating design ideas, and more.
SBID Product Design Awards 2020 launching December!
The SBID Product Design Awards 2020 will officially open for entries this December. Designed to recognise, reward and celebrate the industry in product design, the Awards will showcase world-class manufacturers and designers who provide solutions, which in turn raise industry standards through the innovation and functionality of products for the interior design sector. Covering a diverse range of specialisms, the winning product designs will be judged in categories across Furniture, Lighting, Flooring, Surfaces, and more. With each entry being evaluated by leading, internationally-admired interior designers and pan-industry experts, confirmed judges for the SBID Product Design Awards 2020 include; Group CEO and Executive VP at Unilever Prestige, Vasiliki Petrou; Head of Interior Architecture at Zaha Hadid Architects, Kar Ho; Director of Interior Design at IHG, Henry Reeve; Head of Harrods Interior Design, Letitia Fitzgibbon; and Director of the Cowell Group, Nicholas Cowell.
For sponsorship enquiries, email [email protected]
Held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Downtown Design returns for its seventh edition championing the growth of the region’s design industry from 12-15 November 2019.
Recognised as the leading platform in the Middle East for original, high quality design, Downtown Design unites international brands with the regional design community, strengthening Dubai as a central meeting point for creatives. As part of the programming of Dubai Design Week, the region’s largest creative festival, and in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), Downtown Design is housed within a bespoke structure overlooking the d3 Waterfront. This year the fair presents a fresh selection of brands and feature areas, providing a dynamic environment where design meets opportunity.
Downtown Design’s Trade Programme continues to address the needs of the competitive design industry, helping members raise their profile and forge industry relationships. Featuring a series of networking events and privileges, designed to help design professionals make the most of the fair’s platform, it facilitates opportunities for architects and interior designers to connect with peers, brands and industry influencers.
2019 Fair Highlights
For the 2019 showcase, Downtown Design has engaged three award-winning design teams to help to remaster the fair’s layout, executing concepts that demonstrate the sophistication of regional design firms. Wilson Associates, Swiss Bureau and XBD Collective have been tasked with bringing creative elements to the fair’s public areas, including the bar and the café.
Downtown Editions Highlights
This year, Downtown Editions will continue to spotlight new regional initiatives, young designers and up-and-coming brands.
Designers presenting works inspired by the culture and traditions of the Middle East include emerging designer Hajar Abdallah, whose debut installation celebrates the region’s equestrian culture, and Sharjah-based Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council who will present an outstanding collection of objects developed in collaboration with Emirati craftswomen and leading contemporary designers. Award-winning architectural studio Binchy & Binchy will launch ten new tables inspired by architecture, challenging themselves to determine a design language that is truly Emirati.
The Forum at Downtown Design
In a series of talks and workshops, designed to support design professionals and enthusiasts, ‘The Forum’ offers creative, commercial and strategic industry insights by global and regional design experts. Themes will range from how to build a business in design, to managing clients in design firms and design marketing.
Highlights include the award-winning Paris-based architect Lina Ghotmeh and India’s leading architect and curator Ashiesh Shah, who both feature on a panel championing the power of design, and multi-faceted interior designer Greg Natale, who will present a masterclass in achieving a successful design business.
Denise Neri, who leads the architectural and conceptual design of Aesop stores worldwide, will lead a panel on the future of retail while Allesandro Minotti of the leading Italian furniture makers Minotti and Dara Huang, founder of multi-disciplinary studio Design Haus Liberty will speak to building design brands with staying power. Marcus Fairs, founder and editor-in-chief of Dezeen will lead a panel discussion exploring the design community’s role as an agent of positive change.
SBID Members can access the VIP opening and preview on the 12 November in Dubai.
It’s never too late in the year to seek out new inspirations so brush up on the latest industry trends and product launches with the must-attend design events for November. With BATIMAT 2019 set to take Paris by storm with it’s international trade event for architecture, building and construction, Downtown Design 2019 takes on Dubai to offer design professionals insight into the Middle East’s fast evolving design scene. SBID Members can also reap the rewards with exclusive member offers, VIP access and complimentary tickets… Scroll down to find out more!
4th – 8th November
BATIMAT 2019 – Paris, France
Le Mondial du Bâtiment returns to Paris-Nord Villepinte with INTERCLIMA, IDÉOBAIN and BATIMAT coming together as the leading international event for the architecture, building and construction industries. It is a one stop shop for all industry players to get a 360º view on the newest products in the sector, boasting up to 2,400 exhibitors from construction and bathroom materials, to comfort and energy efficiency. Helping professionals to rise up to the challenges of today and tomorrow.
SBID Members get VIP access with complimentary tickets, email [email protected]
12th – 15th November
Downtown Design 2019 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A key event of Dubai Design Week, Downtown Design is the Middle East’s leading design fair for original and high-quality design. The Fair offers design professionals the opportunity to gain a competitive edge in the Middle East’s fast evolving design scene with a dynamic programme of discovery and networking.
Alongside the latest collections from international brands and a line-up of thought-provoking talks and workshops featuring global design experts, the fair’s Trade Programme is curated to help architects, interior designers and other trade professionals raise their profile in the industry and make meaningful relationships with industry decision-makers.
SBID Members receive access to the VIP opening and preview on 12 November.
13th – 15th November 2019
MAPIC: The international retail property event – Cannes, France
With 8,600 participants including 2,100 retailers and 2,500 developers, MAPIC is considered one of the world’s most important events for the retail real estate market. It offers UK companies access to key decision-makers seeking to attract new retailers and innovative ways to increase footfall and provide entertainment and experiential offerings to augment the traditional retail mix within shopping centres and future mall developments. The Department for International Trade (DIT) will host a UK Lounge at MAPIC 2019 promoting the wealth of established brands that exist within the UK’s retail sector and the innovative services UK designers and experiential companies can offer the international market. The Lounge will bring together a host of experienced UK companies working successfully within the retail, creative design and experience economy sectors to showcase their expertise and services at this key international event.
SBID Breakfast Meeting – London, United Kingdom
The first of the leading sanitaryware brands in Europe to offer taps from a 3D metal printer, GROHE will host the next SBID Breakfast Meeting on Thursday 21st November. In collaboration with Cradle to Cradle certified, tile manufacturer Mosa, the event will take place at their showroom in London. The Breakfast Meeting offers designers to attend 2 SBID Accredited CPD seminars:
Mosa will present their Accredited CPD on ‘How cradle to cradle contributes to a sustainable design’
Grohe will present their Accredited CPD on ‘Water Saving without compromising on performance’
To register your interest in attending, email [email protected]
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