With hundreds of design fairs, conferences and trade shows taking place around the world every year, it can be hard to choose which to attend. To help you out, we've compiled a definitive guide to over 50 of the best events of 2019 for your calendar.
8–11 January 2019, Las Vegas, USA
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas kicks off the year, showcasing new technologies and products from the world's biggest tech brands. Highlights from this year include a walking concept car and a rollable television.
14–20 January 2019, Cologne, Germany
The first interiors and furnishing trade fair of the year features products by more than 1,200 suppliers from 50 countries.
Interior Design Show Toronto
17–20 January 2019, Toronto, Canada
New and established designers exhibit and give talks at this Toronto design fair, where Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of design studio Neri&Hu are this year's international guests of honour.
DesignTO (formerly Toronto Design Offsite)
18–27 January 2019, Toronto, Canada
Returning for its ninth year, the festival brings a host of designers and artists to the Canadian city, to turn it into a "hub for creativity".
18–22 January 2019, Paris, France
The January edition of Maison&Objet – with the theme Excuse my French! – puts a focus on France's contribution to the international design scene. There will also be a series of installations titled What's New? and a showcase of emerging Chinese designers.
30–31 January 2019, London, UK
The two-day Architect@Work trade fair in London is aimed at architects, designers and specifiers. This year it will focus on the theme of Future-Proof, emphasising the importance of integrating sustainability into upcoming projects.
Madrid Design Festival
1–28 February 2019, Madrid, Spain
Every February, the Spanish capital is transformed into a celebration of design. The festival's programme aims to transform attitudes to design and how it can impact every life and environment. This year's committee members include Jasper Morrison and Lucas Muñoz.
Stockholm Design Week
4–10 February 2019, Stockholm, Sweden
With over 200 events, this celebration of Scandinavian design consists of exhibitions and installations all across the city. As the place where most Swedish, Danish and Norwegian design brands launch their annual collections, it often reveals the interior design trends that will define the year. Highlights will include an installation by Note Design Studio, following up their impressive project The Lookout in 2018.
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair
5–9 February 2019, Stockholm, Sweden
Under the Stockholm Design Week umbrella, this furniture and lighting exhibition will this year contain over 700 exhibitors, including manufacturers of Swedish design classics and rising young designers.
Surface Design Show
5–7 February 2019, London, UK
This three-day event in London showcases materials for use in architecture and interiors. This year's edition includes 150 exhibitors, plus a talk series featuring 52 speakers.
Nomad St Moritz
7–11 February 2019, St Moritz, Switzerland
Collectible design fair returns to St Moritz for a second year, to showcase collectible design in the Chesa Planta mansion. The event, organised by curators Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte and Giorgio Pace, takes on a winter theme, to contrast with its sister event in Monaco in the spring.
14–24 February 2019, California, USA
Held every year in Palm Springs, Modernism Week is a celebration of the impressive midcentury architecture and design in the area.
27 February – 1 March 2019, Cape Town, South Africa
This annual conference in Cape Town draws both renowned international designers and newcomers to showcase the best of global and African creative industries. This year's speakers include architect John Pawson, set designer Ana Crabtree and designer Yuri Suzuki.
XXII La Triennale di Milano
1 March – 1 September 2019, Milan, Italy
The Triennale di Milano returns in 2019 with the theme Broken Nature. Curated by MoMA's Paola Antonelli, exhibitions will provoke the discussion on how architecture and design can promote the importance of thinking for the future of our species.
Singapore Design Week
4–17 March 2019, Singapore
Returning for its sixth year, this year's event will take place at the new National Design Centre, and feature trade shows, conferences, showcases, exhibitions and workshops.
6–9 March 2019, Shanghai, China
The fair will see over 400 design brands and galleries from over 30 countries showcasing their latest work, alongside design forums, awards shows and exhibited collections from luxury brands.
Geneva Motor Show
7–17 March 2019, Geneva, Switzerland
The 89th Geneva Motor Show brings together the world's biggest car companies to present new concepts and models.
8–17 March 2019, Texas, USA
SXSW, short for South by Southwest, is a programme of technology-focused conferences and festivals in the interactive, film and music industries, taking place across Austin, Texas. Highlights include Featured Speakers, which sees professionals discuss ideas shaping the future of design.
Melbourne Design Week
14–24 March 2019, Melbourne, Australia
Created to highlight the best design in Australia, this series of events includes a cross-disciplinary conference, business presentations and educational programmes. The 2019 theme of Design Experiments provokes the participants to respond to the question, "How can design change the future?"
14–17 March 2019, Brussels, Belgium
Collectible returns for its second edition mid-March to the Bâtiment Vanderborght – a former furniture store from the 1930s. Galleries and design studios are selected by an expert committee to create an immersive experience for the fair's visitors.
Arctic Design Week
18–23 March 2019, Lapland, Finland
This year's Arctic Design Week, taking place in Rovaniemi, Lapland, will focus on the theme Design for Happiness, with hopes to answer how design contributes to wellness and developing this impact into society. The headline award for Arctic Design Company of the Year is announced during the festival's awards night.
Smart Workspace Design Summit, Spring Edition
21–22 March 2019, Berlin, Germany
A two-day event at KAOS Berlin, this summit brings together workplace strategists, managers, real estate professionals, interior architects and designers to develop a conversation embracing the future of workplace design and technology.
Boston Design Week
27 March – 7 April 2019, Boston, USA
This 12-day citywide event returns for its sixth year to increase public awareness of the important role design plays in everyday life, through interactive DIY workshops to exclusive museum tours in four categories: Designing Boston, Professional Focus, Design and Social Impact and Technical Design.
28–31 March 2019, Reykjavík, Iceland
The city of Reykjavík transforms into "one big venue for design" for Iceland's 11th annual festival. Local designers partner with international names to host workshops for the public over four days, opening with a day of lectures. Designs usually embrace Icelandic culture and traditions.
Copenhagen Architecture Festival
4–14 April 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark
Now in its sixth year, the 10-day Copenhagen Architecture Festival aims to explore the relationship between humans and architecture through a broad public program of talks, films, workshops and exhibitions.
Salone del Mobile
9–14 April 2019, Milan, Italy
The Salone del Mobile is considered the most important furniture fair in the world. Alongside the main halls, this year's event will feature lighting exhibition Euroluce and office design showcase Workplace 3.0. Young designers show their work in the Salone Satellite area.
Milan Design Week
9–14 April 2019, Milan, Italy
To coincide with the Salone fair, design also takes over the rest of the Italian city, making Milan's design week the biggest annual get-together in the calendar. Also known as Fuorisalone, the citywide event includes design districts Tortona, Brera and 5 Vie. Regular highlights include installations by COS, Lee Broom and Design Academy Eindhoven and exhibitions by Ventura Projects.
Design Month Graz
10 May – 9 June 2019, Graz, Austria
Exhibitions and workshops pop-up all over Graz for this city-wide festival, which this year focuses its programme on women and design.
10–22 May 2019, New York, USA
This festival showcases design of all disciplines in all five of New York City's boroughs, with fairs, retail opportunities and a host of talks, installations and showroom events in designated districts.
16-20 May 2019, Brooklyn; 18-21 May 2019 Manhattan, New York, USA
Part of NYCxDesign, these sister events present both local and international design across two locations, with a focus on graduate and emerging talent.
Romanian Design Week
17–26 May, Bucharest, Romania
Fashion, graphics and craft design all feature in this showcase of Romanian creativity.
19–22 May 2019, New York, USA
The annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair takes place over four days at Manhattan's Javits Centre, coinciding with NYCxDesign.
Clerkenwell Design Week
21–23 May 2019, London, UK
The London district with the greatest concentration of furniture showrooms, and architecture and design studios, hosts its own design week every May.
Dates TBC, Mexico City, Mexico
Habitat Expo is an exhibition of architecture, interiors and design in Mexico City, featuring a conference programme about Mexico's interior design industry.
Atlanta Design Festival
1–9 June 2019, Atlanta, USA
Organised by MA! Design is Human, the 13th edition of the festival in the US state of Georgia's capital will include a series of architecture tours and activities around the city, placing Atlanta's growing design industry into the spotlight.
London Festival of Architecture
1–30 June 2019, London, UK
This month-long, city-wide celebration of architectural practice and experimentation returns in 2019 with the theme Boundaries. Highlights will include a festival pavilion by Pricegore and Yinka Ilori, fusing together African and European design.
Birmingham Design Festival
6–8 June 2019, Birmingham, UK
This three-day festival will bring a series of workshops, talks, exhibitions, demonstrations and screenings, split into graphic, digital and product "districts", to various venues across the city.
AIA Conference on Architecture
6–8 June 2019, Las Vegas, USA
For 2019 the American Institute of Architects' annual conference event take place at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. The AIA claims the venue will become a "materials playground".
10–12 June 2019, Chicago, USA
NeoCon is North America's most important design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, including a non-stop timetable of networking opportunities, presentations and seminars.
11–16 June 2019, Basel, Switzerland
Design Miami's partner event takes place at the Messe Basel exhibition hall, showing collectible design from around the world. The 2019 edition marks the first year under a curatorial director, as Aric Chen replaces current creative officer Rodman Primack.
Barcelona Design Week
12–19 June, Barcelona, Spain
Conferences, exhibitions, business meetings and networking sessions take place in the Catalonian capital for this week-long event.
LA Design Festival
20 – 23 June 2019, Los Angeles, USA
LA Design Festival returns for a ninth year. Highlights this year include public design installations, design tours, four days of design confabs, international exhibitions and more. Dwell on Design and Intro/LA are also returning.
San Francisco Design Week
20–28 June 2019, San Francisco, USA
Focusing on futuristic design, the programme centres around San Francisco's ties to both contemporary designers and tech companies. This year's theme Community will explore how the two can work together to rethink the world's future. The week ends with an auction of original artworks.
New Designers Part I
26–29 June 2019, London, UK
This London exhibition shows the work of talented graduates from all over the UK. Part I includes textiles and fashion, costume design, and jewellery and metalwork.
New Designers Part II
3–6 July 2019, London, UK
Part II of the London graduate show features architecture, interiors, furniture and product design, plus graphics, illustration and digital arts.
18–21 July 2019, Melbourne, Australia
Furniture from Australia and New Zealand is on show at this trade-only event taking place this year at Melbourne's Exhibition Centre, as part of Decor + Design. VIVID Awards is a featured night during the event.
São Paulo Design Weekend
18–25 August 2019, São Paulo, Brazil
São Paulo Design Weekend is a celebration of Latin American design, including hundreds of independent events, from trade fairs to cocktail parties.
Design Biennale Zürich
28 August – 1 September 2019, Zürich, Switzerland
Zürich's design biennale returns in August 2019, providing opportunities for the public to discover design in multiple locations around the city.
Helsinki Design Week
5–15 September 2019, Helsinki, Finland
The range of events organised for the Finnish festival includes exhibitions, fashion shows, talks and workshops, along with a growing number of satellite events. The new Children's Design Week will also create opportunities for the very youngest design fans.
Paris Design Week
6–15 September 2019, Paris, France
Paris Design Week encompasses 2019's second instalment of edge-of-town trade fair Maison&Objet, plus open studios and design shows around the city centre, with work by students, graduates and upcoming designers.
Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism
6 September – 10 November, Seoul, South Korea
Following the success of the inaugural event in 2017, Seoul's architecture biennale returns in 2019 with the theme Collective City.
9–12 September 2019, Shanghai, China
China's international furniture expo returns to Shanghai to showcase a range of contemporary and traditional designs.
Tallinn Architecture Biennale
11 September – 3 November 2019, Tallinn, Estonia
The largest architecture event in its region, the Tallinn Architecture Biennale returns for its fifth year in September. With the theme Beauty Matters, London-based curator Yael Reisner will use the event to explore the notion of architectural beauty in the digital age.
International Automobile Exhibition Frankfurt
12–22 September 2019, Frankfurt, Germany
The largest motor show in the world takes place in Frankfurt this year, showing new concepts and products from the world's biggest car companies.
London Design Festival
14–22 September 2019, London, UK
Taking place all over the capital, London Design Festival includes a series of design shows, including London Design Fair, 100% Design and designjunction.
Feria Habitat Valencia
17–20 September 2019, Valencia, Spain
This household design and decoration trade fair hosts 600 exhibitors, focusing on products made in Spain.
Chicago Architecture Biennial
19 September – 5 January 2020, Chicago, USA
Yesomi Umolu curates the third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, set up to establish the city as a centre for architectural knowledge. Architects, artists and designers from the USA and abroad will be invited to present their work.
Beijing Design Week
23–30 September 2019, Beijing, China
Exhibitions and installations are created in Beijing's hutongs, industrial warehouses and artists' communities for this design week.
Bienal de Arquitectura Latinoamericana
24–27 September 2019, Pamplona, Spain
The Biennial of Latin American Architecture (BAL) returns for its sixth edition, as a platform of discussion for emerging professionals in Spain. Like previous editions, the biennial will have a host country – this year is Uruguay.
Oslo Architecture Triennale
26 September – 24 November 2019, Oslo, Norway
Degrowth is the theme for the Oslo Architectural Triennale 2019, curated by Maria Smith and Matthew Dalziel of Interrobang, and Dezeen columnist Phineas Harper. It will explore alternatives for architecture in a society of increasing human impact.
XII Bienal Internacional de Arquitetura de São Paulo
Dates TBC, São Paulo, Brazil
Todo Dia, or Everyday, will be the theme of this biennial curated by architects Ciro Miguel, Vanessa Grossman and Charlotte Malterre-Barthes. They aim to highlight how a move towards the ordinary will feature in the future practice of architecture.
Vienna Design Week
Dates TBC, Vienna, Austria
Overseen by director Lilli Hollein, Austria's biggest design week will feature a range of exhibitions and site-specific installations. Highlights include the Passionswege project, which sees contemporary designers paired with traditional Viennese manufacturers.
Modesto Architecture and Design Week
Dates TBC, Modesto, USA
Also known as MAD Week, this event offers guided and self-guided tours of modern architecture and exhibitions across the Californian city.
Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
3 October – 2 December 2019, Lisbon, Portugal
The Lisbon Architecture Triennial celebrates its fifth edition, titled The Poetics of Reason. Five key thematic exhibitions will discuss alternate perspectives on architecture and rationality.
XVII Biennial of International Architecture
15–26 October 2019, Buenos Aires, Argentina
This event sees Buenos Aires transformed into a space of "intersecting cultural dialogues", through a series of lectures, exhibitions and discussions. Speakers this year include Bjarke Ingels and Flores & Prats.
Smart Workspace Design Expo
17–18 October 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Following the Berlin event in the spring, this Amsterdam design summit will explore office design topics with speakers from around the world.
18–27 October 2019, Tokyo, Japan
The third Designart will host exhibitions and talks across Tokyo, with the aim of revitalising the city's creative scene. This year's theme is Emotions.
Dutch Design Week
19–27 October 2019, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Young and upcoming designers from the Netherlands and beyond present conceptual and experimental design across the city at this firm favourite on the design week schedule.
Sharjah Architecture Triennial
9 November 2019 - 8 February 2020
A new architecture triennial launching in the UAE is seeking to cast brand new perspectives on the Middle East. Adrian Lahoud, the first curator, is putting together three months of events on the topic of Rights of Future Generations.
Dubai Design Week
11–16 November 2019, Dubai, UAE
International designers present furniture, lighting, textiles and technology to markets in the Middle East and North Africa in this fair located in Dubai's design district. Last year's highlights included the Desert Cast chairs by a trio of designers from Kuwait.
2–8 December 2019, Miami, USA
Design Miami brings together gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world to celebrate and promote collectible design. The show also awards a Design Visionary prize.
ICFF South Florida
3–5 December 2019, Fort Lauderdale, USA
The South Florida edition of New York's International Contemporary Furniture Fair will take place at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Centre, with Luxe Interiors + Design and HD pavilions featuring popular brands/designs and luxury retail interiors respectively.
World Architecture Festival
4–6 December 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands
This three-day conference event centres around the awards, which are decided following a series of open crits. The event concludes in a gala dinner where the coveted World Building of the Year prize is announced.
4–6 December 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Taking place alongside the World Architecture Festival, Inside celebrates the year's best interior design projects.
Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture
Dates TBC, Shenzhen, China
Organised between business giants cities Shenzhen and Hong Kong, the UABB explores ideas for urbanism and architecture. Chief curators Carlo Ratti, Meng Jianmin and Fabio Cavallucci chose the theme Urban Space and Technological Innovation for 2019.
Illustration is by Jack Bedford.