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.
Jump to events month by month:
8–11 January, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
Festival of Design
8–16 March, Shanghai, China
Coinciding with Design Shanghai, this new festival by Neri&Hu's Design Republic intends to embrace the communal aspects of design. Through exhibitions, workshops and talks from international participants such as Konstantin Grcic and SO-IL, themes of inclusivity, inter-disciplinary and innovative design will be explored.
Geneva Motor Show
7–17 March, Geneva, Switzerland
The 89th Geneva Motor Show brings together the world's biggest car companies to present new concepts and models.
8–17 March, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
10-12 May, Brooklyn, USA
A shopable exhibition of contemporary furniture, lighting, textiles and accessories from Brooklyn-based artisans, designers & manufacturers plus compelling talks, creative installations and hands-on workshops.
10–22 May, 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, Brooklyn; 18-21 May, 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, 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, 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.
Fiskars Village Art and Design Biennale
19 May–15 September, Fiskars, Finland
The inaugural Fiskars Village Art and Design Biennale combines modern art and design and will engage makers with the local community.
Atlanta Design Festival
1–9 June, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
Jerusalem Design Week
13-20 June, Jerusalem, Israel
The eighth edition of Jerusalem Design Week proposes a comprehensive reflection on the multiple meanings of east. Converging at the Hansen House, Center for Design, Media and Technology in Jerusalem, 200 designers and curators from Israel, China, Japan, Romania, Taiwan, Turkey, India, and Belgium, among others, present over 100 new and existing projects.
LA Design Festival
20 – 23 June, Los Angeles, USA
LA Design Festival returns for a ninth year. Highlights this year include public design installations, a design supper club, design tours, four days of design confabs, international exhibitions, the AIA Restaurant Design Awards, and more. The Design Block Party at ROW DTLA and INTRO/LA are also returning.
San Francisco Design Week
20–28 June, 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. Opening night kicks-off with an auction of original artworks.
Design for Humanity Summit II: Design in the Time of Displacement
21 June, New York, New York
This initiative aims to drive humanitarian response in a more dignified, inclusive, and sustainable direction through bridging the expertise of humanitarian, design, academic and private sector professionals through design dialogues and workshops.
Architecture Film Festival London
This is London's first film festival to focus on the relationship between architecture and film and their myriad forms. The events programme and international film competition looks to discover and promote new talents, and invite discussion.
26–29 June and 3–6 July, London, UK
This London exhibition shows the work of over 3,000 talented graduates from across the UK. Part I includes textiles and fashion, costume design, and jewellery and metalwork. Part II features architecture, interiors, furniture and product design, plus graphics, illustration and digital arts.
Hello Wood International Summer School
15-21 July, Csóromfölde, Hungary
For its 10th anniversary, Hello Wood is hosting its popular international summer school for young architects to help foster a "thinking through making" mentality. The Carnival themed projects will address the most pressing issues facing society and how architecture can help solve them. Hello Wood’s celebration is an opportunity to learn and bring together the best young talent to help foster a thriving worldwide architecture community.
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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
17-19 September, Dubai, UAE
Launched in 1990, INDEX is the Middle East and North Africa’s largest gathering for the design community. As part of Middle East Design and Hospitality Week (MEDHW), the biggest celebration of all things design and hospitality, INDEX will host over 1,000 international and local companies, transforming the Dubai World Trade Centre into a creative playground for the region's design and fit-out community.
Feria Habitat Valencia
17–20 September, Valencia, Spain
This household design and decoration trade fair hosts 600 exhibitors, focusing on products made in Spain.
Porto Design Week
19 September – 8 December, Porto and Matosinhos, Portugal
The inaugural Porto Design Biennale seeks to analyse the current disciplinary configuration of design, proposing a broad reflection on the emerging transformations that define the new millennium and the role of design in a framework of change. A wide programme of exhibitions, lectures, workshops and presentations will be held in several venues in the cities of Porto and Matosinhos.
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, 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, 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, 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
27 September – 6 October, Vienna, Austria
Overseen by director Lilli Hollein, Austria's largest curated design festival features a range of exhibitions and site-specific installations. Highlights include the Passionswege project, which sees contemporary designers paired with traditional Viennese manufacturers. Every year the event also offers an insight into the creative work of another European country, with Finland set to be guest country for 2019.
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, 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.
Amman Design Week
4-12 October, Amman, Jordan
This immersive experience in Middle East design culture is back for its third edition, with the theme Possibilities. With a programme of large curated exhibitions, installations, workshops, performances and talks taking place all over the city, Possibilities promises to be a celebration of the fictional, incomplete, and unsolved.
XVII Biennial of International Architecture
15–26 October, 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, 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, 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, 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 - 8 February
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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.