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Dezeen Events Guide March

Architecture and design events in March 2020 from Dezeen Events Guide

Melbourne Design WeekHomexpo IsraelDesignMarch in Reykjavik and the Collectible design fair in Brussels are among the architecture and design events featured in Dezeen Events Guide this March.

Other events taking place include the Asia Pacific Architecture Festival, Boston Design Week and the Cambio exhibition by design duo Formafantasma at London's Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

To mark the show's opening, Dezeen's chief content officer Benedict Hobson will be hosting a talk with Formafantasma's Simone Farresin and Andrea Trimarchi on Tuesday 3 March, exploring wood and its environmental impact as a material. Watch the live stream of the talk Dezeen from 5pm on 3 March.


Now in its twelfth year, Iceland's annual design festival will once again be taking over venues across the capital Reykjavik from 25 to 29 March.

Things will kick off with a day of talks, all about how the industry can respond to the mounting global challenges facing us today.

Speakers will include Studio Formatantasma, Dezeen Day speaker and biofabrication designer Natsai Audrey Chieza and Michael Pawlyn of Architects Declare, who will be delivering his keynote via video call to avoid the carbon emissions associated with flying.

Dezeen will be in attendance, so keep an eye on our DesignMarch coverage for the latest news and projects.


From 5-8 March, the Vanderborght Building in Brussels will play host to the Collectible fair, which is dedicated to contemporary design and, much like an art fair, will feature stands from different galleries including Maniera, Valerie Traan and Todd Merrill.

Although the works on show come from more than 100 exhibitors, all are either unique or were produced in limited runs, meaning they are designed to be collected.

This year will see the introduction of a new Bespoke category, which will feature special commissions from Belgian designers Ben Storms and Xavier Lust, as well as a slew of international delegates.

Melbourne Design Week

More than 300 talks, exhibitions, tours and workshops will be taking place in the city between 12-22 March, all in service of the question: How can design shape life?

Highlights from the speakers' programme include Francis Kéré, who will be exploring the importance of a collaborative and contextual architecture practice, as well as Fairphone founder Bas van Abel's lecture on socially and environmentally conscious design.

The winner of this year's Australian Furniture Design Award will be announced on March 20th, with projects by the five finalists on show throughout the week in a dedicated exhibition.

Homexpo Israel

This year will see the inaugural Homexpo Israel taking place in Tel Aviv from 3-6 March, with a focus on design, furniture and home renovation.

Set in the city's Expo halls, the programme will run the gamut from exhibitions to professional consultations and lectures, including two from Dezeen's founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs on the opening day.

Postponed events

A number of events that were set to take place this month were either cancelled or postponed due to concerns surrounding the escalating coronavirus epidemic.

Design Shanghai is now set to take place in May, while the city's Festival of Design architecture conference was cancelled completely.

Frankfurt's Light + Building fair has been moved to September, as travel restrictions and increased health checks for Chinese travellers threatened to prevent both exhibitors and visitors from attending.

In anticipation of continued disruptions to business and travel in northern Italy, Salone del Mobile, the world's largest and most important furniture fair, also announced this week that it will move from its traditional April slot to 16-21 June.

Dezeen's guide to Milan 2020

In line with the Salone del Mobile's decision to postpone to June, Dezeen's digital guide to Milan design week will also shift to reflect the new dates. Click here for more details of how to get your event listed.

About Dezeen Events Guide

You can refer to the Dezeen Events Guide for up-to-date events information, including essential timings and locations.

The guide rounds up the best architecture and design happenings around the world, including conferences, trade fairs, design weeks and exhibitions.

For details of how to get your event listed in the guide, email [email protected] or visit the guide's "About" page.

The illustration, featuring the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík by architect Guðjón Samúelsson and the northern lights, is by Rima Sabina Aouf.