Top-10 Exhibitions and Fairs in 2021
Let’s be honest, 2020 was a total disaster for furniture manufacturers and retailers when it comes to any kinds of events. Apart from the chaos with suppliers and the inevitable full transition to eCommerce, there were no networking furniture exhibitions and shows to attend. Therefore, brands were deprived of the opportunity to present their collections and establish new business connections.
Due to Covid-19, many organizers of top exhibitions postponed their events to 2021 and 2022 hoping that the situation would improve. Now the schedule has stabilized a little, so furniture manufacturers and vendors can apply to take part in exhibitions and prepare for them.
As a product 3D rendering company, traditionally, we help furniture brands with CGI for catalogs and collaterals. That’s why we also follow the major trade shows in the industry. To keep you informed, we have compiled the list of top-10 world exhibitions worth visiting in 2021. But first, check out the tips on how to prepare for a trade show in order to succeed at the event you choose.
#1. International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)
When: November, 14-15
Where: New York, USA
International Contemporary Furniture Fair is the top exhibition of residential and commercial interiors in North America. In addition to home and contract furniture, ICFF brings together manufacturers of lighting, decor, textile, wall coverings, carpets, and flooring.
This year, the New York fair unites 36 top furniture manufacturers and retailers, emerging designers, and A-listers. To connect participants, ICFF planned various furniture exhibitions and activities — ICFF Works, ICFF Studio competition for professionals, and an ICFF Schools showcase for students.
#2. Salone del Mobile. Milano
When: September 5-10
Where: Milan, Italy
Salone del Mobile is one of the most popular European furniture exhibitions that has been held in Milan for 60 years. Salone del Mobile connects 7 shows under one roof. Those are Euroluce, EuroCucina, S. Project, International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, Workplace 3.0, International Bathroom Exhibition, SaloneSatellite, and Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Accordingly, these sections are dedicated to lighting, kitchen furniture, interior materials, office furnishings, bathrooms, furniture pieces from young designers and top brands.
The Salone Internazionale del Mobile is the main furniture showcase of the whole exhibition. Traditionally, it is split into 3 style categories — Classic for traditional furniture, Design for modern furniture and innovations, and xLux for luxury furnishings.
When: October 27 – 29
Where: New York, USA
LightFair is a commercial and architectural lighting exhibition that will be staged in New York. LightFair is co-owned and managed by the International Association of Lighting Designers and the Illuminating Engineering Society. They expect more than 550 lighting companies and 25 000 professionals in 2021.
LightFair is the perfect place to showcase products and concepts, make new connections, and learn from the industry’s top experts. According to organizers, education is a big part of this exhibition’s program as they dedicate 4 days from 25 – 29 October to various conferences.
#4. Boston Design Week
When: April 28 – May 9
Where: Boston, USA
Boston Design Week is one of the largest furniture exhibitions in the USA, and The Call is now open through February 12. Boston Design Week hosts not only furniture makers but all players in the industry — architects, builders, interior and product designers, as well as manufacturers of kitchen equipment, lighting, textiles, etc.
This year, Boston Design Week will open a Special Focus Section for Landscape Design and Outdoor Life on the eve of the spring-summer season 2021. Besides, they announced several events on sustainability, recycling, architecture, design and social impact, and more.
When: September 9-13
Where: Paris, France
Maison&Objet in Paris is a legendary European design exhibition, combined with Paris Design Week to immerse you in the world of design even more. This year, Maison&Objet will host many events, conferences, talks, as well as The Retail Lab, The Designer of the Year and The Rising Talent Awards.
While exhibitors prepare for the fall show with their press kits and brand collateral items, they can follow Maison&Objet on the online platform MOM. Each week design professionals and fans can attend 3 free digital events on specific topics to keep up with design trends and learn something new from leading experts.
#6. Manchester Furniture Show
When: July 18-20
Where: Manchester, UK
The Manchester Furniture Show is one of the most popular European furniture exhibitions for networking and expanding brands of the UK market. MFS is focused on home and office furniture, lighting, fabrics, upholstery, and interior accessories.
In 2021, Manchester Furniture Show has been postponed to mid-summer and is promised to be “refreshed, revitalised, refined”. Therefore, furniture manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers can network and effectively collaborate ahead of fall and Christmas pre-sales.
#7. Downtown Design Fair
When: November 8-12
Where: Dubai, UAE
Downtown Design Fair in Dubai is the leading furniture exhibition in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond. Naturally, it is focused on the regional market, including South Asia and Africa. However, one of the organizers’ priorities is to help establish partnerships between global companies and the Middle East market.
Last year, Downtown Design presented a hybrid program with digital and onsite events during Dubai Design Week. So, hopefully, Downtown Design 2021 will be packed with various showcases, talks, and exciting furniture exhibitions.
#8. The Inspired Home
When: August 7-10
Where: Chicago, USA
The Inspired Home is a Chicago trade show for home products and equipment. It brings together manufacturers and sellers of home decor, housewares, textiles, kitchen equipment, smart home systems, and so on.
This year, The Inspired Home welcomes more than 2000 exhibitors from more than 130 countries from all over the world, which makes it a leading home+housewares show in the world. Therefore, ISH is one of the best exhibitions to discover new home products, display your goods, and learn about innovations and consumer trends in challenging 2021!
#9. Canadian Furniture Show
When: May, 22 -24
Where: Ontario, Canada
Canadian Furniture Show in Ontario is one of the biggest furniture exhibitions in the country. CFS is owned and produced by the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers’ Association and brings together a wide variety of furniture and accessory manufacturers, retailers, importers and suppliers under one roof.
The main target audience of the Canadian Furniture Show is not only Canada but the whole Northern America. Traditionally, all the key furniture brands and retailers will be there — this year the CFS will be hosting more than 300 participants and 7,000 visitors.
#10. Interior Design Show Vancouver
When: September, 29-30
Where: Vancouver, Canada
In 2021, Interior Design Show in Vancouver will welcome professionals and guests on their onsite and virtual events. As always, IDS connects individual designers, artists, furniture makers and brands who can showcase their concepts and products and share experiences and knowledge. In addition to onsite installations and furniture exhibitions, IDS will provide digital talks, conferences and virtual showrooms.
Moreover, Interior Design Show also launched their IDS° digital project. IDS° is supporting Canadian designers and sharing their products and stories on IDS platforms and social media, so go check it out!
Fortunately, lots of furniture exhibitions and fairs are finally back in 2021. This means manufacturers and retailers will be able to present new collections and re-establish business processes. Surely, after surviving 2020, we know there can be unexpected delays, postponed or even canceled events. However, so far, the list of confirmed exhibitions looks quite optimistic. So print your catalogs and press kits and start packing right now!
Let’s get you ready for furniture exhibitions! With our 3D rendering services, you will get eye-catching CG images for catalogs and any type of print collateral.