THE CALENDAR SPRING/ SUMMER 2017
Ready for the next six months? Here are the events that every interiors addict needs in their diary
JANUARY IMM, COLOGNE
Start the year off by heading to one of the oldest established furniture fairs in the world ( 1), in Germany’s fourth largest city. Head to Hall 3.2 for ‘Pure Textile’, which will display luxurious and innovative fabrics from the new collections, and ‘Pure Talents’, the fair’s showcase of new designers and interiors start-ups. 16–22 January (open to public from 20 January; imm-cologne.com).
MAISON & OBJET, PARIS
Everything from the latest furniture by big brands to tableware and even taxidermy is on show at this Parisian trade fair. French talent Pierre Charpin will take centre stage as the event’s Designer of the Year, with a special showcase of his work, including products for Hermès, Ligne Roset and Alessi. He will also present his ‘PC’ lamp ( 3): a seemingly simple desk light with complex mechanisms, produced by British designer Sebastian Wrong’s Wrong.london label. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs will also be exhibiting Charpin’s ‘Écran’ series as part of its show ‘L’esprit du Bauhaus’. 20–24 January (maison-objet.com).
FEBRUARY COLLECT, LONDON
This five-day event, organised by the Crafts Council and held in the Saatchi Gallery on London’s King’s Road, is the leading event for collectors of museum-quality craft pieces, from ceramics to glassware and textiles. You’ll find the finest work by new designers. Plus, this year, there’s a chance to see the latest acquisition to the Crafts Council’s Collections, a pair of The Essex House Tapestries by Grayson Perry ( 4). 2–6 February (craftscouncil.org.uk).
DESIGN WEEK, STOCKHOLM
Fans of Scandinavian design should visit the Swedish capital for this event. Galleries, showrooms, studios and cultural venues open their doors to host an array of events, exhibitions and parties. The Design Bar is the best place for a pitstop – this year its interior is the work of stylish Swedes Note Design Studio. Also, head to the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair just outside the city (open to the public on February 11), where you will see new work by hundreds of brands; Spanish designer Jaime Hayón ( 2) is creating an installation for the entrance hall. 6–12 February (stockholmdesignweek.com).
MARCH DESIGN WEEK, LONDON
This celebration of the latest trends in interiors takes place every year at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, home to 120 showrooms and over 600 of the world’s most desirable brands. As well as a chance to see new collections up close and personal, there will be workshops and talks featuring some of the design scene’s most respected names. 12–17 March (open to the public 16–17 March; dcch.co.uk).
DESIGN MARCH, REYKJAVIK
Housed in the Harpa building ( 5), located on the harbour in Iceland’s capital, this four-day design show features exhibitions and talks, with past speakers including British designer Jonathan Barnbrook, the man behind many of David Bowie’s album covers, and Bjarke Ingels, the Danish architect designing Google’s new headquarters in London. 23–26 March (designmarch.is).
APRIL SALONE DEL MOBILE, MILAN
The godfather of all design weeks, since the 1960s the Salone del Mobile has been at the forefront of design and is the largest fair of its kind in the world. As well as big established interiors brands showing their new collections, there’s also a chance to see exciting talents – don’t miss Salone Satellite, a huge space devoted to the work of more than 650 designers who are under 35. Talks, exhibitions, pop-ups and parties are dotted throughout the city ( 6). There is much to see, so plan ahead. 4–9 April (open to the public 8–9 April; salonemilano.it).
MAY NYC X DESIGN, NEW YORK
All five of New York’s boroughs join together to showcase the latest in North American design, with a series of installations, talks and open studios touching on topics such as architecture, fashion and graphic design. Head to Manhattan ( 7), where you’ll find the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), Wanted Design, Designjunction and Dwell on Design presenting creatives from all over the US. 3–24 May (nycxdesign.com).
LONDON CRAFT WEEK, LONDON
This capital-wide celebration of craft sees displays of work by more than 200 artisans, from ceramicists and jewellers to textile artists. Running for its third year, this event is an opportunity to visit hidden workshops and see local craftspeople in action. 3–7 May ( londoncraftweek.com).
CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK, LONDON
Also scheduled for London in spring is London’s Clerkenwell week. It may be small, but there is plenty to see in this district. Each May, the creative quarter’s studios, showrooms and designers open their doors for a series of intriguing industry discussions. Visit the ‘British Collection’ exhibition, located in St James’s Church ( 8), to see the latest furniture and lighting pieces by the best homegrown talent. 23– 25 May (clerkenwelldesignweek.com).
JULY DECOR + DESIGN, MELBOURNE
Hailed as Australia’s number one interiors trade show, this is the place to see the best design Down Under. Make sure you stop at the Bazaar and Wall St stand, a new initiative that supports independent studios. There’s also a seminar programme, so you can gain tips from leading experts in design and architecture. The exhibition centre where the fair is held is at the heart of the city ( 9). 20–23 July (decordesignshow.com.au).