2018 Design Event Roundup

Autumn may be just around the corner, but there are so many exciting design events coming up before the New Year.

By Tina Jepsen


If you’re a design enthusiast, DIY-extraordinaire, or just love to spend an afternoon window shopping, then check this list to see if there’s an expo going on in your neck of the woods!


Maison & Objet: September 7-11 Paris, France. Trade.


Maison & Objet, part of Paris Design Week, highlights the newest international trends in product and interior design. The exhibition features hundreds of brands, world-class speakers, and a true lifestyle experience. 


What’s New What’s Next: September 13. New York, New York. Trade and Public.


New York Design Center’s What’s New What’s Next event brings industry insiders together to celebrate new trends in products, materials, and interior design. Highlights include panel discussions, presentations, and exhibitions.


International Casual Furnishings and Accessories Market: September 25-28. Chicago, Illinois. Trade.


Situated in Chicago’s famous Merchandise Mart, Casual Market Chicago is a one-stop-shop for trade professionals seeking the best in outdoor furniture for the upcoming season.


The New York Tabletop Show: October 9-12. New York, New York. Trade.


For the latest trends in flatware, dinnerware, and other housewares, trade professionals can head to FortyOne Madison for the New York Tabletop Show. Chefs, designers, and hospitality professionals can pre-register before the event.


Decoration and Design Building Fall Market: October 10-11. New York, New York. Trade.


During this 2-day event, attendees can listen in on exciting keynotes, visit swoon-worthy showrooms, and check out exclusive open house events. They’re also introducing new interactive exhibits to give visitors an engaging experience.


High Point Market: October 13-17. High Point, North Carolina. Trade.


This perennially popular Market even is located in the heart of the furniture capital of the USA. As the largest furnishings trade show in the world, close to 75,000 people descend on High Point twice a year to experience 180 buildings and over 11 million square feet of showroom space.


LDI Las Vegas: October 15-21. Las Vegas, Nevada. Trade.


Audio, visual, and sound technologies are on full display at LDI Las Vegas. This annual exhibition, which started back in 1988, speaks to those with a passion for live design.


ADFF NY 2018: October 16-21. New York, New York. Public


The Architecture & Design Film Festival, celebrates the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design. With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate all types of people who are excited about architecture and design.


LightShow West: October 17-18. Las Vegas, Nevada. Trade.


Geared toward suppliers and buyers on the west coast, LightShow West highlights commercial, architectural, and high-design lighting products. This show is jam-packed with hands-on project demos, speaker sessions, panel discussions, workshops and more.


Building Safety & Design Expo: October 21-22. Richmond, Virginia. Trade and public (10/22 only)


Design professionals, builders, and design enthusiasts are welcome to attend the Building Safety and Design Expo at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Home DIYers can join other attendees in learning about the latest products on the market designed to keep buildings (and people) safe and code-compliant.


Holiday House NYC: October 24-December 2. New York, New York. Public.


A House Tipster favorite, Holiday House NYC features entire rooms designed by some of the best and brightest interior designers of our time. Once you walk through the door of this house, you’ll be immersed in each designer’s unique vision. If you play your cards right, you may catch a book signing or panel discussion while you’re there. Proceeds for the event go to fund The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


2018 Heritage Ball: October 25. Chelsea Piers, New York, New York. Public.


This annual benefit supports the world of the Center for Architecture. It’s a celebration of the beauty and value of New York’s iconic architecture, and it’s a can’t miss experience for architecture-enthusiasts.


New York Junior League Fall House Tour: October 27. New York, New York. Public.


Philanthropists, take notice. Have you been eager to get a glimpse into the finest homes in New York City? Then you’re in luck. Twice a year, New York’s Junior League offers self-guided tours to benefit their charitable activities.


TEFAF: October 27-31. New York, New York. Public


TEFAF, a fine and decorative arts festival dedicated to items from antiquity through the early 20th century, isn’t your traditional art fair. This gathering brings together art collectors, designers, and curators, and 93 exhibitors.


Museum of Art and Design MAD Ball: November 6. New York, New York. Public.


Join luminaries from the world of design, art, and fashion at the Museum of Art and Design for the MAD Ball. This annual event celebrates the entire creative process for creating contemporary art.


The Salon Art + Design Fair: November 8-12. New York, New York. Public.


Art and furniture unite at The Salon Art + Design Fair. Each year, dozens of international galleries gather at The Salon to showcase and celebrate their work.


Boutique Design Trade Fair: November 11-12. New York, New York. Trade.


Hospitality design professionals make the annual trek to this east coast design fair each November to find the next big thing for their hotel, restaurant, spa, cruise ship, or senior living center. This event is full of great products from 750 companies under 16 different product categories.


Design Miami: December 5-9. Miami, Florida. Public.


Design Miami is considered the global forum for design. During the 5-day event, designers, curators, and critics from the world of art and design come together to discuss, collaborate, and inform. It’s the ideal destination for fine-design enthusiasts.


ICFF/International Contemporary Furniture Fair: December 4-6. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Trade (December 6, open to the public)


ICFF South Florida expo is geared toward consumer markets in Florida, the Caribbean, and Latin America. This event draws in over 3,000 design professionals, architects, and buyers who are looking for the next big trends in furniture and interior design.


We’re gearing up for a trip across the pond to attend Maison & Objet this week.


Stay tuned for our coverage of that expo and more on Tipster TV.

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