Break out those brand-new day planners—it’s time to get your schedule set. Here’s a list of January’s can’t-miss markets and events.
The largest international trade fair for interior textiles takes over Frankfurt every January and sets the tone for what’s trending for the year. This year, the fair is prioritizing the topic of sustainability. In the Trend Space, a high-profile section of the show curated by a group of forecasters that spotlights trends for the upcoming year, visitors can find the Future Materials Library curated by London design studio FranklinTill, which will present emerging innovations in sustainable materials. For more info, click here.
Dallas Total Home & Gift Market and Lightovation
The darkest time of year is brightened up by this annual trade show for residential lighting. Based out of the Dallas Market Center, this edition will showcase over a hundred exhibitors, from large-scale players to boutique ateliers. Also on tap: a series of talks on digital marketing from expert Leslie Carothers. For more info, click here.
This massive international fair brings together designers and brands from around the world—78 percent of attendees will come from abroad. The fair has a reputation for debuting forward-looking trends, so even if you aren’t making the trip, it’s worth keeping an eye on. For more info, click here.
Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market
This trade-only event unites the worlds of gift retail and home decor under one roof. It’s an interesting melange, with the usual suspects from the design industry alongside boutique jewelers and country collectables. The programming also runs the gamut from retail-focused workshops to a seminar on client management from Corey Damen Jenkins. For more info, click here.
Interior Design Show Toronto
Canada’s signature interior design show will host 50,000-plus attendees, experts and brands. Naturally, there’s a focus on Canadian talent (Brian Gluckstein, Byron and Dexter Peart—even Canadian Olympic hurdler Sarah Wells), but it’s an international event, with vendors from around the world and a keynote from Swiss designer Yves Behar. The show will also feature a number of installations, including a futuristic concept house and a colorful Caesarstone “Dreamland” by Jonathan Adler. For more info, click here.
This fair for luxury textile houses invites designers to more than 100 showrooms across the city. This year, the show will have 30 shuttles to bring attendees from showroom to showroom. For more info, click here.
The major French fair for interior design is a must-attend event for posh designers across the globe. This year’s theme is “Re-Generation,” which will take a playful look at the consumer habits of Gen Z and their impact on the lifestyle sector. For more info, click here.
Kitchen & Bath Industry Show
Las Vegas, NV
The venerable show kicks the year off with a bang: With over 600 exhibitors and 31,000 attendees, it’s Coachella for the kitchen and bath industry. KBIS is so big, every attendee will experience the show a little differently—there are sections dedicated to design-forward brands, technological innovation, international vendors and much more, not to mention panels, keynotes, awards and plenty of opportunities to network. Keep an eye out for Design Milk’s series of discussions in collaboration with Modenus, DMMTalks—the lineup looks good. For more info, click here.
Las Vegas Market
Las Vegas, NV
Located north of the Strip (but just close enough to roll some dice in between market appointments), Las Vegas Market is infused with the city’s playful nature. One of the largest home fairs on the West Coast, the show will boast over 4,300 brands and product lines at their winter market. For more info, click here.
Art, Design & AntiqueS
San Francisco, CA
The FOG Fair in San Francisco is known amongst West Coast designers for its unique presentation, with on-site programming led by a community on a mission to champion art and design in a historic setting. Attendees can expect engagement in critical dialogues on the state of art and design, the leading names in the industry and the broad support of creative pursuits. For more info, click here.
Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair
Since 1985, the family-owned Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair has hosted three fairs each year to unite the antiques and interior design trades. This year’s Winter Fair will transform London’s Battersea Park into an array of “room sets” where dealers will stage their pieces in complementary vignettes. The fair boasts antiques from the 17th century through 1914, with a quarter of its offerings from the art deco and postwar periods. For more info, click here.
Nashville Antiques & Garden Show
January 21–February 2
Nashville Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville is ringing in its 30th year with honorary chair Bunny Williams of Bunny Williams Associates. The event will bring together world-renowned speakers, expertly landscaped gardens and over 150 antique and horticulture dealers under the theme “Legacy.” This year’s lecture series stands out: Nina Campbell is set to host a conversation on an Irish country restoration and Bronson van Wyck will speak on 21st-century hospitality in “Born to Party, Forced to Work.” For more info, click here.
The Winter Show
New York, NY
January 24–February 2
New York’s historic Park Avenue Armory will host the Winter Show, an annual benefit for East Side House Settlement, a charity organization that works to enrich education for those in need. Over 70 of the world’s leading experts in the fine and decorative arts will come together to showcase a dynamic array of pieces—from Egyptian antiquities and Moroccan weavings to American folk art and 17-century drawings, each stall becomes a world of its own. For more info, click here.
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