Trade show season is in full swing! Across Europe and the U.S., events return this winter with fresh inspiration for designers. From Stockholm to Palm Springs, read on for BOH’s monthly calendar highlights, including conferences and design discussions—and for more great industry events, check out the BOH calendar here.
Frankfurt, Germany | February 3–7
Spanning categories that include dining, living, gifting and home office, Ambiente offers a wide array of consumer goods for an international trade audience. This year, the fair will co-locate at Messe Frankfurt alongside the Christmasworld and Creativeworld fairs—which feature holiday decor and arts and crafts supplies, respectively—to showcase wares from more than 4,700 exhibitors. The event will also feature presentations and competitions to demonstrate and assess how the consumer goods market is evolving. For more information, click here.
Antiques & Garden Show Nashville
Nashville | February 3–5
The Antiques & Garden Show Nashville is an annual, three-day charity event that raises funds for Cheekwood and Econ Charities by exhibiting antiques and offering access to exquisite outdoor spaces. Visitors can shop more than 150 antiques and horticulture dealers, stroll four different gardens and attend a series of lectures by experts in entertaining, gardening and design. Highlights include keynote speakers Aerin Lauder, founder of home decor and lifestyle brand Aerin, along with designer and Vogue contributor Alice Naylor-Leyland; presentations from designers Thom Filicia and Mary McDonald; and a panel with interior designers Corey Damen Jenkins, Suzanne Kasler, Celerie Kemble and Richard Keith Langham. For more information, click here.
New York | February 5–8
The winter edition of the biannual gift show will feature more than 300 exhibitors offering hand-crafted products from national and international makers. Spanning more than 35 product categories, the diverse assortment of hand-made objects will be divided into 11 sections: accessories, artisan importers, exporters and suppliers, baby and child, beauty and wellness, gift and stationary, global design, home design, luxury lifestyle, tabletop and a collection of items utilizing materials in unconventional, problem-solving ways. For more info, click here.
New York | February 5–7
This year’s edition of the curated home and gift show Shoppe Object will take place at Manhattan’s Pier 36 and showcase more than 500 exhibitors, including returning brands Showcase Japan and Made In Ireland. Through Shoppe Object’s Black Lives Matter Action Initiative, the fair has also increased the representation of Black designers; a new pilot program called Global Artisan Project also broadens the show’s selection of hand-made products from around the world. For more information, click here.
Stockholm Furniture Fair
Stockholm | February 7–11
Stockholm Furniture Fair, Scandinavia’s largest design show, is back after being postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With more than 700 exhibitors, the fair will present work from local and international brands, with dedicated programs for Scandinavian design and circularity. For more information, click here.
Intersect Palm Springs
Palm Springs, California | February 9–12
This boutique fair brings together more than 50 contemporary and modern art and design galleries for an exhibition of works available both in person and online through Artsy. Along with curated spaces and additional programming, there will be an emphasis on women artists, featuring work from Brooklyn-based Artist Estate Studio as well as Anne Lindberg and Amanda Valdez of Los Angeles–based gallery The Landing. For more information, click here.
Palm Springs Modernism Week
Palm Springs, California | February 16–26
Palm Springs Modernism Week celebrates midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. This annual show features more than 350 events designed to encourage education, preservation and sustainable modern living in the Palm Springs area. Attendees can take part in activities such as the modernism show and sale, signature home visits, architectural bus tours, lectures and a variety of other parties, exhibitions and gatherings. For more information, click here.
Be Original Americas: Originality Deconstructed
Palm Springs, California | February 17–25
Nonprofit creative advocacy group Be Original Americas is hosting an exhibition focused on demystifying the manufacturing processes and materials involved in design products, exploring physical designs, disassembled elements and raw materials. Taking place at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs, there will be a discussion among designers, architects and other creatives, including panelists like Ace Hotel Group CEO Brad Wilson, Herman Miller archives director Amy Auscherman, and Lumens director of brand and trade marketing Ann Petersen. For more information, click here.
For more events, check out the BOH calendar here.
Homepage image: Ambiente 2020 | Courtesy of Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Jean-Luc Valentin