Whether you’re planning a summer getaway or staycation, these industry events warrant a spot in your schedule. Read on for BOH’s calendar highlights for the month ahead, including conferences, trade shows, art exhibitions and design discussions.
Sasha’s Spice: Vintage Home Decor and Antiques
Virtual | July 6
In this online event hosted on the Bright app, participants can pay a fee to tune in to a discussion hosted by designer Sasha Bikoff on decorating with antiques, vintage, and patterns and textiles. Through the platform’s live video comment feature, attendees can also ask questions and chat with Bikoff face to face on-screen. For more info, click here.
AIA Conference on Architecture 2021
Virtual | July 8; July 29
The second and third installments of the American Institute of Architects virtual summer conference will tackle the themes of “Sustainable Practice” and “Community Engagement,” respectively, diving into each topic through keynotes, panel discussions, product demos, networking events and film screenings. The July 8 program will explore methods of adding sustainable design to your firm’s portfolio, and the July 29 one will focus on community-building initiatives and inspiring architects to become agents of change. For more info, click here.
Atlanta | July 13–19
Held at AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta, the summer edition of this semiannual gift, decor and lifestyle trade show boasts more than 8,000 brands across a variety of categories, including seasonal, gourmet, tabletop and outdoor. The event, which features the nation’s largest gift product mix and a broad selection of home decor, spans three buildings and more than 7 million square feet and draws retailers and designers from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. For more info, click here.
Circa Talks: Justina + Sophie
Virtual | July 14
In an online event held by Circa Lighting, host Sophie Donelson will engage designer and New York Times bestselling author Justina Blakeney in a discussion about her newest book, Decorate Wild. The volume dives into Blakeney’s boldly colorful work as explored through her heritage and world travels, featuring corresponding images of interiors and pieces of inspiration photographed by Dabito. For more info, click here.
The Blu Dot Swap Meet
Virtual | July 16–29
Blu Dot is bringing back its signature Swap Meet event this summer, offering participants the chance to win a piece of the brand’s furniture in exchange for their talents, artwork, objects and more. The company encourages submissions that push the boundaries of creativity—past swaps include a ceramic blowfish bong, a person who offered to become pen pals with Blu Dot co-founder John Christakos, and someone who got a tattoo of one of the brand’s chairs on their leg. For more info, click here.
ASID 2021 Conference
Virtual | July 19–23
The American Society of Interior Designers invites designers, design lovers and industry professionals to the second edition of its free virtual conference. The event will include keynote presentations from leading designers, networking opportunities, product showcases and educational breakout sessions. For more info, click here.
Home Textiles Sourcing: 2021 Summer Event
Virtual | July 20–22
Hosted by Messe Frankfurt, the Home Textiles Sourcing trade show focuses solely on fabrics and finished soft goods for home applications, connecting manufacturers, retailers and designers with an avenue to find new textiles and products. Attendees can check out the event’s online marketplace, which offers tools such as AI-powered matchmaking, chat functionalities and scheduling options. For more info, click here.
“Zeitgeist: Normal for Now” Exhibit
Virtual | July 28
The second installment of this virtual art exhibition, a collaboration between Artsy and Cynthia Byrnes Contemporary Art, features works that reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic from artists such as Paul Michael Graves, Luc Leestemaker and Bastienne Schmidt. “Normal for Now” builds off of the program’s first installation, “Then Everything Changed,” by exploring the prolonged moments of transition incited by the pandemic across all aspects of society. For more info, click here.
Homepage image: Courtesy of Blu Dot