This month, design pros and aficionados alike have ample opportunity to explore the industry through exciting new events. Read on for Business of Home’s monthly calendar highlights, including conferences, trade shows and design discussions. For more great industry events, check out the BOH calendar here.
London | June 5–July 6
A year after the launch of the Wow!house, the event returns to the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. The monthlong installation will take place in a 1,300-square-foot showroom with 17 separate rooms, housed within a structure with a 3D-geometric-printed facade by Riba architect Arthur Mamou-Mani; the sustainability-minded event’s bespoke furnishings are slated for reuse following the installation’s run. This year’s roster of designers includes Joy Moyler, Mark Sikes and Tim Gosling. For more information, click here.
Birmingham Design Social
Birmingham, Michigan | June 7
The Design Social Pop-Up, created in 2019 to connect interior designers with boutique trade brands, is heading to Birmingham, Michigan. The pop-up will offer creatives the opportunity to shop more than 30 independent industry brands and feature programming moderated by BOH editor in chief Kaitlin Petersen. For more information, click here.
Shanghai | June 8–11
The 10th edition of Design Shanghai will showcase more than 600 local and international brands from 40 countries and regions, and is expected to welcome 70,000-plus visitors over the four days. The show’s footprint expanded 50 percent this year, with halls that feature furniture and lighting, kitchen and bathroom design, and a new space dedicated to homewares, interiors and the accessories industry in China. Highlighted brands include companies like Ligne Roset, Carl Hansen & Søn and Louis Poulsen, as well as Chinese designers Ziinlife, Jianze and Frank Chou Design Studio. For more information, click here.
Chicago | June 12–14
Held at The Mart, this year’s NeoCon event will bring together more than 400 companies with new products in the commercial design sphere, serving the hospitality, health care, education, residential and public space sectors. For the first time, NeoCon will host a live studio in partnership with the Surround podcast network and sponsored by exhibitor SnapCab, where attendees will have the opportunity to watch recording sessions throughout the three-day show. Special programming includes keynote addresses by founder and CEO of the Future Today Institute Amy Webb, co-founder of Mass Design Group Michael Murphy and Hip Hop Architect Michael Ford. For more information, click here.
Basel, Switzerland | June 13–18
Held at Basel’s Messeplatz, the 17th edition of Design Miami/Basel will be presented in a new format aimed to highlight both established and new exhibitors showcasing furniture, lighting, jewelry and art objects. In addition to the 26 gallery presentations, additional programming will include a special project by jeweler Caroline Van Hoek, an interactive installation by artist Cyril Lancelin and a presentation by United Arab Emirates–based Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council. For more information, click here.
A Designer’s Point of View
Denver | June 14
Ann Arbor, Michigan | June 15
In partnership with The Shade Store, Business of Home’s editor in chief Kaitlin Petersen is traveling to showrooms in Colorado and Michigan to host a conversation with the local design community. In Denver, she will sit down with interior designers Katie Schroder of Atelier Interior Design and NeKeia McSwain of NeKeia & Co. to look under the hood of their firms and discuss what success looks like today. In Ann Arbor the next day, Petersen will talk to interior designers Mia Johnson of Mia Johnson Interior Design, Rachel Nelson of Concetti Studio and Leslie Murchie Cascino of Bonnie Wu Design to explore how they’ve approached business growth. The events will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. and include breakfast and networking time after the panel discussion. To RSVP, click here.
The Meridian Experience
Seattle | June 21–23
Returning for its second edition this year, The Meridian Experience conference will bring together designers looking to maximize their social media approach. The event includes workshops and panels with topics that cover legally protecting your business, styling to capture the perfect photo, strategies for video storytelling, the dichotomy between interior design and influencing, and more. Programming is also designed to boost attendees’ social media practices, with photo sessions, system audits, mentorship dinners and opportunities to network. For more info, click here.
Dallas Total Home & Gift Market
Dallas | June 21–27
The annual Total Home & Gift Market connects retailers and manufacturers in home decor, gifts, gourmet, housewares, accessories and lighting. In addition to permanent showrooms like Feizy and Currey & Company, this year’s temporary exhibitors will provide hundreds of additional unique resources across all product categories. The 72nd Annual Retailer Excellence Awards takes place on June 21, and programming will include a panel of trend experts who will provide their insights and spot must-see products at the show. For more information, click here.
Lightovation: Dallas International Lighting Show
Dallas | June 21–24
Lightovation will feature the latest trends and products in every lighting category, including outdoor, ceiling fans, lighting controls and smart lighting systems. Plus, a conversation with designers Corey Damen Jenkins and Breegan Jane about their careers and the latest lighting trends will be moderated by Rue magazine’s Kelli Lamb. For more information, click here.
For more events, check out the BOH calendar here.
Homepage image: A day room by Kit Kemp and Minnie Kemp at Wow!house 2022 | James McDonald