BIO 26 – Biennial of Design Ljubljana
Nov 14 2019 – Feb 9 2020 all-day

From November 14th, 2019 to February 9th, 2020 in Ljubljana, the 26th Biennial of Design, BIO 26 – Common Knowledge, will present the outcomes of the exploratory work of the winning challenges at various locations in Ljubljana, complementing the main exhibition at MAO and accompanied by a special catalogue.

BIO 26 will take on one of the greatest challenges of our time: information. Concerned with the widespread crisis in information, BIO 26 seeks to harvest the best ideas that explore ways to creatively take charge and react to it, as well as to propose experiments and present alternatives to the ways we currently deal with information and knowledge.

The open call invites designers, architects, scientists, artists, communicators, educational professionals, sociologists, and the general public on a sprint journey to revisit the fundamental structures of knowledge production and transmission in society, going back to the Enlightenment.

BIO – The Biennial of Design in Ljubljana is organised by the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), and is an international platform for new approaches in design. BIO was founded in 1963, making it the first design biennial in Europe. Witnessing the many shifts and changes of the last 56 years, BIO has seen design transition from its birth at the crossroads of industrialization and modernism to a discipline that permeates all layers of life and human endeavour. Today, BIO is structured as a long-term collaborative process, where teams of designers and multidisciplinary agents develop alternatives to established systems. BIO works as a testing ground, where design is employed as a tool to question and improve our daily life, among different and multidisciplinary design approaches that touch systems, production, services, scientific research, humanistic issues, unexpected conditions for the production of our habitat. The diverse array of topics resonates with both local and global demands, with comprehensive projects aimed at creating resilient structures that develop over time, beyond the duration of the Biennial.

Chiang Mai Design Week @ Chiang Mai
Dec 7 2019 – Dec 14 2020 all-day

Chiang Mai Design Week is a festival jointly held by creators, designers, craftsmen, artists and entrepreneurs in Chiang Mai and from other cities. It also provides a conversation space where people can get together and share design knowledge as local and international designers and creators are invited to celebrate the creative culture and the potential of design.

The festival, however, reaches beyond designers and creative professionals. It also focuses on creating a shared experience with design works among the younger generation, local communities, tourists and anyone interested in design through various activities such as exhibitions, large-scale installations, arts and music. Importantly, they further Chiang Mai’s development effort towards becoming a “Creative City” with deep art, cultural and artisan roots.

Each year, the festival takes place throughout the city of Chiang Mai in several districts with different defining elements: from the Three Kings Monument district with its rich arts and cultural heritage and local way of life to the TCDC Chiang Mai area which is a source of modern design knowledge. Everyone is invited to take a walk and see the city from a different perspective while experiencing various creative activities.

Maison & Objets
Jan 17 – Jan 21 all-day

The Parisian trade fair MAISON&OBJET -organized in September and January- is the international benchmark event for the decoration, design and lifestyle sector. It brings together market professionals from right across the industry: brands, designers, interior designers, stylists, buyers, hoteliers, restaurateurs, journalists, trend hunters… making it a key event for establishing new and useful contacts and cultivating relationships with existing partners.

The leading home decor fair connecting the international interior design and lifestyle community with a transversal offer composed of 3,000 brands including 600 new ones for each edition.

Homi @ Fiera Milano Rho
Jan 24 – Jan 27 all-day
Homi @ Fiera Milano Rho | Rho | Lombardia | Italy

HOMI, the Lifestyle Trade Fair which showcases the latest home trends and styles, will be running at Fiera Milano in Rho between 24 and 27 January 2020. The event will strengthen HOMI’s position as a European platform for quality design and innovation, with a comprehensive yet carefully curated, quality‐focused selection of products spanning decorations, tableware, kitchenware, textiles, fragrances, gifts and a festivity area.   Known for anticipating trends and keeping a close eye on market developments, the show will host historic, consolidated brands alongside new designers. In line with the demands of an increasingly specific sector, HOMI brings together a wide range of products, giving equal billing to the artisan and the innovative, the Italian and the international. It’s a combination that has turned the exhibition into a leading event in this constantly evolving industry.   The range is extensive and well‐structured, while the new layout of the event ensures that the exhibition is as user‐friendly as possible. No longer is HOMI simply set out based on goods type: it now reflects new distribution practices, basing itself around three visitor routes designed to meet the needs of industry professionals and deliver a diversified consumer experience.

The first route is HOME Retail Inspiration, which has a special focus on the target audience of specialist stores, large retail groups and online stores. If offers up a highly varied, versatile product offering, which in itself is split into the Fragrance Inspiration and Textile Inspiration areas, both of which feature a wealth of products to discover.

HOME Boutique&Design, meanwhile, gives a platform to quality manufacturing and is targeted at department stores and innovative concept stores, as well as interior designers, architects and industry operators looking for original, innovative products. Its Creazioni Italiane area will be entirely dedicated to Italian craftsmanship and design, while World Designers will bring together the best, most innovative and most unique work from international designers.

The third route ‐ HOME International Delivery ‐ is aimed at the multi‐product distribution and international import and export markets. It will showcase a huge range of products at different price points to appeal to retail operators sensitive to competitiveness needs in terms of margins and product mix. It offers a range of innovative products and plenty of inspiration across all of its sub‐sections, not least the accessory and stationery areas.

The area will focus on the traditional festive periods and other big occasions, with Christmas decorations and nativity sets taking centre stage. The decision to set special dates and create a special area for the Festivity section is designed to boost synergy within the sector and accommodate the need for exhibitors and buyers alike. The event will also include a packed programme of workshops, talks and meetings, offering trade visitors an overview of market trends, ideas and suggestions to help them grow their business.

Madrid Design Festival
Feb 1 – Feb 29 all-day

Madrid Design Festival is an encounter that vindicates the value of design as a transformer of society.

An annual festival that during the month of February turns the capital of Spain into the great showcase of international design.

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair @ Stockholmsmässan
Feb 4 – Feb 8 all-day

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is the world’s leading event for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design. Domestic and international visitors will find the most comprehensive selection of Scandinavian furniture, office furnishings, design, textiles, lighting and other interior furnishings for both homes and public spaces. Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair runs in parallel with Stockholm Design Week.

HOMI Fashion&Jewels
Feb 15 – Feb 20 all-day

HOMI Fashion&Jewels evolves its strategy while remaining true to its values: the next edition will have new dates – 15 to 18 February at Fieramilano (Rho)  ‐ and will feature exhibits for the varied specific requirements of its national and international visitors. This evolution has a clear objective: to consolidate its position as the sole point of reference for the world of accessories with a wide offering of unique content, research and experimentation, running from fashion accessories to costume jewellery, trendy jewels, beachwear, componentry, precious stones and gemstones.   The choice of a later date – following Milan Fashion Week and coinciding with MICAM (the international footwear exhibition) and MIPEL (the leather goods exhibition) – consolidates the image of HOMI Fashion&Jewels as the meeting point for all players in the fashion accessories industry.   Its vast, diversified showcase is by now the key strength of the exhibition: a mix of innovation, design, craftsmanship and internationalism, divided into a universe of categories, price levels, uses and purchasing options. Unique proposals from around the world, with the highest quality standards, running from conventional and traditional solutions to innovative offerings dedicated to the experimentation of small and large brands with materials, processes and creativity. A selection which stands out for its highly international orientation, with around 30% of exhibitors coming from abroad. And which answers retail requirements for timing, with proposals which supplement long‐established supply chains with the latest emerging see‐now‐buy‐now circuits. The format is renewed also as regards its organisation, with a redesigned layout reflecting recent trends in distribution: the exhibition will no longer be organised into product categories, but rather into tours structured to satisfy the requirements of the visitor and his end target. There are two main macro‐areas, each with their own mode of purchase: the first covering more eclectic, trendsetting offerings, the second covering products aimed at a larger commercial target. Uniqueness, research and experimentation remain the guiding values of the intensive scouting activity which led to the selection of the best in accessories, using profiled professionals and important partnerships, including the renewed partnership with ICE/ITA – the agency for the promotion abroad and internationalisation of Italian business ‐ with the specific objective of developing new relations with buyers from American markets most interested in the Made in Italy brand. The exhibition promises to be rich in collateral activities: talks, workshops, runway shows and convivial meetings and discussions aiming to define the state of the art and identify future trends, in terms of both creativity and new business opportunities.   Upcoming appointments with the latest HOMI Fashion&Jewels are scheduled for 15 to 18 February 2020 and for 19 to 22 September 2020.

Milano Fashion Week 2020
Feb 18 – Feb 24 all-day
Udine Design Week 2020
Mar 2 – Mar 9 all-day

Udine Design Week 2020 (2-9 marzo 2020): protagonisti i negozi e le aziende in una inedita combinazione con architetti e designer per far conoscere al pubblico le eccellenze manifatturiere del Friuli Venezia Giulia. Coinvolte non solo imprese che operano nel campo dell’arredo ma anche le industrie artigiane del metallo e del legno che formano la base del tessuto produttivo di questa regione.  Perché in Italia è vitale fare comunità, creare consenso, riconoscere la creatività.