After the 2023 Open Calls, here are the unmissable events, a selection of festivals and design weeks to mark on your calendar. To help you, we decided to divide the list by month:
- Jan. 19-23, MAISON&OBJECT. In Paris there’s Maison & Object, from January 19 to 23, 2023. The theme of this year’s edition will be “Take Care!”. In addition to the exhibition, it will be possible to participate in a series of events and displays around the city. For more information visit Maison & Object.
- Jan 20-29, DesignTO Festival. In Toronto, Canada, DesignTO Festival brings people together to design a better, more sustainable, equitable and joyful future. The Festival takes place online and in person at different locations scattered around the city of Toronto. Most events and exhibitions are free, but some require RSVP or ticket purchase. The DesignTO Festival program here.
- Feb 6-12, STOCKHOLM DESIGN WEEK. Stockholm is hosting Stockholm Design Week from Feb. 6 to 12 – born as an initiative of the Stockholm Furniture Fair – one of the largest furniture fairs in Northern Europe. Scattered throughout the city center and beyond, industry insiders and the public are invited to participate in showrooms, design events, exhibitions, open studios and lectures. Check out the program here.
- Feb 7 – Apr 9, MADRID DESIGN FESTIVAL. The Madrid Design Festival is a citywide event that becomes the best tool to democratize design and convey the importance of a discipline that transforms our daily lives. More information and event programming here.
- Mar 18-21 and 28-31, CIFF GUANGZHOU. Launched in 1998 with 384 exhibitors, an exhibition space of 45,000 square meters and the participation of more than 20,000 buyers, CIFF, China International Furniture Fair returns for its 51st edition – for now the event is confirmed despite the status of the epidemic in China. All updates here.
- Apr 18-23, MILAN DESIGN WEEK. The most important event in the Design world, the Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone, is back. A week of events, exhibitions and talks that animate the city of Milan and report on the state of the art of the field. You can find here the schedule of the Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone events in the city.
- Apr 25-29, BOGOTÀ DESIGN FESTIVAL. The Bogota Design Festival aims to serve as a platform to generate connections with the cultural and creative sector. For four days, innovation and design come together to promote both the industry and craft sector. For more information visit the website.
- May 18-28, MELBOURNE DESIGN WEEK. Melbourne Design Week returns to brighten the winter months of Australia’s capital city. The goal is to celebrate design with an 11-day program of lectures, tours, exhibitions, launches, installations and workshops. More details here.
- May 20 – Nov 26, BIENNALE DI VENEZIA, International Architecture Exhibition. This year’s Architecture Biennale will be curated by architect, architecture lecturer and writer Lesley Lokko,
who commented: “We architects have a unique opportunity to propose ambitious and creative ideas that will help us imagine a more equitable and optimistic future together.” To learn more visit the official website.
- May 21-23, ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan. ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan bring together more than 300 established and emerging design brands from more than 25 countries. In addition to the exhibition, attendees will also have the opportunity to find inspiration through the ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks. Find out more here.
- May 23-25, CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK. Clerkenwell Design Week returns in May, a showcase for leading brands and companies presented through a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations taking place throughout the area. Here is the schedule.
- Jun 4-7, IMM Cologne. The imm Spring Edition, the unique format that offers exhibitors and visitors inspiration, business and networking, will take place in June. Visit the official website to find out more.
- Jun 7-9, 3DAYSOFDESIGN, Copenhagen. 3daysofdesign offers a unique stage to showcase new products, brands and collectible design. The audience includes international buyers, designers, press, architects and design lovers. More information on the official website.
- Jun 15-18, ART BASEL. Art Basel showcases art of the 20th and 21st centuries and is one of the leading exhibitions in the international art market: about 250 selected galleries from all corners of the globe exhibit outstanding modern and contemporary works. Here is the official website.
- Sep 16-24, LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL. The London Design Festival returns to animate the city for its 20th edition, celebrating and promoting it as design capital. Visit the website to discover the programming.
- TBA, EDIT NAPOLI. Curated by Domitilla Dardi and Emilia Petruccelli, EDIT Napoli is the design exhibition created to support, promote and celebrate a new generation of designers, the designer.makers. For more information, visit the official website.
- Oct 4-8, DESIGNBLOK, Prague International Design Festival. Designblok, Prague International Design Festival is the largest design and fashion exhibition in Central Europe. It was founded in 1999 and each year presents new products from designers and manufacturers with an emphasis on Czech design and creations from Central European regions. Here is the program.
- TBA, DESIGN WEEK MEXICO. The goal of Design Week Mexico is to share and empower socially responsible design as an agent of economic, social and cultural change that improves the quality of life by promoting innovation and healthy competition. To stay updated, visit the official website.
- TBA, DESIGN MIAMI/BASEL. After the Swiss edition scheduled for June, Design Miami returns. Here is the official website for the event.
Cover WHY NOW? by Spotti, curated by Mr. Lawrence Studio, ph. Sean Davidson