10 design fairs in autumn 2021

From Milan to China, by way of Miami and Brussels. All the appointments for the industry to put (once again!) in your datebook

The Salone del Mobile in Milan in September was only the beginning. After the pandemic pause, many design events are on the verge of a live comeback. From the Italian fair for the restaurant and hotel sector, to two new Chinese design exhibitions. Ten appointments not to be missed this fall.

Host Milano 2019
Host Milano 2019

22-26 October 2021

The fair for the restaurant and hospitality industry, held every two years at Fiera Milano Rho (Linea Rossa M1). Everything needed for a venue to become a trend-setting success can be found right here: from machinery to furnishings, equipment to tableware, with a special accent on new trends and technologies. The fair for 2021 will be the 42nd edition, with over 1000 exhibitors from 40 countries, and more than 800 events.

29-31 October 2021

An exhibition of design editions and signature pieces, in the spaces of the Complesso Monumentale di San Domenico Maggiore and various symbolic locations in the city, to support, promote and celebrate a new generation of designers operating outside traditional circuits. EDIT Napoli finds independent makers, artisans and designers with “one eye that is global, while the other is local,” as the organizers put it. For this third edition, the format gains a virtual version to permit everyone to take part, connecting with exhibitors also from a distance.

Design Miami / Podium Shanghai
Design Miami / Podium Shanghai

5 – 14 November 2021

Design Miami organizes its first physical event in Asia during Shanghai Art Week in November. The event curated by Aric Chen and Violet Ruhui Wang will explore design as an art form, presenting contemporary works and 20th-century pieces. The goal? To draw on Chinese culture’s historical relationship with fine objects to prompt new interpretations in a contemporary, global context, bringing together the great tradition of Asian design with works by rising talents. At the former headquarters of the British consulate in Shanghai, in the historic Bund at no. 1 Wai Tan Yuan

7-10 November 2021

Since 1937 this fair in Brussels has connected furniture manufacturers and dealers, not just from Belgian and the Netherlands but also from France, Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany, Scandinavia and Italy. Visitors and exhibitors enjoy the professional but convivial atmosphere, with meetings and business conducted between rigorously free snacks and drinks.

Dubai design district
Dubai design district

8-13 November 2021

This festival celebrates design and creativity in the United Arab Emirates each year. With a program of over 200 activities – exhibitions, installations, workshops and debates at the Dubai Design District and around the city – visitors can indulge in a wide range of different experiences, including a multimedia exhibition that ‘beams’ them into the next 20 years of Dubai. The latest trends in international design, with over 130 brands on view, at Downtown Design, the biggest fair in the region for limited-edition design.

11-18 November 2021
Founded in 2013, this event gathers and supports to design community from all five NYC boroughs, with the aim of revealing and developing opportunities for all design professionals in the city. NYCxDESIGN organizes activities and exhibitions all year, and for the Festival in 2021 it will present the second edition of the poster campaign “An Ode to NYC.”

ICFF @ NYCxDesign
ICFF @ NYCxDesign

14-15 November 2021

The annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair of New York presents products by acclaimed and rising designers from 35 countries, over a span of two days. The fair coincides with NYCxDesign and presents a wide range of products, including furniture, lamps, fabrics and accessories. This year, for the first time ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan will be combined at the Javits Convention Center in New York, for over 800 exhibitors.

14-15 November 2021

Boutique Design New York (BDNY) is the leading fair for excellence in hospitality, and for the design lifestyle community. Each November, for two days, designers, architects and luxury hotel firms from all over the world meet here to know the manufacturers and design elements for the most innovative players in hotellerie. In 2021 BDNY returns to the Javits Center in New York for the 11th year, at the same time as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

Design Miami
Design Miami

1-5 December 2021

More than a design marketplace: here the finest galleries in the world meet up to present museum-quality works, including furniture, lighting and art objects of the 20th and 21st centuries. Exclusive commercial opportunities are joined by outstanding cultural programming, creating exciting collaborations with designers and institutions, panel discussions and conferences with international experts on design, architecture, art and fashion. Design Miami returns to Miami Beach for its 17th edition.

Design Shenzhen
Design Shenzhen

9-12 December 2021

This year Design Shanghai launches a new regional event for China, held at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. Once a town of fishermen in the southern province of Guangdong, Shenzhen is one of the best-known economic miracles of modern China, and plays host today to one of the largest communities of architecture and design, culture and creativity in Asia. Design Shenzhen will offer new perspectives on Chinese design, creating a meeting point for brands and designers in the commercial and geographical region of greatest success and rapid growth on the continent.