A Well-Designed Agenda for the Big Apple

Top Events for New York Designers in 2017

From the most inspirational trade shows to the hottest design events, here’s our must-attend list for designers and industry professionals looking to make the most out of what New York City—and the world—has to offer in the upcoming year.

2017’s Can’t-Miss Design Events in NYC

Have Your Pick of Products at NY NOW

Images via NY NOW.

As its website states, “NY NOW is the market for high sell-through products that you can’t find anywhere else”—and we couldn’t agree more. With focuses on products for home, gift, and lifestyle, as well as an affinity for handmade crafts, NY NOW is a resource designers can rely on for the most unique finds from over 2,300 exhibitors—finds that will have design clients and customers wanting more.

Feb. 4–8, 2017
Javits Center
New York, New York

See, Touch, and Feel at the Architectural Digest Design Show

Architectural Digest
Images via Architectural Digest Design Show.

To be the best, you have to learn from the best, and that’s exactly what the Architectural Digest Design Show is all about. Focusing on the most revered leading brands, this showcase of independent and established artists boasts an impressive résumé of seminars, appearances, and demonstrations. But the highlight of the show is its display floor—a labyrinth of interactive displays from over 400 worldwide brands. For an immersive, hands-on (literally) experience like none other, look to the Architectural Digest Design Show.

Architectural Digest Design Show
March 16–19, 2017
Piers 92 and 94
New York, New York

Learn the Art of Conversation at WantedDesign

Wanted Design
Images via WantedDesign.

The founders of WantedDesign, Claire Pijoulat and Odile Hainaut, believe that design shows should be more than exhibition floors and booths of products. They should be conversations—between artists, consumers, creators, idea people, and those with the resources to make those ideas reality. Taking place during NYCxDESIGN, WantedDesign’s two marquee events do just that.

Amid the 100-plus exhibitors at WantedDesign Manhattan and WantedDesign Brooklyn are student workshops; the Launch Pad program, which provides a platform for manufacturers and designers to meet; and the Conversation Series, which fosters discussion on design and design ideas. WantedDesign is quickly becoming the place to get your ideas and business off the ground.

WantedDesign Brooklyn
May 17–23, 2017
Industry City
Brooklyn, New York

WantedDesign Manhattan
May 20­­­–23, 2017
The Tunnel on 11th Avenue between 27th and 28th streets
New York, New York

Be More Than Modern at ICFF North America

Images via ICFF.

For an incredible glimpse into what’s new and now in modern design, ICFF North America is the place to be. Over 700 exhibitors and 33,000 designers, architects, visual merchandisers, and more will once again invade the Javits Center during NYCxDESIGN to do nothing but talk about, shop, and browse the most of-the-moment pieces and designs.

Supported by an impressive schedule of programs and exhibits, ICFF North America draws artists and professionals from around the world. If you have a love for modern and contemporary design, it’s an annual event that simply cannot be missed. Registration opens January 10, 2017.

ICFF North America
May 21–24, 2017
Javits Center
New York, New York

Celebrate the Finer Things at the Salon

Images via the Salon.

From historical to contemporary, France to Scandinavia, the Salon boasts an eclectic mix of fine art, furniture, and design that reflects a range of time periods, influences, and cultures. Its dozens of galleries are perused by some of the most renowned collectors, designers, and artists, while its aim is to provide a vetted gallery experience that is as timeless as it is influential—and its location in the Park Avenue Armory only adds to the experience.

The Salon
Nov. 9­–13, 2017
Park Avenue Armory
New York, New York

Top Design Events Around the World in 2017

Looking for design inspiration beyond the Big Apple? Here are three events we have our eyes on for the very best in interior design, architecture, and style in the coming year.

Find Inspiration in the City of Light

Images via Maison & Objet.

Known worldwide for championing the latest trends and newest voices alongside the industry’s most familiar and revered names, Maison & Objet continues to be an invaluable resource for designers. Its Paris fair has become a mecca for those in the design trade because it focuses not only on the beauty of the art but also on the importance of retail. It’s this inclusion of design and business, of new voices and veteran artists that keeps professionals coming back for more.

Maison & Objet Paris
Jan. 20–24 and Sept. 8–12, 2017
Paris Nord Villepinte
Paris, France

Explore the Very Best in Milan

Images via Salon del Mobile.

Named the most important design fair in the world by Dezeen, Salon del Mobile is a place for innovation, networking, and cutting-edge trends. Its primary area of focus remains home furnishings, making it a must for any interior design professional looking to stay ahead of the curve and on top of the latest developments. In 2016, the fair attracted a record-breaking 372,151 visitors—all in the name of great interior design.

Salon del Mobile
April 4–9, 2017
Milan Fairgrounds
Milan, Italy

Make the Most of the Mart in Chicago

Images via NeoCon.

For the very best in interior and commercial design, look no further than Chicago and its famous NeoCon. Taking up residence in the Mart, NeoCon attracts nearly 50,000 design professionals, helping them make connections, gain knowledge, and improve their businesses. Every year it launches thousands of products, features hundreds of companies, and requires 1 million square feet of exhibit space in addition to offering intensive seminars, education sessions, and keynote presentations.

June 12–14, 2017
Merchandise Mart
Chicago, Illinois

The world of design is constantly beckoning. From small pop-up events in Brooklyn to large trade shows at the Javits Center to international gatherings in the world’s most design-forward cities, we welcome the challenge of sifting through the clutter to find and recommend the best of the best. For more of our recommendations and lists of can’t-miss events, keep an eye on Design in Color—and be prepared for an inspiring adventure.

Want even more industry-focused events? Take a peek at our events calendar, updated throughout the year, for must-attend educational events, openings, and gatherings to fill your 2017 with inspiration and the latest in interior design. And follow us on social media for our top picks in your neighborhood and beyond.