9 of the Best Design Shows to Attend in 2020


Hello and welcome to our blog for a brand-new year and thank you for stopping by.
We thought we would start off by revisiting a topic that was of one of much interest to our readers last year when we posted about it- tradeshows!

Here at Merenda, we find substantial value in attending tradeshows and exhibitions and make sure to check off a minimum of 3 or 4 throughout the year.

Whether we are trying to raise brand awareness by exhibiting, or we simply want to check out the latest trends , we really value stepping out of the office for a day or two and meeting others in the industry.

Being based in the North- West of Ireland, attending shows is a great way to make contacts and we figure the more people we know, the more chance there is for collaborations in the future.
After carefully considering the different types of trade shows and events that we could attend this year and then determining which audience we want to reach, we thought we would share them.  So here’s a roundup of some design shows we have flagged on our Events Calendar for 2020! We hope to see you at some of them.

IMM Cologne, France
13- 19 January 2020

The IMM cologne is an international furniture fair, which takes place once a year in Cologne and has firmly established itself as one of the leading trade fairs for the furniture industry. It presents the latest global furniture and interior design trends for the coming season and inspires every year with lots of innovative exhibitors. Our MD Ronan and our Design Expert Roscoe attended this one so watch this space for a detailed review of this show and some others in our next post!

Stockholm Furniture Fair, Sweden
04- 08 February 2020

Stockholm Furniture Fair takes place in Stockholm, Sweden and is targeted at architects and designers. Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is packed with the latest innovations in interior design and lighting for both homes and public spaces. New products, new materials, new knowledge, new trends and new environmental and technological solutions are displayed in both informative and inspirational manner. This is another one we are attending so stay tuned for a detailed review in the coming months.

Interior Mebel, Ukraine
05- 09 February 2020

Interior Mebel (Furniture, Lighting and Decor International Exhibition) takes place in Kiev, Ukraine. This Trade show is organized by KDM International and is in its 8th year and is the most prestigious Interior Design Exhibition in the Ukraine. New to the 2020 show is a new section wholly dedicated to Furniture for Hotels, Restaurants and Bars.

Surface Deign Show, UK
11-13 February 2020

This show is the UK’s leading event for architects and designers to explore the best in surface material innovation. It is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces and returns to London's Business Design Centre in 2020 to showcase the best in surface material design, development, innovation and manufacturing. This is one we are definitely attending and with the launch of Merenda Surface in the coming months, we will be looking at it with particular focus.

The Architecture Design and Planning Expo, Ireland
24 March 2020

The Architecture Design and Planning Expo is a gathering of architects, project managers, planners, interior designers, specifiers, engineers, surveyors and planners and is the largest architecture, design and planning exhibition in Ireland. Over 100 speakers and multiple exhibitors will inform and educate and inform the delegates who have gathered to meet with suppliers and keep up-to-date with the latest industry innovations, best practice and new technology solutions

Clerkendell Design week, UK
19- 21 May 2020

Clerkenwell Design Week showcases leading UK and international brands and companies in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area. With over 100 resident showrooms, an array of exhibitors and local practices taking part, CDW has firmly established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival and annually attracts the international design community to the area for three days of events. Clerkenwell marketing team boast that they are home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world.

The International Woodworking Fair 2020, US
 August 25-28, 2020

The IWF is one of the top woodworking trade shows in the world for the furniture manufacturing, architectural woodwork, custom and general woodworking industries.  This year it is being held in all three buildings at the Georgia World Congress Center, as well as the new BC Exhibit Hall expansion, making it the largest footprint in the history of the IWF show. IWF is a biannual event. With over 1,000 exhibitors, attendees have the opportunity to see where the material processing and design industries come together to solve problems, find solutions and share new ideas with other industry professionals.

100% design, UK
19- 22 September 2020

100 percent design is officially the biggest and longest running contemporary design event in the UK Staged in the dramatic Olympia Grand and Olympia West, the show will take place across two levels and benefit from natural light, grand architectural spaces, and five distinct sections; from Interiors to Design & Build through Kitchens & Bathrooms, Workplace and Emerging Brands. The award-winning layout of the show is defined by four key industry sections; Interiors, Workplace, Kitchen & Bathrooms and Design & Build. Attracting architects, interior designers, industry insiders, specifiers, retailers and developers, as well as multinational companies looking to source directly for their latest projects. This is another one we will be attending this year.

W Exhibition, UK
27- 30 September 2020

And finally, The W Exhibition is the UK’s national show for the Joinery and Furniture industries, showcasing the latest products and developments. The W Exhibition provides the opportunity to see running woodwork machinery together with components and materials all under one roof at the NEC, Birmingham. Merenda will be exhibiting again this year. Catch us on stand F515. This year we look forward to launching Merenda Surface at the W Exhibition. 

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