#Designgoeson: furniture and design trade shows in Italy and worldwide have been rescheduled, some in 2020, others in 2021

The Covid-19 health emergency has forced furniture and design trade shows around the world to revise their plans. At the beginning of the emergency, it still seemed possible to simply postpone the dates by a few months, but later it became clear that it would take several months to hold a public event, even small ones, like trade fairs. Therefore, many fairs had to be postponed until 2021. There is still some hope only for the fairs that could be postponed until the end of the year and for Chinese fairs, since China is ahead in the recovery from the emergency.

Salone del Mobile.Milano 2019, closing party

Salone del Mobile.Milano and Fuorisalone

At first, the busiest design fair in the world, the Salone del Mobile di Milano, tried to hold the 2020 edition, postponing it until June. Unfortunately, the continuing emergency made it impossible and, at the beginning of April, it was decided to postpone it until 2021. Therefore, the exhibition will be held in Milan, from 5 to 10 September 2021, for a very special edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano. As an extraordinary event, in 2021 there will be the Salone del Mobile, S Project, SaloneSatellite, and all the biennial exhibitions – International Bathroom Exhibition, Eurocucina, Euroluce, Workplace 3.0. At present, Salone del Mobile.Milano Moscow, from 7 to 10 October 2020, and Salone del Mobile.Milano Shanghai, in November, are confirmed.

Just like the Salone del Mobile.Milano, also the Fuorisalone and the event organized by DDN, DDNHUB, will be held in 2021.

Salone del Mobile.Milano 2019, closing party

Trade fairs dedicated to bathroom furniture and ceramic tiles

New dates for Cersaie, currently at work to combine exhibition and safety.

Unfortunately, Cersaie confirmed on 24 June 2020 that the 2020 edition will not be held. The next edition of Cersaie will be from 27 September to 1 October 2021. In the 15 months from now to Cersaie 2021, the trade fair organization already has several appointments in the pipeline, such as conferences and seminars, and will actively work to add a digital experience to the exhibition in the halls of BolognaFiere.


After an initial postponement to September 2020, Mostra Convegno Expocomfort has definitively rescheduled the new dates, from 8 to 11 March 2022.

The home décor industry

Homi Outdoor decided to cancel the 2020 edition, and will return from 11 to 14 September 2021, together with Homi Fashion & Jewels.

Homi Outdoor 2019

Maison & Objet, the trade show held in Paris, is currently scheduled from March 26 to 30, and from September 10 to 14, 2021.

Maison & Objet gennaio 2020, (Re)Generation, Native Union

Special events dedicated to design and architecture

Architect@Work, the professional show dedicated to architects and businesses, following the DPCM (Government Act) of October 25th, has definitively cancelled also the Milan edition. Architect@Work therefore comes back in 2021, in Turin on 20 and 21 October, in Milan on 3 and 4 November. The Rome edition returns in 2022.

Marmomac, after an analysis of the situation, turned the 2020 fair into a 3-day digital event, and will come back from September 29 to October 2, 2021.

Equiphotel, one of the most important events dedicated to hospitality and catering, has been postponed to November 2022.


Design and furniture trade shows in Germany, new dates

The first trade show of the year, imm cologne, despite its strength, had to give up and was postponed for a year. The next edition will be held from 19 to 23 January 2022. 

Light + Building, the biennial exhibition dedicated to technical lighting organized by Messe Frankfurt. The 2020 edition, scheduled for March, was initially postponed to September. A few days ago, considering the global uncertain situation, the ZVEI and ZVEH associations and the Trade Fair Advisory Council decided to cancel the 2020 edition and redefine the biennial calendar. The next edition of Light + Building will therefore take place from 13 to 18 March 2022.

Spoga + Gafa, the exhibition dedicated to outdoor lifestyle and garden furniture, has been permanently postponed until 2021, and will be held from May 30 to June 1st, in Cologne.

Spoga + Gafa 2019

Ambiente has set the new dates, from April 17 to 20, 2021. Discover more on Ambiente Fair 2020

Orgatec, the biennial exhibition dedicated to the workplace and the contract sector, organized by Koelnmesse, will be held from 25 to 29 October 2022. Meanwhile, Orgatec will be present at imm cologne 2021, in Cologne, from 18 to 24 January 2021.

Orgatec 2018

Design and furniture shows in the United States

ICFF, the design show usually held in May in New York, has been postponed to May 2021 (either 15-18 or 19-21, dates to be confirmed). The novelty of the 2021 edition will be the contemporaneity of ICFF and WantedDesign, held on the same days at the Jacob Javits Center (also WantedDesign cancelled the 2020 edition).

High Point Market will be held the next spring, from April 17 to 21, 2021.

DesignMiami is currently confirmed, from November 28 to December 6, 2020, preview on November 27.

London Design Festival and Design London

The London exhibitions of September are almost all postponed until 2021. The London Design Festival confirms its dates, from 12 to 20 September, assuming that it will be a local and digital edition. 100% Design, which had planned a radical makeover for 2020, turning into Design London, will be held from 22 to 25 September 2021 in a new location, Magazine London. London Design Fair has been definitively postponed to 2021, and London Design Biennale has been postponed definitively to June 2021. I-Made, the exhibition dedicated to made in Italy at the Saatchi Gallery, has been postponed to 2021. Designjunction, Decorex, kbb Birmingham and Sleep & Eat joined forces to create a digital three-day event, Designscape, from 11 to 13 August. Three days dedicated to interior design, with international personalities who will talk about retail design, home and hospitality. For info, recordings and to review all the speeches, Designscape.co.uk.

Decorex will organize a virtual event, November 17-19, 2020.

Magazine London, the new venue of 100% Design, rebranded as Design London

Trade fairs in Asia and China

MIFF- Malaysian International Furniture Fair, after being rescheduled to the end of June, has decided to cancel the 2020 edition. The next edition will therefore be held from 8 to 11 March 2021.

CIFF Guangzhou – The Guangzhou edition of the China International Furniture Fair, which was to be held in two phases, from 18 to 21 and from 28 to 31 March, took place, with high attendance, from 27 to 30 July. The same success for CIFF Shanghai, which was held from 7 to 10 September 2020, on the usual dates..

CIFF Guangzhou 2019

Furniture China, the international fair held in Shanghai in September every year, took place from 9 to 12 September, and announces the digital edition, Digital Trade Show, from 8 August to 8 November 2020, still running 

Style Bangkok, from 21 to 25 October 2020, is confirmed at present.

Style Bangkok, October 2018, the lobby

Design Shanghai, initially scheduled for 11-14 March, was postponed until the end of May and has been rescheduled for 26-29 November. Design Beijing, is scheduled for September 2021.


Furniture and design shows in the Middle East

The Middle East Design & Hospitality Week initially scheduled from 14 to 16 September 2020, is postponed to 2021, from 31 May to 2 June, in conjunction with Index Dubai, also postponed to 31 May 2021. For further information about the Middle East Hospitality Week, please click here.

Dubai Design Week confirms the 2020 edition, from 9 to 14 November. In the same way, Downtown Design Dubai sticks to its schedule, from 10 to 13 November. For further information about Dubai exhibitions, please click here.

Middle East Design & Hospitality 2019