#Designgoeson: furniture and design trade shows, in Italy and worldwide, are rescheduling dates 2021/2022

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 – The LIfestyle Trade Fair, will be held from September 5 to 8 at Fieramilanocity, in conjunction with the Salone del Mobile.Milano.

Homi Outdoor 2019

Maison & Objet, the Paris trade show, cancelled its winter edition, and is currently scheduled for September 10-14, 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, is postponed to 2022, June 19-21.

ISH, originally scheduled for March 22-26, 2021, this year will be online only

Spoga + Gafa 2019

Given the persistence of the pandemic, Ambiente has cancelled the 2021 edition, and will hold a single Digital Day, on April 20, 2021. The physical edition will return February 11-15, 2022. 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. 

Orgatec 2018

Design and furniture shows in the United States

ICFF, the design show usually held in May in New York, is postponed until November 14-15, 2021. The novelty of the 2021 edition will be the contemporaneity of ICFF and WantedDesign, held on the same days at the Jacob Javits Center, with Boutique Design New York (BDNY), and Hotel Experience (HX).

High Point Market will be held the next spring, June 5-9, 2021.

DesignMiamiBasel is currently confirmed, June 14-20, 2021.

London Design Festival and Design London

The London exhibitions of September are almost all postponed until 2021. The London Design Festival confirms the 2021 dates, September 18-26, and we look forward to its return to being a 100% physical 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 2022, while London Design Biennale scheduled new dates, June, 1st-27th, 2021. I-Made, the exhibition dedicated to made in Italy at the Saatchi Gallery, has been postponed to 2021, but the dates have not been scheduled yet. Designjunction, which would have skipped 2020 anyway, has not yet announced new future dates.

Decorex will come back to Olympia London, October 10-13, 2021.

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

Trade fairs in Asia and China

MIFF- Malaysian International Furniture Fair, in light of the pandemic situation, has scheduled new dates, September 1st-4th, 2021.

CIFF Guangzhou – the Guangzhou edition of China International Furniture Fair, at present is maybe the only furniture fair in the world which managed to hold the 2020 edition, albeit in a smaller form. The 2021 edition, therefore, is regularly held in two phases, from March 18 to 21, and from March 28 to 31. 

CIFF Guangzhou 2019

Furniture China, the international fair held in Shanghai in September every year, took place September 9-12, 2020 and is scheduled for September 7-11, 2021. 

Style Bangkok, originally scheduled for March 10-14, 2021, has been rescheduled for 2022.

Style Bangkok, October 2018, the lobby

Design Shanghai, which was held November 26-29, 2020, is scheduled for June 3-6 2021. 
Design Beijing, is scheduled for September, 24-27, 2021.


Furniture and design shows in the Middle East

The Middle East Design & Hospitality Week is scheduled from 31 May to 2 June, 2021, 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 takes place from November 8 to 13, 2021. Downtown Design Dubai returns from November 8 to 12, 2021. For further information about Dubai exhibitions, please click here.

Middle East Design & Hospitality 2019