UK Interior Design Shows and Events in 2017
2017 so far, has been an exciting year for interior design. From trendy upcoming designs to bold colour schemes. 2017’s interior trends have excited many interior devotees. Another important feature of 2017 has been that there are still numerous interior design events to come this year.
Nationally renowned events, trade fairs, and design festivals can be enjoyed every year and many attract tens of thousands of visitors. The Rug Seller has rounded up some upcoming Interior Design events to come. We’ve divided the events by whether they are home or trade based, and then to date, to help you keep the diary up-to-date for the rest of 2017.
Trade Based Interior Design Shows
• Autumn Fair
• 3rd – 6th September 2017
• The NEC, Birmingham
Trend-led, fresh, inspirational, the Autumn Fair is one of this season’s number one wholesale gift and home trade events. It showcases amazing brands, new products, retail insight and bucket-loads of inspiration! Also, it’s a place to find all the homeware gifts, and ideas that you’ll need to inspire and delight your customers. Offering the seasons largest collection of gift and home products at a crucial point in the buying year (just before Christmas).
The perfect time to restock, recharge and reconnect your business in time for Christmas and preview hot new lines. Coming from the world’s major brands, key British suppliers, and independent designers. At Autumn Fair there are Gifts, Toys, Home & Gift, Interiors & Art, Stationery, and more. Plus, Autumn Fair at NEC presents a range of business-building seminars, trend previews, demonstrations and showcases. It’s also a profile no other event can match.
Read more on the Autumn Fair here.
• Top Drawer
• 10th – 12th September 2017
• Olympia, London
Top Drawer is the place to find top quality, new and innovative trades, materials and products. As this is a trade-only event, it attracts a wide range of buyers and suppliers from across the country and design world. Taking place on the 10th-12th September 2017. The perfect platform for the UK and international lifestyle brands to present new ranges. The show has designated sections for Home, Craft, Gifts, and Fashion Accessories.
With each section showcasing expert ideas and inspiration, this is where brands come to do business with the most successful people. Leading brands, designers, suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors are able to connect with the creative retailers and contract buyers from across the UK and beyond. Each year, Top Drawer is constantly evolving to ensure the event remains the destination of choice for discerning, design-led brands and buyers. This event will inspire you to dial up your creative instincts and business insights.
Read more about Top Drawer here.
Scotland’s Trade Fair
• Scotland’s Trade Fair
• 17th – 18th September 2017
• Glasgow, Scotland
Scotland Trade Fair is a 2-day event being held from 17th to 18th September 2017 at the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow, Scotland. Many local and national suppliers will be amongst the 160 companies exhibiting including suppliers of Homewares, Textiles, Jewellery, Accessories, Scottish Products, Beauty and Bath Products, Stationery and Giftware. It is one of the last buying opportunities in the year for retailers to source both new products and meet new suppliers in time for Christmas.
The show typically sees around 1750 trade buyers from department stores, multiples, mail-order, online, tourist attractions and independent retail outlets. With its roots in the Highlands & Islands for over 30 years. From Inverness to Aviemore and latterly down to Glasgow, the show has been the number one destination for buyers from all over Scotland, the UK and the world who wish to source Scottish made and Scottish themed products.
Read more about the Scotland Trade Fair here.
Home Based Interior Design Shows
London Design Festival
• London Design Festival
• 16th – 24th September 2017
• Throughout London
The London Design Festival is another city-wide event that celebrates London’s thriving design sphere over nine days. The annual festival has been showcasing the work of designers, architects, artists and retailers since 2003. Now in its fifteenth year, the Festival will be returning to venues and institutions across the city between the 16-24 September 2017. During the festival, hundreds of large-scale installations, exhibitions, and events pop up in many unique spaces across London, from world-famous museums to small local studios.
The program ranges from major international exhibitions to trade events, installations to talks and seminars, from product launches to receptions, private views, and parties. Explore a range of creative installations and events celebrating contemporary design during the London Design Festival 2017 (LDF). Major features of the event are the extraordinary projects and installations that are commissioned throughout the city at inspiring locations. The Festival is both a cultural and a commercial event.
Read more on the London Design Festival here.
The Flooring Show
• The Flooring Show
• 17th – 19th September 2017
• Convention Centre, Harrogate
The Flooring Show, the industry’s flagship national event will celebrate its 55th edition in 2017 and continues to be the best-loved and biggest event on the industry’s calendar. It is a carpet and floor coverings fair at Harrogate International Centre. This event showcases products like carpets, flooring, home furnishing, home textile, design & architecture products & much more. Bringing together all areas of the industry, including the retail and contract sectors – exhibitors and visitors alike get together.
It attracts many of the major players in the sector that want to present their products and services to the widest possible audience. Harrogate Flooring Show covers all kinds of carpets and floorcoverings like wood flooring, laminates, and cork floors. Since 2012, the show has gone from strength to strength over the past 4 years with both visitor and exhibitor numbers increasing significantly year on year.
Read more about the Flooring Show here.
• Decorex International
• 17th – 20th September 2017
• Syon Park, London
Feast yourself on design, inspiration, and motivation. A 4-day event being held from 17th September to the 20th September 2017 at the Syon Park in London. This event showcases products for launching into the interior design world and is the focus for an increasing number of specialist international exhibitors. Synonymous with luxury, and is internationally renowned for being one of the best events to discover the most coveted products from an unrivalled collection.
Decorex has become a key event within London’s Design Festival. With a rich heritage of 40 years, Decorex is internationally renowned for being the destination where interior design professionals discover the finest and most coveted luxury products from new, emerging and established talent. With over 100 exhibitors new to Decorex, be the first to discover the newest product launches from debut brands exhibiting ranges from lighting and furniture to textiles, decorative accessories, and flooring.
Read more on Decorex International here.
• 100% Design
• 20th – 23rd September 2017
• Olympia, London
Returning this year is one of the UK’s largest trade events for architects and designers. 100% Design is the largest and longest running contemporary design event for industry professionals in the UK. The award-winning show is divided into four key industry sectors; Interiors, Workplace, Kitchens & Bathrooms and Design & Build. As the outstanding meeting place for business and design, 100% design is a vast showcase for more than 400 architects, product designers, and interiors specialists.
Diving the Olympia exhibition centre into areas for the workplace, interiors and emerging brands, the fair hosts product launches for decorative lighting, furniture, and fittings as well as providing a platform for newcomers also. First staged in 1995, the show is the cornerstone event of the London Design Festival, with over 27,000 visitors to the show across 4 days in September; taking place in one of London’s most inspiring venues, Olympia London.
Read more on 100% Design here.
London Design Fair
• London Design Fair
• 21st – 24th September 2017
• Old Truman Brewery, London
London Design Fair is a popular trade show open to both trade visitors and members of the public. London Design Fair hosts the largest collection of international exhibitions. Located in the creative heart of East London, the London Design Fair is a four-day industry event that brings together 500 exhibitors from 28 countries, including designers, brands, country pavilions, features and exhibitions in one destination during the London Design Festival.
Previously known as Tent London and Super Brands London, this huge fair is reborn as ‘London Design Fair’ in 2016. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with the freshest design ideas from across the globe, showing work from both well-established and emerging practices on three floors. Over 27,000 influential retail buyers, architects, interior designers, press, designers and design-savvy public attend to see and specify the very latest furniture, lighting, textiles, materials and conceptual installations from around the world.
Read more on London Design Fair here.
Grand Designs Live
• Grand Designs Live
• 11th – 15th October 2017
• The NEC, Birmingham
Grand Designs Live is set to return to the NEC from 11-15 October 2017. Formally based on the hugely successful Channel 4 TV series. Once again hosted by Grand Designs guru Kevin McCloud, the show will play host to a series of exciting, educational and interactive features over five days. Launched in London in 2004, and in Birmingham, in 2005 the show has won multiple industry awards has been hailed ‘the UK’s most successful exhibition launch in the last decade’.
A place that offers visitors a chance to discover the latest innovations, explore this year’s trends and preview unseen products from around 400 exhibiting companies. The event covers ideas across six different sectors of the show: Build, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Technology, Gardens and Interiors. The ever popular Ask an Expert service, returns with experts offering free advice in every field, from financing projects, to architecture, interiors and much more!
Read more on Grand Designs Live here.
Ideal Home Show Christmas
• Ideal Home Show
• 9-12 November (Manchester) 22-26 November (London)
• Manchester & London
The Ideal Home Show at Christmas brings a festive celebration to EventCity, Manchester and Olympia, London, attracting over 31,000 visitors with over 300 exhibitors. Find everything you need to prepare your home for the festive season at the annual Ideal Home Show at Christmas here. The giant show brings together hundreds of exhibitors across categories, from decorations, technology, and food and drink, to furniture, home improvements, and fashion and beauty.
Plus a whole array of Christmas gifts for visitors to explore, all under one roof. The event is the biggest exhibition in the north and provides visitors with the ultimate shopping experience to prepare themselves for the festive season. With a wide range of expert demonstrations, appearances by numerous celebrities including Katie Piper and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, live entertainment, and plenty of bars and restaurants to reenergise, this is a great way to put the fun back into the annual Christmas shopping spree.
Read more on Ideal Home Show here.
With these upcoming Interior Design shows & events, if you’re a business, designer, supplier etc. It is best to know and research which events will be best for yourself or your company to thrive and grow from.
For more information on what the Ideal Home Show and Decorex are about, find our previous posts below.
Ideal Home Show – https://www.therugseller.co.uk/blogwp/guide-ideal-home-show-2017-9941
Which Interior Design event sounds like one that you’d attend?