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8 Worldwide Design Events to Have on Your Radar This Summer

By Michelle

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With summer in full swing, many of us are taking some much needed time off—but as we all know—the design world never sleeps!  We’ve rounded up some of the summer’s biggest design shows around the world to have on your radar. We’ve also included pertinent Instagram handles and hashtags so you can keep up on the latest trends from the shows!

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Interior Lifestyle Tokyo (July 17-19)
In just a few short weeks, an international trade show for consumer goods called Interior Lifestyle Tokyo will take place at Tokyo Big Sight. In past years, this event has welcomed more than 30,000 visitors and more than 800 exhibitors. Inspired by the corner shops found in the UK, this year’s layout mimics the flow of these stores found on street corners. There will be tables and chairs in the center to encourage meetings and conversation among visitors and exhibitors alike. This means everyone will get as much interaction out of their visit as possible.

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Decor + Design Show Melbourne (July 18-21)

Rightfully established as Australia’s top interior design event, Decor + Design Show Melbourne is celebrating its 15th annual show this summer– or winter if you’re in Australia. One of the event’s most famous features is VIVID, Australia’s longest running design competition. Categories include color, furniture design, lighting design, and concept design. In addition to some friendly competition, the design show also allows visitors to walk around the exhibit and hosts seminars for visitors looking for more information.

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100% Design South Africa (August 7-11)

100% Design South Africa is a contemporary interior design exhibition at the Gallagher Convention Center in Midrand, South Africa. It is Africa’s largest exhibition of contemporary high-end design and South Africa’s only international design show. This event is your only chance to check out designs from global brands in-person in South Africa. Since it focuses on residential, hospitality, and commercial design, there is something for everyone in all design sectors.

@100percentdesignsa #100percentdesignsa

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NY NOW (August 11-14)

If you’re looking for a stateside event, consider NY NOW. Visitors get the chance to see brands launch new products while fellow exhibitors can check out their competition for inspiration. Conveniently located in one of the world’s design capitals, feel inspired by New York City’s creativity while browsing the aisles for on-trend and innovative products. There is even a helpful app to plan out and schedule your visit to ensure you get the most out of your time at the market.

@ny_now #NYNOW

 

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Las Vegas Market (July 28- August 1)

With an emphasis on home furnishings and gifts, Las Vegas Market features over 4,300 brands for visitors to check out. Despite the extensive amount of brands and products, Las Vegas Market prides itself on how easy it is to navigate to avoid feeling overwhelmed. There is also an app for this market that can be found in the app store to make sure you have an enjoyable and informative experience without the stress of scheduling.

@lasvegasmarket #LVMkt

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Helsinki Design Week (September 5-9)

Last year’s Helsinki Design Week welcomed 170,000 visitors from around the world to celebrate design and the city’s culture. The events are spread out at various locations around the city giving visitors the opportunity to explore Finland’s capital city while browsing designers’ latest designs. This year, Children’s Design Week will take place at the same time. This means you don’t have to leave your kids at home. Instead, you and your kids can enjoy your respective design events. With over 200 events every year, the festival is perfect for the general public and professionals alike. It is unique for a design event of this size to also be catered to the general public. 

@helsinkidesignweek #helsinkidesignweek #hdw2019

 

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Paris Design Week (September 5-14)

For years, this design experience has created a celebration of design in the heart of Paris. This September, visitors from around the world will come together at the ninth annual Paris Design Week to discover what top designers have been busy creating the past year. A unique feature of this event is how it is complete with debates and installations for visitors who want to elevate their experience that much more.

@parisdesignweek #PDW19 #ParisDesignWeek

 

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London Design Festival (September 14-22)

In 2018, this design festival in historic yet on-trend London was visited by over half a million design enthusiasts to celebrate its city’s creativity. The most crowd-drawing aspect is its annual Landmark Project where the best designers, artists, and architects from around the world join to create something together. Designed by British designer Paul Cocksedge, this year’s Landmark Project is titled Please Be Seated. This must-see large-scale piece features curves for people to sit on while they admire its architectural design.

@l_d_f_official #LDF19

 

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A Vibrant NeoCon 2019

By Gretchen

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From June 10-12, the 51st edition of NeoCon showcased the future of the commercial design industry. The global platform for leading companies in the sector is held annually at The Mart in Chicago. We headed there last week to check it out and enjoy some time in the Windy City. Product launches from nearly 500 top brands and captivating programming were just the beginning of this year’s immersive NeoCon experience.

Designed by Gensler Chicago and Forward Fruit Branded Environments, a new experiential outdoor area called The NeoCon Plaza spanned the length of The Mart’s South Drive. A hit with attendees, who used the space to connect, relax and recharge, it featured gorgeous views of the river and was a great illustration of how incorporating  outdoor environments into the modern workplace can be effective. This was a theme that was addressed within the NeoCon conference program, with sessions that focused on how designers can utilize the outdoors to work and collaborate while improving health and wellbeing. Leah Bauer, IIDA, ASID, IFMA led the presentation “Outdoor Workplace Evolution” with Assal Yavari, CID,  which explored the power of data in changing design culture. In addition, Todd Heiser, Principal of Gensler Chicago, and Paul Makovsky, editor in chief of Contract Magazine, explored the advantages of “The Outdoor Office” through survey data on the new workspace. They all reinforced the notion of biophilic design being the center of a happier and more productive workforce with fresh outdoor spaces.

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Each day of the show included a powerful keynote presentation from influential movers and shakers in the design world.  In the opening presentation “The Familiar and Unusual”, Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch discussed moving away from corporate modernism and instead reflecting a unique narrative for each client’s vision through design. The following day “Stuff Matters: The Material World We Make” conveyed Ilse Crawford’s mission to center her projects around human desires and needs to make people feel right at home. Lastly, Liz Ogbu’s “Do No Harm” keynote spoke on her work to advocate for challenged urban areas through cross-disciplinary and human-centered design research.

Before we headed back to NYC, we wanted to enjoy some time out on the town! One night we opted for a dinner at Beatnik on the River, a Chicago favorite. Known as the “it” riverfront patio, the restaurant drew inspiration from the Beat Generation of the 50s and 60s and gave us breathtaking views of the Chicago River. The international cuisine and boho-chic interior space including a 1913 jewelry shop and Indonesian daybeds gave our team the most intimate and overall worldly experience to wrap up our final days. NeoCon 2019 exceeded our expectations and we are looking forward to coming back next year!

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ZANOTTA SAMPLE SALES

By barbara

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Sofas, chairs, tables, beds and other furnishings returned from exhibitions, fairs, photo shoots, end-of-line.

March 05, 2019 – June 01, 2019
From 10am to 6pm

via Vittorio Veneto 57,
20834 Nova Milanese

Tel. 03 62 49 81

Mail: sales@zanotta.it

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