Words by Jennine Jacob
Above image via Harm + Elke

There are many reasons to visit design fairs, one, you get to get a glimpse of the future of design. You can see what people are doing with materials, and how they are solving today’s most pressing design problems. A majority of design week exhibitions are for people in the industry, retailers, and people who just want to look. And yes, design week is certainly a feast for the eyes. It’s hard to come away from a design fair without being totally inspired.

More and more design fairs are incorporating ceramics as part of the programme. We’ve encountered some truly incredible ceramicists exhibiting their wares at design fairs. For example, we’ve discovered ceramicist Harm + Elke at Dutch Design Week (and then proceeded to buy several of her pieces!) Linda Fahey will be showing at FOG Fair in San Francisco. FOG Fair also has an interesting discussion planned about collecting and teaching the ceramic arts.

Here is a list of important design weeks across the globe. Hopefully, you’ll be able to stop by one or two of them to see for yourself the inspiration that ensues.

January

Maison & Objet, Paris

IMM Cologne

Toronto Design Offsite Festival

FOG Design + Art, San Francisco

February

NY NOW (Home, Lifestyle, Handmade)

Stockholm Design Week

Stockholm Furniture Fair

March

DesignMarch, Reykjavik

April

Salone del Mobile.Milano

Dwell on Design, Los Angeles

May

Vancouver Design Weekend

ICFF, New York

Design Miami / Basel Miami

June

LA Design Festival

Barcelona Design Week

San Francisco Design Week

Seoul Design Week

July

Design Tokyo

Australian International Furniture Fair

September

London Design Festival

Habitaire, Helsinki

Helsinki Design Week

October

Dutch Design Week

November

Downtown Design Dubai

Furniture Istanbul