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.


Maison & Objet, Paris

IMM Cologne

Toronto Design Offsite Festival

FOG Design + Art, San Francisco


NY NOW (Home, Lifestyle, Handmade)

Stockholm Design Week

Stockholm Furniture Fair


DesignMarch, Reykjavik


Salone del Mobile.Milano

Dwell on Design, Los Angeles


Vancouver Design Weekend

ICFF, New York

Design Miami / Basel Miami


LA Design Festival

Barcelona Design Week

San Francisco Design Week

Seoul Design Week


Design Tokyo

Australian International Furniture Fair


London Design Festival

Habitaire, Helsinki

Helsinki Design Week


Dutch Design Week


Downtown Design Dubai

Furniture Istanbul