With hundreds of architecture and interior design events, fairs, conferences and trade shows taking place in the UK throughout the year, it can be hard to choose which to attend. To help you decide, we have compiled a definitive guide featuring our must attend events of 2020 for your busy calendar.
But first a quick summary of the events Mykon exhibited at in 2019:
Mykon displayed a range of B-Clear samples (aluminium honeycomb composite panels) at various exhibitions in Europe including:
- ARCHITECT@WORK Barcelona, 13 – 14 March @ Centre de Convencions International de Barcelona
- ARCHITECT@WORK Madrid, 29 – 30 May @ IFEMA Madrid
For both ARCHITECT@WORK exhibitions our samples were selected by Materfad, a materials library based in Barcelona dedicated to showcasing the world’s most innovative materials.
- Maison & Objet Paris, 6 – 10 September @ Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre
For the Maison & Objet Paris exhibition our samples were selected by matériO, a materials library with an international online database and showrooms across the world.
Upcoming architecture and interior design events for 2020:
Wednesday 29th – Thursday 30th January | Old Truman Brewery, London,UK
Architect@Work is aimed at architects, interior designers and other specifiers with a focus on innovation. The trade fair showcases a range of innovative products and features a set programme of short seminars throughout the two days.
Architect@Work focuses on a different theme each year. The theme for this year’s edition will be ‘Sensory Design | Acting Natural: new ways in which architecture and the environment converge.’
Visit www.architect-at-work.co.uk for more information and to register.
Surface Design Show
Tuesday 11th – Thursday 13th February | Business Design Centre, London, UK
Surface Design Show is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces. It is a key event for architects, designers, buyers and specifiers who are looking to source products, network, gain industry insights and connect with innovative materials.
The 2019 edition featured 151 exhibitors from 15 countries and 5,071 professional and trade visitors from 47 countries.
Visit www.surfacedesignshow.com for more information and to register.
Tuesday 3rd – Thursday 5th March | ExCeL, London, UK
Futurebuild is the built environment event where brands of all sizes can share innovations, from products, to processes and solutions, with over 27,000 industry influencers and shapers. The event will focus on exploring and tackling the biggest challenges impacting the industry and is a unique destination for visitors to gain unrivalled insight and hands-on experience around the latest innovations, products and materials in order to address these challenges.
Visit www.futurebuild.co.uk for more information and to register.
Clerkenwell Design Week
Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st May | Various venues around Clerkenwell, London, UK
Clerkenwell is home to more furniture showrooms, and architecture and design studios than any other district in London.
To celebrate this rich and diverse community, Clerkenwell Design Week has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.
In 2019, the design community flocked to Clerkenwell with 34,185 attendees and over 300 exhibiting brands.
Visit www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com for more information and to register.
London Festival of Architecture
Monday 1st – Tuesday 30th June | Various venues around London, UK
The London Festival of Architecture is a month-long, city-wide celebration of architectural practice and experimentation.
Established in 2004, the festival has since grown to become the world’s largest annual architecture festival, attracting a vast public audience and featuring an amazing programme of events and activities.
Visit www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org for more information and to register.
Birmingham Design Festival
Friday 5th – Saturday 6th June | Various venues around Birmingham, UK
The Birmingham Design Festival is a celebration of the local, national and international design industry.
Founded in 2017, the 2020 edition will return with a new format. The programme of events will run over two days and will see a curated series of events around the theme of ‘Colour’.
Visit www.birminghamdesignfestival.org.uk for more information and to register.
London Design Festival
Saturday 12th – Sunday 20th September | Various venues around London, UK
London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community.
The Festival returns to venues and institutes across the city in September and is set to feature hundreds of large-scale installations, exhibitions and events pop ups.
The festival includes a series of design shows: London Design Fair, 100% Design and designjunction.
Visit www.londondesignfestival.com for more information and to register.
100% Design / Design London
September | TCB
100% Design is the largest and longest running design trade event for industry professionals in the UK. In 2020 the show will be rebranding and known as Design London.
Recognising the capital’s profound influence over A+D specification globally, Design London presents a new and enhanced proposition for the industry. The show will combine the world’s most sought after brands with a wealth of emerging design talent to create an essential platform for those looking to source new products, meet new brands and make new contacts during the London Design Festival.
With thought-provoking features, immersive experiences, inspiring collaborations and the biggest names in architecture and design, the show addresses the industry’s biggest challenges and will be at the forefront of change.
Visit www.100percentdesign.co.uk for more information and to register.
September | TCB
The award-winning designjunction is one of the most anticipated interior design shows during the London Design Festival.
Presenting a curated mix of over 200 world-renowned furniture, lighting, accessory and technology brands alongside pop-up shops, installations, temporary structures and major brand activations.
Visit www.thedesignjunction.co.uk for more information and to register.
London Design Fair
Thursday 17th – Sunday 20th September | Old Truman Brewery, London, UK
The London Design Fair is the largest trade destination during the London Design Festival.
Located in the creative heart of East London, the four-day event brings together 550 exhibitors from 40 countries, including independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions, features and exhibitions.
Visit www.londondesignfair.co.uk for more information and to register.
UK Construction Week
Tuesday 6th – Thursday 8th October | NEC, Birmingham, UK
UK Construction Week (UKCW) is the UK’s largest built environment event combining eight sections and shows under one roof, across four halls at the NEC.
The event attracts 35,000 construction professionals and 650+ exhibitors showcasing their latest innovations, products and services.
UK Construction Week consists of eight shows: Build, Building Tech, Civils, Energy & HVAC, Surface & Materials, Timber, Concrete Expo and Grand Designs Live.
Visit www.ukconstructionweek.com for more information and to register.
Surface & Materials Show
Tuesday 6th – Thursday 8th October | NEC, Birmingham, UK
Surface & Materials show draws in thousands of architects, interior designers, fit-out contractors, specifiers and design industry professionals looking for the latest trends and innovations in the built environment.
Innovative products are the centrepiece of the Surface & Materials show, which returns to the NEC in Birmingham as part of the built environment’s largest event UK Construction Week (UKCW).
The event features an exclusive array of new product launches and creative ideas to inspire designers and specifiers from all parts of the interiors and architectural industry.
Visit www.ukconstructionweek.com/surface-materials for more information and to register.
London Build Expo
Wednesday 18th – Thursday 19th November | Olympia, London, UK
London Build is the UK’s leading construction and design show featuring 500+ speakers, 400+ exhibitors and 28,000+ registered attendees.
It is the only large-scale construction event to showcase opportunities in building & construction in the economic powerhouse of London.
Visit www.londonbuildexpo.com for more information and to register.
Have we missed a great architecture and interior design event in our list? Contact us with your recommendations and let us know which ones you will be attending.