Happy 2013! With the start of the New Year, comes a month of tradeshows and a look into trends for the upcoming season.


imm cologne 2013

imm cologne, a leading international furniture trade show and marketplace, is almost here! The exhibition, which features furniture designers, companies and retailers, architects and interior designers, focuses on contemporary design, innovative materials and fabrics, and architectural lighting design technology. This year’s show features a large variety of exhibitions, competitions, lectures and events. In addition to the LivingKitchen and LivingInteriors exhibits which will take place at imm cologne, the show will feature: D3 Design Talents, exhibitions by young and talented designers; Das Haus, a unique installation by a Venetian designer; the Interior Innovation Award; Cologne Design Night; Russian House; and many more! While the show is open to the trade for the entire week, it is only open to the public from Friday, January 18 to Sunday, January 20. Tickets start at 10 euros.

When: Monday, January 14 to Sunday, January 20, 2013

Where: koelnmesse Exhibition Center, Cologne, Germany




Maison & Objet

Maison & Objet’s Spring-Summer collections, featuring home fashion design, decoration, interior design, and home trends will be unveiled at this year’s show, Inspirations 2013. The theme of the show is VIVANT (singularity), based off of the Observatoire’s Inspirations book n22, which covers lifestyles, forms, colors, materials and cross-disciplinary interviews with experts from different fields. The show will feature 3 spaces staged by Elizabeth Leriche, Vincent Gregoire of NellyRodi and Francois Bernard of Croisements, as well as exhibitions such as 2013 Designers of the Year; Talents a la Carte; the Green Line; Business Lounge; Museum Itinerary; Les Decouvertes; the Labo Materio; and L’Espace Retail. Badges start at 45 euros.

When: Friday, January 18 to Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Where: Parc des Expositions des Paris-Nord Villepinte, Paris, France




New Practices New York: The Living

If you follow us on twitter, you know how much we’ve enjoyed each and everyone of the AIA’s New Practices New York conversations at Axor. In the last installment, David Benjamin of the Living takes center stage. The firm, which he co-founded with Soo-in Yang brings collaboration, open source design and synthetic biology to architecture. One of their latest projects, Amphibious Architecture, was a floating installation of light on the East River that changed color according to the condition of life below water. So let’s toast to all of this year’s winners and the launch of the new NPNY website! Admission is free. RSVP to

When: Thursday, January 24, 2013, 6:00-8:00PM

Where: Axor NYC, 29 Ninth Avenue, New York





We can still picture DJ Kreemy dressed in all white and spinning records in the Krups Stage. Now that is how you party on a tradeshow floor. The 2013 Interior Design Show promises to be equally impressive. Scavolini, The Globe and Mail and The Martini Club are this year’s opening night hosts. And don’t forget to bid on one of the 20 Real Good Chairs by Blu Dot, each reimagined by a designer, artist or illustrator, with auction proceeds benefitting the ONEXONE children’s foundation. In addition to amazing exhibitor line-up, be sure to check out Azure Trade Talks, Modern kid, and the designboom mart, among others. As they've done before, emerging and established designers and architects will participate as keynote speakers and create inspiring feature exhibits, presenting the newest and most innovative in international and Canadian interior design, architecture and industrial design trends. Tickets start at $15 for trade professionals.

When: Thursday, January 24 to Sunday, January 27

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Center, North Building, Toronto, Canada




Contract Awards Breakfast

Yes, it’s early but the networking opportunities, Cipriani breakfast and this year’s theme of optimism are worth it! Contract Magazine’s 34th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast will recognize an array of market segments and design by category, and this year, Michael Graves will receive the prestigious Legend Award. Contract will also name its Designer of the Year, and the thirteen category winners of the Interiors Awards. Hundreds of the design industry’s finest enter to win the coveted award, but only a handful of the most innovative design teams, both emerging and well-established, are honored for their projects and accomplishments. The 2013 jury is compromised of Stephen Apking of SOM, Dina Griffin of IDEA, Nancy Keatinge of Felderman Keatinge & Associates, Alan Ricks of MASS Design Group, and Margaret Sullivan of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture. To be the first to know who the winners are at what is considered to be one of the architecture and design community’s most important events, purchase a ticket online for $235.

When: Friday, January 24, 2013, 7:30AM

Where: Cipriani 42nd Street, New York





The twice-annual New York International Gift Fair is back! Open to the trade only, the fair hosts thousands of companies showcasing the very best home, lifestyle and gift resources. The fair has recently been revamped and has been organized into ten product divisions such as the Gourmet Housewares Show, Baby & Child, Handmade Global Design, New York’s Newest, On Trend and the newly launched Artisan Resource.

Design-Calendar is excited to be a part of the Accent on Design Bloggers’ Choice Awards for yet another year! For the Summer 2012 edition of the NYIGF, the D’E-Light by Philippe Starck for Flos was selected for its multifunctional design as both a task lamp and charging station. We can’t wait to check out all of the innovative products Accent on Design exhibitors have in store for us this year! We also have our eyes on the Sustainability: design for a better world display, the ASID Best of the Best NYIGF Awards and the Ex-Tracts Best New Products Awards. Tickets for NYIGF start at $25. Check out the official newsletter and blog for more information!

When: Saturday, January 26 to Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Where: Javits Center and Piers 92 & 94, New York





The leading floor-covering industry event, Surfaces brings together thousands of retailers, distributors, installers, designers and homebuilders for three days of face-to-face networking, education and product sourcing. For those looking to earn industry credits, check out SURFACES Education with more than 40 workshops, seminars, mini sessions and live demonstrations led by industry experts. Floor Features include the CONNECTIONS Pavilion for cleaning and restoration, Artisan Avenue, Tool Alley, New Product Marketplace and Trends Hub. Registration fees start at $10 for WFCA members.

When: Monday, January 28 to Thursday, January 31, 2013

Where: Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV




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