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All the Design Happenings This April

As spring arrives, the temperatures warm, the flowers bloom, and the design crowd gears up for a whirlwind of fairs, gatherings, and a fabulous sale or two. This month, cities across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and South America will welcome designers and enthusiasts alike to survey the latest in furniture, lighting, finishings, and decor at a mix of trade shows, vintage fairs, exhibitors, and conferences. Mainstays of the month are of course tentpole events like Salone and High Point, but don’t forget to check out equally important gatherings like Greenbuild Europe and and SIDIM, too. Ahead, AD PRO gathers up this month’s hottest design events to keep you in the know.

Moscow International Furniture Show

Held at the largest exhibition center in Eastern Europe, this furniture fair exhibits home furnishings, office furnishings, textiles, lighting, and decoration. It’s held concurrently with BATIMAT Russia, the country’s major construction and interior trade fair. mmms-expo.ru; April 3–6

Boston Design Week

The theme for Boston’s fifth annual design week is “Now, New, Next,” and the events will be focused on finding ways to promote sustainable design, urban planning, historic preservation, and design with a social purpose. bostondesignweek.com; April 4–15

Dwell on Design

Dwell on Design, one of the biggest design fairs on the West Coast, opens the doors to some of L.A.’s most stunning homes, and showcases prefab dwellings, outdoor furnishings, and limited-edition collections of furniture, lighting, and accessories by emerging designers. This year, featured speakers include Jonathan Adler and Janet Echelman. Dwellondesign.com; April 5–7

Art Paris Art Fair

Paris’s Grand Palais will host this art fair, which gathers 123 galleries from 23 different countries, showing works that span the period from the postwar years to the present. This year’s edition will be guest-curated by noted art critic and exhibition curator François Piron. artparis.com; April 5–8

Design Icons

Anyone searching for vintage pieces would do well to attend this two-day fair in Amsterdam, which will gather 60 dealers from all over Europe selling their finest vintage wares from the 1930s through the ’80s. You’ll find everything from classic Eames and Mies van der Rohe to covetable pieces by anonymous designers. design-icons.com; April 7–8

A selection of treasures found at Design Icons in Amsterdam.

Image courtesy of Design Icons Fair.

TED2018

TED Talks returns to Vancouver this year with programming that covers a wide range of subject matter, including architecture and design, drawing innovators across many different fields. This year’s design program is curated by Chee Pearlman, and will include talks by Vishaan Chakrabarti (founder of the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism and designer of Brooklyn’s soon-to-open Domino Sugar Refinery complex), engineer and bridge designer Ian Firth, and Renzo Piano. ted2018.ted.com; April 10–14

SP Arte

The major art and design fair brings together renowned galleries from around the globe for a series of exhibitions, talks, performances, and other events at the Oscar Niemeyer Bienal Pavilion in São Paulo. 2018 marks the third year that the fair will present a section dedicated to design, as well as the first time it will welcome independent designers alongside established galleries. sp-arte.com; April 11–15

Fairgoers at the 2017 edition of SP Arte in Brazil.

Image by Ênio Cesar. Courtesy of SP Arte.

Philadelphia Furniture Show

Artisanal American-made furniture takes the stage at the 24th annual Philadelphia Furniture Show, held at the historic Armory on 23rd Street. In addition to showcasing handcrafted tables, chairs, couches, and other pieces made by artisans at the top of their game, the fair hosts a contest for emerging artists, granting the winner(s) booth space and publicity to get their name out there. philadelphiafurnitureshow.com; April 13–15

High Point Spring Market

The spring edition of High Point returns, as more than 75,000 designers, architects, serious buyers, and other enthusiasts descend upon the small town in North Carolina. Featuring more than 2,000 exhibitors representing the best in design from more than 100 countries, this trade show is the largest of its kind in the world, and is a staple for the design set. highpointmarket.org; April 14–18

Greenbuild Europe

Billed as “the flagship event for sustainability professionals,” this three-day event in Berlin will address the latest green building techniques, LEED case studies, energy consumption, air quality, and global climate change. greenbuild.usgbc.org; April 16–18

Salone del Mobile

We would be remiss not to mention Salone, one of—if not the— most important fair on the design world’s calendar each year (so popular, in fact, that it inspired its own board game). Some 300,000 architects and designers from around the world will convene in Milan to discover the latest in furniture, lighting, and design from some 2,000 exhibitors. This year, EuroCucina/FTK (Technology for the Kitchen) and the International Bathroom Exhibition will return. salonemilano.it; April 17–22

Discover the hottest next design trends at Salone.

Photo: Courtesy of La Cornue

SaloneSatellite

Concurrent with the Salone del Mobile, SaloneSatellite shines a spotlight on the most promising young designers under the age of 35. Since the satellite fair’s inception in 1998, many of the prototypes that first debuted at SaloneSatellite have gone into production, and a whole crop of designers have become fixtures in the industry. If you’re hoping to scout fresh talent, this is the place to do it. salonemilano.it; April 17–22

Glasgow International

This biannual contemporary art fair draws crowds to Scotland’s most creative city for a dynamic roster of exhibitions, performances, talks, and events by both local and international artists. This year’s events are timed in conjunction with a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Glasgow’s prodigal son, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. glasgowinternational.org; April 20–May 7

SIDIM (Salon du Design)

The 30th edition of Montreal’s major international design show—the largest gathering of designers in Canada—is expected to draw 20,000 visitors to discover 300 exhibitors. This year’s themes highlight the best of Nordic design, bringing wellness into the workplace, and innovative lighting. Expect new product launches, the chance to discover the latest trends, and networking opportunities. sidim.com; April 26–28

Pictured: the Aria, the Davidson, the Brass Feuille, and the Vase, by Kravet, Inc.

Images courtesy of Kravet, Inc.

Kravet, Inc. Designer Warehouse Sale

For the first time ever, Kravet will throw open its doors for a flash sale that promises up to 85 percent off retail price on more than 400 pieces of furniture, 300 decorative objects, and over 45,000 yards of drapery and upholstery fabric. The sale will take place in Bethpage, New York, just outside the city; it opens early for designers and the industry on April–27, and to the general public on the 28th. Included in the sale are new inventory items and floor samples from Kravet, Lee Jofa, and Brunschwig & Fils—and best of all, shipping is available and credit cards are accepted. www.kravet.com; April 26—28

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