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DESIGN AGENDA: Get Ready for the World’s Best Design Events in May 2018 — From London to Tokyo, get yourself ready to attend the best design events worldwide.

No matter what your professional background, when it comes to being always one step ahead on the hottest trends, one of the best ways to achieve this goal is to keep a close watch on the best events worldwide. And with regard to Design, there are many events that happen around the world and you should take note already on your agenda for the next year.

Therefore, Daily Design News presents a super list of design conferences, tradeshows, exhibitions and festivals you should be looking forward to in May 2018. CHECK THEM OUT!

PLEASE NOTE: This article is under construction, so there’s still a lot of information to be included.
If you know any design event that isn’t included on this list yet,
please let a comment below and let us know more about it.


May 05-13, 2018

Grand Designs Live is based on the hugely successful Channel 4 TV series and is presented by design guru Kevin McCloud. Launched in London in 2004, and in Birmingham, in 2005 the show has won multiple industry awards has been hailed ‘the UK’s most successful exhibition launch in the last decade’. Grand Designs Live promises to break down the conventional limitations to home building and offers visitors a chance to discover the latest innovations, explore this year’s trends and preview unseen products from around 500 exhibiting companies.

Grand Designs Live has celebrated the 13th anniversary this year in London.


New York City, US
May 09-11, 2018

99U Conference brings together 1,000 people across a variety of practices and professions. Who should attend? Anyone in a creative field working to: put an idea into action, get inspiration from creative leaders, connect with potential collaborators, manage an effective team, or understand the trends affecting the future of creativity.


New York
May 11-23, 2018

Spanning all disciplines of design, NYCxDESIGN creates a collaborative platform for cultural and commercial opportunities, elevates established and emerging design practices and increases awareness of and appreciation for design by all audiences.

Crossing all disciplines of design, NYCxDESIGN 2017 creates a collaborative platform for commercial and cultural opportunities, elevates established and emerging design practices, increases awareness of and appreciation for design by all audiences.


May 16-17, 2017

The unique and innovative exhibition layout of A@W COPENHAGEN was created by C4 -Creative Fo(u)r. In order to ensure the optimal contact between exhibitors and visitors, visitors are automatically led along a route that winds its way through small, uniform modules. The innovations showcased by the exhibitors are presented in corner units and on the walls. In each box, which comprises four corner units, a multimedia console takes center stage (for PC/laptop). At ARCHITECT@WORK, traditional aisles are transformed into lounge areas: places to enjoy a drink, to chat and to provide further explanation about innovative products, applications or services.


May 16-20, 2018

Over the past 20 years, the ARCH MOSCOW exhibition has been bringing together leading western and Russian participants of the international architectural community. Careful selection of exhibitors, delicate curatorial work, and comprehensive program turn the exhibition into a big cultural event. ARCH MOSCOW is the best platform to establish business contacts in the field of architecture, design, development, and construction.


May 17-21, 2018

With its marquee events during NYCxDESIGN in May, WantedDesign is a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community at large throughout the year.

WantedDesign showcases annually international design in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Design Schools Workshop realized during de event brings together students from across the globe.


New York
May 19-22, 2018

With its marquee events during NYCxDESIGN in May, WantedDesign is a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community at large throughout the year.


New York
May 20-23, 2018

North America’s premier showcase for contemporary design, the ICFF annually lures those in determined pursuit of design’s timely truths and latest trends to an encyclopedic exhibition of up-to-the-moment offerings, as well as a series of fascinating, fun, edifying programs, and a packed schedule of exhibits and features.

ICFF Talks features leaders in hospitality, commercial, residential, and interior design industries.


May 22-24, 2018

Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world.  To celebrate this rich and diverse community, CDW has created a showcase of leading the UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, pop-up exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.


Mississauga, Ontario
May 25-27, 2018

The Canadian Furniture Show has been held since 1972; it is owned and produced by the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers’ Association. The only national furniture show in the country and the 7th largest trade show in Canada, it brings together industry professionals, manufacturers, retailers, designers, importers, and suppliers from Canada, the United States and all over the world, to display their latest collections and trends.


May 26-29, 2018

INDEX International Design Exhibition is the largest business platform for the interior design and architecture community to source products for their projects across the residential, retail and hospitality projects. With over 700 market-leading companies and brands from more than 50 countries showcasing thousands of products, INDEX remains the number one interiors event in the MENA region, attracting more than 20,000 visitors from over 100 countries.


May 26 to November 25, 2018

The 16th Biennale Architettura Exhibition will take place from 26th May to 25th November 2018, curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.


Vancouver, Canada
May 29-30, 2018

What are the major trends influencing the creative industry? What can we learn from today’s design visionaries? How can we incorporate more innovation into our professional practice? Let us know what ideas and questions you’d like to see discussed at the 2018 RGD Design Thinkers Conference in Vancouver, and you could be selected to present a 45-minute session.


May 30 to June 01 2018

Interior Lifestyle Tokyo is an international trade fair with high-end designs and products, proposing lifestyle concepts in interior design markets from around the world. Interior Lifestyle Tokyo derives from two trade fairs – Ambiente, the largest consumer goods trade fair in the world, and Heimtextil, an international trade fair for household and commercial textiles.

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