Weekend Agenda

Weekend Agenda | 20 Design Events for 2020

By Rosie Furlong




13:00 - 20:00 @ The Old Truman Brewery 29–30 January | Register for Free Visit


Hosted at London's Old Truman Brewery, Architect@Work is a trade event for architects and interior designers with over 200 innovative products and services showcased by manufacturers and distributors. The theme for this year's edition will be Sensory Design | Acting Natural, exploring ways in which architecture and the environment converge.

Design Heritage: Concepts, Contexts, Politics:


13:00 - 17:00 @ Design Museum 30 January 2020 | Free


‘Heritage’ is designed, from landscapes and buildings, to rituals and artefacts. Join for an afternoon symposium at London's Design Museum to explore the interface of design and heritage.

Architect at Work Stands


Stockholm Design Week:


03 - 09 February @ Stockholm | Free 


Together with Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, Stockholm Design Week has established itself as the most important week of the year for Scandinavian Design since its launch in 2002. Stockholm Design Week takes place in a variety of venues across the city from galleries and showrooms to dinner parties, after fair meetings, opening cocktails, museums and cultural institutions.

Surface Design Show:


Various Opening Times @ Business Design Centre, Islington | Register for Free Visit


Held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, this three-day event showcases materials for use in architecture and interiors. Describing itself as the only UK show "that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces", the annual exhibition promises over 180 exhibiting companies, sections dedicated to architectural lighting and natural stone, and a speaker programme featuring 50 architects and designers.

Design Indaba:


26 - 28 February @ Opera House of the Artscape Theatre Centre, Cape Town | Tickets Required


Celebrating 25 years, Design Indaba 2020 will be a 3 day multi-sensory, thought provoking and expansive experience that includes a series of captivating talks by day and festival by night, featuring live music, theatre, exhibitions and masterclasses.

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The UX Conference in London 2020:


13.00 – 18.00 @ The School of UX 02 – 03 March 2020 | From £239 + VAT


Design conference that’s not about trends & buzzwords, but collaboration between designers. Join our speakers with experience working in Abstract, Transport for London, OpenTable, Dyson, The Paciello Group, Nike, 1Password, Government Digital Service, Airbnb, Shopify, InVision and others to explore how UX designers can work better with UI, content and graphic designers. Day 1 – insightful talks, Day 2 – hands-on workshops.

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iconThe UX Conference


Salone Del Mobile Milano:


21 – 26 April @ Milan, Italy | Tickets Required


Milan's Salone del Mobile is considered the most important furniture fair in the world. Held at the Fiera Milano exhibition centre, this year's event will feature the biannual kitchen exhibition Eurocucina and office design showcase Workplace 3.0. In addition, young designers show their work in the Salone Satellite area.

Milan Design Week:


21 – 26 April @ Milan, Italy | Tickets Required


Milan design week is the unofficial name for the world's biggest annual design gathering, featuring the giant Salone del Mobile furniture fair plus hundreds of events around the city collectively known as Fuorisalone. Exhibitions in the city tend to fall into various design districts including Lambrate Design DistrictVentura Centrale, Brera, Tortona and 5 Vie. Shows taking place this year include Ventura Future.

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iconSalone Del Mobile Milano

Berlin Design Week:


30 April - 10 May @ Berlin, Germany | Ticketed


The BERLIN DESIGN WEEK takes place for the third time from April 30 to May 10, 2020 and presents new approaches and their influences on today's design. Designers, museums, cultural institutions, galleries, studios, project rooms and companies present new approaches and their influences on today's design. The focus is on questions of ecological and social sustainability and how they are examined by a creative culture of innovation.


Clerkenwell Design Week:



19 – 21 May @ Clerkenwell, London | Free


The London district with the greatest concentration of furniture showrooms, and architecture and design studios, hosts its own design week every May. In a series of showroom events, exhibitions and installations Clerkenwell Design Week showcases leading UK and international brands during their three day celebration.

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iconClerkenwell Design Week


London Festival of Architecture:


01 - 30 June @ London | Free


The London Festival of Architecture celebrates London as the global hub for architecture. The festival returns to the capital from 1-30 June 2020 with a lively and diverse programme of public events across London exploring the theme of ‘power’.

Birmingham Design Festival:


05 - 06 June @ Birmingham | Free


This two-day festival will bring a series of workshops, talks, exhibitions, demonstrations and screenings – split into graphics, digital and product "districts" – to various venues across the city. This series of events will be curated around the this year's theme, ‘Colour’.

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iconLondon Festival of Architecture


New Designers Part 1:


01 - 04 July @ Business Design Centre, Islington | Tickets Required


This London exhibition shows the work of over 3,000 talented graduates from across the UK. Part 1 includes textiles and fashion, costume design, and jewellery and metalwork.

New Designers Part 2:


08 - 11 July @ Business Design Centre, Islington | Tickets Required


This London exhibition shows the work of over 3,000 talented graduates from across the UK. Part 2 features architecture, interiors, furniture and product design, plus graphics, illustration and digital arts.

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Maison & Objet:


04 - 08 September @ Parc des Expositions, Paris | Ticketed


MAISON&OBJET is the international authority for home decor, interior design, architecture and lifestyle culture and trends through its shows, events and its digital platform. Inspired by its 2020 theme (RE) GENERATION!, the trade show will analyse the consumer habits of the new generation and their impact on the lifestyle sector.

London Design Festival:


12 - 20 September @ London | Free


Taking place all over the capital, London Design Festival includes a series of design shows, including London Design Fair, 100% Design and designjunction. Returning for the 18th year the festival will transform the city with its vast schedule of Landmark Projects, Festival Commissions, installations, talks, workshops and partner events.

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iconMaison Objet


Dutch Design Week:


17 - 25 October @ Eindhoven, The Netherlands | Free


The biggest design event in Northern Europe presents work and ideas of more than 2600 designers to more than 350,000 visitors from home and abroad. In more than 110 locations across the city, DDW organizes and facilitates exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, debates and festivities.



27 - 31 October @ Cologne, Germany | Ticketed


ORGATEC is an exhibition fair for the office furniture industry and is organized every two years in Cologne. During last editions, the number of exhibitors and visitors has steadily grown. With over 56,000 visitors from 118 different countries, the event is currently considered one of the most important at international level.

orgatec people in furniture installation


Design Manchester:


12 - 22 November @ The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester | Free


Design Manchester exists to connect and advance the design community in Manchester, and to promote the image of Manchester, as an innovative design city with a radical heritage, around the world.



17 - 18 November @ Olympia, London | Ticketed


Sleep & Eat is Europe’s most established, market-leading event successfully serving the entire hospitality industry, join us for something special as we celebrate our 15th Anniversary. The International Exhibition features established and emerging brands launching their latest collections and showcasing their most design-led products.

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