Covid-19 impact on design industry

(Global) – US design shows latest to cancel amid coronavirus concerns.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to see design events and trade shows around the world forced to reschedule or cancel completely, with a series of US-based shows due to take place in May the latest casualties.

It was announced earlier in the month that HD Expo, Las Vegas, ICFF and Wanted Design in New York have all now been cancelled for 2020, with Lightfair organisers confirming they will push the event back to “late summer or early autumn.” Currently, *Cruise Ship Interiors Expo in Miami and Lightovation in Texas, both planned for June, are scheduled to take place as planned, however NeoCon in Chicago – also set for June – has been ‘suspended’ with new dates yet to be confirmed.

In the UK, May’s Clerkenwell Design Week has – for now at least – been pushed back to 14 – 16 July; while Design Shanghai Fair has confirmed the show will now be held from 26 – 29 May.

During these uncertain times, darc magazine wants to support the decorative lighting industry as best we can. Many of you will have planned to launch new product lines at the shows mentioned and as such, instead of our usual Show Product Previews, we are introducing a more general Product Focus feature for the May/June issue – highlighting products launched so far this year and those that were due to launch at cancelled shows and events.

We are also planning a series of dedicated product newsletters over the coming months – focusing on recent launches and we welcome you to submit your latest offerings for inclusion. The magazine is still being posted out to our global circulation of 12,000 industry professionals – many of whom will be limiting their social interaction and in need of something to read!

Now more than ever, it is important we work together to ensure the industry survives. For up-to-date information on show cancellations and new dates, bookmark this article and refer to the events list below. You can also refer to our online Events Diary, which will be updated regularly.

*Numerous show amendments have been made since this post was published. Please refer to the information below for the latest updates.

2020 Design Events

March
light+building • frankfurt, germany • 8 – 13 march • new dates: 27 sep – 2 oct

April
salone del mobile • milan, italy • 21 – 26 april • new dates: 13 – 18 April 2021

archiproducts • milan, italy • 21 – 26 april • new dates: 13 – 18 April 2021

retail expo • london, uk • 29 – 30 april

May
hd expo • las vegas, usa • 5 – 7 may • new dates: 4 – 6 May 2021

icff • new york, usa • 17 – 20 may • new dates tbc 2021

wanted design • new york, usa • 17 – 20 may • new dates tbc 2021

clerkenwell design week • london, uk • 19 – 21 may • new dates: 14 – 16 july

June
cruise ship interiors expo • miami, usa • 16 – 17 june • new dates: 2 – 3 september

lightovation • dallas, usa • 24 – 27 june

September
maison & objet • paris, france • 4 – 8 september

london design festival • london, uk • 12 – 20 september

index • dubai, uae • 14 – 16 september

london design fair • london, uk • 17 – 20 september • new dates tbc 2021

[d]arc room @ london design fair • london, uk • 17 – 19 september • new dates tbc 2021

October
decorex • london, uk • 11 – 14 october

index • doha, qatar • 13 – 15 october

hong kong light fair • hong kong • 27 – 30 october

November
bdny • new york, usa • 8 – 9 november

sleep and eat • london, uk • 17 – 18 november

hix • london, uk • 19 – 20 november

December
[d]arc awards • london, uk • 3 december

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