Having a population of over 300 million people comes with its perks. For one, you have a huge domestic market for the consumption of locally produced teams. The United States of America is one of the few countries that enjoy this privilege. Due to this, hundreds, if not thousands, of trade shows and fairs are planned and held every year in various parts of the nation. Among these, furniture fairs can be described to be the ones that are enjoying success in that area. The following are the most popular events and trade shows in the US.
West Edge Design Fair
Date: October 21- October 24
Venue: Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, California
WestEdge Design Fair has been operational for seven years now and it is still going strong. It is an event that showcases premium house furnish brands from the West Coast region who flock the fair with their latest unique designs and products. The event hosts hundreds of manufacturing brands from California, design schools, architecture and design firms, furniture manufacturers, and thousands of visitors over the three days. Founded by Megan Reilley and Troy Hanson, WestEdge Design Fair is the place you want to be if you are into most modern interior
design and furnishings. The gates open from 10:00 am every day till 6:00 pm.
ABX Architecture Boston Expo
Date: December 2 - December 3
ABX Architecture Boston Expo is traditionally staged in Boston, but this year’s event, probably due to the ongoing pandemic, will be a virtual one. The show was created in 1986 under the name BuildBoston. Over the years, it has had several name changes, growing steadily to what it is now, an event that attracts over 8,000 attendees for two days. The final name change occurred in 2012 when it transitioned from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center to ABX Architecture Boston Expo. The event is attended mainly by architects, builders, contractors, furniture exhibitors, and interior designers. The main force behind the show is Informa Markets, who work with various partners from diverse fields to make the event a success every year. Registration for the upcoming virtual event can be done through their website.
Boutique Design New York
Date: November 14 - November 15
Venue: Jacob K. Javits Center, New York City
Popularly known as BDNY, The Boutique Design New York is a trade fair that features a wide variety of furniture styles for residential and commercial properties. Started ten years ago, the event has grown to establish itself as the leading trade fair for hospitality, boutiques and lifestyle, furniture, outdoor and leisure, and interior design events that bring together professionals from the United States, Canada, and most of Europe. Annually, the Boutique Design New York brings in more than 8,000 developers, hoteliers, designers, architects, and furniture manufacturers who come to display all their latest forays into their respective industries. The exhibitor’s slots are grouped into various categories from furniture, flooring, electronics, amenities and many others. Applications for exhibitions are made online.
JLC Live Northwest
Date: December 2 - December 4
Venue: Portland, Oregon
The city of Portland plays host to its most prominent trade fair every December. JLC Live Northwest prides itself on being the premier regional industry event for residential construction and home furniture, including interior design. The two-day event is usually a hive of activities that involve over 50 manufacturers that are spread throughout the expansive venue. While many trade fairs involve the showcasing of products and services, JLC Live Northwest is more educational for both the industry players and the visitors. If you have been looking to expand your knowledge of construction and furniture, this is your event.
Kitchen/Bath Industry Show
Date: February 9 - February 11
Kitchen/Bath Industry Show, KBIS, is a platform created to showcase all the latest trends and technologies for the bath and kitchen industries. This includes new furniture innovations, cooking appliances, bathroom designs, and all the technologies that make operating in these areas much more safe and convenient. Created by the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the event has so far hosted over 14,000 companies since its founding in 1963, a number that continues to rise every year. If bathrooms and kitchen pique your interests, then Orlando will be their place to be every February for this fantastic event. You will meet architects, builders, furniture makers, plumbers, and so many more. Registration is online for visitors and anyone looking to book an exhibition slot.
Hospitality Design Expo
Date: May 4th - May 6th
Venue: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
Las Vegas is known for its glitzy casinos, but the city offers more than that. Every year, the city plays host to the Hospitality Design Expo, a huge conference that connects the hospitality design industry, drawing people worldwide. The three days involve showcasing the most recent technologies, design styles, and, most importantly, educational seminars conducted by the most experienced experts.
The last event saw an influx of more than 850 exhibitors, that number is expected to go higher this year. If you are a furniture maker looking to boost your business, then this is the event you should be attending. Many companies in the past have used the Hospitality Design Expo as a launching pad for their businesses.
Some of the event features include an HD Park, a learning lounge for the seminars, a theatre, and a social hub where you can interact with designers, distributors, manufacturers, and other professionals.
International Contemporary Furniture Fair
Date: May 15 - May 18
Venue: Javits Center, New York City
Javits Center plays host to yet another big furniture show in the city of New York. The International Contemporary Furniture Fair can be described as North America's principal platform for home designers and furniture creators. This is where you will find retailers, architects, developers, and office furniture artisans in great numbers, each showcasing their latest inventions, hoping to leave a mark in their respective industries.
Exhibitors come from over 36 countries, each bringing unique products that bear vestiges of the cultures from their native lands. If you ever wish to witness an array of artistic designs from places you have never been to, then booking a ticket for the next ICFF should be high on your priority list.
Venue: The Mart, Chicago
NeoCon Show has been the main attraction in the city of Chicago since 1969, providing a platform for commercial designers, innovators, and home furnishing experts from around the world. Over the years, NeoCon Show has become home to over 500 companies that dabble in fabric, furniture, flooring, interior design, building, and construction technologies. The event usually has a seminar program conducted by some of the most established CEOs the furniture world has to offer. So far, NeoCon has played host to over 50,0000 design professionals from varied industries.
To participate in the event, you have to complete an online registration well in advance. Once you get a slot, the event starts from 9 AM to 5 PM every day for three days.
Date: February 5 - February 7
Venue: Atlanta, Georgia
DOMOTEX USA is a brainchild of Hannover Fairs USA, an umbrella company involved with the organizing of trade fairs and shows in the US and other parts of the world. DOMOTEX USA focuses mainly on flooring and furniture because it is hard to separate the two as they influence each other, whether inside a residential place or a commercial building. There are many reasons why you should make an effort to attend DOMOTEX USA. You get to participate in some top-notch programs that will help you grow your business for a start. You will also be exposed to a wide range of products and services, and finally, you will get the chance to interact with people who have been in the industry for a long time. The experience they have can be a great asset to you if you create networks with them.
Furniture Manufacturing Expo
Date: July 20 - July 21
Venue: Hickory Metro Convention Center, North Carolina
The two-day event is one of the busiest trade shows in the state of North Carolina that involves the construction technologies, home furnishings, manufacturing industry, among many others. Furniture Manufacturing Expo also features an educational program for interested people looking to inject new ideas into their businesses back home. The trade show is organized by BridgeTower Media, and it opens its gates from 10 AM TO 5 PM for the two days. If you may be interested in exhibiting at the Furniture Manufacturing Expo, you can register online to secure a slot. For the regular attendees, the curious enthusiasts, you can also book your attendance straight from their webpage at any time before the commencement of the event itself.
Date: March & September
Venue: Guangzhou and Shanghai
Outside the United States of America, CIFF is undoubtedly the most significant furniture market in the whole of Asia. CIFF attracts thousands of visitors from across the globe every year who flock in to witness varied companies unveiling some of the most unique and iconic furniture. Some of the most significant furniture brands never miss out on this event, and if you are the type that is looking to expand their business or looking to import furniture from China, then this is the event you should be networking from. CIFF has been operational since 1998 and at one time was able to host over 6000 brands and 340,000 visitors
It is quite clear that America is a significant hub of furniture trade fairs. This is expected since most of the best furniture brands in the world are located there. The various furniture shows that are mentioned here have contributed greatly to cementing American furniture makers’ reputation worldwide. Make it a priority to attend at least 3 of them in your lifetime.