A Year in Interior Design – 2018

During September professional interior designers, interior decorators and stylists flock to London for the annual offering of Interior Design exhibitions.  A staple part of the interior designer’s calendar, many of the events are open to the public and attract those in the search of new seasons’ wallpaper collections, innovative lighting suppliers and up-and-coming furniture makers.  But while September is the highlight of the year (and I shall cover this in more detail next month), there are a host of other fairs and events throughout 2018 that attract nest builders, interiors addicts and home improvers.  So to help you plan your interior design year, I bring you a round-up of interior design related events from Bath to Battersea and beyond:


Shepton Mallet Flea Market, 18th February 

If you love a french brocante or vide grenier then this may be for you. Over 250 indoor and outdoor stalls where you can pick up almost anything from mid century furniture and vintage fabrics to curios and oddities for the home and garden.  Get directions here.  Dates for 2018 are:  18 February, 1st April, 10th June, 15th July, 26th August, 14th October

Shepton Mallet Flea

Shepton Mallet Antique & Collectors Fair, 9th – 11th March

On selected weekends throughout the year, the West Country’s premier antiques event, the International Antiques and Collectors Fair, is housed in four halls across the Royal Bath & West Showground.  Featuring up to 600 stands, with everything from paintings and antique furniture to restoration products and one of a kind collectibles, you can find out moreby visiting the website here.

The Country Living Festival, Bath, 11th – 13th May

The festival promises to bring to life Country Living’s unique blend of country-style interiors, gardens, fashion and rural inspiration. With a celebration of small rural businesses at its heart, the Festival will fill the streets of Bath with talented craftspeople, artisans and designers.  The city will become a hub of creativity with curated shopping, pop-up workshops, supper clubs, and talks throughout the streets and parks.  You can keep up with the schedule and buy tickets from the Country Living website here.

Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design, Cheltenham, August

The largest selling exhibition of high quality bespoke furniture in the country, displaying the work of around 70 designer-makers. The emphasis is on furniture, but each year is complemented by work from several other disciplines such as jewellery, art and glass. Keep up to date with details of this year’s Celebration of Craftsmanship here.

SW Homebuilding & Renovating Show, 17th – 18th November

Pitched as ‘the go-to exhibition for self builders and renovators’, the show offers sessions with experts, exhibitors, seminars and demonstrations to help you bring your own build and design projects to life. Held at the Bath & West Showground, Somerset, you can find out more at the website here.

Homebuilding and Renovating


Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea Park, 23rd – 26th January 

An event that brings together decorative antiques and twentieth century design, with exhibitors displaying in room sets to provide inspiration on incorporating formal antiques, collectables, art and treasured pieces alongside contemporary furnishings.  Taking place 3 times a year, you can sign up for a complimentary ticket  here.

Decorative and antique fair

Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms, Birmingham NEC, 4th – 7th March

The largest gathering of the world’s best kitchen, bedroom and bathroom brands together with 16,000 retail, design and development buyers for four days of sourcing and networking.  Trade only. 

Made, Canary Wharf , London, 14th – 18th March  

A friendly and relaxed contemporary craft and design fair, where the makers meet the public to discuss the inspiration behind their products, their design processes and future projects.  Work can be purchased or one-off pieces commissioned.  The show run for 5 days and showcases about 100 artisans. Entry is free.

made london

Ideal Home Show, London, 17th March – 2nd April

From kitchens and bathrooms, bedrooms and basements this is the show to attend for inspiration on all things DIY, renovation and garden.  Regularly attended by TV designers George Clark (Restoration Man), Oliver Heath (DIY SOS) and Laurence Llewellyn Bowen (Changing Rooms) you’ll be able to pick up few design tips from the experts along with a goody bag. Tickets are on sale now at the Ideal Home website.

Ideal Home Show

Homebuilding & Renovating show, NEC Birmingham,  22nd – 25th March 

See the SW Homebuilding & Renovating Show link above for more details.

Materials for Architecture, Earls Court, 25th – 26th April 

Following on from the inaugural exhibition in 2017, the show is aimed at professionals in built environment and interior architecture who want to be at the forefront of  building materials and architectural finishes.  With conferences, seminars and an exhibition showcasing new products for build and design, this might be the show for you if you are looking for an innovative surface or design finish at the cutting edge of technology.  Find out more here.

materials for architecture

Grand Designs Live, London, 5th – 13th May 

Based on the Channel 4 series and presented by Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs Live is the show for self builders, home improvers and renovators to find suppliers for specialist products and listen to industry experts impart their knowledge in seminars and panel discussions. Tickets are on sale now for the London event here

Living Etc House Tours,  SW London, 8th June

An opportunity to see inside some of the homes that have previously been featured in the Living Etc magazine, often with a chance of meeting the owners & designers involved in each project.  Tours are organised to allow for shopping opportunities, lunch and refreshments between each house stop so great for a day out with like-minded interior design loving friends.  Find out more by visiting the Living Etc website here.

Kitchen design

House & Garden Festival, London Olympia  20th – 24th June 

Four leading lifestyle events, for the price of one.  The House & Garden Festival incorporates The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia, HOUSE, Spirit of Summer and GROW London with an eclectic collection of products ranging from antiquity to contemporary – focused on craftsmanship and quality, design, interior and garden trends and luxury lifestyle. Bursting with ideas and packed with inspiration and professional advice. You can find out more and book tickets here.

New Designers, Islington, 27th – 30th June

As the name suggests, this exhibition offers an unmissable opportunity to buy new products and discover new design talent from 3,000 recent graduates of UK design courses. The show features emerging talent from disciplines such as illustration, furniture, ceramics, glass and  at the Business Design Centre in London. You can find out more at the website here.

Bespoke coffee table
Prism Coffee Table from Alan Flannery Furniture Design, New Designers exhibitor 2017

Top Drawer, London Olympia, 9th – 11th September

Running twice a year, to tie in with retailers’ seasonal buying calendars, Top Drawer is the sophisticated showcase for design-led modern and classic brands aimed at the retail and contract markets. A UK launch pad for international suppliers, it a great place to pick up ideas and source retailers for soft furnishings and accessories for your home. Find out more here.

Top Drawer London

Grand Designs Live, Birmingham, 10th – 14th October 

See the Grand Designs London link above for more details on the Birmingham event.

The Sleep Event, The Business Design Centre, Islington, 20th – 21st November

The hotel design event of the year, professionals from the global hotel design, development and architecture community gather to source products and suppliers, explore unique, immersive installations and network with renowned industry personalities for seminars and panel discussions.   Visit the website for more information here.

Lighting Design


Check out our other post for more details on the main trade events of the season.

London Design Festival, 15th – 23rd September   

Decorex, Syon House, 16th – 19th September

100% Design, 19th – 22nd September        

London Design Fair, 20th – 23rd September

Home Building & Renovating Show, London, 21st – 23rd September

London Design Fair


Maison et Objet, Paris

Right now, interior designers with showrooms to fill are checking out the new season’s global interior design offerings at Paris’s uber-fashionable trade show Maison et Objet.  A place to keep on top of evolving trends in interior decoration, textiles, design and architecture, the show attracts professionals from far and wide across the disciplines of interior design, interior decoration, interior and retail styling, visual merchandising and architecture.  However, you can check out many of the products all year round at Maison et Objet & More (MOM) here.  The next show takes place 7th – 9th September, just before the main London trade events.  For more details go to the Maison et Objet website here

Furniture & Light Fair, Stockholm, 6th – 10th February 

The Swedes are a very socially aware nation and much of their design is led by a desire to be inclusive as well as diverse and sustainable. Nowhere more so is this reflected than at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair where the halls are filled (in a typically minimalist Scandinavian manner) with the latest innovations in interior decoration, furniture and lighting for both the home and public spaces.  Stockholm Design Week takes place at the same time with more than 100 design-related events held at various locations around the city. You can get the low down on the show here.

Designer Lighting

Salone del Mobile, Milan, 17th – 28th April 

This event pitches itself as ‘the greatest trade event in the world’ for interior design. Acknowledged as the major networking hub and showcase for cutting edge design trends, Salone del Mobile is where new interior design products are brought to market and where many designers new schemes spring to life. Click here for more details.

3 Days of Design, Copenhagen, 24th – 26th May

Copenhagen’s annual design event where new concepts in lifestyle, lighting and interior design are unveiled. The city pulses with creativity in stores, showrooms, galleries and  public areas with free bus and boat transport between the venues enabling visitors to take in the town at the same time. You can go direct to the website here.

Danish Design

Dutch Design Week, 20th-28th October 

Different from other design events, in that it concentrates on designs of the future. Over 2500 designers spread across more than a hundred venues in Eindhoven, The Netherlands’ design capital, the event boasts exhibitions, lectures, debates and networking events across a range of design disciplines with an emphasis on experimentation, innovation and interdisciplinary cross-overs, showcasing fresh talent and shining a spotlight on designers of the future.  Check out the website here.


More on the London trade exhibitions next month. In the meantime, enjoy the round-up, and happy designing!


This post contains outgoing links to enable you to find out more about the events listed.  None of these links are sponsored.  All images are sourced from the organisers websites.