Gdynia Design Days
July 6 to 14
Tucked away in the Baltic coastal city of Gdynia, an architecture, interior, and industrial design festival called Gydnia Design Days is kicking off this month. Between 6 and 14 July, a series of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and meetings will be held with some of the most creative minds in Poland coming together for the nine-day summer networking event on the seaside in Eastern Europe. More than 16,000 people are expected to attend the event, which many have come to hail as the biggest summer festival celebration of design in Poland. The theme of the event this year is polarisation. Organisers say they selected this because “potent individualism and raging narcissism” is mixing with “mediocrity” to glorify simplification and reduced access to material goods. Polarisation, they claim, is a clear differentiation of this and excludes mediocrity in favour of encouraging engagement on contrasting views and opinions.
Hello Wood International Summer School
July 15 to 21
In an age of growing digitisation, Hello Wood International Summer School is a near-week-long base designed to inspire and train the next generation of international architects, helping them to engage with craftsmanship. Here, promising students and up-and-coming architectural designers come together in the rural Hungarian countryside – without any access to wifi – to build structures and share best practices on improving the built and natural world with craft and care. Computers are banned here, and attendees are urged to ‘think with their hands’ and connect with different design methodologies.
At this year’s iteration of Hello Wood International Summer School in Hungary, thought-provoking workshops will focus on the broad spectrum of architectural issues. Participants will also be expected to create carnival-style structures such as a Ferris wheel from scratch to transform the rural setting into a vibrant, celebrative community.
July 18 to 21
The Australian International Furniture Fair (AIFF) is not just the longest-running furniture buying and networking trade show for retailers, but also one of the top events of its kind for commercial-minded interior designers. Held in Australia’s coastal city of Melbourne, which has been described as one of the best cities in the world to live, the four-day event attracts tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of exhibitors every year.
This trade-only event takes place at Melbourne Exhibition Centre, as part of the wider Decor + Design mega-event, described as Australia’s leading interior design event that regularly welcomes thousands of design and retail buyers to check out the latest trends and hottest pieces of furniture in the country.
Las Vegas Market
Las Vegas, US
July 28 to August 1
One of the busiest buying bases on the US west coast for furniture and home décor is undoubtedly Las Vegas Market – a biannual event for picking up on the latest trends in design. It is said to feature thousands of furniture, décor, and gift lines. Held at the World Market Center Las Vegas between the end of July and start of August, the event is a cross-category venue for both buyers of furniture and interior designers on the hunt for the latest styles and launches from the US. More than 4,300 brands and lines are set to be on show at the Las Vegas Market and hundreds of international journalists have also been invited to cover what is fast becoming one of the most dynamic furniture events of its kind in the country.