Written by Victoria Purcell

3 of the best interior design events in 2021

Had enough of virtual events? Well you’re in luck – live interior design events are back for 2021! So what’s on? Good Homes magazine picks out this year’s best exhibitions and trade shows for interiors enthusiasts…

In need of interiors inspiration? Once you’ve put down your latest issue of Good Homes magazine, it’s time to venture out to see the latest trends come to life at a live interior design event.

Whether you’re looking for ideas for your own home or you’re a professional designer, here are some of the best events taking place in autumn/winter 2021.

Ideal Home Show Christmas returns to Olympia for 2021

Ideal Home Show Christmas returns to Olympia for 2021. Photo: Media10

1. Design London

  • Date: 22-25 September 2021
  • Address: 11 Ordnance Crescent, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0JH
  • Price: Ticket prices vary. See designlondon.co.uk

100% Design rebranded to Design London in 2020 and has moved from its traditional home at Olympia London to the exciting new Magazine London venue on Greenwich Peninsula. Not only is the UK’s biggest and longest-running trade event for the design industry, Design London will also be the largest destination for contemporary design at this year’s London Design Festival.

Design London 2021’s headline speaker and chief collaborator is British-Nigerian artist Yinka Ilori, known for his use of colour and inclusive approach to design and architecture. Architects, designers, retailers and developers flock to the show for a highly curated selection of cutting-edge furniture, lighting and contract interiors brands, as well as the comprehensive talks programme, thought-provoking installations and some great street food. ICON magazine will also be hosting a drinks event to launch its autumn issue.

For further information, see designlondon.co.uk


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2. Grand Designs Live Birmingham

  • Date: 6-10 October 2021
  • Address: NEC Birmingham, North Avenue, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT
  • Price: Tickets for adults from £12. Kids under 12 go free. To book see granddesignslive.com

Grand Designs Live is back for 2021 with the autumn exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC, followed by return of Grand Designs Live London at ExCel from 30 April-8 May 2022.

The show, based on the Channel 4 series and presented by Kevin McCloud, not only offers a peek behind the curtain of the television programme, but also expert advice and new products from exhibitors who specialise in home improvements, renovation and self-build. Plus, you can find sustainable build solutions with Kevin’s Green Heroes, and interiors inspiration with room sets created by some of the UK’s top interior design talent, plus ideas for small rooms with the return of The Great British Box Room Competition.

For further information, see granddesignslive.com

Kevin McCloud at Grand Designs Live

Kevin McCloud at Grand Designs Live. Photo: Media10

3. Ideal Home Show Christmas

  • Date: 24-28 November 2021
  • Address: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road W14 8UX
  • Price: Tickets from £14 for adults. Kids go free. To book see ihschristmas.seetickets.com

Showcasing the best 2021 Christmas decor trends, Ideal Home Show Christmas is the best place to head for festive design inspiration this winter. As well as inspiring talks from design experts and celebrities, you’ll find incredible show home inspiration as the Good Homes roomsets bring trends to life before your very eyes. Why not book tickets for Ideal Home Show 2022, too? Running 11-27 March, it’ll be full of spring/summer trends for the year ahead.

For further information, see idealhomeshowchristmas.co.uk


Have you got tickets for any of these top design shows yet? Tell us about your interior design plans on Twitter at @goodhomesmag or post a comment the Good Homes Facebook page


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