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UPDATED Coronavirus and the 2020 Calendar: Canceled and Postponed Design Events

Last Updated: August 1, 2020

Original Post: April 8, 2020

 

As the international response to the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, conferences in all industries are being delayed and canceled. The world of interior design is no exception, with many of the year's hotly anticipated events also being pushed back on the calendar or scratched  altogether. To put the situation in context: The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York was scheduled to host the now-canceled International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in May; instead, the Javits Center has now been converted into a 1,000 bed temporary hospital, serving the emergency medical needs of New York City residents suffering from COVID-19. 

This article is a running list of all of the major interior design industry events and showhouses that have been canceled or postponed, and we’ll continue to update this list frequently to reflect the latest news. 

 

New York:

Canceled:

  • DDB Spring Market: The May 20 event with no rescheduled date as of yet. The Fall Market is still scheduled to take place October 7–8.
  • ICFF: The May 17–20 event has been canceled.
  • WantedDesign: Both its Brooklyn and Manhattan editions for 2020. It was originally scheduled to coincide with ICFF as part of NYCxDesign, with the Manhattan event co-locating with ICFF at the Javits Center.
  • New York Tabletop Show: The event was scheduled for March 31–April 3; the Fall show is still scheduled to take place October 13–16.
  • The Frieze Art Fair: Originally scheduled for May 7 - 10. The Frieze Sculpture project at Rockefeller Center will be postponed from April 22 to a TBD date this summer.
  • TEFAF New York Spring Show: Originally scheduled for May 8–11, the show had initially been moved to October 31–November 4 with the The TEFAF New York Fall will no longer happening. Now, TEFAF 2020 is canceled and organizers are working on a digital offering.
  • The Architectural Digest Design Show: Originally rescheduled from March 19–22 to June 25–28, This event is now canceled. Architectural Digest has announced plans to replace the 2020 show with a virtual experience that includes an e-commerce tie-in.
  • Shoppe Object: Once scheduled for October 20–22 will now be a virtual event.

Postponed:

    • NYCxDesign: Select events planned for the now canceled May 12–20 festival will now take place in October, details TBD. 
    • DIFFA by Design: Originally planned for March 26–28, the event will now take place June 9-11 at Center 415
    • TEFAF New York Spring Show: Originally scheduled for May 8–11, the show will be held from October 31–November 4 in the same location, the Park Avenue Armory. The TEFAF New York Fall will no longer happen this year. 
    • The Architectural Digest Design Show: Rescheduled from March 19–22 to June 25–28 at New York’s Pier 94. 
    • Object & Thing: Originally scheduled for May 7–10, the event will now be held November 13–15
    • Kips Bay Decorator Show House New York: Originally scheduled for May 8–June 9, now postponed for a date TBD later in 2020.

 

High Point:

  • High Point Spring Market: Rescheduled from April 25–29 to June 12–14, High Point Spring was ultimately canceled. High Point Fall is currently on track to take place as an in-person event from October 1321, in an elongated, phase format based on your office location.

Chicago:

Canceled:

  • NeoCon: The event originally scheduled for June 8–10 2020 has been canceled and the next NeoCon will take place from June 14–16, 2021. 
  • The Inspired Home Show: The 2020 event has been canceled and the next event will take place March 13–16, 2021.

Postponed:

  • Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens: Originally scheduled for April 25-May 15, the showhouse will now take place from July 11–August 9, 2020 as an in-person event with limited capacity and face masks required for all attendees.

Los Angeles:

Canceled:

  • Westweek: The March 18–19 event has been canceled; the Fall Market will take place on September 24 at the Pacific Design Center.

Postponed:

San Francisco:

  • San Francisco Decorator Showcase: Originally scheduled for April 25–May 25;this show house will be available as a virtual tour on August 29, 2020 and, if possible based on conditions, in-person tours from August 29–September 27, 2020.

Pasadena:

  • Pasadena Showcase House of Design: Rescheduled from April 26–May 17 to June 7–28, this event will now take place as a 3-D virtual tour, available on October 2, 2020.

Texas:

Atlanta:

Florida:

  • Design Miami/ Basel: Rescheduled from June 18–21 to September 17–20.  It is now canceled.
  • Art Basel: rescheduled from June 15–21 to September 15–20, the event has been further postponed to December 3–6, 2020.
  • Miami Home Show: Originally scheduled for March 27–29; the new date has not yet been announced. 

 

This list of postponed and canceled 2020 interior design events is sure to continue changing over the coming weeks. This article will be updated to reflect the latest status of the major industry happenings. Be sure to check the Design Manager blog frequently to stay informed on the latest interior design news.

 

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Margot LaScala
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