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Interior Design Exhibition Calendar 2009

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 Interior Design Exhibitions 2008/2009 UK

Dates Venue Show Name Public/Trade event Web Address
4 Sept 2008 - 11 Jan 2009 V&A Museum, London Cold War: Design 1945-1970 Public www.vam.ac.uk
6 Oct 2008 - 31 Jan 2009 London Silver Vaults The Sculptor's Art in Silver Public www.thesilvervaults.com
14 Oct 2008 - 22 Feb 2009 Geffrye Museum Choosing the Chintz Public www.geffrye-museum.org.uk
25 Oct2008 - 22 Mar 2009 Royal Academy of Arts, London Byzantium 330-1453 Public www.royalacademy.org.uk
6 Nov2008 - 24 Dec2008 Heard Gallery , London Christmas Full of Design Public www.heardgallery.co.uk 
22 Nov - 24 Dec 2008 White Hart Lane, Barnes, London The Dining Room Shop’s 23rd Annual Christmas Show Public www.thediningroomshop.co.uk
14 - 18 January 2009 Business Design Centre, london London Art Fair Public www.londonartfair.co.uk
18 - 21 January 2009 NEC, Birmingham Interiors Birmingham Trade www.interiorsbirmingham.com/designinteriors
19 - 21 January 2009 NEC, Birmingham Hospitality 2009 Trade www.hospitalityshow.co.uk
20-25 January 2009 Battersea Park, London The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Public www.decorativefair.com
22 - 25 January 2009 Sandown Park Exhibitions Centre, Esher Stitch and Creative Crafts Show Public www.sccshows.co.uk
23 - 25 January 2009 Kilhey Court, Lancashire Luxury Antiques Weekend Public www.kilheycourtfair.com
25 - 27 January 2009 SECC, Glasgow Scotland's Spring Trade Fair Public www.scotlandstradefairs.co.uk
10 - 12 February 2008 Business Design Centre Islington, London The Surface Design Show Public www.surfacedesignshow.com
27 Feb – 1 Mar 2009 Royal College of Art, London Ceramic Art London Public www.ceramics.org.uk
2 - 4 March 2009 Glasgow SECC Scothot 2009 Trade www.scothot.co.uk
3 - 5 March 2009 Earls Court, London Ecobuild Public www.ecobuild.co.uk
11 - 15 March 2009 Business Design Centre London Country Living Magazine Spring Fair Public www.countrylivingfair.com
13 - 15 March 2009 Linden Hall, Northumberland Luxury Antiques Weeekend Public www.lindenhallfair.com
15 - 20 March 2009 Design Centre Chelsea Harbour London Design Week 2009 15 - 17 March 2009 Trade Only www.designcentrechelseaharbour.co.uk
21-26 April 2009 Battersea Park, London The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Public www.decorativefair.com
24 - 26 April 2009 Hellaby Hall, Rotherham Luxury Antiques Weekend Public www.hellabyhallfair.com
10 - 12 May 2009 ExCel, London kbbreview Expo 2009 Trade www.kbbreviewexpo.com
10 - 12 May 2009 ExCeL Centre, London Floorstyle 2009 Public www.floorstyle09.co.uk
10 - 12 May 2009 ExCeL Centre, London The Tile & Stone Show Public www.thetileandstoneshow.co.uk
17 - 19 May 2009 Earls Court KBB Trade www.kbb.co.uk
19 - 21 May 2009 Excel, London The London Furniture Show Public www.londonfurnitureshow.com
29 May - 21 July 2009 Old Truman Brewery,London Free Range Public www.free-range.org.uk
9 - 11 Oct2009 Sandown Park Racecourse The Esher Hall Antiques and Fine Art Fair Public www.esherhallfair.com
26 - 29 Nov 2009 The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse The Autumn Antiques and Fine Art Fair Public www.lapadafair.com
24 - 27 Sept 2009 Berkeley Square, London The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair Public www.lapadalondon.com
27 - 30 Sept 2009 Royal Hospital Chelsea, London Decorex International 2009 Public www.decorex.com
29 Sept- 4 Oct 2009 Battersea Park, London The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Public www.decorativefair.com


Tips for buying at trade shows - particularly NEC Furniture Interiors Birmingham
1 Your badge will identify you clearly at Trade only show and can be scanned by exhibitors to post you price lists and brochures later.
2 The exhibitors are in the main wholesalers showcasing their new ranges to retailers and buyers who may offer them sizeable orders and contracts.
3 If interested in purchasing the products ask:
  • The minimum first order requirement (check delivery costs you will need to pay).
  • The minimum order carriage paid. (Delivery free and inclusive). Often for larger orders only.
  • Whether they are prepared to deliver direct to your customers.  Some will not and are only organised to deliver large quantities by articulated lorry. Be sure of access to small residential streets.
4 Be honest about your buying power. Some will not trade with Designers and regard us as retail buyers not trade. Some will be happy to trade with you on individual/one off orders. Options for future business will be regarded favourably.  Trade prices on first orders will vary according to supplier. 
5 Don't expect to find them on the net. Some wholesalers will not have a web site to display goods or products. They may have catalogues which they may not make available to small buyers (too expensive).  They may specialise in selling to buyers and retailers.
6 Some wholesalers will sell to you on one off basis from product ranges that you see at the show or buy one off with the option to create other orders.
7 Photography is sometimes not permitted. Some of the product lines you will see are unique and new designs are keenly guarded against copyright theft. They will not appear in catalogues for this reason.  See www.acid.uk.com Anti copying in design for more details.
8 Size of the companies vary - there are always new companies exhibiting at the NEC for the first time. Some are smaller family run businesses.
9 Look out for signs giving details of minimum orders by container load or pallet.  
10 You will need 2 days to get around all the halls. Go early, there is lots to see.  Be prepared for a long walk around the 15 halls of exhibitors! 
11 Staying overnight? Check out cheap rates for Hotel accommodation at www.expedia.co.uk 





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