Plus, the fairs planning to continue on as originally scheduled
By Alia Akka
Typically, spring is a thrilling time for the global design industry, the calendar crammed with high-profile fairs, exhibitions, and more. But as COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, accelerates and continues to wreak havoc around the world, the usually active season is taking a turn. With health and safety as the ultimate priorities, some of the most anticipated industry events have been forced to reschedule or downright cancel. Here is the current status for many of them, which we will continue to update regularly.
Festival of Design
Meant to run in tandem with the now-postponed Design Shanghai, the interdisciplinary Festival of Design will return in 2021. Presented by Shanghai architecture practice Neri&Hu’s Design Republic, the conference typically features talks, workshops, installations, and exhibitions.
Originally planned for: March 12–15
The Inspired Home Show
Owned and operated by the International Housewares Association, the former International Home + Housewares Show, held annually at McCormick Place in Chicago, is the largest housewares gathering in North America. Given its vast international audience, it’s been canceled until next year.
Originally planned for: March 14–17
Legends, the annual Los Angeles festival that lures thousands to La Cienega Design Quarter’s shops, showrooms, and galleries with windows transformed by interior designers, has scrapped plans for what would have been the 12th edition.
Originally planned for: May 7–9
Art Basel Hong Kong
The Far East sibling of the Switzerland and Miami Beach powerhouses, Art Basel Hong Kong is foregoing this year’s iteration at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre entirely, and will reappear March 25–27, 2021.
Originally planned for: March 19–21
Salone del Mobile
Every April, Salone del Mobile descends upon—and dominates—Milan, a city that’s been hard-hit by the coronavirus. As a result, the world’s most important furniture show, slated for April 9–14, will now take place June 16–21 at Rho Fiera Milano.
Originally planned for: April 9–14; now scheduled for: June 16–21
Venice Architecture Biennale
Normally, there would have been six months of the Venice Architecture Biennale to look forward to, but the show, curated by architect and educator Hashim Sarkis, has been whittled down to three. “How will we live together?” now opens August 29 instead of May 23 and runs through November 29.
Originally planned for: May 23–November 29; now scheduled for: August 29–November 29
Read on >>>> Source: Architectural Digest All the Design Events That Have Been Canceled or Postponed Due to Coronavirus So Far | Architectural Digest