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Design Destinations: April’s Side Agenda


Photo by Salone del Mobile

April is full of exciting events in the world of design! This month, there are several destinations offering unforgettable experiences for design enthusiasts around the world. Here are a few noteworthy stops on April’s event agenda.


PAD Paris 

3 to 7 April, France


PAD Paris, established in 1998, is being held this year in the picturesque setting of the Tuileries Garden. This prestigious fair gathers numerous dealers specializing in contemporary and historical art and design from both France and around the world. Among the participating exhibitors are well-known names such as Atkris Studio, Galerie Chevalier-Parsua, and Maison Parisienne.


Photo is courtesy of Aequo


OFFF Barcelona 

4 to 6 April, Spain


The OFFF Barcelona festival is back for its second edition in April 2024, following its successful debut in 2023. This three-day event, hosted at Disseny Hub Barcelona, promises an exciting lineup of workshops, masterclasses, keynotes, installations, performances, and awards. It celebrates various design disciplines including sound, graphic, web, and user experience design, along with photography, illustration, and film. Scheduled from April 4th to April 6th, 2024, the festival will take place at Disseny Hub Barcelona, located at Place de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38, 08018 Barcelona, Spain.


Photo is courtesy of OFFF


Milan Design Week

17 to 23 April, Italy


This year, Milan Design Week, the world's largest annual design event, is returning to its traditional April schedule for the first time since the onset of the pandemic. Running from April 17th to 23rd, the festival is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of attendees to various venues throughout Milan. At the core of the event lies the Salone del Mobile furniture fair, featuring a multitude of brands showcasing furniture, lighting, home appliances, kitchen and bathroom fixtures, outdoor furnishings, and workspace solutions. In addition to the furniture fair, a series of activities, discussions, exhibitions, art installations, and showroom unveilings collectively known as the fuorisalone will unfold throughout the week. These events are scattered across designated design districts in the city, including the Brera Design District, Isola Design District, Tortona Design Week, and 5Vie Design Week.


Photo is courtesy of Designboom


Coverings

18 to 21 April, USA


The Coverings 2023 trade show, focusing on surface and finishes, is set to occur at the Orange County Convention Center. Featuring nearly 1,000 tile and stone brands, the event offers attendees a comprehensive exhibition experience. In addition to the showcase, Coverings 2023 will feature a series of seminars and workshops addressing industry trends. Architects, designers, distributors, retailers, stone fabricators, contractors, specifiers, and builders are all welcome to attend the four-day event, scheduled from April 18th to 21st, 2023, at the Orange County Convention Center located at 9899 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819, USA.


Photo is courtesy of Coverings


Concéntrico 09

27 April to 2 May, Spain


The ninth edition of the Concéntrico International Architecture and Design Festival is set to return in 2023, featuring an array of exhibitions, installations, and various activities. This six-day event, located in Logroño, northern Spain, will expand into new areas within the city. Showcasing both Spanish and international architectural and design talent, the festival will highlight installations crafted by prominent names such as Barkow Leibinger, Studio Ossidiana, Marc Morro, Oana Stanescu, Didier Faustino, Camille Walala, and Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects.


Photos are courtesy of Concéntrico

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