Trade fairs are business-building opportunities and inspirational hotbeds. So, make time to expand your vision.
Attending events and exhibitions is a must for our design industry. As interior designers and architects, it helps us drill down on the latest information and trends within our sectors, meet new vendors and suppliers in the market and, equally importantly, network with our peers.
Personally, I am motivated by my three “I”s - to inform, incite and inspire ideas for design projects. Too often, we avoid these conferences and seminars, because we do not want to be “sold” something during our limited time at the event. However, in many cases, the presenters and panelists promoting their projects might just be what we need as designers and architects to stay relevant and compliant with the ever-changing codes of practice. We need to see the creative vision of our colleagues, and step outside of the box of our own studio or our clients’ way of looking at design concepts and execution.
That’s why, in March, I made time to attend three three major events: the Armory Art Show 2016 in Manhattan; Seatrade 2016 in Fort Lauderdale (usually in Miami and one which I have not attended for a number of years) and BDwest in Los Angeles.
The Armory Show ranged from the usual collectors’ art exhibitions with famous artists such as Josef Albers, Antony Gormley, Andy Warhol, etc., to our newest and most important contemporary stars. Most notably this year, there was a major focus on African art, which was obvious as soon as you walked in the door and were met with the artwork from Ed Young.
The most interesting section of this art exhibition, for me, is the Independent Show where you still have an opportunity to buy affordable art and potentially discover the next big names in art. Some to watch include: Skylar Fein, Alfredo Esquillo Jr, Maria Rubinke or the provocative Kent Monkman and Nadine Wottke.
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