Welcome, dear readers, to 2016 – we wish you a happy, prosperous and well-designed year!

Architecture and building

The building year starts with one of Europe’s biggest construction fairs, the vast Swissbau (12-16 January) in Basel, Switzerland. More than 100,000 visitors interested in building meet up with some 1,100 exhibitors from the sectors of building shells, building services engineering, building site equipment, interior finishing, plus concept and planning. It is followed by Deubaukom in Essen, Germany (13-16 January) an important construction trade fair for the west of Germany and the Benelux countries. It offers an overall view of the major developments and competences of the construction industry and brings together innovations and expertise from architecture and engineering, the housing industry and industrial construction.
Architect@Work UK (27-28 January) gives consumers the opportunity to meet architects, interior designers, engineers, project developers and much more.
Gevel 2016 in Amsterdam (27-29 January) focuses on the building envelope with innovations, technology, materials, know-how, ideas and meetings for architects and building engineers. Its sister event, held in Rotterdam, Material Xperience (27-29 January) is a materials fair aimed at creative professionals and featuring 100 exhibitors showing everything from walls and floors to facades.
Kilmahouse 2016, (29 January-1 February,) a building and architecture fair in Bolzano, Italy, specialises in green, renewable and energy-saving ideas for trade visitors.

Art and antiques

Antiqua in Genoa (16-24 January) features art and antiques from top Italian galleries, in conjunction with the Museo dell’Accademia Ligustica Antiqua. It’s then over to the UK for the thrice-yearly Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (19-24 January), aimed at decorators looking to source unusual English and European antiques, original 20th century designs and works of art from all periods to the present day. It’s followed by the London Art Fair (20-24 January), which may not have the high visibility of big boys like Frieze but don’t be fooled: its offering of modern and contemporary British art is unrivalled and it’s an excellent place to discover new artists. Look out too for Art Projects, showcasing large scale installations, solo shows and curated group displays from around the world, and Photo50, the fair’s annual showcase of contemporary photography.
A relatively new kid on the block, Artgeneve’s Salon D’Art (28-31 January) welcomes both dealers and art institutions, therefore offering visitors a dialogue between selling and museum work. New this year is a sculpture park in the centre of Geneva. Art Herning (29-31 January) unites Denmark’s top galleries offering national, international and up-and-coming artists in a range of media.
ARTE FIERA (29 January-1 February), one of Europe’s oldest modern and contemporary art trade shows is held in Bologna, Italy. In its 40th year, 21 exhibitors, including 190 galleries displaying 2,000 works of art by 1,000 artists can be found within the pavilions of BolognaFiere, plus a special exhibition showing works acquired by Arte Fiera over the last 40 years. And discover Bologna during ‘an intense weekend dedicated to culture’, Art City Bologna.

BRUNEAFThe Brussels Non European Art Fair (20-24 January) unites Europe’s top ‘primitive’ antique and art dealers, offering African, Oceanian, Indonesian, pre-Columbian, Asiatic and Australian Aboriginal art, and ranging from sculptures to masks via fetishes, weaponry and fabrics. In the same city and overlapping BRUNEAF, BRAFA which runs 23-31 January, is a major fine art and antiques fair offering an eclectic mix of specialities from antiquities to the 21st century. Look out for 130 exhibitors from 12 countries.
The Luxembourg Antiques and Art Fair (29 January-1 February) is another a major event with more than 100 exhibitors selling huge range of antiques from jewellery and books to paintings , sculptures, objets d’art and much more.

Interiors and design

For interior designers the year starts at Heimtextil 2016 in Frankfurt (12-15 January). This international home textiles fair has been the sector’s first trade fair for decades and is a major platform for manufacturers, retailers and designers. The London Textile Fair follows hard on its heels (13-14 January) and is one of Europe’s most prestigious textiles trade events featuring accessories and a print studio as well as textiles. Look out too for Casa Texbo in Salzburg (27-30 January). Domotex (16-19 January) has every possible kind of flooring a decorator or consumer could want, including a section for floor-laying professionals plus the World Flooring Summit and is the place to discover carpet and floor textiles trends.
Don’t miss IMM Cologne (18-24 January), the year’s first big interior design show and furniture fair. Always a winner for its market-ready offering, it’s also a great place to spot new directions with the TrendForum, and of course there’s the prestigious Interior Innovation Award. The biannual Formex in Stockholm (20-23 January) is a major event in Nordic interior design (25,000+) and a grest place to spot trends. Look out for kitchens home textiles and furnishings as well.

It is followed swiftly by a fair that needs no introduction: the globally influential, trend-setting Maison&Objet (22-26 January), Paris’s major biannual design fair at the forefront of decorative architectural solutions. Seven halls, each with a different theme, feature a special exhibition by a designer using products within. And of course we must mention Paris Deco Off, running at the same time as Maison & Objet. Focusing on wall coverings, from material to wallpaper and paint and thence to textiles and more, the fair is going from strength to strength. Look out for a show at La Musée des Arts Decoratifs and a student competition.

design.börse Berlin (22-24 January) is a vintage fair featuring design from the last 120 years including furniture, interior design, technique, glass, ceramic, metal, jewellery, fabrics & clothes, fashion & art. Look out for big names like Eames, Jacobsen and van der Rohe.
Ismob 2015, held in Istanbul (12-17 January), is Turkey’s biggest furniture fair, featuring some 1,000 brands across 13 halls. Look out for a big industrial and office furniture section as well as modern, classic and modular styles. Other home, garden, decoration and gift shows include L’Univers de Habitat in Chinon, France (30-31 January).


We’re intrigued by Punk London: 40 Years of Subversive Culture, from 4 January, a year-long celebration of punk. Supported by luminaries like the Mayor of London, British Fashion Council, BFI, Design Museum, ICA, The Photographers’ Gallery and many more, it promises a wide-ranging calendar of gigs, exhibitions, talks, films and more, starting with the Resolution Festival at the 100 Club from 4-14 January.

Fans of Joan Miró should not miss Barcelona-based gallery Mayoral’s immersive tribute to the great Spanish painter, marking 60 years since the studio was founded in Mallorca in 1956. Held at 6 Duke Street, St James’s, London (21 January – 12 February), the show recreates Miró’s atelier. The exhibition is curated by Elvira Cámara, and produced in collaboration with historian Joan Punyet Miró, the artist’s grandson.

Two excellent architectural exhibitions are also opening: Creation from Catastrophe
at The Architecture Gallery, RIBA, London and Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (both from 26 January). RIBA looks at how the destruction of cities, whether manmade or natural, can present unique opportunities to radically rethink townscapes, exploring the varying and sometimes magical ways that cities and communities have been re-imagined in the aftermath of disasters. Meanwhile The RA’s exhibition charts the course of British architecture through twelve maverick architects: Smythson, Vanbrugh, Wyatt, Soane, Cockerell, Mackintosh, Holden, Goodhart-Rendel, Stirling, Price, FAT and Hadid.