Autumn Design Season Features Fairs and Confabs From Coast to Coast

Westedge Design Panel - H - 2016

WestEdge Design Fair takes over Santa Monica while Salon Art + Design storms New York's Armory.

Autumn is just Mother Nature’s way of redesigning the landscape, trading green leaves for orange and red, and blue skies of battleship gray. For design tips, she could stop at any one of the many fairs happening on both coasts, including crucial stops in the Midwest as this season provides ample opportunity to take in the latest in a cross section of design disciplines.

WestEdge Design Fair — Don’t be surprised to bump into Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Terry Crews, co-founder of Amen&Amen home design, at the opening night party, along with designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, TV’s Ty Pennington and designer Alexandra von Furstenberg. Focus this year is on international talent hailing from familiar and far-flung corners of the globe, as well as the MADE:MODERN section highlighting cutting-edge furniture design. Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, Nov. 3-6

DIEM: Talks Design — The fifth annual confab will explore themes of sharing, co-working spaces and collaborative design, through a series of panel discussions curated by Mallery Roberts Morgan and Frances Anderton, host of NPR’s DnA: Design and Architecture. Showrooms throughout West Hollywood, Nov. 11

Art San Diego — With a focus on contemporary art, this year’s theme is [THRESHOLD], meant to evoke the idea of standing on the precipice, which is vague enough to be all-inclusive. Over 500 galleries from around the world will be represented, drawing on average 15,000 collectors. Balboa Park, San Diego, Nov. 3-6


DesignerCon (DCON) – DJ Z-Trip will host the opening night party for the 11th annual DesignerCon in Pasadena, the largest event of its kind, featuring 355 vendors of collectible toys, home goods and art. Panel discussions include one with filmmaker Brian Levant (Jingle All the Way) on how to turn art into entertainment. Pasadena, Nov. 19-20.

Boutique Design Trade Fair — This confab featuring hospitality design for restaurants, hotels, spas and casinos will draw more than 600 manufacturers from every area of interior design. Steampunk artist Bruce Rosenbaum of ModVic will replicate a whale he created for the Nantucket Hotel & Resort. Jacob K. Javits Center, New York, Nov. 13-14

The Salon Art + Design — Curated from 55 galleries around the world, historical, modern and contemporary furniture will be on display, along with a wide selection of decorative artworks and late 19th and 20th century fine art. Focus is on mid-century modern from the U.S., Italy, France and Scandinavia. Park Avenue Armory, New York, Nov. 11-14

SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional Art and design) — More than 70 dealers from around the world working in fiber, ceramics, wood, jewelry and metal are on display, but glass is this year’s theme, featuring the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow and numerous panel discussions on glass design. Navy Pier, Chicago, Nov. 3-6

Dining By Design — Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA) holds its silent auction benefit offering Cocktails By Design and a Chef’s Tasting on opening night, a viewing of the auction items the following day and a closing night gala. 222 Merchandise Mart, Chicago, Nov. 2-3

Design Leadership Summit — Dedicated to promoting education and community connectivity between design, architecture and contemporary art, this year’s summit will feature two days of workshops and networking, with curated tours emphasizing specific design elements of Miami. Members only. Nobu Hotel Eden Roc Summit, Miami Beach, Nov. 28-30