Looking Back at Trade Show Highlights

I can’t remember how or when I found out about furniture shows, but I do remember walking down the floors at Dwell on Design in 2008 and being both excited and inspired by what I saw. I quickly added ICFF and NeoCon to my list of shows to explore and since then the DM team and I haven’t stopped traveling the world in search of the coolest things.

When retailers recognized Design Milk as a source of great design, we received invitations to attend various trade shows and design weeks – from curating parts of a show, to creating memorable pop-up shops, to helping emerging designers, leading lectures, and even leading juries.

We are very grateful to the members of the exhibition team who contacted us, invited us to participate and worked with us over the years. We look forward to being at the IRL trade fairs again soon!

Here are some of our favorite collaborations:

NeoCon
Our media partnership with NeoCon continues to grow and we look forward to seeing the modern design explosion from the ever-changing contract furniture market. Every June we are never disappointed with the innovation of the Merchandise Mart. Keeping an eye on how our way of working is developing is always appealing and fascinating!

“We love the partnership with Design Milk and their innovative team. Design Milk worked with us to develop several custom initiatives that have been incredibly valuable to our commercial interior design audience as well as to the NeoCon brand. The Design Milk team are absolute professionals and partnering with them helps us deliver engaging and unique content to the NeoCon community. We loved watching Design Milk grow over the years and are proud to call them a partner! Happy 15th Anniversary! ”-Lindsey Martin, Marketing Director, NeoCon

Interior Design Show Vancouver + Toronto
Our friends in the north have no shortage of great design to share, and we are grateful to have attended both IDS Vancouver (with pavilions and lectures) and IDS Toronto (where we had our first international milk booth)!

“The collaboration with Design Milk began in 2015 and consisted of co-curations in the form of dynamic installations and panel discussions. In addition to the impressive reach of Design Milk, it is really Jaime Derringer and the team’s competence in terms of design and his eye for accessible, but contemporary and even groundbreaking ideas and brands that have made them the right partner over the years. “- Jody Phillips, Former Brand Director, Interior Design Show (IDS)

SuperPAC exhibition at WestEdge 2014

WestEdge design fair
Design Milk has been a strong supporter of the growing SoCal WestEdge Design Fair since its inception. We love how they bring modern design from around the world together with local SoCal brands to create a fun mix of art, design and the Californian lifestyle. We are grateful for your continued support from Design Milk!

“Design Milk has been a media partner of WestEdge since we were founded and such an important partner in our shared mission to offer creative people a platform and to support them. We love how innovative and inclusive they highlight so many established and, perhaps more importantly, lesser-known talent through their content, advocacy and e-commerce. Congratulations Design Milk on your anniversary and thank you for your continued support and partnership! ”-Megan Reilly, co-founder of the WestEdge Design Fair

WantedDesign jury and winner 2019

WantedDesign
Emerging design, small global brands, student designers, oh my! WantedDesign has long been one of our favorites for a number of reasons, but the main reason we love working with them is the discovery of founders Claire Pijoulat and Odile Hainaut. Our two brands have always been geared towards finding and highlighting young design talent, so we’re so grateful to help their featured young designers get as much exposure as possible.

“It’s been such a fruitful and creative partnership to work with Design Milk on several programs, including our Conversation Series and the WantedDesign Launch Pad program. Since 2014 we have expanded the Launch Pad program and expanded our international recognition for the platform. We had very interesting success stories and thanks to Design Milk the designers got such a great presentation. Jaime has chaired the Launch Pad jury every year since its inception. Design Milk and WantedDesign are not just media partners, but work closely together throughout the year to provide both target groups with original content. It is a real pleasure to work with Jaime and her team! Congratulations on the 15th anniversary! “- Claire Pijoulat and Odile Hainaut, founders of WantedDesign

KBIS 2019 DMMTalks Lounge

KBIS
We took part in the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) as media partner, speaker and recently curator and organizer of the KBIS DMMTalks Lounge. It was so much fun working with the KBIS team and White Good to bring more innovative design and engaging conversations to KBIS.

“We have had the pleasure of working with Jaime and the Design Milk team on a number of our Emerald Expositions exhibition clients. As a long-time partner of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) owned by the NKBA, Design Milk brings a new perspective on programming content, reinforcement strategies and emerging new design talents. Building on that and being organized, we rely on Design Milk to expand our reach and reach a smart, savvy audience that loves all things design-related. ”-Sherry Qualls, CEO, White Good MARCOM Agency

A big thank you to everyone who is involved in the industry fairs and has helped to keep Design Milk up to date! We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

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