The Press Release:
After careful consideration, the NY Luxury Design Fair has decided to make the very difficult decision to postpone the inaugural event to September 8-11, 2022, due to ongoing complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fair has found great enthusiasm and support from prestigious media partners, A&D trade organizations, and many leading manufacturers, and expected robust ticket sales from trade professionals and consumers eager to attend. Unfortunately, many confirmed and prospective exhibitors, local and abroad, have communicated continued challenges including unpredictable future health concerns, managing product backlogs, current workforce shortages and travel bans, limiting corporate policies, and delayed shipping timelines.
The situation is compounded by many regular and prospective exhibitors deciding to forgo participating in all trade shows in 2021. Show management felt the fair, which was designed to showcase a wide range of products across key design categories, would not present the optimal level of luxury offerings without the full roster of premier brands. With this and all stakeholders’ best interests in mind, it was decided that the best course of action is to postpone the fair to ensure the most successful luxury lifestyle fair in 2022. This is disappointing news, but the show team and partners have laid a strong foundation for next year, September 8-11, 2022, and there is every confidence that it will have an exceptional debut.
The NY Luxury Design Fair team would like to thank all confirmed exhibitors, media partners, industry organizations, and the greater design community for their support. They look forward to resuming conversations in early 2022.
About the NY Luxury Design Fair: The NY Luxury Design Fair is an annual four-day event showcasing exceptional furnishings from hundreds of leading brands and up-and-coming independent makers, all representing the best in the luxury interiors and design market. The fair is an evolution of the company’s long-running Architectural Digest Design Show presented by the show’s same producers. The NY Luxury Design Fair offers consumers, architects, designers and other design professionals an unparalleled array of the best the luxury design industry has to offer—from furniture, lighting, rugs, accessories and textiles, to kitchens, baths, tile, hardware, and outdoor offerings. The fair includes design activations, engaging culinary demonstrations, and special appearances. It’s the ultimate resource for truly inspired luxury design. NY Luxury Design Fair is produced by theMART, a Vornado Property.
About theMART: theMART (formerly The Merchandise Mart), located in the center of the sought-after River North submarket, is interwoven into the fabric of Chicago as an innovator in business, technology, culture, art, media and more. As the largest privately held commercial building in the United States, it is one of the world’s leading commercial buildings, wholesale design centers and the preeminent international business location in Chicago. Encompassing 4.2 million gross square feet, theMART spans two city blocks, rises 25 stories, and is visited by an average of 30,000 people each business day and nearly 10 million people annually. Offering continuous innovation and creativity from leading manufacturers and design forward showrooms, theMART serves as the home to Chicago’s most creative and technologically innovative companies.
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Piercing Ken Thoughts: While I was very much looking forward to this event the announcement doesn’t really surprise me at all because the ongoing issues with the virus and variant after variant coming to pass are just making things like this harder to coordinate. The idea of less attendance is the exact opposite of what a trade show or convention is looking for and while this one was open to the public as well, there are too many factors to worry about with those who have not opted to get the vaccine. Speaking for me, I got the vaccine when I was able to because I wanted to go to things once again and see all the awesome outside of my living quarters. I did one event which was very restricted and I will assume that more will be like this if they even happen. I am pro-vaccine and I know many readers are not but I will not argue with you on this. It’s your decision. Good luck to all, I hope to see everyone in the real in some sense when possible. As expected the old dates for this and the new ones will be updated on the Events Calendar. Stay tuned to that resource and the socials for the very latest updates. Please stay safe out there.