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Must See International Furniture Fairs

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Must-See International Furniture Fairs

At any given time there is bound to be a furniture show, fair or expo going on somewhere in the world. It'd be impossible, or just plain tedious, to review them all.

Here are a few can't-miss furniture fairs leading the way:

China International Furniture Expo

Shanghai, China: Shanghai New International Expo Centre

-Centered on green, environmentally-friendly design.

-Contemporary upholstery and leather upholstery products.

-European classical furniture.

First fair: 1993

Last fair (17th fair): September 14-17, 2011

74,564 visitors (up 9.74% from 2010)

2,600 exhibitors

600,000 square meters

Next fair: September 11-15, 2012

International Contemporary Furniture Fair

New York, New York: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

-Modern tributes to classical American forms.

-Faux materials (synthetic wood), as well as unique combinations of materials (wood with metal, wicker with plastic).

-LED and CFL lights

First fair: 1988

Last fair (33rd fair): May 14-17, 2011

25,422 visitors (up 9% from 2010)

550 exhibitors from 39 countries

145,000 square feet

Next fair: May 19-22, 2012

Milan Furniture Fair

Milan, Italy: Milan Fairgrounds

-Mercedes-Benz furniture debut.

-Philippe Starck 90% recycled post-industrial factory waste chair.

-Designer OLED lamps.

First fair: 1961

12,600 visitors

Last fair (51st fair): April 17-22, 2012

331, 649 visitors (up 5.9% from 2011)

2,500 exhibitors

5 million square feet in just the main fair grounds

Next fair April 9-14, 2013

International Furniture Fair Singapore

Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre

-48 hours showroom makeover challenge.

-Design and green seminars with more than 200 participants.

-Speeches from 30 industry experts.

First fair: 1982

Last fair (51st fair): March 9-12, 2012

23,522 visitors (up 13% from 2011)

512 exhibitors from 26 countries

$303 million in transactions

$3.6 billion expected in follow-up sales

Next fair: March 2013

Malaysian International Furniture Fair

Kuala Lumpur: Putra World Trade Centre

-Green technology in manufacturing seminar.

-Won the MACEOS Industry Excellence Award in 2011.

First fair: 1995

50 participating countries

$22 million in transactions

75,000 square meters

Last fair (16th fair): March 1-5, 2011

20,000 visitors

140 participating countries

$22 million in transactions

Next fair: March 5-9, 2013

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