One of the year's most important home furnishings, gifts and accessories trade shows, Tendence gets underway on August 26. This year the event is divided into two broad categories, Living and Giving, and is expected to attract around 57,000 people. Tendence will be followed by outdoor and garden show Spoga Gafa and home furnishings show Maison et Objet in September. Together these three events will help shape interior design trends for the coming year. 

15th Tendence 
August 26-30 
Messe Frankfurt trade center 
Frankfurt, Germany 

A huge range of consumer goods from a large number of international suppliers are exhibited at this yearly trade show which attracts around 57,000 people. In 2011 the event will be divided into two main categories, Living and Giving, which are further divided into sub-sections. Some of the main themes at Tendence 2010 were 'functional furniture,' 'products with personality' and 'Gemütlichkeit' - a German term meaning to feel good and have a good time.

Chara Hobby 
August 27-28
Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall 
Chiba, Japan 

Chara Hobby 2011 is one of the largest annual trade shows dedicated to character goods and hobby items, with a particular emphasis on the latest Japanese manga and anime characters, as well as the broader pop-culture scene. The event will feature hundreds of booths by companies producing anime and other video software and novels.  

51st IFA 
September 2-7 
Messe Berlin GmbH exhibition center
Berlin, Germany 

One of the world's biggest consumer electronics trade shows, IFA 2010 attracted 1,423 exhibitors and 235,000 visitors generating 3.5 billion euros worth of orders. The event serves as a launchpad for many new innovative consumer appliances; among the products launched at last year's event were touchscreen, remote-controlled induction hotplates from Caso, the intelligent CAFFEO CI coffee maker by American firm Melitta, and Windoro the world's first automated window cleaner by Ilshim Global Co.

Spoga + Gafa
September 4-6 
Koelnmesse  exhibition center    
Cologne, Germany

The annual garden industry trade show attracts around 50,000 visitors and offers insights into next year's garden trends. Last year one of the main themes of the show was 'the lounge outside,' which placed great emphasis on comfortable living room-style furniture that was suitable for outdoor use. According to a preliminary report by the fair's organizers, barbecues are this year's big trend and there has been an increase in the demand for high quality goods and big brand names.
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33rd Maison & Objet
September 9-13
Villepinte Exhibition Centre
Paris, France 

Unlike trade shows such as Ambiente, which is centered on mass consumer appeal and functionality as well as aesthetics, the edgy designs at Maison & Objet are aimed more towards the high-end of the home furnishings scale. Last year's event attracted over 85,000 visitors from around the globe.