Over the coming weeks the latest in Australian design will be presented at the Sydney Design Festival and trade professionals from around the world will attend the New York International Gift Fair in the United States. This year, the Sydney Design Festival will be centered around the theme of "Is old new again? " and feature workshops, seminars and tours while the New York International Gift Show presents a wide variety of the latest in housewares design.

15th Sydney Design 2011
July 30 - August 14
Sydney, NSW, Australia

More than 50 venues across Sydney will highlight Australian design during the 15th edition of the two-week Sydney Design festival. The events all center around the theme of "Is old new again?" From architecture to fashion, the Sydney Design festival program includes exhibitions, seminars, installations, workshops, talks and tours. Similarly, Victoria's State of Design event is held July 20-31 and investigates how design can create sustainable development opportunities and improve living conditions.

New York International Gift Fair
August 13-18,
Javits Center New York
New York, USA

This event is the second of two editions of the New York International Gift Fair held in 2011. The event is open to trade professionals only and attracts around 35,000 visitors per year. Earlier in 2011 the NYIGF honored a variety of products including those categorized as 'green'. The event attracts retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers' representatives. The categories of goods on display at the show range from home furnishings to fashion accessories and dog toys.
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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 divided into further 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.