The Top 5 Design Destinations To Visit In March 2019

 New Yorkers and visitors alike have the Armory Show, Asia Week, and AD’s Design Show to look forward to. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, Singapore will throw an annual citywide celebration of design.

New York City

March is a big month for New York. The famed Armory Show is celebrating its 25th anniversary with 59 new exhibitors and a total of 194 galleries hailing from 33 countries. While it draws visitors to Piers 92 and 94, SCOPE will run concurrently at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea with a focus on groundbreaking contemporary work. Next up will be Asia Week, which will celebrate its tenth anniversary from March 13–23 with auctions, exhibits by dealers, and special shows at the Met, the Rubin Museum of Art, Asia Society, and other cultural institutions. Finally, from March 21–24, AD’s Architectural Digest Design Show will take over Piers 92 and 94 with displays by 400 brands, demonstrations, seminars, and special appearances.


The sixth edition of Singapore Design Week will take place March 4–17, with key events like the International Furniture Fair and Singapore Urban Design Festival expected to draw architects, designers, and makers to the city-state. There are plenty fantastic hotels.


Self-described as “Australia’s leading annual international design event,” Melbourne Design Week will take place March 14–24. This year’s theme, “Design Experiments” encourages participants to imagine how design can shape the future.


The Belgian capital will come alive March 14–17 as Collectible Design and the Affordable Art Fair draw visitors to the city for an array of contemporary art and design events. Plus, you could easily start here and then head to Maastricht, which is about an hour and a half away by train. Check into the Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo, a bastion of style around the corner from the Grand Place, and be sure to spend some time in the antiques shops of Les Sablons.

Maastricht, the Netherlands

This small Dutch city becomes a hive of activity every year for TEFAF, one of the world’s most important fairs for art, antiques, and design. The fair will take place March 16–24 at the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Center. Book a room at Kruisherenhotel Maastricht, a member of Design Hotels inside a Gothic church that’s been outfitted with furniture by Le Corbusier, Philippe Starck, and other modern and contemporary designers. You’ll want to stop by Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen, a bookstore set inside a Gothic church that’s considered one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores.

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