varsaw home & contract strengthens hundreds of design networking opportunities
the biggest design fair in central and eastern europe takes place at the ptak expo in warsaw
after the blow to business by the pandemic – and the kibosh that blocks put on social interaction – it’s no surprise that design professionals are eager to reconnect. in a post-covid world, the value of trade shows is more evident than ever. trade shows allow architects and interior designers to see new products in the flesh and industry professionals to reconnect with valuable contacts, make new ones and close deals.
the location of a fair is the key to its success. warsaw house & contract, held in the venue of the Warsaw Ptak Exhibition, is no exception. design professionals from across Western and Eastern Europe, and beyond, converge and network at this geographically convenient location.
to locate the commercial power of warsaw home & contract, warsaw is the leading financial center in central europe: its GDP in 2019 was estimated at 94 billion euros (105 billion dollars), making it one of the regions the richest in the EU.
(above) one of this year’s other thematic lighting exhibitions is warsaw home light
(banner) the theme of warsaw home & contract this year – meeting – offers the opportunity to reconnect with existing business contacts and forge new ones
all images are courtesy of warsaw home & contract
moreover, the strong tradition of furniture making in poland makes warsaw a natural choice for hosting a design event of this magnitude. occupying more space this year – 145,000 m² – it is one of the largest design fairs in Europe and the largest in Central and Eastern Europe. this fifth edition of warsaw home & contract will be held from October 27th to 30th. five hundred exhibitors will participate and 30,000 visitors have already registered.
the event traditionally brings together architects, interior designers, real estate, restaurant and hotel specialists and design enthusiasts from all walks of life. ptak warsaw expo will feature five themed fairs, highlighting new ideas across a wide range of product categories. it is Warsaw household furniture (furniture and design); warsaw home textiles; light at the house in warsaw; warsaw home kitchen and varsaw home build (for exhibitors in the fields of construction, interior design and sanitary ware).
Warsaw Home Kitchen presents new ideas in the kitchens of Poland, Central and Eastern Europe and many other countries
the pandemic has temporarily suspended the Warsaw home and contract, but this year sees its much anticipated return. Above all, all measures have been taken to ensure the safety of the event, with new facilities, entrances and exits and an enlarged car park.
visitors can look forward to an enticing program of additional events. one of them, the IDEAS exhibition, organized by kasia ptak, founder of the warsaw home & contract team, will present innovative concepts imagined by up-and-coming architects and designers. it also gives them the opportunity to form business relationships and advance their careers.
an exhibition, IDEAS, presents innovative ideas from emerging architects and designers
varsaw home & contract offers global designer exposure to local and foreign brands
another event, the Polish Design Festival, promotes local design, provides Polish designers with global exposure and is a major draw for international architects and interior designers looking for original products unique to the region.
that said, international brands will also have a strong presence. in 2019, 30% of warsaw home & contract exhibitors were foreign brands.
those hungry for stimulating conversations about the state of design today can head to the Design Forum – a program of discussions, lectures, presentations and workshops, whose speakers are journalists, architects and designers from all over the world. marcus fairs, founder of the online magazine dezeen, and designers karim rashid, christophe pillet, stefan diez and richard hutten are some of the panelists and speakers who attended the last warsaw home & contract edition in 2019.
the exhibition venue ptak warsaw expo hosts warsaw home & contract, one of the themed exhibitions of which is warsaw home furniture
“The theme of the show this year – ‘reunion’ – could not be more appropriate. our meeting is a chance to build lasting relationships based on a synergistic exchange of ideas and experiences, ‘ says marcin szczelina, artistic director of warsaw home & contract 2021. “It’s a return to conversations, to questions and answers – to the exchange of words and images, to communication based on the search for the best solutions. having gained the experience of recent events, we want to prove that although time has stood still for a while, it has not been lost. we could reflect on the values we have lost and appreciate the power of interacting with other human beings. ‘