Record figures at the 2019 Hábitat furniture fair were the icing on the cake of a pivotal year for the region. In September, Valencia was named as the 2022 World Design Capital. a promotion project established by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design to recognise and honour accomplishments by global cities in the field of design.

In the meantime, the annual Feria Hábitat Valencia has become consolidated as the premier furniture, lighting and decoration fair in Spain. This year was a historic edition, with the most optimistic forecasts surpassed when 33,000 professional visitors attended the fair – 25 per cent more than in 2018.

“This balance could not be more satisfactory,” said director Daniel Marco, “both for the event itself and, above all, for the exhibitors. The number of visitors confirms the excellent sensations that exhibitors had been transmitting to us practically from day one. In fact, on the first day we already had a strong increase compared to last year, which made it possible to anticipate results that, in my opinion, consolidate the project we re-launched in 2017 by returning Hábitat to September and strengthening our commitment to regaining its status as a flag-bearer for Valencia and the Spanish design industry in general.”

Marco highlighted the “high level and quality of the professionals who travelled to Valencia, especially in the international arena. Foreign buyers have responded well, and we have had more international buyers from more countries than the 65 markets we had planned. In addition, our exhibitors have highlighted the return of stores and top distributors who are back at Hábitat to buy from their preferred suppliers. Undoubtedly, having three pavilions showcasing high-level contemporary exhibitions has prompted distribution professionals to once again choose Valencia to place their orders.” Marco also emphasised the design sector’s commitment to Hábitat in 2019, with the fair doubling its design and avant-garde exhibitions. “This was confirmed by the thousands of influencers, interior decorators, designers and contract professionals who have participated not only as visitors checking out the commercial options but also as an active part of 500 conferences, talks, meetings and round-tables scheduled under the auspices of ‘Ágora Nude’”

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