Informa Acquires America’s Largest Design Event, Dwell on Design

May 29, 2015 - Dallas, TX


Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate and Dwell Media announced today that Dwell on Design, an asset of Dwell Media, LLC with shows in New York and Los Angeles, will now be owned by UK-based Informa and run by Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate. The agreement formalizes a partnership between Dwell and Informa, which aims to expand the scope and international presence and influence of Dwell on Design, currently America’s Largest Design Event.

Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate President Rick McConnell and Dwell Media President and CEO Michela O’Connor Abrams make this announcement on the opening day of the 10th annual Dwell on Design L.A. to celebrate the power of this collaboration—one that will elevate the experiential offerings and status of Dwell on Design for the attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors that they value across each of their shows.

Integral to the Dwell on Design experience is the on-stage content, which will continue to be curated by Dwell Media – with Dwell Executive Vice President of Content Amanda Dameron leading the editorial team. Since its inception in 2006, the content themes have expanded from the show floor to offsite events at Dwell Design Week and will remain dedicated to driving attendee engagement and exhibitor activations at Dwell on Design.

“It has long been the plan for the evolution of Dwell on Design to include international iterations of what is truly America’s largest design event,” says Dwell President and CEO Michela O’Connor Abrams. “Paramount to achieving that level of growth was finding the right partner. I am confident that we have done just that with Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate, and that Rick McConnell and his team will make Dwell on Design the largest must-see design event worldwide.”

With the acquisition of Dwell on Design, Informa adds to its roster of over 150 events worldwide and continues to expand its shows in the Design vertical. For both brands, the long-term partnership agreement is entered into with the goal of establishing Dwell on Design’s global presence as the premier design event series and voice of modern design around the world.

“Dwell Media, the voice of modern design, has established Dwell on Design as the largest must-attend design event in the U.S.,” said Rick McConnell, President of Informa Exhibitions U.S. “The acquisition is a tremendous addition to the Informa portfolio, and now strategically positions Informa to be the most significant producer of design and construction exhibitions in the country. We are excited to partner with Dwell Media to make Dwell on Design the must-attend design event worldwide.”

Dwell on Design NY 2015 will be held October 2-4, at Clarkson Square in Soho in New York, NY.  Dwell on Design LA 2016 will take place June 24-26, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. For information about exhibiting or attending, visit


Dwell Media is a world-class design brand and publisher of Dwell Magazine, Dwell digital properties—including and Dwell Store—as well as national events from modern home tours, to the Dwell on Design events in Los Angeles and New York City. Dwell has received countless industry awards and is widely regarded as a leader in modern design. It serves an affluent audience that is idea-driven, sensitive to social and physical surroundings, and always “At Home in the Modern World.” Dwell and Dwell on Design are registered trademarks of Dwell Media, LLC. 

About Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate

Located in Dallas, TX, Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate is an award-winning, full-service exhibition company with an exceptional track record for producing high-quality, successful shows providing networking and industry education.

Informa owns leading exhibitions in the U.S. including: World of Concrete, The International Surfaces Events, International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, International Roofing Expo, Remodeling Show, DeckExpo, JLC LIVE, CONSTRUCT and manages the American Institute of Architects Convention.  International shows include World of Concrete India, World of Concrete Europe, Greenbuilding Brasil International Conference & Expo and Greenbuild EuroMed.

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About Informa
Informa is the world´s largest supplier of specialized information and services for the academic, scientific, professional and business communities. The Group is headquartered in London and has 100 offices in 25 countries and 6,000 employees worldwide. The shares of Informa Group are listed on the London Stock Exchange, and are included in the Index of the 250 largest companies (FTSE-250:INF).

Informa is one of the largest publicly-owned organizers of exhibitions, events and training in the world. The Global Events division provides inspiring marketplaces and the opportunity for knowledge to be shared. The Academic Publishing division publishes books and journals with over 55,000 titles available that provide individuals and organizations with the knowledge they need to carry out their work. Our Business Intelligence division offer structured databases, subscription-based services, real-time news, research and business-critical information creating business advantage.

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