The first unmissable event of the year took place in January, at the KBIS trade show in Orlando (United States). The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show is the world's biggest international trade event dedicated to the kitchen and bathroom industry. For the last 50 years it has provided a platform for showcasing the latest products, trends and technologies in the sector. The first month of the year is also important in Germany, which hosted two trade fairs. The BAU trade show in Munich is the most important event for the European building industry, while Cologne's IMM trade fair is an event of international importance, one that provides an overview of furniture and designs currently on the market, as well as everything that's set to appear in the future. Elsewhere, the reference point for trade shows in the floor covering, stone and tile industry is The International Surface Event (TISE), which was held in Las Vegas (United States) at the end of January. To end the month we had the Interior Design Show, which took place in the Canadian city of Toronto and celebrated its 20th birthday by exploring the people, products and places that make the design world such an exciting and inspiring place to be.