world interiors day 2018

WID 2018 Design Without Borders


The theme for WID 2017 is “Interior Design for Generations”, tapping into the comprehensive knowledge needed to foster a greater connection between the built environment, its occupants and time. As global life expectancy continues to rise, the Interiors profession increasingly faces the challenge of creating spaces that serve many different generations, addressing matters of accessibility, sustainability and functionality that promote well-being and facilitate human advancement.


WID 2017 will be officially observed on Saturday May 27, 2017, but the whole month will play host to events highlighting the merits of the Interiors profession and the impact on the quality of life and the built environment.


World Interiors Day is an annual event spearheaded by IFI and designed to spotlight Interior Architecture/Design. The event actively engages professionals, national organizations, design enthusiasts and the general public to explore creativity, imagination, vision and passion in relation to the role of Interiors in society, culture and our future built environments. 


With the rapid evolution and general public awareness of design, the Interior Architecture/Design discipline requires a stronger foundation, with a deeper understanding and development of how the built environment affects and shapes humanity. As the IFI Interiors Declaration states, “In the spaces that are important to us, we experience not only a sense of place, but a sense of who we are, and of what we can be. Thoughtfully designed spaces help us learn, reflect, imagine, discover and create.” 


While the degree of challenges faced by countries and populations across the global community may differ, the aspirations are invariably the same. 


The month of May plays host to events highlighting the merits of the Interiors profession and the impact on the quality of life and the built environment. Events are planned by individuals and hosted all over the world, linked by a common theme chosen each year by the IFI membership to reflect the values of not only IFI but the industry as a whole. 

Past events range from smaller round table discussions to larger city-wide events varying in type, size, and location. Individuals may work together with local and/or national organizations to link small scale activities together to form a city-wide, province-wide, state-wide or country-wide event. 


or contact the national association of interior architects/designers in your country (APID)

Types of activities can include: 

Work with your Local Government

to proclaim the last Saturday in May as World Interiors Day. At the same time, have your city adopt the IFI Interiors Declaration to honor this important day. With the issuance of these proclamations, it is also an opportunity to showcase the progressive approach to design and economic development that your city government takes through the concurrent adoption/proclamation of the IFI Interiors Declaration. 

Open door programs

allow Interior Architects/Designers to showcase interiors usually not open to the public. Walking tours can be created by combining several of these open door programs. 


Open your practice

and invite the public into a professional space to see how Interior Architects/Designers work and the environments in which they design.


Free student practice day

provides students the opportunity to work in design studios for a day and learn the practice of interior design. 


Exhibitions and art event

in cooperation with local museums and institutions to curate and relate to this year’s theme or interior design in general. 


Lectures, talks, discussions

by interior architects/designers at schools, public libraries or other institutions will focus on the importance of our living environment. 


Kid’s activities

for the next generation! Work with educators to engage children in a range of creative, practical or fun experiences that raise their awareness of people and the spaces that surround them.