If you want to see the newest and the latest (or the oldest and the coolest), there are a number of well-known furniture fairs around the world that are worth visiting.
Six of the most famous shows include:
ICFF 2012: May 19 through 22, New York City
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012: May 22 to 26, London
Jardins, Jardin 2012: June 1 to 3, Paris
Brimfield Antique Show 2012: May 8 to 13, July 10 to 14, and September 4 to 9, Brimfield, Massachusetts
Milan Furniture Fair 2013: April 9 to 14, Milan (pictured at right)
Antique Garden Furniture Show at the New York Botanical Garden 2013: April, New York City