Milan Design Week (12th – 17th April) is one of the biggest events in the design calendar, with thousands of exhibitors and events happening across the city. This week thousands of attendees will be scanning the press and going through their ‘Milan-folders’ attempting to schedule their week!
To help give you some inspiration, we asked our Head of Marketing, and some of our friends and seasoned Milan-visitors for some of their highlights at this year’s event.
Bea Addis, Head of Marketing, eporta
- The Restaurant by Tom Dixon and Caesarstone: The brand takes a step back to look at their building blocks – the materials behind their products; marble, wood and plastic, glass, iron, brass and copper. La Rotonda della Besana, Via Enrico Besana 12
- Wallpaper Arcade: Now in its 7th year, Wallpaper Handmade will take over Via San Gregorio’s Arcade with installations featuring pieces from Slamp and Stellar Works, as well as a collaboration between Kalmar and Wallpaper Handmade. The Arcade, Via San Gregorio 43
- Nilufar Gallery: Featuring the work of six furniture designers between 1940-1970, this year the Nilufar Gallery are celebrating Brazilian design. Nilufar Gallery, Via della Spiga 32
Carolyn Larkin, Founding Director, Caro Communications
- CasaVitra: Vitra’s installation in the city centre as part of the Fuorisalone will present Hella Jongerius’ insights and inspirations about colour, textiles and materials, alongside a pop-up shop selling timeless Vitra designs. Spazio Edit, Via Pietro Maroncelli 14
- Raw Edges, 5vie art + design: This installation will explore Israeli design duo Raw Edges’ popular herringbone pattern, from their initial colour experiments through to the final assembly of the pattern. 5vie art + design, Via Zecca Vecchia 3
- Vivienne Westwood: For the fourth year running, Vivienne Westwood will host an exclusive design collaboration in its flagship showroom, which this year sees the iconic British brand partner with Stories of Italy to launch its debut home décor collection. Vivienne Westwood Flagship Store, Corso Venezia, 25 / Vivienne Westwood Boutique, Via Vincenzo Capelli, 4
Lastly, for some welcome respite head to B Cafè (Via San Maurilio 20) or Ceresio 7 (Via Ceresio, 7) for a much needed glass of Prosecco between events.
Kate Burnett, Editor, Studio.
- A visit to the Fiera in Rho can be overwhelming but without it, you can’t really say you have properly experienced the Salone. It has to be seen to be believed! If it’s your first time, it’s best to be selective – pick a few favourite names and head straight to their halls. With 24 halls, all a mini-exhibition in their own right, it’s best not to try and do it all… Subway, Rho Fiera Milano stop
- As well as cutting edge design there is usually a glimpse into old-world Milan which provides a breath-taking contrast. Try Lasvit at the Palazzo Serbelloni this year where the Czech glass company has restored some of the chandeliers in the sala Napoleoniche and will also be showing its striking contemporary pieces by cutting edge international designers. Palazzo Serbelloni, Corso Venezia 16
- New districts seem to spring up in Milan every April. The so-called Fuori Salone is vast and ever-changing, so head for a specific district and take a morning (or evening) to explore – try Brera or 5Vie this year (and Tortona is always busy and worth a visit). An opportunity to spot up-and-coming talent and interesting collaborations, as well as experiencing more of the city itself. Across Milan, see Fuori Salone website for full information
Katie Treggiden, Design Journalist and Editor, Confessions of a Design Geek
- Ventura Lambrate: Exhibitions are on the following streets:Via Conte Rosso, Via Ventura, Via Massimiano, Via Sbodio, Via Privata Oslavia, Via Cletto Arrighi.
Structure: the exhibition showcasing work from 26 Norwegian designers, set up by Norwegian Crafts in partnership with the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture. Via Ventura 6
Inside Wood by KHiB: the Bergen Academy of Art and Design present an exhibition exploring materiality of wood. Via Ventura 5
- HAY and wrong.london: Hay’s launches are always impressive; this year Sebastian Wrong and Danish brand HAY have joined forces to introduce a competitive new lighting brand, wrong.london. Via Palermo 10
- Lee Broom and his specially decked-out studio delivery van travelling firstly from London and then from design hotspot to design hotspot in Milan. Track the van on his website
- Spazio Rossana Orlandi – never to be missed, with both returning and new exhibitors. This year Patricia Urquiola’s first collaboration with Georg Jensen will be featured. Rossana Orlandi, Via Matteo Bandello 14/16
- and… returning after a 20 year absence XXI International Triennale show ‘Rooms. Novel Living Concepts’ at Milan’s beautiful design museum. Triennale di Milano, Viale Alemagna 6