Milan hosts seven days of events across the city.
Milan – the Italian and arguably European capital city of design – hosts this year’s spring Design Week 2019 from 8 to 14 April, with a parallel, eclectic Fuorisalone “beyond the fair” programme of events, exhibits, cocktail parties, performances and more in every corner of the city.
Milan Design Week runs parallel to the Salone Internazionale del Mobile furniture trade fair, attracting buyers and sellers to the city every April. So there is a triple programme with events for furniture specialists, design fans and the public at large.
Now into its 58th edition, the Salone del Mobile is a showcase mixing business with culture, shaping the history of design and furnishing yesterday, today and tomorrow. The fair is split into three style categories: Classic, drawing on the values of tradition, craftsmanship and skill in the art of making furniture and objects in the classic style; Design, for products that speak of functionality, innovation and boast a great sense of style, and xLux, devoted to timeless luxury re-read in a contemporary key.
Milan Design Week is not a trade fair; it was born spontaneously in the early 1980s by companies that operate in interior and industrial design, a collective event focusing on design to coincide with the Salone del Mobile in Milan.
The events are mainly located in the showrooms of participating companies, scattered throughout the city. However, over time whole city areas have been dedicated to temporary exhibitions, often on former industrial wasteland.
The Fuorisalone started spontaneously early in the 1980s thanks to the companies working in the furnishing and industrial design sectors, and this year offers hundreds of events in bars, clubs, piazzas and palazzi all around Milan. The website has a handy map to discover what’s going on this week where you live or work, for example RoBOTL (pictured), a massive, six metre-tall installation to be located in Piazza XXV Aprile.
This year the programme is expanding into many related sectors including automotive, technology, telecommunications, art, fashion and food.
Whether you’re in Milan for business or tourism or live there already, whether you’re interested in furniture or disco dancing, whether you prefer modern art or retro collectables, Design Week in Milan offers plenty to see and do.