Milan ready for Design Week

Including the events of the Fuorisalone

Over 1,000 events, 1,504 exhibitors, 12 info points around the city, over 100 volunteer students from Milan design schools to help visitors, 250,000 copies of “The Map” with details of the Fuorisalone programme of parallel events, eight city boroughs involved and two apps for free download – these are some of the numbers that describe Milan’s Design Week from Tuesday 14 to Sunday 19 April.

Marcel Wanders

While the core business of furniture and other design will attract experts and visitors from around the world to the Rho fairgrounds, the traditional parallel programme will involve most of the city in a series of spinoff events, some strictly and others more loosely inspired by the world of design.

These will be hosted in the city areas Brera, 5 Vie (between Cordusio and S. Ambrogio), Porta Venezia, Tortona, Lambrate, "Sarpi Bridge", Sant’Ambrogio and San Gregorio. A detailed programme is available on the bilingual Fuorisalone website, divided into the categories of art, architecture, design, furniture, activities and other events.

Jader Almeida

Among the more exciting events is the inauguration on Thursday 16 April of the greatest exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci ever held in Italy, in the Palazzo Reale. The Palazzo will also host, from Monday 13 April, the exhibition Design for Life, covering 25 years of history of living interiors captured by original paintings.

Another high point of the programme will be the installation Favilla – Ogni luce una voce, to be held in Piazza S. Fedele from 14 to 19 April. Visitors will follow a seven-minute walk through a black box to experience the interplay of sound and lights.

Giorgio Armani
Giorgio Armani

The free app for iOs or Android can be found on the Fuorisalone website. They provide information on all the Milano Design Week's events, with addresses, descriptions, photos and routes to reach them.