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Milan Hit List | 2024 Milan Design Week & Salone del Mobile.Milano

POIKILOS by Objects of Common Interest for Nilufar Depot | Milan Design Week 2023 | Photography by Ruy Teixeira 

We’ve shortlisted the must-see designers, installations and spaces at this year’s Milan Design Week and Salone del Mobile.Milano 2024.

Salone del Mobile.Milano

April 16 – 21 2024

The 62nd Salone del Mobile.Milano will be centred around the theme of ‘Where Design Evolves’. The fair will feature approximately 2,000 exhibitors while spotlighting kitchen and bathroom design with the biennial exhibition EuroCucina. Under the leadership of president Maria Porro, architects and neuroscientists have devised an innovative layout for the fair, which will also feature an installation of ‘dreamlike rooms’ by famed filmmaker David Lynch and a ‘Drafting Futures Arena’ designed by Formafantasma where all talks will be held. 

Noteworthy exhibitors include Spanish rug company Nanimarquina who will be launching three new collections of its handmade wool rugs in collaboration with leading designers; Doblecara by Ronan Bouroullec, Haze by Begüm Cana Özgür and Oblique by Matthew Hilton.

Italian furniture and kitchen design brand Molteni&C. will be celebrating 90 years at the fair with a 2024 collection that derives inspiration from Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi. “We’ve opted to use unique materials that harken back to the refinement of the 1930s. This collection encompasses a fresh sense of decorative sophistication, adding yet another layer of depth to the Molteni&C universe,” Molteni&C. creative director Vincent Van Duysen says. 

Kartell has partnered with Philippe Starck to launch an inaugural collection designed by artificial intelligence made from recycled Illy Iperespresso coffee capsules. At the same time, iconic Italian brand Poltranova will return to the fair after 30 years to showcase its entire collection. This year also marks the return of Memphis Milano and Gufram. Other stands not to be missed include the Baxter ‘Clay House’, Edra, Tacchini, Glas Italia, Magis, Poliform, Kettal and e15. Be sure to check if pre-registration is required to enter each exhibit.

Location:

Rho Fiera fairground

Zanotta at Salone del Mobile.Milano 2023 | Photography by James Nelson

Salone del Mobile.Milano  president Maria Porro | Photography by Alberto Strada

Baxter at Salone del Mobile.Milano 2023 | Photography courtesy of Baxter

EuroCucina & The International Bathroom Exhibit

April 16 – 21 2024

In its 50th year, the biennial EuroCucina will present Technology For the Kitchen. The globally renowned kitchen exhibition will explore environmental, economic, and social responsibility through a series of ‘installations, set designs, projects, talks, and tasting experiences’. 

Here, Danish kitchen and furniture brand Vipp will pay tribute to their 85th anniversary with their V3 kitchen; self-supporting modules clad in anodised aluminium. Leading Italian brands such as Barazza will showcase their kitchen range – from oven systems to hobs, sinks and accessories – alongside tapware brands such as Armando Vicario. Kitchen appliances will focus on modern technology, materials, chef-designer collaborations and sustainability, as well as heritage appliance brands such as La Cornue

The biennial International Bathroom Exhibit will showcase bathroom furnishings under the banner of wellness, sustainability and technological evolution. It will feature an installation by Accurat, Design Group Italia and Emiliano Ponzi ‘Under the Surface’, which will challenge sustainable water use in bathroom design.

Location:

Rho Fiera fairground

EuroCucina: Pavilions 2 & 4

International Bathroom Exhibit: 6 & 10

V3 Vipp Kitchen | Image Courtesy of Vipp

Molteni&C. Kitchens | Prime Kitchen by R&D Dada Engineered | Image courtesy of Molteni&C.

SaloneSatellite

April 16 – 21 2024

Celebrating its 25th anniversary at Rho Fiera Milano, SaloneSatellite is a crucial platform for designers under 35, led by SaloneSatelitte founder and curator Marva Griffin. 

Since its inception in 1998, SaloneSatellite has fostered connections between emerging designers and the global design community – a launchpad that has seen many prototypes make it to production. Prominent designers who’ve passed through SaloneSatellite include German designer Sebastian Herkner and Japanese designer Oki Sato (Nendo)

The 25th edition will feature 600 participants from 37 countries and 22 design schools and universities from 13 countries, emphasising its role as a vital interface for dialogue and discovery in the design world, underscored by the 13th SaloneSatellite Award. 

SaloneSatellite’s impact on the future of design will be further highlighted in an exhibition at the Triennale di Milano, curated by Beppe Finessi and Ricardo Bello Dias, who have been integral to the exhibition designs since the beginning.  From April 15 to 28, the exhibition “Universo Satellite” will recognise the ‘universe’ SaloneSatellite has created – a testament to its enduring vision and pivotal role in shaping the international design landscape.

Location:

Rho Fiera fairground

Adjoining pavilions 5 & 7

Photography by Ludovica Mangini

Draga & Aurel at Rosanna Orlandi Gallery | Milan Design Week 2023 | Photography by Riccardo Gasperoni

Galleries

15 – 21 April 2024

Design gallery Nilufar Gallery, founded by renowned gallerist Nina Yashar, will present ‘Time Traveler’ for Milan Design Week 2024; an exhibition that combines contemporary designs and collectable classics. The gallery will host new solo exhibitions for Maarten de Ceulaer and Draga & Aurel, alongside Christian Pellizzari and Lola Montes pieces and vintage American design objects from the sixties. 

Nina Yashar’s other industrial exhibition space, Nilufar Depot, will spotlight solo shows by modern artists Andrés Reisinger and Analogia Project, alongside works by Allegra Hicks, Lucia Massari, Objects of Common Interest, and Ranieri. Digital artist Andrés Reisinger will also transform the space with an experimental exhibit, “12 Chairs for Meditation”, co-curated by Nina Yashar. 

Draga & Aurel have also partnered with architect Giuliano Andrea dell’Uva to design ‘Apartment of Wonder’ for Rosanna Orlandi Gallery during Milan Design Week 2024. The ‘Apartment of Wonder’ will explore transparency, colour, juxtaposing shapes and materials within an apartment setting. Eminent gallerist Rosanna Orlandi has also curated the ‘Design Walk in Budapest’ exhibition at Triennale di Milano. Through a contemporary lens, the exhibition will trace Budapest’s creative community and its architectural and design heritage.

Locations:

Nilufar Gallery: Via Della Spiga, 32

Nilufar Depot: Viale Lancetti, 34 

Rosanna Orlandi Gallery: Via Matteo Bandello, 14

Triennale di Milano: Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6

Gallerist Nina Yashar | Photography by Mattia Lotti 

Villa Bagatti Valsecchi is one of two sites for Alcova 2024. | Photography courtesy of Alcova

Group Exhibition Space

16 – 21 April 2024
 
First launched in 2019, Alcova is now a widely recognised group exhibition curated by Joseph Grima and Valentina Ciuffi, staged in different dilapidated buildings in Milan. In its seventh year, Alcova will unfold across two historic villas: Villa Borsani and Villa Bagatti Valsecchi. The Modernist Villa Borsani was designed by Osvaldo Borsani during WWII, and Villa Bagatti Valsecchi stands as a significant example of 19th-century villa architecture. Presenting projects that explore the theme of dwelling and the future of design within these historically significant settings, the two sites will host emerging and established designers and innovative works, as well as talks and performances. Names to note at this year’s Alcova exhibition include Objects of Common Interest x Bitossi, cc-tapis, Atelier de Troupe, Colin King’s wallpaper collaboration with Calico and Australian designers Tom Fereday and Don Cameron.
 

Locations:

Villa Borsani: Via Umberto I, 148, Varedo 

Villa Bagatti Valsecchi: Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 48, Varedo

Photography by Angela Hau

Diesel Living with Moroso Pop-up | Milan Design Week 2023 | Photography by Leonardo Duggento

Flagship Showrooms

16 – 21 April 2024

For this year’s Milan Design Week, Cappellini will present a brand new collection at its corner flagship showroom, which opened last year in the heart of the Durini Design District. Other recently redesigned showrooms to walk through include Giorgetti and Porro, while Nemo will present a new layout concept inside their Monforte showroom with a project by Studio dell’Uva Architetti and designs by Lina Bo Bardi and Álvaro Siza. Spotti will present their own brand SEM Milano, including collections by Hannes Peer and Motta Architecture, in their showroom and again in a private home Casa SEM, accessed by appointment only. For more apartment-style showroom experiences, look to the Bocci apartment and H+O Apartment Gallery by Josephine Akvama Hoffmeyer and Elisa Ossino. Other design showrooms on our radar for their new releases and esteemed collaborations include Cassina, Living Divani Gallery, Flos, Moroso, Carl Hansen & Son, Poltrona Frau,  Foscarini and B&B Italia.
 
Locations: 
 
Brera Design District: Carl Hansen & Son, H+O Apartment Gallery
 
Durini Design District: Cappellini, B&B Italia, Cassina, Porro.
 
Montefort: Flos, Foscarini, Nemo, Living Divani Gallery.
 
Bocci Apartment: Via Lorenzo Mascheroni, 2
 
Moroso S.p.a: Via Pontaccio, 8
 
Spotti: Viale Piave, 27
 

Casa SEM | Milan Design Week 2023 | Photography by Giulio Ghirardi 

Formafantasma founders Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin | Photography by Gregorio Gonella 

Ferragamo’s new flagship showroom features a limited edition ceramic design, “Acquario” by Analogia Project. | Photography courtesy of Ferragamo

Fashion Houses

Luxury fashion houses are known for their highly-anticipated Milan Design Week exhibits. This year, Hermès will showcase its new tableware service, ‘Tressages équestres,’ and following its chair collection in 2023, LOEWE will showcase a new collection of lamps in the 18th-century Palazzo Citterio. 

Gucci will present ‘Design Ancora’ at its Montenapoleone flagship store, a project celebrating five Italian design icons, and Armani/Casa will unveil its latest collection ‘Echi dal Mondo (Echoes from the World)’ within the historic Palazzo Orsini. Bottega Veneta, together with Cassina and Fondation Le Corbusier, will present ‘On the Rocks’, an installation at Palazzo San Fedele. Prada will host the third 2024 Prada Frames symposium at the Bagatti Valsecchi Museumcurated by Formafantasma dissecting design’s relationship with the environment under the theme ‘Being Home’. Ferragamo will also welcome visitors to their new Montenapoleone showroom by Vincent Van Duysen, featuring a limited edition ceramic design, “Acquario” by Analogia Project.

Locations:

Hermès: La Pelota, via Palermo 10 (April 16-21)

Gucci: Via Monte Napoleone 7A (April 15-21)

Armani/Casa:Palazzo Orsini, Via Borgonuovo 11 (April 16-21)

Bottega Veneta: Palazzo San Fedele (April 16-20)

Prada Frames:Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, Via Gesù 5 (April 14-16)

Ferragamo: Via Montenapoleone, 3

Hermès | Milan Design Week 2023 | Photography by Maxime Verret

Designers David Flack (left) and Volker Haug | Photography courtesy of Volker Haug 

Australian Design in Milan

16 – 21 April 2024

An esteemed lineup of Australian brands and designers will be on show during this year’s Milan Design Week. Don’t miss Melbourne lighting designer Volker Haug’s collaboration with designer David Flack titled ‘Me and You’ – debuting a collection of 13 decorative light fixtures. Known for their lighting designs, Melbourne’s Articolo Studios will unveil their foray into furniture with a ‘furniture smalls’ capsule collection designed by founder and creative director Nicci Kavals and an installation designed alongside David Goss. Melbourne-based lighting studio Christopher Boots will also reveal their latest collection ‘Crux’, inspired by the five stars that form the Southern Cross, while Melbourne lighting brand Rakumba will return with their second edition of ‘Enlightened Living’ with Spotti Milano at the Valcucini flagship in Brera, Milan.
 
Locations:
 
Volker Haug x David Flack Studio ‘Me and You’: Via San Maurilio, 18
 
Articolo Studios: Via Solferino, 44
 
Christopher Boots: Via Ciovasso, 17
 
Rakumba Lighting at Valcucine Showroom: Corso Garibaldi, 99

Photography courtesy of Volker Haug

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