Milan Design Week Highlights

BY Anna Brady / Apr 3 2017 / 22:47 PM

This week, the great, the good and the party animals of the design community descend upon Milan for the Salone Del Mobile from 4-9 April and the wealth of concurrent exhibitions and events that coincide.

Milan Design Week Highlights
Courtesy of Rubelli
The Piron Chair by Rubelli Casa, which debuts at the Salone del Mobile in the xLux Pavlion
Milan Design Week Highlights
Courtesy of Atelier Swarovski Home
The latest Atelier Swarovski Home collections will be launched at Palazzo Crespi during Salone del Mobile 2017, with designs by Andre Kikoski, Barbara Barry (shown above), Studio Brynjar and Veronika and Tomas Alonso
Milan Design Week Highlights
Courtesy of Ochre
Seed Cloud Installation light by Ochre, who exhibit from 4-9 April at Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Milan
Milan Design Week Highlights
Courtesy of Calico Wallpaper
Imagined Landscape will launch at Calico Wallpaper’s first standalone exhibition during the Salone at via Varese 12, Brera Design District. It includes designs by Faye Toogood, Snarkitecture, Ana Kraš and BCXSY (shown above)
Milan Design Week Highlights
Courtesy of Kvadrat
Emerging in response to the urgent global issue of waste, Really is a new initiative, in partnership with Kvadrat, to upcycle end-of-life textiles into new materials for design and architecture. The first collection, Solid Textile Board, is an engineered board made from end-of-life cotton and wool textiles sourced from fashion, industry and households. The launch exhibition, by designers Christien Meindertsma and Max Lamb, illustrates the making of Solid Textile Boards and demonstrate potential uses of a material designed for the circular economy. It runs at Project B Via P. Maroncelli 7, Milan from 3–9 April
Milan Design Week Highlights
Courtesy of ercol
The new Marino three-seater sofa by ercol, launched at the Salone del Mobile in Hall 7, stand H21
Milan Design Week Highlights
Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
India Mahdavi’s side table, inspired by Middle Eastern nomadic hospitality, features a portable leather-covered base that unfolds like a book and a removable tabletop whose “benevolent eye” design is created in stunning leather marquetry. It is part of Louis Vuitton's Objets Nomades exhibition at Palazzo Bocconi, Corso Venezia 48, from 4-9 April
Milan Design Week Highlights
Courtesy of Lasvit
Kengo Kuma’s new Yakisugi collection for Lasvit, launched at Euroluce 2017 in Milan
Milan Design Week Highlights
Courtesy of Missoni Home
Missoni Home’s 2017 Copper Geranium range, launched at Pad.20, stand A11/B08
Milan Design Week Highlights
Courtesy of Adrian Cheng and Uchida Design Inc
Some of the Khora collection of furniture by the late Japanese designer Shigeru Uchida, in collaboration with Adrian Cheng, founder of K11 Art Foundation. Adrian Cheng and Uchida Design Inc. present Wander from Within at Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milan, 4-8 April
Milan Design Week Highlights
Courtesy of Fendi Casa
Fendi Casa’s Six Shades of Palmer design by Toan Nguyen, on show at Fendi Casa’s stand at Salone del Mobile, Hall 3 Stand C25 E24

It’s the 56th edition of the design fair, which each year is the key moment for international brands to launch their most innovative designs, from furniture to lighting, textiles to tableware. Each year there are some 2000 exhibitors overflowing from the Rho Fairgrounds on the city’s outskirts, and more than 300,000 visitors are likely to attend. It is split between three sections: Classic, Design and, launched last year, xLux, where timeless luxury designs are given a contemporary twist.

Alongside are two biennials: the returning Euroluce focused on lighting with 454 participants, and the 20th Salone Satellite, giving a platform to the work of 650 designers under 35 and a perfect hunting ground for talent scouts.

New Spring, an immersive installation by London-based Studio Swine in collaboration with COS, from 4-9 April at Cinema Arti, Via Pietro Mascagni, Milan. Courtesy of COS

The enormous Salone is really an event for the serious professionals and arguably more fun is the colourful shoal of pop-ups, exhibitions, installations and, let’s not forget, parties that take place during the week around the city, in all manner of locations from traditional galleries to abandoned stations. Many of these take place around all the design districts, each with their own character, such as Brera, Tortona, Zona Santambrogio, Ventura Lambrate and Ventura Centrale, a new location for Ventura Projects within a series of abandoned warehouses at Milan Central Station.

In all, it’s a heady riot of colour and ambitious creative endeavour from around the world. Too much to mention here but, scratching the (highly finished) surface, here is Bazaar Interiors pick of highlights.

The 56th Salone Del Mobile Milano runs from 4-9 April at the Fiera Milano Rho. For more information see