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The ones to watch at Milan's Salone del Mobile 2016

At Salone del Mobile, the world of design comes together to celebrate innovation and tradition

Founded in 1961, Salone del Mobile has cemented its reputation as the place to see what is innovative, quality and original in the world of furniture and industrial design. Milan – with its buzzing creative scene, cobbled streets and sweeping architecture – personifies the Salone’s signature blend of innovation and tradition; the avant-garde alongside the artisan. Navigating what to do and see at Salone can be daunting, which is why we begin over coverage of 'Design Week' by breaking down the key events. 

Salone del Mobile: Innovation in progress

The 55th edition of Salone will see hundreds of thousands of visitors travel to the Milan Fairgrounds in Rho, a short metro ride from the city, where the fair is held annually. This year features more than 1,300 exhibitors spread over 145,000 m2 split into ‘classic’ and ‘design’ sections, where leading designers and manufacturers will launch their latest wares. The official website salonemilano.it is the best resource for exhibitor information and maps.

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salonesatelliteSalone Satellite 2015

SaloneSatellite, now in its 19th edition, is the Salone del Mobile’s official showcase for young talent. Unlike the main fair this exhibition is free to attend, and is a great place to spot highly original work by design stars on the rise. 

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EuroCucina & the International Bathroom Exhibition

eurocucinaA display at EuroCucina 2015

EuroCucina, the biennial kitchen exhibition, is dedicated to enticing kitchen collections with a focus on style, practicality and innovative materials. Meanwhile, the biennial International Bathroom Exhibition features cutting-edge furnishings, accessories, showers, saunas and more.

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Before Design: Classic

beforeCairmoli Queda

In keeping with themes of innovation and tradition, this special exhibition inside the Salone pays homage to classic Italian design. Conceived by creative studio Cairmoli Queda, the 800 m2 multisensorial layout explores different components of classical taste and its relevance today. It also features a ‘daring’ short film made exclusively for the show by esteemed Italian director Matteo Garrone (Gomorra, Reality).

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MADE expo: space&interiors

MiglioreServetto-Architects render--2© Migliore+Servetto architects

Architecture links with the furniture fair this year thanks to a permanent event hosted by MADE expo, a leading trade fair for the architecture and construction industry. Called ‘space&interiors,’ the event has been curated by Migliore+Servetto architects and highlights the latest in architectural surfaces, flooring, doors and finishes. Located in the stylish business district of Porta Nuova, the event is connected to Salone by a shuttle bus.

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1 Salone del Mobile / Salone Satellite / Before Design: Classic / EuroCucina & International Bathrooms Exhibition
2 space&interiors