Milan Design Week: Highlights 2017

As the Salone del Mobile event grows with each passing year, it's easy to get distracted; we shine a light on what not to miss at the 56th edition.

by Ifeoluwa Adedeji

From Tuesday 4th to Sunday 9th April, Rho Fiera and the city of Milan are transformed into an energetic bubble of excitement – something that no other event can do. It’s a key opportunity in an architect’s, lighting or product designer’s diary; a chance to be creative and open up to the curiosity of the audience they aim to serve with their innovative solutions.

“A showcase for Italian and international furnishing excellence, the Salone del Mobile offers a unique opportunity for world industry leaders to unveil their products,” says Roberto Snaidero chairman of the event. “The wide, exclusive range of commercial offerings on show attracts more than 300,000 industry visitors from over 165 countries, as well as premium media outlets from around the globe and of course the general public. Our close partnership with the city of Milan is of vital importance, confirming the city and the event’s status as capitals of design.”

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euroluce Euroluce, Salone del Mobile

What’s on?

Pavilions 9-11 and 13-15
The 29th edition of this biennial event will present a host of innovations from the world of lighting, from decorative fittings that are created for the home, to the technical designs aimed at industrial applications. Sustainability remains the buzzword as these products focus on saving energy and reducing light pollution. DeLightful (Design, Light, Future, Living) is a special feature of this year’s Euroluce. Curated by Simone Ciarmoli the exhibition will also present an award-winning independent short film by Matteo Garrone.

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Pavilions 22-24
This is a concept-driven exhibition dedicated to workspace design and technology. The event aims to deliver a response to the rapid changes in the world of work. As part of Workplace3.0, ‘A Joyful Sense at Work’, curated by Cristiana Cutrona, conveys a vision of the evolving future scenario of office environments. It presents innovative content and approaches to the design of office products and workspaces through three installations, each of which features the cultural aspects of the American, Asian and European continents, which is where the architects hail from.

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workplaceWorkplace, Salone del Mobile

Pavilions 22-24
This annual event, now in its 20th year, engages promising new talent from five continents to present fresh concepts and ideas. Running concurrently with the main fair and biennial events, this edition features a dazzling variety of home solutions and inspirations. 

salonesatelliteSalone Satellite, Salone del Mobile

The Mall, Porta Nuova
Curated by Migliore+Servetto Architects this event is dedicated to architectural finishes with the theme of lightness. An exhibition entitled ‘Absolute Lightness’ will present the finishes used in modern architecture set against a cutting-edge digital and interactive backdrop in the Porta Nuova district. You can also attend “Archicocktails” and discuss the latest trends in the building construction industry with some of the leading names in architecture and design. Runs from Tuesday April 4th to Saturday April 8th.

themallspace&interiors, Salone del Mobile

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Visitor Information:
Salone del Mobile Milano runs from 4 to 9 April 2017, at the Rho Fieramilano showground. Trade visitors only from 4 to 7 April, open to the general public on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 April. Pre-register online to skip the queues.

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