Milan Design Week 2019 is coming and there is much to see and experience, either in the iSaloni or all around the city. Don’t miss this complete article that will help you get by the city of design during April.
Illulian is one of the main brands set to be present at Salone del Mobile Milano, specifically at the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition at Hall 7, L18. This year, some of the main partnerships that Illulian are Moet & Chandon, Porsche and Boca do Lobo.
Aside from the brand’s presence at Salone del Mobile 2019, Illulian also has something special in tore set to take place in their showroom in Milan. If you hop by this establishment you can see not only some of the most wonderful products made by the rug brand but also some exquisite and luxurious furniture pieces from both the Portuguese luxury brand (Boca do Lobo) as well as from the German car brand (Porsche) that also has a couple of furniture products. If you’re interested in seeing some great luxury furniture the full address of the showroom is Via Alessandro Manzoni, 41, 20121 Milano MI.
Another showroom that will be having a special surprise that you can’t miss is Breadaquaranta, known as one of the most important chains of showrooms in Milan. Fatebenefratelli’s showroom is set to open its doors for a very special occasion: a casual design cocktail which will be held on the 11th of April starting at 6 pm and going on until 11 pm.
The main theme of this event is mid-century, which means that during this amazing cocktail party guests will have the opportunity to go back in time to the fifties as well as to check out some amazing furniture pieces from top brands, one of which will be Portuguese lighting brand Delightfull.
The XXII International Exhibition of La Triennale di Milano has started on the 1st of March and it will go on until the 1st of September. The full title of the exhibition is Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, being complemented by 22 International Participations that provide different perspectives regarding the connections between humans and nature.
This year’s edition is currently curated by Paola Antonelli (Senior Curator of Architecture and Design and also the Director of R&D at The Museum of Modern Art, New York) and it has a lot of exhibitions occurring right now, among them The Great Animal Orchestra, The Nation of Plants, and many more.
One of the main highlights of Milan Design Week this year is the fact that they’re paying homage to Leonardo Da Vinci’s work, life and legacy. However, there are a couple of little surprises to see in the city, among them the event AQUA. Leonardo’s Vision.
From the 6th to 14th April, the Conca dell’Incoronata will be featuring a special initiative for onlookers. The Conca will be fully covered with an architectural insert in the form of a great expanse of water. On the edge of the same expense, a huge LED screen will become a window that will show a “future” version of Milan, showing a skyline that changes according to the time of day. Going inside of the canal itself visitors will be experiencing an interactive experience enfolded in image and sound through the use of cutting-edge technology.
Kartell has a lot instore for Milan Design Week, and among these special initiatives we can point to “The art side of Kartell”. This event intends to illustrate through works and installations the relationship between Art and Kartell.
The initiative intends offers an unconventional interpretation of the company’s history founded by Giulio Castelli all the way back in 1949. If you’re interested in this event then be at the Palazzo Reale, at 7 pm, on the 9th of April. If you’re curious regarding the Kartell Store in Milan, this is the address: Via Carlo Porta, Via Filippo Turati, 1, 20121 Milano MI, Itália.
The Manzoni consists of the new 100-cover restaurant has been created by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio. Its pre-opening is set to happen during Milan Design Week, revealing both a restaurant and a showroom. During the opening of this new establishment, Tom Dixon himself will be showing off three specific new collections: Fat (a chair adaptable to any sitting position), Spring, and Opal (both lighting works by the designer).
If you want to visit this showroom anytime after, the address is as follows: Via Alessandro Manzoni, 5, 20121 Milano MI, Itália
Mooi is set to introduce “A Life Extraordinary” in a new location in Milan’s design district Brera where aside from showing their Japanese denim suitable for interior usage (Shin-Denim), they will also be showing two new designs, under the umbrella of More Moooi Moments: the BFF Sofa and The Party. Don’t miss this initiave at: Mediateca St. Teresa, Via della Moscova 28
For 2019, Daikin presents “Breeze of Light”, an initiative which will be consisting of an air-related installation created by Nendo through its flexible concept. According to Daikin, this installation will evoke the sensation of a comfortable breeze obtained through the movement of light and shadows, without the use of air for the effect. Oki Sato himself has explained that the main purpose of Breeze of Light is to make the participants “feel wind by the variance in shadow intensity”.
You can see this exhibition for yourself at Via Vigvano 18, 20144 Milano
This is one of Tortona’s biggest showcases during Milan Design Week counting with a huge area of 15.000 sq.mt which welcomes over 100.000 registered visitors every year. Over the course of the years during Milan Design Week, this event has seen some of the top companies and designers participate, including names such as Moooi, Tom Dixon, Nendo, Foscarini, Paola Navone, among others.
Don’t miss this wonderful exhibition at Superstudio Più, via Tortona 27, Milan.
This year marks the launching of the first edition of the contest Ro Plastic Prize. This challenge to young designers has been divided into five distinct categories (Design, Home Textiles, Packaging Solutions, and Conscious Innovation Projects) all of which have the main goal of providing sustainable design solutions to help the environment.
The projects which are considered the best will be presented at Galleria Rossana Orlandi (Via Matteo Bandello, 14/16, 20123 Milano MI, Italia) during the Fuorisalone of the 2019 Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan.
During this year’s event, you will have the chance to meet and interview designers Marcel Wanders and Gabriele Chiave. If you’re from the press then don’t miss the opportunity to set an appointment and mark this on your schedule:
Don’t miss this special event from Visionnaire organized as a celebration for their 60th anniversary. If you’re from the press you can get a small preview on the 8th of April during a cocktail at Visionnaire Design Gallery, an event in which you can get to see the Decálogo Atr Book presentation, have an exclusive first look at their special immersive installation and assist a solo show by Delfino Sisto Legnani.
The full address is: Visionnaire Design gallery, P.zza Cavour 3, Milano, Italy
This year Normann Copenhagen will exhibit at the renowned venue of Superstudio Più an initiative that consists of a colourful landscape inspired by the abstract garden designs by Roberto Burle Marx. The press preview is set to happen at the Superstudio Press Office (located at the entrance of Superstudio Più in via Tortona 27) on the 8th of April 2019.
Moroso is introducing a new showcasing experience which consists of an installation by Marco Viola as a partnership with Ingo Maurer. The press preview will happen at the 7th and 9th of April at Moroso’s showroom in Milan (Via Pontaccio, 8, 20121 Milano MI). The installation will be available thereafter untill the 27th of April.
DE-SIGNO / DE-SIGN, is an installation organized by curator Davide Rampello, will try to draw a connection between Da Vinci’s engineering and contemporary Italian furniture designers. The immersive experience will host a show of images and music in which Leonardo’s planning and the industriousness of the Renaissance will be exposed especially in the way they helped shape modern design.
Here you can see the global benchmark lighting exhibition with several products in this sector such as outdoor, indoor and industrial lighting as well as proper lighting solutions for several types of occasions or establishments. Euroluce is also an important event when it comes to promoting the matters of eco-sustainability and energy saving in lighting and decoration.
This part of the event focuses especially on the work of young designers, specifically those under 35 years old. It can be described as a potential meeting place between potential young talents in design and businessmen. Here is an opportunity in Milan Design Week for many young designers to present their prototypes and make them into a reality by contacting several enterprises.
This exhibition area is relatively recent, yet it was created as a way of discussing the design and technology in workspace planning, seen as many designer brands are making an approach into workspaces. In this area, you can find many furniture products designed for several professional environments such as reception areas and office spaces. The exhibition set during Milan Design Week aims to make people see the possibilities in the creation of the workspace of the future.
This is a new project set to make its debut at Salone del Mobile 2019. It will consist of a crosscutting space that will be mostly devoted to design products as well as to decorative and technical interior design solutions when it comes to technical matters. This new initiative aims to become a business-to-business platform (similarly to Workplace 3.0) seeking to promote an alliance between retail, designers and companies.
Once again Kartell makes it in our list! On the 9th of April, the day in which Salone del Mobile opens (and Milan Design Week starts as a whole), at 9:30 am the brand will reveal one of their new projects which will be alongside Philippe Starck. The presentation will be at Kartell’s booth and will last around 30 minutes.
This year Moroso is another brand that promises to surprise guests with a new stand for the Salone del Mobile 2019. The stand is designed by acclaimed designer Patricia Urquiola, in a space in which the brand’s products will be displayed against a situational backdrop instead of being so less frontally than in the past.
It’s also important to mention their collaboration with Johannes Torpe on a series of products designed by the Danish designer, most specifically the Heartbreaker sofa collection that will be first unveiled during the event.
This year, inside space of over 2,400 square meters, the brands, Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors, Gianfranco Ferré Home, Etro Home Interiors and JCP will be introducing their distinct collections in a whole hallway. This will be an opportunity for the fans of any of the brands belonging to Jumbo Group to have a closer look at the many new furniture pieces that will be unveiled.
Baxter is preparing to present an initiative named “Punti di Vista” (translation: “Points of View”). This will consist of a training course for young filmmakers in which they will be set up to film a selection of appointments during Milan Design Week with a smartphone. The main goal of this initiative is to then join all of the clips together in the production of a documentary produced with the support of OffiCine.
Wave Murano Glass is a good example of the finest Italian craftsmanship in an initiative built by Roberto Beltrami, who despite not having any family ties in the Murano tradition managed to learn and master this incredible Italian art. If you want to see the finest example of Italian glasswork during Salone del Mobile, then don’t miss the chance to see this for yourself at Euroluce, hall 9, stand n16.
Both Dimore Gallery and Dimore Studio are a part of Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran’s dreams and visions when it comes to their expositions related to interior design. If you manage to have a look inside either of these two spaces you are guaranteed to have a look at some of the finest sculptural furniture you’ll see in a lifetime.
This gallery was created by Nina Yashar and it’s located near the Garibaldi train station. In this three-floor space, you can expect to be amazed by the huge atrium, inspired by La Scala opera house with the special touch of several vintages and colourful design elements. Hop on to Viale Vincenzo Lancetti, 34, 20158 Milano and be amazed at this enormous space
This gallery is an obligatory must-stop spot for young designers, seen as this is one of the most revered platforms for avant-garde Design and Lifestyle. If you’re lucky you might even have a chance to meet the revered designer Rossana Orlandi herself.
To close our list, and if you happen to feel a little hungry then you definitely have to check out The Torre restaurant located at Fondazione Prada. This space was designed by Rem Koolhaas alongside Chris van Duijn and Federico Pompignoli of the OMA studio. The room is located on the sixth floor and it features both a bar and restaurant area.
The inside is characterized by the contrast between the large floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a stunning view of the city of Milan. If you’re curious then head down into Via Lorenzini, 14 – 20139 Milan.