A Complete Guide to Religiously Cherish During Milan Design Week 2018 ⇒ The much-beloved Milan Design Week will take place from 17-22 April and with it comes a series of design events and exhibitions that elevate the notion and future of design. These platforms allow creatives the opportunity to express and challenge themselves in an environment dedicated to originality and growth. They are also perfect for professionals and visitors to discover new ideas and designs as well as meeting the key figures of this industry. Today, CovetED will feature a complete guide featuring the best events and design districts to visit as well as the most stunning luxury hotels and restaurants to experience.
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— Salone del Mobile —
As one of the defining events of Milan Design Week alongside Fuorisalone, the Salone del Mobile is the global benchmark for home furnishings and design. It has been continually promoting not only Italian furniture brands but also brands from all around the world. iSaloni will take occurrence from 17-22 April 2018 in Milan Fairgrounds, Rho, Milan, and visitors can expect to see a wide variety of styles and high-quality products represented, from classic to modern design.
In the name of creativity and innovation, the prestigious event acts as a platform that continuously connects business to culture, building the story of the past, present and future of furniture and design, as well combining those with technology, flexibility and sustainability. More than 2,000 exhibiting brands and designers are expected to showcase their solutions of contemporary living in an area of more than 200,000 m2.
“Design is emotion. Milan is the heart it springs from. What connects these two things is the Salone del Mobile, which creates new frameworks and hosts new creativity at each edition, because the important thing is that this event is not simply the leading showcase of both Italian and foreign furnishing and design, it also shines a light onto developments within the industry” – Claudio Luti, the new president of Salone del Mobile.
Now, get to know the various specialised subsections of Salone Internazionale del Mobile:
International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition
Now into its 29th edition, the exhibition rounds off the Salone Internazionale del Mobile trade events with a wide variety of products – furnishing accessories, objects, decorative pieces, textiles – and styles, from classic to modern to design.
With more than 200 exhibitors ranged over 10,000 square metres of exhibition space, the over 300,000 visitors who flock to it each year will find the exhibition packed with everything that helps to bring character and originality to the domestic spaces. Innovative design, style and trends are the buzzwords for this particular event.
The International venue is one of the leading events to focus exclusively on the work of young designers, becoming the unrivalled place for interface with manufacturers and talent scouts. Its creation was essentially a declaration of faith in the creative potential of designers under 35. Many of the prototypes presented in the previous editions have gone into production, and many of the 10,000 designers who have taken part over the years, along with 270 international design schools, are now big names on the design scene.
International Bathroom Exhibition
This year, visitors can expect the return of the dynamic International Bathroom Exhibition showcase that provides the best of international manufacturing, including furniture and accessories, shower cubicles and saunas, coverings, taps, bathtubs, and much more.
This time around, 220 exhibitors are expected to showcase in an area of more than 19,000m2. They will be presenting a wide variety of high-quality goods that cater to the increasingly pressing demand for high-performance products geared to rest and relaxation.
EuroCucina/FTK (Technology for the Kitchen)
This edition of iSaloni will also see the return of the biennial event, EuroCucina/FTK (Technology for the Kitchen). This interconnected, multipurpose and professional place promises to deliver emotive and ingenious designs for that specific home division.
Address: Fiera Milano, S. S. del Sempione 28, 20017 Rho, Milan
Fuorisalone is the set of events distributed in different areas of Milan on the same days when the Salone Internazionale del Mobile takes place, which is staged in the stands of Rho Fiera. Furiosalone premieres the latest trends for the forthcoming year and heralding a ginormous tidal wave of events, exhibitions and presentations.
Fuorisalone started spontaneously early in the 1980’s thanks to the will of companies working in the furnishing and industrial design sectors. Currently, it is expanding into many related sectors including automotive, technology, telecommunications, art, fashion and food.
Furiosalone’s Design Districts introduce the new collection 0f luxury brands and designs and also host special exhibitions with live music and entertainment for a totally unmissable soiree. Young and talented designers from all over the world pack their innovative creations and come to Milan, rent one of the city’s garages from locals, and show their prototypes to a curious and cultivated audience, now, take a look at five of the best design districts that completely light up Milan during this time.
— Design Districts to Visit —
Tortona Design District 2018
Today, this district is the showcase of the biggest names in the design industry. In 2017, the Tortona Design District has played its trump cards: Base Milano, a new multifunctional venue, located at the former industrial Ansaldo complex, has hosted exhibitions and projects dedicated to the theme of nomadic living, with portable, floating houses, user-friendly objects and itinerant structures.
Address: Largo Delle Culture, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
Brera Design District
Brera Design District is the most important district in Italy for the promotion of design, the latter of which is one of the most creative and commercial focal points in the country. The district aims to support excellence and to develop business and real estate in the area, enhancing the district’s cultural supply and appeal as well as fusing tradition and innovation in the all-encompassing field of design.
More than 200 exhibitors are expected to present their new projects and ideas to a design perceptive and culturally oriented public. These showcases will be enhanced by the artsy nature and surroundings of the district, especially the narrow and cobbled streets that encompass a wide range of antique shops, showrooms and galleries.
Address: Via Palermo, 1, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Isola Design District
The Isola Design District saw its inception just last year counting with the participation of over 100 designers and brands. The event favours international and emerging designers, local artisans and creative startups to meet, showcase their projects and establish business contact amidst one of the most vital design weeks in the whole world. It is by supporting sectors like design, fashion, its local workshops, green design and gastronomy that the event has been able to develop its artistic and historical heritage and it only shows signs of growing even further.
Address: Via Pastrengo, 14, 20159 Milano MI, Italy
Ventura Projects – Ventura Centrale + Ventura Future
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Ventura Future will pave the way for resourcefulness and experimentation, thus elevating the design scene and its contributors. With a special eye on future concepts, innovative techniques, new materials and progressive visual language. It is destined to present the very best of contemporary and experimental design.
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Ventura Centrale will open the abandoned warehouses underneath Milan’s Central Station to display original, awe-inspiring and dynamic developments. The spaces will be masterfully transformed so as to illustrate contemporary, visionary and high-end design giving endless viewing possibilities to visitors.
Address: Via Ferrante Aporti 9, Milan, Italy
“5 Vie” District 2018
Another one of the centre’s key districts, the ‘5 vie’ on its 2017 edition hosted a special event powered in collaboration with Milano Pride, called Design Pride’, a parade featuring allegoric floats led by Seletti to give exposure to young emerging talent and international schools. Let’s hope they will give us a proper encore in 2018!
Address: Via Montebello, 24 – Milano MI 20123
Porta Venezia in Design
Uniting food & wine, Art Nouveau architecture, and design, “Porta Venezia in Design” makes its sixth appearance at this year’s Fuorisalone. The vibrant and decorative neighborhood will take visitors on a tour through the gorgeous buildings, stores, and bars.
Address: Milan, Porta Venezia MM1 Porta Venezia / Suburban Railway Porta Venezia / Tram 23, 29, 30
— Other Attractions —
Superdesign Show breaks the rules and recounts Design exhaustively: industrial design, art-design, artefacts, technology, automotive, decor for the house work travels entertainment, textile, ornaments, 3D print and everything that design proposes in step with times.
Address: via Tortona 27, 20144 Milan
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Dimore Studio is curating three separate events for Milan design week. The first, Dimore Gallery, will present an installation of iconic 20th-century design and an installation called Limited Edition which consists of six shop front windows filled with items from the late 1800s and early 1900s that have been deconstructed and updated with modern lacquers and materials.
Address: Via Solferino 11 and Via Solferino 22
Lladró showroom presents a unique concept and exhibiting their exclusive collections of sculptures, High Porcelain, lighting, home décor and fashion accessories, the boutique also highlights the brand’s close bonds with art, crafts, and design.
Address: Piazza Fontana, 6, 20122 Milan, Ital
LEXUS Design Award
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LEXUS design award provides an opportunity for young innovators to showcase their works while receiving feedback from world-renowned professionals in the area of design. through this initiative, LEXUS intends to nurture and support world-enriching creator.
Address: Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia, via Olona 6
Gallerist Nina Yashar expanded her kaleidoscopic vision in 2015 by opening up her warehouse chock-full of furniture and lighting near the Garibaldi train station. The space, which comprises three floors organized around an open atrium, was inspired by La Scala opera house and mixes contemporary and blue-chip vintage design in dramatic vignettes.
Address: Viale Vincenzo Lancetti 34, 20158 Milano MI, Italy
Galleria Rossana Orlandi
Galleria Rossana Orlandi has been forecasting along the years new and upcoming designers and establishing the premise as one of the most revered platforms for avant-garde Design and Lifestyle. And one of the most sought-after during Milan Design Week
Address: Via Matteo Bandello, 14/16, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
A new generation is already gaining the formal and practical education that will continue the company’s evolution. The True alchemy, though comes from a balance between two seemingly opposite concepts, modern and traditional. Anywhere in the world, people who want to invest money into creating a beautiful house with beautiful decoration value and expect, timelessness – timeless elegance, quality, and service.
Address: Salone del Mobile, Hall 7, Stands E15/E27/F18/F20
Swarovski presents ‘Swarovski Palazzo’, a site-specific installation in a grand greenhouse set within a hidden courtyard of a neo-classical Milanese palazzo, for Milan Design Week 2018. Swarovski will offer a pop-up Daniel’s Café and a retail shop where visitors can purchase its atelier collections and jewellery in addition to showing off its new home collections by the likes of Nendo, John Pawson, and Patricia Urquiola.
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— Luxury Hotels to Stay —
With Salone del Mobile fast-approaching, CovetED has gathered five of the best luxury hotels in the city, that one should most definitely experience during the prestigious design week, so don’t waste another minute and start booking.
Settled in an 18th-century edifice, the Bulgari hotel will make you feel right at home in the heart of Milan. It’s impossible not to fall under the charm of the ideal setting. The friendly staff will give you the impression of being welcomed in a luxury private residence. All rooms and suites are so elegant and combine modern design, polished lines and luxurious details. The centrepiece of the Bulgari hotel is probably their private garden, an oasis of tranquillity. A perfect place to enjoy an aperitif alla Milanese. For some downtime away from the hustle and bustle, guests can retreat to the stunning spa for a swim.
Mandarin Oriental Milan
The Mandarin Oriental Milan offers luxury accommodation a short walk from the fashionable Milan’s fashion boutiques. The property features a restaurant on-site with 2 Michelin stars and meeting facilities. Set in a complex of 5 connected 18th-century buildings, all rooms and suites are air-conditioned and designed by Antonio Citterio, modern décor and taco floors. They offer views of the courtyard or the street, and some offer views of Milan’s Cathedral.
Park Hyatt Milano
In all of its 81 rooms and 25 suites, the Park Hyatt Milano offers luxury and serenity in the form of clean design and quiet comfort. Park deluxe executive king rooms feature fruit baskets and your choice of mineral waters, while a Park terrace suite boasts gorgeous views of Milan from a private terrace. You’ll never go hungry with mouth-watering, on-site dining options like Michelin-starred Restaurant VUN, where you can enjoy a multicourse tasting menu unlike any you’ve ever tried. For breakfast, La Cupola features daily selections of croissants and fresh juices.
Palazzo Parigi Hotel and Grand Spa
From the outside, Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa looks like any of Milan’s modern office buildings — glassy windows, metal frame, business-oriented. Just take a deep breath and walk inside. If the magnificent Murano glass chandelier doesn’t blow your mind, then the “I wanna wear a ballgown and traipse down this luscious marble staircase” will. Palazzo Parigi is neoclassical luxe with a French twist throughout its ten floors. Its vibe is cosmopolitan and stylish, shown off by its staff, a well-heeled team of polyglots straight from the runway. Location is key: Turn the corner, and you’re in the Fashion Quadrangle, the very epicentre of Milan’s finest.
Baglioni Hotel Carlton
The excellence of the services offered by this hotel, along with its strategic location in the heart of the fashion district and the most important city hubs, make the Carlton one of the structures favourite by many tourists, but it is its attention to privacy to have gained the trust of major international personalities, from the world of finance to that of music and fashion. The Guest Book at the Carlton and at the whole Baglioni Hotel group really has few equals. The whole project was designed by the Spagnulo & Partners Studio.
— Fine Dining Experiences —
Attending the Milan Design Week won’t be complete be complete without experiencing one of these fine dining and Michelin-starred venues. They are the epitome of luxury cuisine, glamour and taste.
One of the most awarded restaurants in Milan, Cracco has received the prestigious two Michelin star award and has been listed in San Pellegrino’s 100 best restaurants awards.Chef Carlo Cracco is actively updating Milanese cuisine. Sample his renowned egg yolk spaghetti with garlic, olive oil and chilli or black cod glazed with honey, coffee and broccoli.
Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia
This family restaurant, run by Aimo and Nadia, has become a big hit in Milan having been awarded two Michelin stars. The tasting menu is the best way to sample Aimo and Nadia’s knowledge and love of Tuscan cuisine. It includes subtle Italian flavoured dishes such as ‘Sirloin of veal mountain Fassona’.
The restaurant named after chef Andrea Berton is located in the futuristic Porta Nuova district. The ultra-modern aspects of its contest, mirror the foundations of his minimalist, elegant cuisine featuring instantly recognizable, prime ingredients where the creative choice focuses on the evolution rather than the uprooting of tradition.
Reinventing traditional dishes in bold ways using primary ingredients has earned the restaurant two Michelin stars and a listing in ‘Le Sorte’, an association that only includes restaurants dedicated to true Italian cuisine.
Armani Nobu Milan
Nobu Milan is a marriage from heaven combining high Italian fashion of Armani with world-renowned sushi. In the casual lounge bar, sip cocktails accompanied by a fine selection of sushi. For a new sophisticated experience book a table on the first floor and order from a sumptuous menu designed by Nobuyuki Matsuhisa.
Remember, the much-beloved Milan Design Week will take place from 17-22 April with its most defining events, Fuorisalone and Salone del Mobile taking the center stage. Attending Milan Design Week is the perfect opportunity to get to know the city and to discover the latest news and trends of Italian and International Design.
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