The Design Net

Milan Design Week

Luke Combo

Milan Report

For those who are unfamiliar with the design week pilgrimage to Milan each April we thought we would try and explain what’s on offer, although from the map here you’ll soon appreciate there is just too much to see and do….
Salone del Mobile is the central show of Milan Design week which is housed in a purpose built far ground (see map top left) which has many, many halls which are split into categories (modern, contemporary, classical) etc where larger more established design companies from all over the world exhibit their products - in all there were 2407 exhibitors this year!
Fuorisalone is outside of the central show, and is home to literally hundreds of independent events allowing smaller companies and one off designers to display their designs which are exhibited all over the city in studios, showrooms, quirky courtyards, churches, shops, garages and  workshops (see map Tortona, Brera, Lambrate districts etc).
This year we enjoyed the Fuorisalone events more so than the fair which seemed to have an awful lot of foliage on some of the stands distracting us from the beautiful walnut wood(s) along with the pastel shades which dominated this year.  Highlights for us included Cole Italia’s new versions of Vienna and Tria chair, meeting Antonia Bonacina who has amalgamated both family businesses to create 1889 Bonacina which hopes in time to be able to offer the iconic designs of Pierantonio Bonacina and of course the B & B Italia showroom in via Durini in the Brera district where we fell in love with the Edouard sofa and Cozy table by Antonio Citterio.