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It is the design festival of design festivals. Every April, the Salone Internazionale del Mobile transforms Milan with its bustling calendar of launches, art installations, cocktail parties, and serious business. Drawing an annual crowd of more than 300,000 visitors, it is a design pilgrimage like no other. 

What is unique about this fair is the city, its semi-industrial fabric laid over Roman foundations delivers all sorts of surprises, not least in venues to explore. 

The Rho fairground on the city’s fringe is where the big exhibitions can be found, counterbalanced by a city brimming with smaller design shows – from Milano Centrale and La Rinascente department store to the Brera district, Zona Tortona, Ventura Lambrata, Spazio Rossana Orlandi's eclectic headquarters and gardens, and the famous drinking hole Bar Basso, where designers come together to wind down and spark off new collaborations. 

The secret to having a great week in Milan is being prepared. With the help of the Space team, more space has gathered together some of the key events and places to visit, eat and drink – and starting from Monday 16 April, more space will post daily news from the fair for those who are exploring it from afar. Enjoy!

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A guide to Milan Design Week 2018

Where to find the designers, brands, showrooms and installations,

exhibitions and cocktail parties to visit from 16–22 April:

Arflex

Dome Milano Interior
Via San Marco, 1
Cocktail Party – 18 April, 7-11pm

Salone Internationale del Mobile
Rho Fiera Milano – Hall 5, Stand B07

B&B Italia & Maxalso

'Walks by Design'
New designs from B&B Italia & Maxalto
B&B Italia Store
Via Durini, 14

New B&B Italia Outdoor collection
Chiostri dell’Umanitaria
Via S. Barnaba, 48

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Cassina

'This Will Be The Space since 1968'
New designs by Patricia Urquiola, 
Michael Anastassiades, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and Philippe Starck.

Cassina Milano
Via Durini, 16

'The Origin of Ideas’
Design talk with architect Michael de Lucchi and Lapo Elkann

Teatro Franco Parenti
Via Pier Lombardo, 14
Talk & Cocktail Party – 18 April, 7.30-10pm
Panel discussion 7.30pm
Cocktail reception 8-10pm

Emeco

'Reclaimed', an intallation by Jasper Morrison

Salone Internationale del Mobile
Rho Fiera Milano – Hall 20, Stand E20  

Edra

Salone Internationale del Mobile
Rho Fiera Milano – Hall 20, Stand C20

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Foscarini

'Reverse Room'
An installation created by the artist and architect James Wines, together with his daughter Susan Wines. In a dark room obliquely tilted and furnished by monochrome tables and chairs, the table lamps peer down from the ceiling, while the hanging fixtures sprout from the floor with the aim of challenging our perception of spaces and our responses to environmental stimuli and conventions.

Foscarini Spazio Brera
Via Fiori Chiari, 28 / Via Pontaccio, 19
Cocktail Party – 16 April, 7.30-10pm

Wiener GTV Design

Salone Internationale del Mobile
Rho Fiera Milano – Hall 20, Stand D07

Promenade High-Size
C/o Spotti – Viale Piave, 27

Glas Italia

New collections by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, Mario Bellini,
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Piero Lissoni, Jean Nouvel,
Patricia Urquiola and Tokujin Yoshioka

Salone Internationale del Mobile
Rho Fiera Milano – Hall 16, Stand C23 & D20

Giorgetti

Salone Internationale del Mobile
Rho Fiera Milano – Hall 5, Stand G07 & H10

Giorgetti Atelier
Via Servelloni, 14  

Giorgetti Store
Via Durini, 5
Cocktail Party – 19 April, 6.30pm

Angola Boutique
Via Sant’Andrea, 11

Kartell

Salone Internationale del Mobile
Rho Fiera Milano – Hall 20, Stand A15–B14

'Kartell Crossing Generation'
Flagship Store
Via Turati, Corner Via Carlo Porta, 1

Celebrating Achille Castiglioni's 100th Birthday
'Achille, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni: Light and objects
in a balance between modernity and tradion’

Kartell Museo
Via della Industrie, 1 Naviglio

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Lee Broom

‘Observatory'
The British designer Lee Broom (pictured) will launch his new collection of stellar inspired lights – Tidel, Eclipse, Orion, and Aurora,  all using LED technology, inside a minimal interior he has created within one of the Brera district's historic buildings. 

Via Lovanio, 6

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Moooi

'A Life Extraordinary’
A timeless adventure of new designs and product extensions experienced alongside Moooi’s much-loved novelties.

'Moooi Through the Eyes of…’
Interior designer Megan Grehl and Concrete Architectural Associates create two very different interiors where Moooi is presented. 

'The Museum of Extinct Animals’
Textures, shapes and patterns merge harmoniously in exotic islands celebrating the diversity of nature.

Via Savona, 56
Press Preview – 16 April, 6.30pm








Poliform

Salone Internationale del Mobile
Rho Fiera Milano – Hall 5, Stand A09, A11, B02, B10

Eurocucina
Rho Fiera Milano – Hall 9, Stand A09, B12

Porro

Two installations by Piero Lissoni

New products by Oscar and Gabriele Buratti, Gamfratesi, 
Pero Lissoni, and Carlo Tamborini.

Salone Internationale del Mobile
Rho Fiera Milano – Hall 7, Stand D15–E14

Rigour, softness, functionality, artistic attitude: the apartment
imagined by Piero Lissoni celebrates the ever-changing look
of the Porro collection.

Showroom
Porro Durini Quincici
Via Durini, 15

Porro SPA
Via Per Cantu’, 35

Serralunga

Design products for the outdoors

Salone Internationale del Mobile
Rho Fiera Milano – Hall 16, Stand E33

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SP01

The new freshly launched Tim Rundle collection and new releases
for indoor and outdoor, plus a preview of the new storage collection
by Metrica. 

Architproducts Milano
Via Tortona, 31

SP01 also joins the satellite show with Tom Fereday and Australia’s
Local Design exhibition curated by Emma Elizabeth.

Local Design No. 3
District 5 Vie
Via Cesare Correnti, 14

Ingo Maurer

‘Between humour and serious creation. Controversial? Very exciting’

Launching the new light Luzy and Koyoo, and more new siblings.
Circolo Filologico
Via Clerici, 10
Opening Party – 17 April, 7–10pm

Vitra

New products by Vitra on show at Rho Fiero Milano. 

Salone Internationale del Mobile
Rho Fiera Milano – Hall 20, Stand B07, C12

‘Typecasting. An Assembly of Iconic, Forgotten and New Vitra Characters'
Curated by Robert Stadler, the exhibition puts a focus on contemporary changes in
society and their effect on established furniture typologies, looking at the history,
present and future of the Swiss furniture company, and its role as both a cultural and
commercial entity. Plus the Vitra Design Museum presenting new and upcoming projects

La Pelota
Via Palermo, 10

Living Divani

Salone Internationale del Mobile
Rho Fiera Milano – Hall 6, Stand C111, D16

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Exploring the city – key areas, exhibitions, bars, restaurants
and installations to look out for:



The Brera District
Milan’s bohemian quarter, the Brera is filled with boutiques, cafes and restaurants.  

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La Triennale di Milano museum
The Triennale design museum plays a pivotal role in the cultural and economic life of Milan. It hosts some of the world’s best exhibitions to emphasise the relationship between art and industry.
La Triennale di Milano – Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6  

Il Consolare restaurant
A bright, contemporary, elegant restaurant, Il Consolare is renowned for their fish and high quality produce prepared in a simple manner celebrating the quality of the ingredients.
Il Consolare – Via Ciovasso, 4

Ristorante La Libera
Established over 37 years ago, la Libera is a classic Milanese restaurant. It specialises in traditional Lombardy regional specialties of meat, fish and mushrooms.
Ristorante La Libera – Via Palermo, 21

Ceresio 7, Pools and Restaurant
Located on top of D squared 2’s Milan headquarters, The stunning rooftop pool becomes a reflective backdrop for the evening drinks which take in unique 360-degree views over Milan.
Ceresio 7 Pools and Restaurant – Via Ceresio, 7

Bulgari Hotel Milan
A meeting place not only for hotel guests but for the Milanese. Essential for any trip to Milan, this peaceful garden is one of best locations for the classic Italian aperitivo.
Bulgari Hotel Milan – Via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7B

Bice restaurant
Bice is an iconic Milanese restaurant renowned for its exquisite Tuscan-inspired cuisine. Located not far from Montenapoleone, it’s a good spot for a post-fair dinner.
Bice – Via Borgospesso, 12

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Spazio Rossana Orlandi
An eclectic treasure trove of emerging designs inside a former tie factory, the space winds around a green courtyard which is always buzzing. Keep an eye out this year for Google's debut with an immersive multi-room installation curated by Lidewij Edelkoort.
Spazio Rossana Orlandi – Via Matteo Bandello, 14  

10 Corso Como boutique
If you are short of time to shop while in Milan, 10 Corso Como is the best place for a beautifully edited collection of fashion and design. Corso Como, 10

Mandarin Oriental Hotel – garden bar
Fusing Milanese design with timeless Oriental luxury, Mandarin Oriental, Milan occupies four elegant 18th-century buildings steps away from La Scala, whether you are there to stay or to simply soak up the atmosphere with a drink in their tucked away garden. Designed by Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel, the hotel is furnished with elegant B&B Italia throughout.
Mandarin Oriental – Via Andegari, 9


Zona Tortona & Savona area
Located behind the Porta Genova railway station, Zona Tortona sits between Savona, Tortona and Stendhal street. Over the past 15 years, this area has become an international melting pot of design and fashion with some of the best installations on show. It is also the place to spot fledgling designers. 

Nendo: Forms of Movement
Known for his captivating exhibitions at Milan Design Week (so don’t miss this one), Nendo will exhibit for the first time at via Tortona in a solo spectacle. The Japanese studio will show 10 concepts in the theme of movement, an ongoing exploration of the design practice. Creating a labyrinth of designs, sketches and processes, the expansive 800 square metre installation is part of Superdesign at Superstudio directed by Giulio Cappellini.
Nendo – Via Tortona, 27

SP01
Returning to Archiproducts Milano with a growing family of products, SP01 will be showing the freshly launched Tim Rundle collection, along with new releases for the indoor and outdoor collections and a sneak preview of our new storage collection by Metrica.
Archiproducts Milano
Via Tortona,  31

Al Fresco restaurant
At this old reconverted industrial warehouse, in the heart of the Tortona district, nature lovers, discerning foodies and those in search of relaxation will find a spacious terrace resembling a greenhouse and an open-plan kitchen that turns out fresh bread, desserts and time-honoured dishes.
Al Fresco – Via Savona, 50

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God Save the Food restaurant
Located in via Tortona, GSTF is a post-industrial loft with an international culinary flavour right in the heart of the fashion, design and culture district. A versatile space open every day and great for a break and open from the early hours to the evening.
God Save the Food – Via Tortona, 34
 

Milano City Centre

The city centre of Milan is landmarked by the grand Duomo which is also a wonderful place to visit, especially the rooftop with its panorama over the city.

B&B Italia: 'Walks of Design'
New B&B Italia and Maxalto Designs
B&B Italia Store
Via Durini, 14

New B&B Italia Outdoor Collection
Chiostri dell’Umanitaria
Via S. Barnaba, 48  

La Rinascente Department Store
Installations, events, premieres and launches will be hosted at Rinascente this year. Including Vajiko Chachkhiani, the designer selected to represent Georgia at the Venice Biennale in 2017 who has created two projects: 'Under the Midday Sun’, an installation that will feature in eight shop windows on Piazza Duomo, and the 'Cotton Candy’ movie, projected onto the annex wall in via Santa Radegonda. The full 30-minute edition will be broadcast in a movie theatre on the opening day of Design Week. Other events include Design Supermarket featuring emerging design talent and collaborations with Studio Job and Marni. 
La Rinascente – Piazza del Duomo

Swarovski Palazzo
Inside a custom-built greenhouse within Palazzo Serbelloni’s hidden courtyard, the Austrian crystal brand will offer a pop-up Daniel’s Café serving Viennese pastries. With new home collections by Nendo, John Pawson and Patricia Urquiola. and a retail shop where visitors can purchase its atelier collections.
Palazzo Serbelloni – Corso Venezia, 16

Nilufar Gallery
Always on the must-see list, this year Nina Yashar’s Nilufar Gallery presents two exhibitions at its dual Milanese hubs.The first at the Nilufar Depot is called “Lina Bo Bardi e Giancarlo Palanti – Studio d’Arte Palma 1948 – 1951”, is a collaboration with the Bardi Institute of Sao Paulo and investigates the work of two Italo-Brasilian designers.The second held at the Nilufur Gallery, designer India Mahdavi has created an exclusive club dedicated to gallerist Nina Yashar, where ad-hoc furniture enters into dialogue with the gallery’s permanent collection.
Nilafur Gallery – Via della Spiga, 32
Nilufar Depot – Viale Lancetti, 34

Local Design
Local Design features 26 Australian designers and is the largest independent showcase of Australian design in Milan to date. Pioneering the way forward for Australian design, Emma Elizabeth, founder, has curated and directed the exhibition to advance awareness and understanding of Australian design internationally.
Local Design – Via Cesare Correnti, 14

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Ventura Centrale
In 2018 the Ventura Projects exhibition will again open the beautiful, abandoned warehouses underneath Milan’s Central Station to present an eclectic mix of contemporary design featuring both emerging as well as established brands
Via Ferrante Aporti, 9

COS x Phillip K. Smith III
This year Swedish fashion brand COS has partnered with artist Phillip K. Smith III to create a light-based, sculptural installation inside Palazzo Isimbardi. Following the huge excitement from last year, this is probably one show not to miss.
Corso Monforte, 35

Cova Milano restaurant
Think of the story of Cova is to think of the history of Milan and its most representative places. Escape the hustle of Via Montenapoleone for a simple salad and prosecco and re-group before heading back out to Milan’s most important fashion precinct.
Cova Milano – Via Montenapoleone, 8

Peck delicatessen & restaurant
Arguably the best delicatessen in the world. Peck is over a hundred years old and a Milanese institution. The historic deli reflects the city’s culinary heritage with a mind-boggling selection of cheeses, chocolates, pralines, pastries, freshly made gelato, seafood, meat, caviar, pâté, fruit and vegetables, olive oils and balsamic vinegar. With a classic Milanese restaurant upstairs. 
Peck – Via Spadari, 9
 

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Bar Basso
Classic and sophisticated and almost unchanged since it launched in the 1950s, Bar Basso is one of Europe's best bars and the place to order a Milanese favourite, the Negroni Sbagliatos. It is also the place to meet other designers and enjoy the decor – fabulous pink walls, marble floor and spectacularly traditional bar.
Bar Basso – Via Plinio, 39
 

Enjoy!

 


 

 

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