Milan Design Week: the most important event of the year

Recognized worldwide as the largest event dedicated to design for the home and industry, the Milan Design Week, has grown over the years to become a much larger event than its theme, embracing cultures and universal concepts such as the circular economy, sustainability and inclusiveness. This year he returns from 17 to 23 April in the city of Milan. 

What is Milan Design Week 

The biggest event dedicated to design takes place every year in April: as a backdrop, the city of Milan that offers installations and events in most of the city’s neighborhoods.  During Design Week Milan is populated by industry professionals, architects and interior designers as well as furniture enthusiasts, because if the real Salone del Mobile is at the Rho fair, the Fuorisalone is everywhere in the city. For this reason, the Milan Design Week is an opportunity to discover in preview the latest furniture trends and be inspired by the many original proposals to visit Milan.


How is Milan Design Week organized 

The name Milano Design Week refers to both the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, both the Fuorisalone: the first is a fair that takes place in Rho that from Monday to Friday is reserved exclusively for professionals and journalists while Saturday and Sunday also opens to the public. 

Born in 1961 as an exhibition of Italian furniture, this year the Salone del Mobile will be set up on one floor (and not two, like the other years) but planned at least a whole day to explore it far and wide. 

The Fuorisalone, officially established in 1991, instead indicates all the collateral events and art installations, which are held in Milan in the same week of the Salone del Mobile. It is organized in different districts both in the center and in former industrial areas. If the Brera Design District is one of the most central and hosts brands such as Versace and Natuzzi, the Fuorisalone also invades the Tortona area, the Cinque Vie district or one of the oldest parts of Milan, Porta Romana, Porta Venezia and the former suburbs of Calvairate and Barona.

During the development of the Fuorisalone, entire areas dedicated to temporary exhibitions that come to life during the design week were created: These are often abandoned industrial areas that companies rent for that period with the intention of populating the fair also works and artistic performances. 

In this way, in addition to the most important and characteristic districts, there are also temporary events organized in other parts of the city that help create a unique itinerary of design and art that develops through the various districts of Milan. 

Although it is the most famous and recognized in the world, the Milan Design Week is certainly not the only one: over the years they have developed a bit ‘everywhere so that, In 2017, a project called World Design Weeks was born that consists of a virtual network that connects the forty design weeks in the world with the aim of sharing knowledge and ideas about the project and with the aim of educating the public to the culture of design.


Milan design week as an opportunity to discover ancient Milan 

The event dedicated to design is also an important opportunity to discover the oldest part of Milan, made of the sumptuous historic buildings of the city. In fact, as every year, you can admire some of the most relevant buildings of the city such as Palazzo Litta that will host “Double Signature”, a project of the Fondazione Cologni, Palazzo Visconti and the Circolo Filologico Milanese, both locations of “Design Variations 2023” Moscow Partners and also Palazzo Serbelloni, chosen by Louis Vuitton to set up his project “Objet Nomades”.


Milano Design Week, a special focus on sustainability 

An event of this magnitude, in 2023, cannot ignore the importance of giving proper attention to sustainability and other sensitive issues of our time. 

The event will be a magnifying glass on some hot topics of these years: inclusivity, sustainability and circular economy the main topics chosen by the City of Milan to compose the program of the entire event. 

To all intents and purposes, more than 70% of operators have relied on circular solutions for the creation, reuse and recycling of fittings and more than 30% of them have paid particular attention to the concept of inclusiveness in the construction of their installations, making them accessible to all. 

Curious to attend the event? Milan Design Week awaits you in Milan from 17 to 23 April: you are still in time to book a bed and breakfast in the area and visit it, if not during the week at least for the weekend. Comfortable clothing, comfortable shoes, lots of curiosity and good salon!

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