Milan Design Week is upon us, are you ready?!
Now in its 57th year, Salone del Mobile is the most important annual design event with more than 300,000 visitors coming to our hometown to see, live and breathe design. Our Salone experts Stefania Perenich and Simona Sagripanti shared their picks as per what not to miss this year. Have a great design week, everyone!
Forms of movement
The Dassault Systèmes brand project offers a spectacular labyrinth in an area of 800 square meters with 10 concepts dedicated to the idea of movement.
Superstudio Più, via Tortona, 27
Takahiro Matsuo for Kawai
For the first time, legendary japanese piano manufacturer Kawai is participating in Milan design week with an installation that showcases a new approach to instrument design.
Crystal Rain, developed by light artist Takahiro Matsuo, centers around a crystal grand piano which floats upon undulating waves of water. As the instrument is played, each note sparkles as droplets of light rain down into the space surrounding the piano, further enhancing its brilliant transparency and luminous glow.
Superstudio Più, via Tortona, 27
Smart City: materials, technology and people
The 5th edition of Materials Village, Material ConneXion Italia‘s hub dedicated to materials, new technologies and sustainability, returns at Superstudio Più. More than 20 companies connected with the world of materials present cutting-edge design and technological proposals in terms of aesthetics, sustainability, optimization and circular economy. One big installation designed by Yona Friedman for CONAI and Consortium. The exhibition dedicated to the Smart City is produced by Material ConneXion, with the art direction of the architect Giulio Ceppi and sponsored by the City of Milan, on the new possibilities of smart cities.
Superstudio Più, via Tortona, 27
Design in the Age of Experience
"Design in the Age of Experience" has a meaningful purpose beyond aesthetics and products. It must create sustainable solutions and unique consumer experiences that serve a better future. It is design for humanity, the environment and the world. It is “Design for Life“. At the “Design in the Age of the Experience” exhibition, Dassault Systèmes will reveal an iconic installation that encapsulates the “Design For Life” concept and reacts to the increasing problem of air pollution.
Superstudio Più, via Tortona, 27
Who’s making the city? An exhibition on mass phenomena and virtual networks shaping our cities.
BASE Milano, via Bergognone 34
Transforming the ordinary newspaper into extraordinary.
"How can we create ideal interactions in a world where technology increasingly blends with everyday life?", The exhibition Hidden Senses is Sony's answer to this question, which emphasizes the importance of technological evolution for comfort and that invites us, therefore, to rediscover the feelings that lie behind daily activities.
Spazio Zegna, via Savona 56/A
Wood in progress
Wood in progress is a continuation of last year’s collaboration betwen Envisions – a young design collective that showcases everything but the end product – and the Spanish wood manufacturer Finsa. Six of the Envionaires’ wood researches have been industrially altered in the factory of Finsa and are now put on display as a spatial and insightful experience revolving around transparency in industrial development.
Officine Savona, Via Savona 35
Announcing Ze-Knit, Napapijri’s cutting edge line of digitally knitted urban, future wear born from an encyclopaedia of practices, technologies, solutions, and emotions. A reflection that starts with apparel and transforms itself into urban living. Nineteen monochrome items – tone-on- tone, sleek cut, smart – at once breathable, waterproof, and flexible. Digital weaves, inspired by contemporary design, embrace Napapijri’s mind-set to “Make it Better”.
Opificio 31, Via Tortona 31
Containerwerk & Friends
Containerwerk converts abandoned containers into high-quality living spaces at affordable prices. Firmly convinced and fascinated by the idea of building with disused containers, we began by channeling our efforts into the "building blocks" of this architecture to develop a technique that converts each individual container into a universal and sustainable housing module.
Opificio 31, Via Tortona 31
Brera Design Apartment
It’s a space that was once inhabited, with real dimensions, intimate, with lingering memories. It’s located in an urban context that is tightly interwoven with the art world while moving progressively towards the world of design. The type of spaces, the architectural details, the view and exposure make it a very flexible location and contribute to creating a unique experience. 12 designers are invited to design a special piece for the first "Souvenir Milano" collection that takes the city as a symbol: an exercise on the theme, radical and pop at the same time, to translate a specific and unusual city icon in the travel version. The starting point is the desire for a souvenir to tell a piece of Milan according to a designer's point of view. Designed as a synecdoche and produced in a limited edition, the souvenir - Souvenir di Milano - opens up an unprecedented vision of the miniature of a city.
Via Palermo, 1
Really & Kvadrat
Circular by Design
Emerging in response to the urgent global issue of waste, Really upcycles end-of-life textiles into new materials. This year, Really and Kvadrat have invited Raw Edges Design Studio, Front, Layer | Benjamin Hubert, Christien Meindertsma, Schemata Architects | Jo Nagasaka, Claesson Koivisto Rune, and Jonathan Olivares to create projects with Solid Textile Board and Acoustic Textile Felt.
Via Palermo, 1
Selecting, attributing and then categorizing past, present and future VITRA furniture by their human qualities, the exhibition explores a critical assessment only typically seen in the film industry, where actors are often typecasted into a particular role repeatedly. by likening the products to their owners as such, the installation strengthens the connection between product and user, and as a result, highlights many contemporary changes in society and thus the continuous effects this has on the furniture typologies. visitors will be able to visualize the expansive display to understand and question the traits of the nine groupings.
La Pelota, via Palermo 10
The immersive installation "Air Inventions" is the focal point of the exhibition - a huge "water-drop pavilion" in the courtyard of the Pinacoteca de Brera, home of the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. The installation showcases Panasonic's latest air-conditioning technology, allowing visitors to experience the cleanest, purest air in Milan. In addition, Panasonic's imaging, audio, and lighting technologies help create a calming and welcome atmosphere away from the busy design fair environment. The concept is based on Panasonic's new creative philosophy of creating products and experiences that address more intangible elements of everyday life, such as wellbeing, feelings and experiences.
Pinacoteca di Brera, Via Brera 28
The intangible beauty of energy, in the natural setting of the Orto Botanico di Brera . For the FuoriSalone 2018, from 16 to 28 April the magazine INTERNI presents the exhibition HOUSE IN MOTION, in three urban locations for a total of over thirty experimental installations. One of the most spectacular is smarTown, created by young architects from SOS - School of Sustainability under the supervision of MCA – Mario Cucinella Architects, and produced with the support of ENI Gas e Luce in partnership with Hive, at Orto Botanico di Brera. VFor the occasion, ENI Gas e Luce presents, in Italy, the partnership with Centrica Hive Limited, leading to the creation of an ecosystem of devices for innovative Smart Homes, based on good design and simplicity of use.
Orto Botanico di Brera, Via Brera 28
With this collaboration Gufram, famous for its work in polyurethane foam, has produced a high impact collection of upholstered, modular sofas designed by Atelier Biagetti. The collaboration for this project brings together both the origins of Gufram and its signature commitment to radical design, and Atelier Biagetti’s.unique story-telling approach that taps into the human psyche and re-elaborates its findings to create new atmospheres and sensations. Together this combination will generate an environment in which the objects become characters in a familiar scene initiating a bizarre case of deja-vu, as if it were the set of a well known film or a place hidden in distant memory.
Mediateca Santa Teresa, via della Moscova 28
MINDCRAFT is an exhibition concept showcasing some of Denmark's most talented craftspeople and designers. The curated exhibitions demonstrate the qualities, potentials and versatility of new Danish craft and design. The MINDCRAFT exhibitions are organized by the Danish Arts Foundation and the Agency for Culture and Palaces. In the frame of the historic cloister of San Simpliciano, sculptures, installations, and naturally furniture, will give life to a suggestive exhibition in which different personalities will dialogue with each other, each with their own experience and personality. The installations will run around the cloister while in the center a seat, designed by Ditte, will invite visitors to stop and allow themselves time to admire the different works.
San Simpliciano, Piazza Paolo VI 6
British designer Lee Broom will present a range of outer-space-inspired lighting inside a listed building during this year's Milan design week. Broom plans to showcase his new collection in a minimalist exhibition, called Observatory, inside a Grade II-listed building in Brera. "I wanted to create a celestial collection of sculptural lighting, which is progressive and experimental, using the latest LED technology”
Via Lovanio, 6
Bang & Olufsen
Sound as interior
The Danish company showcases sound as interior launching a new product by Cecilie Manz to demonstrate how high-quality sound can enhance and permeate everyday life.
Corso Garibaldi, 2
Atelier oï for Casa Gifu
Since its creation in 2016, the CASA GIFU project is composed of a collection of manufactured objects from the Gifu Prefecture in Japan. CASA GIFU III is the third of a series of cultural exhibitions, taking place during Milano Design Week 2018. The events present the close collaboration between the Swiss design studio atelier oi (CH) and the Japanese manufacturers. The showroom olfactory ceramics highlights the ancient ceramic crafts from Gifu, a unique region in central Japan where more than half of the entire Japanese ceramics production (tiles & household items) is manufactured. Developed with three manufacturing companies from the region, each representing a unique ceramic know-how, the handmade creations designed by atelier oi embody a first edition of scented home products. They pay tribute to traditional craftsmanship, materials and sensory moments.
Corso Garibaldi, 42
Emiliano Salci e Britt Moran
Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran invested in their individual experience with the profession and study of Design, Art and Fashion, and founded DIMORESTUDIO in 2003. Since that moment, they have designed and carried out every project in a personal and recognizable way. DIMORESTUDIO interprets memories and creates dreams. DIMORESTUDIO crosses the boundaries between art and design, fashion and architecture.
Via Solferino, 11
ECAL + Formlabs
ECAL Digital Market
In partnership with the American 3D printing company Formlabs, ECAL Master Product Design students present a range of innovative everyday life objects, produced and sold directly on site. Projects from ECAL teachers and guest designers will also be available.
ECAL × Marsotto: En partenariat avec le fabricant de meubles de marbre italien Marsotto Lab, les étudiants du Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship de l'ECAL présentent une série d'horloges murales et de table. Spazio Bigli, Via Bigli 11/a, www.lab.marsotto.com
ECAL + Foscarini: En partenariat avec la société d'éclairage italienne Foscarini, les étudiants du Master Design de Produit de l'ECAL ont travaillé sur de nouveaux projets de lampes développés autour du concept de lumière portable., Palazzo Litta, Corso Magenta, 24, www.foscarini.com
ECAL × Musée national Picasso-Paris × Tectona: En partenariat avec le Musée national Picasso-Paris, l'ECAL et la société française de mobilier de jardin Tectona présentent en avant-première les nouveaux bancs créés par Isabelle Baudraz, étudiante en Bachelor Design Industriel, pour le célèbre musée parisien. Tectona Showroom, Via della Moscova 47/a, www.tectona.net, Spazio Orso 16, Via dell'Orso 16
PORTA VENEZIA AND SAN BABILA
Phillip K. Smith per COS
London-based fashion brand COS will present a large-scale sculptural installation by american artist Phillip K. Smith III (PKS3), known for his light-based works that blend into their surroundings. The installation is inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture, the milanese sky and the understated simplicity of the COS design aesthetic.
Palazzo Isimbardi, C.so Monforte 35
Latest collections of lamps and glass accessories signed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Fornasetti, Dan Yeffet, Studiopluz and Raw Edges.
Istituto dei Ciechi, Via Vivaio, 7
Surfaces from the Antipodes
The installation Surfaces from the Antipodes by Cleaf, is a project developed in collaboration with Bestetti Associati and Studiopepe that will reproduce within four cubic architectures the tactile and visual sensations of a glacier, the desert, the forest and the city.
Palazzo del Senato, via Senato 10
For 2018, the crystal giants are set to provide the full Swarovski experience at Palazzo Serbelloni's hidden courtyard. Inside a custom-built greenhouse, the Austrian brand will offer a pop-up Daniel’s Café (serving Viennese pastries) 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.
Palazzo Serbelloni, Corso Venezia, 16
Maison Giampiero Bodino
Doppia Firma is a project that brings together European design innovation and the tradition of great artisanship by creating a unique collection of original, refined objects. The aim is to give birth to new artworks that arise from a cross-fertilisation of a design culture open to contemporary vision and a savoir-faire that is a genuine expression of territorial uniqueness.
Villa Mozart, Via Mozart, 9
The London-based design duo are heading to Spazio Krizia (the home of Formafantasma’s lighting show last year) for their solo spectacle that is inspired by Horah, the Israeli dance. Raw-Edges will be exploring an ongoing theme of repetition with a lighting installation that is imbued with an essential quality in the dance: conviviality. The immersive space will be made up of 30 'dancing' lamps made of cast glass, all engineered by WonderGlass.
Spazio Krizia, Via Daniele Manin, 21
For the first time ever, the group led by Poul Madsen and Jan Normann chose not to exhibit at the fair, but to take part in the FuoriSalone choosing Design Republic as their special location. Many previews that we will see: one above all, a new collection of Normann Copenhagen sofas that best represent the Hygge trend, but revisited with that palette of colors that have made the design brand of Copenhagen one of the most loved by millennials.
Piazza del Tricolore, 2
Club Unseen is the manifesto project by Studiopepe to be presented during the Milan Design Week. It is a secret space with a contemporary atmosphere, a research that investigates the hospitality issues. The project develops in an unique interior, experiential path, that describes the different forms of contemporary living. Into the Club the historical design matches with contemporary pieces, selected or designed by Studiopepe, in an unseen and secret location, an exclusive place, welcoming, to be shared.
Secret location, Piazza del Tricolore
HOUSE IN MOTION
For the FuoriSalone 2018, the magazine INTERNI presents the exhibition-event HOUSE IN MOTION, which brings together a series of experimental and interactive installations of architecture and design, based on the collaboration between highly acclaimed international designers and companies of reference, as well as institutions and startups. The exhibition-event takes place in three different locations around the city: Università degli Studi di Milano (formerly Ca’ Granda, 16th century), Orto Botanico di Brera (18th century), and Audi City Lab, Corso Venezia 11
“My first me: know yourself like never before”
The show is an iteration of ideas from Sato’s latest book “New ways of understanding” comprising interactive installations and film works that make use of technology to induce “sensations that has never been experienced before”. Through expressive media and video, Sato posits that humans can become aware of something about themselves that they have never known before…
Via Bagutta, 12
Masterly The Dutch
The event showcases the best of Dutch design and craftsmanship, within the beautiful Palazzo Francesco Turati. The exhibit will feature projects of emerging and established designers ,companies and schools and it is curated by Nicole Uniquole. Within the event, there will be The hotel experience, a project around the hospitality theme curated by Edward van Vliet with several Dutch brands and pieces by designers Don Zweedijk, Sebastiaan van Soest and Niels Verschuren.
Palazzo Francesco Turati, via Meravigli 9
MoscaPartners con DAMn° Magazine
The Litta Variations / 4th movement
Palazzo Litta will host The Litta Variations, the project curated by DAMN and MoscaPartners. Cortile d’Onore will host Il Tempio nel Bosco, the installation by London design studio Asif Khan, for the first time at Milan Design Week. On the main floor and the courtyardk, a rich selection of international designers, companies and brands.
Palazzo Litta, Corso Magenta 24
The four exhibition projects 'Unsighted', 'Arcadia', 'Vegan Design' and 'Panorama' are located between via Cesare Correnti 14 and the former Meazza space in piazza Cardinal Massaia. Unsighted is edited by Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte with designers Anton Alvarez (Sweden / Chile), Bahraini Danish (Bahrain), Eric Schmitt (France), Niamh Barry (Ireland), Omer Arbel (Canada), Roberto Sironi (Italy) and Seo Jeonghwa (Korea). Each designer was asked to create an object, without knowing the exhibition context: an anti-site-specific approach in favor of a more universal object.
Via Cesare Correnti, 14
Erez Nevi Pana
The four exhibition projects 'Unsighted', 'Arcadia', 'Vegan Design' and 'Panorama' are located between via Cesare Correnti 14 and the former Meazza space in piazza Cardinal Massaia. The project Vegan Design is curated by Maria Cristina Didero with the works of Erez Nevi Pana, a vegan purist and promoter of a design made only with materials of non-animal origin.
Garage San Remo
Spazio San Remo, via Zecca Vecchia, 3
The four exhibition projects 'Unsighted', 'Arcadia', 'Vegan Design' and 'Panorama' are located between via Cesare Correnti 14 and the former Meazza space in piazza Cardinal Massaia. Schloss Hollenegg for Design presents Arcadia an immersive installation by Sara Ricciardi. Curated by Alice Stori Liechtenstein. it explores the importance of heritage, in personal and collective terms, anticipating the Legacy exhibition. Based in Austria, Schloss Hollenegg for Design is a program to support young emerging designers.
Ex Ferramenta Meazza, Piazza Guglielmo Massaia
The four exhibition projects 'Unsighted', 'Arcadia', 'Vegan Design' and 'Panorama' are located between via Cesare Correnti 14 and the former Meazza space in piazza Cardinal Massaia.With Panorama, Annalisa Rosso aims to transport the viewer in Valentina Cameranesi’s world and expolre the hypothesis of “Happy Eyes” in 5 display windows give a panoramic view of the designer inner landscape through some key elements of her artistry.
Ex Ferramenta Meazza, Piazza Guglielmo Massaia
Trashpresso by Miniwiz is the first mobile recycler of fabrics and plastics, which brings an industrial recycling system in urban centers thanks to a mobile, automated and independent platform. The waste is transformed into tiles to be used for construction.
Piazza Vetra, Colonne San Lorenzo
NOTHING NEW shows rare designs by top designers Studio Job, Richard Hutten, Marcel Wanders, Maarten Baas, Maarten van Severen Nina Graziosi, Bertjan Pot, Atelier van Lieshout and Space Encounters. The concept behind NOTHING NEW is nothing short of spectacular. In a world that really, really doesn’t need another new chair, Lensvelt has decided to buy back a selection of his company’s ubiquitous desks and office chairs on the Dutch second-hand trading website Marktplaats/Ebay/1st Dibs. One of the world’s best stylists Maarten Spruyt is going combine them with a series of kinetic sculptures à la Rockit by Herbie Hancock and Jim Whiting. The courtyard and halls of Museo Diocesano are transformed into an open-air installation where Lensvelts’ award winning products are presented in an otherworldly setting. Do not miss also the BAR ANNE, designed by the award-winning Dutch architects of Space Encounters with the collaboration of several Dutch design talents.
Museo Diocesiano, Corso di Porta Ticinese, 95
Via Scaldasole, narrow, not very popular, the crossroads of the most famous and busy course of Porta Ticinese. On the sides of the sidewalks, old shops, a self-managed garden by the residents and, at the end of the street, at number 7, Six. An intimate corner, beyond a large wooden door, where the courtyard is defined by arched openings of the sixteenth century building that was, balconies and unusual tropical trees that miraculously grow among the pebbles resisting the climate of the north. Crossing the threshhold, we discover the Irene space, dedicated to the design of the green, in front, the gallery lounge furnished with ecletic objects and furniture, from the 30s to the 70s, all for sale. A selection curated by Fanny and David, architects at the head of the Quincoces-Dragò & partners studio, specialized in luxury retail, based on Six.
Via Scaldasole, 7
Lexus will host an event at Milan Design Week featuring the LF-1 Limitless concept and an installation from Japanese architect Sota Ichikawa of doubleNegatives Architecture. Built on an imaginative ideology that everyone is the center of the world, a visually infinite number of hanging vertical strings are used to represent the world’s individuals. Each hanging vertical string is simultaneously illuminated by a single light source and yet not one is in the shadows; a representation that each individual perspective is its own center. Through the use of technology and innovative design thinking, the seemingly impossible is achieved.
Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia, Via San Vittore, 21
Spazio Rossana Orlandi
You can not fail to visit this address. Spazio Rossana Orlandi is a must for all design lovers, a location where you can find many news and unpublished projects. About ecology and recycling we will talk a lot and for the whole week: a day of talk and an exhibition with the significant title “Il Senso di Colpa” in the Rossana Orlandi Space.
Via Matteo Bandello, 14/16
Google will come to Salone del Mobile for the first time this year with an installation curated by trend forecaster Li Edelkoort inside Rossana Orlandi gallery. Here, the tech company will present products from its hardware range – but in environments designed to look like everyday scenarios. Six bespoke wall hangings by Dutch designer Kiki van Eijk will decorate each room, and the space will also host a talks programme based on the integration of technology and lifestyle objects.
Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Via Matteo Bandello, 14/16
#young #smart #design
In a beautiful historic Milanese convent, this year again will be hosted DOUTDESign, the collective of design under 35. The interest of the organizers is the young category as the bearer of a knowledge and confidence with technology that allows you to experiment and go further in the imagination of an increasingly inter-connected and accessible future.
Via San Vittore, 49
In the Antico Oratorio della Passione, Markus Benesch celebrates the playful aspect of design with the 'Play' set-up.
Piazza Sant’Ambrogio, 15
Fondazione Franco Albini
LA RICERCA DELLA LEGGEREZZA
In the headquarter of via San Vittore, the prototype of the "Hanging Armchair" will be hosted, designed by Franco Albini with Enea Manfredini and redesigned and developed by the Studio. "It is more from our works that we spread ideas than through ourselves", said Franco Albini. He is undoubtedly one of the masters with the capital M of Italian design and his works tell us about him and the complex philosophy linked to his design, tell us this philosophy made of obsessive attention to detail and ideas that put in relation rationality and fantasy, creating political and functional objects. His work has been declared a National Historic Heritage by the Italian State, and therefore in 2007 the Franco Albini Foundation was set up with the precise aim of divulging a "method lesson" that could serve the contemporary world.
San Vittore, 49
ISOLA DESIGN DISTRICT
The exhibition presented by Dutch Invertuals at Milan Design Week, this year co-curated with FranklinTill, explores our current and future relationship with materials and making. Life on Earth is in constant change and transformation. By always evolving, improving and altering, humans, animals, plants and organisms are able to adapt to the ever-changing ecosystem. Today, we live in the Anthropocene era, which make us rethink or rephrase the definition of what is organic and what is man-made. We can either run the risk of alienation or embrace the future. Designers see possibilities everywhere. ‘Mutant Matter’ shows the potential of how materials can evolve and mutate to a liveable future.
Via Pastrengo, 12
Source, will be present at ZonaK, in via Spalato 11, with Lovely Waste, an exhibition event on circular economy, sustainability, and technology. Design today can no longer be "unsustainable", "non-technological", "not compatible with the environment", time is running out, it's a one way road. Design must give answers. Hence the idea of Lovely Waste that helps us to love the waste that we have generated and will continue to generate, with the aim of growing the circular economy which has points of excellence in Italy, but also areas where we can still work. So it is a project / service that does not end with the Fuorisalone, instead this is only the beginning: we aim to give support to producers who want to do research and invest in creative ways of reusing their production waste.
ZonaK, Via Spalato, 11
Bold Movements & Emotions Beyond Functionality.
The Spazio Maraniello in Viale Stelvio 66 will host the collective Brut: six emerging designers from Belgium, who make their debut at the Milan Design Week with Bold Movements & Emotions Beyond Functionality. The members of the collective Ben Storms, Bram Vanderbeke, Cedric Etienne, Charlotte Jonckheer, Linda Freya Tangelder and Nel Verbeke have chosen coal as the main element of the exhibition. This raw material, in close connection with the industrial history of Belgium, will be used to create a landscape from which different levels and structures will emerge for each individual work.
Spazio Maraniello, viale Stelvio, 66
Lighthenge is an installation of light and sound that makes urban energy scenic and shared. By night, the Lighthenge platform becomes a welcoming satellite, which projects its rays of light into the sky.
Piazza Gae Aulenti
Surface Magazine con David Rockwell | For its 25th anniversary, Surface Magazine invited architect David Rockwell, together with other American designers, to reinvent the diner.
Horgenglarus and Stephan Hürlemann | The installation entitled “Riesen mit Zwerg” (or “Giants with Dwarf”), made up of seven large objects up to three meters high, has been conceived by architect and designer Stephan Hürlemann, who assembled parts of chairs and tables from the collection of Horgenglarus – the oldest Swiss furniture manufacturer.
AGC Asahi Glass | Sound will be at the heart of the installation by world’s leading glass. chemical and hi-tech product manufacturer AGC-Asahi Glass. The installation consists of a space where visitors experience aural phenomena in an innovative way by the means of a new type of glass currently under development.
Eileen Fisher by Edelkoort Exhibitions | Eileen Fisher chooses to communicate its vision of sustainable fashion based on the concept of circular economy by the means of a set of tapestries, wallpapers and home accessories made from fabric remnants, used garments, and unfashionable clothes.
Fabrica | If the image of a product is more than important than the product itself, why to manufacture objects? Through the “Paradigm” project, the R&D department of Benetton questions the role of products’ image in contemporary design.
Editamateria with Antonio Aricò | Italian brand Editamateria makes designers and artisans meet to better develop and promote the potential of Italian contemporary craft.
Baars & Bloemhoff returns to Ventura Centrale with “Transitions III”. Experimental Inventiveness six dutch design offices – Bart Joachim van Uden, Christian Heikoop, Floris Wubben, Job van der Berg, Mae Engelgeer, and Studio Truly Truly – have been invited to engage with the large material collection of the company.
Japanese brand Nitto presents an installation made with colored adhesive tapes. Three different materials will be used: washi tape (a traditional Japanese soft, textured paper), soft and glossy PET tape, and transparent OPP tape.
Via Ferrante Aporti, 9
VENTURA FUTURE, FuturDome Prize
With the first edItion of Ventura Future, Ventura Projects is proud to annouce the 82 exhibitors showing their vision on the Future within 3 buildings: firstly, the doors of Loft, a beautiful Milanese gallery space, and FuturDome, the former meeting place of the Futurist movement, will showcase the future epoch of design. Secondly, there will be the former pharmacy faculty of Viale Abruzzi, an ancient building with an early-century residency style where former students left traces of their labors - students, whom we also welcome as exhibitors to share with the public the visions of next generation designers.
On April 19th, During the 2018 design week, and on the occasion of the first edition of Ventura Future, FuturDome will launch in collaboration with Ventura Projects, the FuturDome Prize. The award is a worldwide contemporary disciplines prize meant to discover, recognise and give support to a future generation of creators.
FuturDome building: Via Paisiello 6, Università building: Viale Abruzzi 42, Loft building: Via Donatello 36
HOUSE IN MOTION
For the FuoriSalone 2018, the magazine INTERNI presents the exhibition-event HOUSE IN MOTION, which brings together a series of experimental and interactive installations of architecture and design, based on the collaboration between highly acclaimed international designers and companies of reference, as well as institutions and startups. The exhibition-event takes place in three different locations around the city: Università degli Studi di Milano (formerly Ca’ Granda, 16th century), Chiostro della Ca’ Granda, via Festa del Perdono,7; Orto Botanico di Brera (18th century), and Audi City Lab, Corso Venezia 11
HOUSE IN MOTION, IKEA
During the Design Week, the Swedish furniture giant will take part in the INTERNI event with a curious installation, metaphor of the infinite possibilities of furnishing: a wooden house with a handle on the roof, to be visited with the help of a torch.
Università degli Studi di Milano, Chiostro della Ca’ Granda, via Festa del Perdono,7
A garden pavilion that allows all four seasons to coexist under the same roof, will be located in the city’s piazza del Duomo. The 500 square-meter temporary installation uses leading energy management systems, such as photovoltaic cells, accumulators and heat pumps, to allow and control spring, summer, autumn and winter to unfold at the same time. it aims to explore the relationship between nature and living, while fostering new discussions about sustainable design in our homes.
Nine Journeys Through Time. Alcantara and Art in the Apartment of the Prince.
In this exhibition, offering an exceptional combination of talents, ten contemporary artistic outlooks are brought together, expressing their visions in a range of languages, from painting to fashion, from digital design to music. The ten artists called upon to interpret nine different space-time expeditions launched by Alcantara from the Apartment of the Prince are: Aaajiao, Andrea Anastasio, Caterina Barbieri, Krijn De Koning, Li Shurui, Chiharu Shiota, Esther Stocker and Iris Van Herpen, Zeitguised, Zimoun.
Palazzo Reale, Piazza Duomo 12
3D Housing 05
The 3D house, now under construction in Milan, is a revolutionary technology, but also the beginning of a new architectural language. The first house printed in 3D will be 100 square meters large and will be completed on the occasion of Fuori Salone 2018, both externally and internally, with 3D furniture, of course. 3D Housing consists of a living area, a sleeping area, a kitchen, a bathroom and a livable roof. The interiors have been designed by hanging up with the archetypes of the past in dialogue with the language of 3D printing. A project born from the idea of Massimiliano Locatelli, CLS Architetti, in collaboration with Italcementi, Arup and Cybe with the support of the Municipality of Milan.
Lasvit is presenting a new collection called Monsters developed with well recognized designers such as Alessandro Mendini, Campana Brothers, Daniel Libeskind, Fabio Novembre, Maarten Baas, Maurizio Galante, Nendo, Rene Roubicek, Maxim Velcovsky and others. The theatre offers unique space to present Lasvit’s collections, both lighting as well as glassware.
Teatro Gerolamo, Piazza Cesare Beccaria, 8
Driven by innovation, passion and the unlimited possibilities that evolve from the desire to create better experiences for everyday life – HAY, Sonos and WeWork have imagined an entire universe that will explore the best in design, sound, living and work. The ornate atmosphere of Palazzo Clerici sets the framework for a series of installations that celebrate the past while evolving for the future. The justaposition of old and new amplifies the experience and elevate design, while offering visitors the opportunity to explore numerous spaces, socialise shop or attend topical discussions.
Palazzo Clerici, Via Clerici 5
Are You serious?
Between humor and serious creation. Ingo Maurer presents Bellissima Luzy and the latest work with his team.
Circolo Filologico, Via Clerici 10
Snarkitecture for Caesarstone
Kitchen Island concept
The surface behemoths have linked up with New York based collaborative practice Snarkitecture for their yearly collaboration. Using Caesarstone’s surfaces as a jumping off point, Snarkitecture have created four, highly conceptual takes on kitchen islands. Each have their own identities, yet communicate with the same design language, categorised by sinuous, stratified layers that emulate natural topography. More objet d'art than à la carte, the islands are intended to convey the brilliance of Caesarstone surfaces.
Corso di Porta Romana, 10
The senses of wood
A journey between light and matter. Let your fingers run between the veins of the wood surface, listen to the noise of natural crunches, smell the characteristic aromas, sometimes they are shown and sometimes hidden: the wood is alive, it creates a space that knows how to impart its value. Slow Wood presents ‘’The senses of wood’’, a temporary installation made by light and matter that allows wood to express itself through its most distinctive behaviour. The visitor is going to explore, even in an unusual way, the wooden material in its natural beauty and simplicity, creating a sincere relationship between man and object. The installation was interpreted by the famous designer Claudio Larcher and edited by the architect Andrea Manfredi - AntiMeridian design consultancy. The installation is lighted by Platek, who collaborates in the creation of a strong visual impact space.
Slow Wood Labstore, Foro Buonaparte 44/A
Fondazione Achille Castiglioni
his year celebrates 100 years of Achille through many events and exhibitions including 100×100 Achille at Fondazione Achille Castiglioni. The exhibit of everyday objects is gifted by some of the most important contemporary designers and curated by Chiara Alessi and Domitilla Dardi. It will be open through the upcoming Milan Design Week 2018.
Piazza Castello, 27
Space Caviar & Studio Vedèt
During Fuorisalone 2018, ALCOVA opens the doors of one of Milan’s mosto historic panettone factories to the public for the first time. For the duration of Design Week, the complex’s vast spaces – partly taken over by plants and vegetation – will host new projects by designers, institutions, galleries and companies working at the avant-garde of themes such as contemporary living, design culture, materials and technological innovation. Over 20 exhibitors from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy and Georgia will converge in ALCOVA in the midst of an intense program of talks and events. ALCOVA is a project by Space Caviar and Studio Vedèt.
Via Popoli Uniti 11-13
ARTEMEST & TED Milano
For Milan Design Week 2018 ARTEMEST, The Online Destination for Italian Handmade Design, in partnership with TED Milano presents Stranger Pinks. A one-of-a-kind all in pink exhibition to celebrate women in a wonderful historic Milanese setting. Stranger Pinks will take place in an impressive villa designed by Gio Ponti in the 1930s that today hosts the sophisticated showroom of TED Milano. Among the over 45 confirmed exhibitors: Studio Crestani, Giuseppe Rivadossi, Larghevedute Wallpaper, Meccani Design, Ilaria Toueg, Texturae, Francesco della Femina, Servomuto, UpGroup, Officine Tamborrino, Alberto Donà, Paola Paronetto, Lilla Tabasso, Abhika, Silvio Mondino, Black Tie, MG12, Manifestodesign, Mobilificio RBR Ebanisteria, Stefania Boemi and many more talents.
TED Milano, Via G. Randaccio, 5
The Nilufar warehouse is a place of great charm: an immense warehouse in which the CLS Architetti studio has made internal multi-storey architecture overlooking a central courtyard. Here the talented Nona Yashar combines with her great taste furniture and pieces of art of great value and style: her settings are truly extraordinary. Nilufar also presents ‘Lina Bo Bardi Giancarlo Palanti – Studio d’arte Palma, 1948 - 1951’ – the first exhibition on the work of the two italo-brazilian designers. The exhibition takes on a character of fundamental importance for design history and collectors, investigating the forgotten work of Giancarlo Palanti and the less familiar aspects of the output of Lina Bo Bardi from 1947 to 1987.
Via Vincenzo Lancetti, 34