Milan Design Week 2013

The Rho district of Milan is a hive of activity this week, as thousands of design aficionados turn out for the annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile.  For those not au fait with Italian, this is the Milan Design Week and it is by far the biggest date in the furniture and furnishings world and runs from 9th-14th April.  The 52nd Annual event, it was originally conceived as a forum to promote Italian furniture and has grown into the largest trade fair of its kind with 150 countries now attending.  Occupying 220,000 square metres in the Fiera Milano complex, the show hosts 2,500 companies showcasing the best in furniture, lighting and home furnishings.

Ro by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen. Picture courtesy of designweek.co.uk

 

The Conran Shop Buying Team is hard at work predicting the best buys for the next season and beyond.  With a theme ‘Interiors of Tomorrow’, the focus is on lasting design that combines fresh modernity with long-lasting endurance, exceptional quality with timeless aesthetics.  With the best designs from established favourites and rising new talent, there is an abundance of impressive creativity to discover.

Medici collection by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi. Picture courtesy of Dezeen

 

 

Fionda chair by Jasper Morrison for Mattiazzi. Picture courtesy of Dezeen

 

 

Theca Sideboard by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Magis. Picture courtesy of Dezeen

 

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Held every other year, Euroluce is the world’s biggest lighting showcase, the benchmark of successful International design.  Merging the best technology with innovative conceptual design, Euroluce is an astonishing 40,000 square metres of glistening, glittering, twinkling lights.  Keep your eyes peeled for the Ronde pendant light designed by Oliver Schick for Gubi, tipped to be a future classic.  For further information click here.

Ronde Pendant, Oliver Schick for Gubi. Picture courtesy of Gubi

 

In its second year, Most Salone is the brainchild of British designer Tom Dixon and is held annually at the Milan Museum of Science and Technology.  Intended to endorse new thinking in design, the show focuses on technology, fresh materials and forward-thinking production techniques.  Highlights this year include the designers behind New Zealand collective ‘Resident’ who fuse iconic design with practicality and long-term usage.  For further information click here.

Resident, showcasing at Most Salone. Picture courtesy of mostsalone.com

 

SaloneSatellite is the go-to destination for anyone wanting to scout out new design talent.  Launched in 1998, the show aims to bring together the most promising young designers from all over the world.  Each year, 700 young designers and students exhibit prototypes and exchange ideas, many of these are fully realised and go on to become iconic products in their own right.  Salone Satellite is open to the general public every day and has no entry charge.   For further information click here.

Started in 1982, SaloneUfficio is the trade show that showcases the best furniture and furnishings for creative workspaces.  This year sees French Architect Jean Nouvel launch his ‘Project: Office for Living’, a series of observations that integrate work and home.   Acknowledging that many more of us are doing some sort of work from home, this exhibition looks at home spaces that engage with the workplace.  For further information click here.

Jean Nouvel, Project: Offices for Living. Picture courtesy of designwire.co.uk

 

And for the photography lovers out there...

You have another chance to catch Karl Lagerfeld’s first ever photographic project for furniture brand, Cassina.  First shown in Paris last year, the exhibition has travelled to Cassina’s showroom in Milan where you can see the 30 Cassina designs that Lagerfeld chose to photograph in a special scenographic arrangement.  For further information click here.

Karl Lagerfeld shoots for Cassina. Picture courtesy of Cassina

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