This year, Salone del Mobile has come up with a daring concept. The 58th edition of the biggest design event in Europe is reminiscing its Italian roots with a homage to one of the most brilliant figures that ever existed! Leonardo da Vinci is recognized nowadays as the “adopted son”, and this year, during Milan Design Week, Salone del Mobile pays tribute to his incredible mind and talent.
This design exhibition never ceases to amaze its own audience, so this April, while you are visiting the honourable and long awaited for furniture fair with the most exclusive design, prepare to be completely stunned by two outstanding and hugely evocative installations that will utterly provide to you the most memorable and cultural experience.
The 2019 edition of the Milan Furniture Fair pays tribute to the genius of Leonardo da Vinci in the 500th anniversary of his death.
Every April the world’s eyes turn to Milan and from the 6th to 14th April, Salone del Mobile, Milano has chosen the Conca dell’Incoronata canal lock and the water as the protagonists of the traditional city event, AQUA, Leonardo’s Vision.
The second exhibition is at the fairgrounds, in Pavilion 24, DE-SIGNO. The main goal of these two exhibitions is to honor the art of the Italian design since its early roots and to pay homage to Leonardo and celebrate his work and legacy when it comes to art and design, and craftsmanship.
Marco Balich, “AQUA, Leonardo’s Vision”, rendering.
The first exhibition, “AQUA” celebrates the originality and visionary mind of Da Vinci’s studies, and “DE-SIGNO” explores the amazingness of the Made in Italy design products and craftsmanship, comparing it from the furniture made during the times of the great Master to the present day, compiling all the stunning contemporary design we’re all so used to see at Salone del Mobile.
“AQUA, Leonardo’s Vision”
5 th – 14th April
Conca dell’Incoronata, Via San Marco
10.00 am – 10.00 pm
9th – 14th April
Pavilion 24 – Fiera Milano, Rho
9.30 am – 6.30 pm
Davide Rampello and Alessandro Colombo, “DE-SIGNO”, internal view.
“AQUA, Leonardo’s Vision” is a site-specific immersive experience. The Conca will be covered over with an architectural insert in the form of a great expanse of water, on the edge of which a huge LED screen will become a window onto a future Milan, showing a skyline that changes according to the time of day. Beneath this structure, inside the canal itself, a wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosities) will be created, where visitors can experience all the beauty, energy and shape of water, enfolded in image and sound thanks to the use of cutting-edge technology, in a totally self-contained environment.
An information foyer by the Ponte Delle Gabelle will provide a space where waiting visitors can discover more about the connection between this historic site and Leonard’s multifaceted genius. Salone del Mobile is more than an art fair that welcomes the great furniture brands of our contemporary times, so come visit the place where the Italian Master created most of his memorable works and come live a one for the books experience!