The waiting for the much-beloved Milan Design Week 2019 is almost ending. The most spectacular week for design lovers will take place from 09-14 of April and with it comes a set of design events and exhibitions that raise the concept and future of design, such as Salone Del Mobile.
Milan Design Week features a series of events in Milan that connect luxury brands of exclusive furniture, architects, artists and interior designers from all over the world.
SALONE DEL MOBILE – A CELEBRATION OF LEONARDO DA VINCI
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.
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.
BOCA DO LOBO AT SALONE DEL MOBILE
10 NEW DESIGN PIECES
Boca do Lobo is going to showcase more than 10 new design concepts of 2019 in the capital of design, Milano, alongside the most wanted pieces of the exclusive Limited Edition Collection. The biggest stand ever seen is going to happen in the biggest design event in Europe, Salone Del Mobile. Design Lovers can find some of the most exclusive creations designed for this year, like Lumiére and Pietra Families at Hall 4 – Stand E08 and D07.
xLux Hall is entirely dedicated to luxury, revisited in a contemporary way and the brand is going to present to the world of design a stand, with 900m2, full personalized with dramatic lines and curves in a wide range of furniture, soft fabrics with neutral colors and handmade techniques. With the right balance between a contemporary and timeless concepts the ambiance will feature two distinguished lounge areas, an exquisite dining room, as well as an elegant work office and a fun and play space, bringing a full range of exciting living experiences to the world renowned event.
Alongside, the brand will present a lengthy tradition of bespoke and exceptional Craftsmanship to conceive such exclusive design.
Boca do Lobo’s evolving creative minds and meticulous effort in honouring métiers d’art, create vision to understand the past through ancient techniques and rich materials, interpreting it through cutting-edge technology. Each handcrafted piece carries a legacy, years of growing experience and pure dedication with no boundaries to design and authenticity.
Witness and feel in first hand Boca do Lobo’s passion for tradition and design, leaving the space with a one for the books experience.
HALL 4 E08 + D07
Drawing inspiration from Victorian era, a masterpiece suspension lamp exemplifies the contemporary dualities of art and functionality. Hanged by two chains, a striking broken pole lies as an antique fixture with four intricate edge detailing arms topped by elegant pane lanterns hand-sculpted by casting molds.
The large mirror wall lamp sculpture is made of wood folded by polished stainless steel that portrays a perfect mirror. Through the manual fitting of gold hammered brass sheet bursts an antique fixture with an intricate edge detailing arm topped by an elegant pane lantern hand-sculpted by casting mold. Born from the rich tradition of iron forging and skilled goldsmiths, this majestic mirror lamp is a soulful piece with classic distinction for outstanding private residences to the greatest contract settings.
A sculptural set composed by a large wall mirror, lamp and console lies in one arched frame made of wood folded by polished stainless steel that portrays a perfect mirror. Through the manual fitting of gold hammered brass sheet bursts an antique fixture with an intricate edge detailing arm topped by an elegant pane lantern hand-sculpted by casting mold. In the lower section, a unique console made of cast brass arises to add to this artwork piece an extra functionality.
Width 250 cm (98.4 in); Height 150 cm (59 in)
Drawing inspiration from Victorian era, this antique fixture in polished gold plated brass with an intricate edge detailing arm topped by an elegant pane glass lantern hand-sculpted by a casting mold. Born from the rich tradition of iron forging and skilled goldsmiths, this elegant wall lamp is a soulful piece with classic distinction for outstanding private residences to the greatest contract settings.
Width 30 cm (11.8 in); Depth 60 cm (23.6 in); Height 45 cm (17.7 in)
A suspension lamp composed by a set of three black pendant lights with an adjustable arrangement and hanged by a round structure. Semi-spherical brass elements of dark brass external finish pair with a precious polished brass internal coating. Different intricate decorative elements on top of each shade and on the inside. Suspended glass shades available in different silhouettes.
BIG LAMP: Width 60 cm (23.6 in); Depth 60 cm (23.6 in)
MEDIUM LAMP: Width 40 cm (15.7 in); Depth 40 cm (15.7 in)
SMALL LAMP: Width 21 cm (8.2 in): Depth 21 cm (8.2 in)
The Lapiaz round mirror takes exceptional craftsmanship and design to a new realm. Finding beauty in the most unexpected places, this contemporary design piece is inspired by authentic karst formations created by surface dissolution, freezing, or thawing of limestone or dolomite rocks.
Width 150 cm (59 in); Height 150 cm (59 in)
Playing with function and sculptural form, Pietra dining table shapes a timeless experience through its classical aura of the renaissance era and finest Estremoz white marble. Its round top gently lies in one robust marble column, conceived from a solid block hand-sculpted and turned to create different details for additional texture.
Width 140 cm (55.1 in); Depth 140 cm (55.1 in); Height 77 cm (29.9 in)
LARGE PEDESTAL BASE: Width 40 cm (15.7 in); Depth 40 cm (15.7 in); Height 71.5 cm (28.1 in)
White oval table made of white exquisite marble. Its big top gently lies in two robust marble pedestals, conceived from a solid block hand-sculpted and turned to create different details for additional texture. Ideal as an eight-seater table, the contemporary feel of Pietra is effortlessly stylish and it can be used for indoor or outdoor.
Width 220 cm (86.6 in); Depth 110 cm (43.3 in); Height 77 cm (30.3 in)
LARGE PEDESTAL BASE: Width 40 cm (15.7 in); Depth 40 cm (15.7 in); Height 71.5 cm (28.1 in)
SMALL PEDESTAL BASE: Width 27.5 cm (10.8 in); Depth 27.5 cm (10.8 in); Height 71.5 cm (28.1 in)
Contemporary office desk made in wood and enveloped in polished patina brass, with a manually engraved top that emulates the outlines of log rings, reminding the timelife of a tree. Below the expansive desktop is an elegant composition of two scaled brass tubes, each one holding two drawers and one door covered by sleek palisander veneer, and a central drawer for files between.
Width 199 cm (78.3 in); Depth 113 cm (44.5 in); Height 77 cm (30.3 in)
A round large mirror with a gold frame made from brass cords in artistic motifs, gilded in 18k gold, intricately handcrafted by one of ancient and richest jewelry making techniques known called Filigree.
The richness of Filigree Ring lies within its detailed jewelry expression. A precious piece of art that pays tribute to the finest craftsmanship, ideal for a unique and exclusive home.
Width 124 cm (48.8 in); Depth 10 cm (3.9 in); Height 124 cm (48.8 in)
Tortona district showcases the biggest names from the design industry. For 2018, they will present Base Milano, a new multifunctional venue, located at the former industrial Ansaldo complex, hosts exhibitions, and projects. Nendo presents “forms and movement”. The Japanese design studio creates a labyrinth of designs, sketches, and processes, the show is part of the Superdesign at Superstudio. The exhibition Smart City and the Superloft project, displaying the ideal house/loft for the future.
Designers Neri&Hu present their installation any/everywhere for Stellar Works, a space to play “with the concepts of context and location”, SUPERSTUDIO, the iconic place for design in Milan, is the most visited and renowned place in Tortona district. With the project SUPERDESIGN SHOW, hat continues and takes over the success of the Temporary Museum for New Design
Date: April 17-22, 2018
Address: Largo Delle Culture, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
Particularly notable this year exhibitors focus on a perception of technological processes and their impact on our daily lives, The American design studio UM Project whose “Patch” project envisages the future of smart houses and cities.
Ventura Future will host also features two projects by Patricia Urquiola, others by Mingone, Federica Biasi, Denis Guidone, Mae Engelgeer and Valerio Sommella.
The American magazine Surface to celebrate its 25th anniversary, teams up with celebrated architect David Rockwell to create “The Diner”, a modern reinterpretation of typical American restaurants the events hosts conferences and.
Date: April 17-22, 2018
Address: Via Ferrante Aporti 9, Milan, Italy
“Be Human: Designing with Empathy”, is the theme for the district 9th edition. Among the many events, 3 young Italian designers mark the presence in the design district. Cristina Celestino transforms a tram into a moving cinema under the name Corallo. Elena Salmistraro presents Dafne, a reinvention of the Timberland logo in Piazza XXV Aprile. Daniele Lago suggests a series of exhibits, meetings, and workshops in Appartamento Lago.
The Brera Design Apartment is an exhibition space located in via Palermo 1 with furnishings and upholstery from a wide variety of designers. COS invited this year the artist Phillip K Smith to imagine a sculptural installation that is inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture and the Milan sky, although respect COS’ minimalist design.
This year, the district will be marked by a strong international presence, thanks to the union of designers coming from all over the world. The theme will guide the exhibitions: “Rethinking Materials”. In fact, the organization’s goal is to showcase projects that have highlighted the adaptability of certain materials.
“LatinoAmerican Contemporary Design” a group exhibition by South-American designers working between contemporaneity and local country identities, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, and Mexico.
Date: April 17-22, 2018
Address: Via Pastrengo, 14, 20159 Milano MI, Italy
This year, the spotlight is trained on the spaces of the old Meazza hardware store – an iconic symbol of post-war Milan, which closed down two years ago. Space hosts various projects, including a tribute to the work of Nanda Vigo. The items displayed include her “Goral” totems and a wall show of her glowing tree sculptures titled “Light Trees”. In vicolo Bagnera, most mysterious street in Milan, Portuguese artist Xena will pay tribute to Italy’s rich cultural heritage, narrative and reality, inspired by the work of Caravaggio.
Address: Via Montebello, 24 – Milano MI 20123
Art Nouveau architecture, and design, “Porta Venezia in Design” makes its sixth appearance at this year’s Fuorisalone. Louis Vution returns to Palazzo Bocconi with its Objets Nomades. Highlights include a patchwork leather vase by Fernando & Humberto Campana and a new collaboration with Hong Kong-based designer André Fu.
Date: April 17-22, 2019
La Triennale di Milano is an international cultural institution with over 90 years of history behind that stages exhibitions, conferences and events on art, design, architecture, fashion, cinema, communication and society. It promotes exhibitions dedicated to contemporary art, to nationally and internationally celebrated architects and designers, to fashion designers that have transformed tastes and customs.
Address: Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Minotti is an Italian company with a solid reputation at an international level as an excellent expression of “Made in Italy” in the field of contemporary furniture design and ambassador of a classic-modern lifestyle in the residential and hospitality segments.
Via Larga, 4, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Moooi is a Dutch company of furniture, interior, and lighting modern design. It was founded by Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers in the Netherlands in 2001.
Via Savona, 56, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
DIMORESTUDIO crosses the boundaries between art and design, fashion and architecture. 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.
Milan City Guide
As Milan Design Week, one of the biggest design events worldwide is getting closer, it’s really important to start planning your visit! Milan, waits for your visit from 09 to 14 April, in order to delight you with the best design experiences during Milan Design Week.
Where to Shop
Milan might be the most under-appreciated city in Italy. But if you’re the type of person who likes to step off the well-trodden tourist path, it’s one of the most rewarding to visit. From the world-class bars to restaurants, Milan is packed with wonders.
The Corso Venezia is one of Milan’s most prestigious streets, bordered by stately buildings in a multitude of architectural styles, from Renaissance to Art Nouveau. Many upscale shops have outlets here.
Corso Buenos Aires
A real shopper’s paradise, Corso Buenos Aires offers one and a half kilometers of storefronts, with shops for all tastes and all budgets: sophisticated boutiques, alternated with trendy stores offering all types of merchandise and numerous bars for a quick snack. Its side streets abound in restaurants, many of which are ethnic. A Saturday afternoon favorite with Milanese shoppers of all ages.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
Stroll along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the most popular shopping street in the city, for the widest selection of drop-dead gorgeous clothes, shoes, and accessories, window shopping here is the stuff of dreams. Named after the great Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy, the boulevard is a traffic-free zone buzzing with shoppers, buskers, and oh-so-trendy locals.
Corso di Porta Ticinese
Although it’s within walking distance of the city’s cathedral and Navigli neighborhood, Corso di Porta Ticinese has been likened to Portobello Road in London and is characterized by unique clothing, record and food stores. An alternative to the designer labels of the Via Montenapoleone, it specializes in offbeat fashion brands and is a great destination for denim – Levis, Diesel, and Carhartt all have footholds here, as do Vans and Camper.
As part of the Quadrilatero d’Oro – Milan’s golden quadrilateral – Via Montenapoleone is an essential destination for luxury shopping in the city. Often considered to be the key shopping street in Milan, it is home to many big designer brands, from Gucci to Prada to Valentino. With brands including Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo and Fendi all on the same street, Via Montenapoleone is an irresistible place to indulge in some luxury leather accessories from world-class Italian designers.
Art Galleries and Museums
Milan is an exciting hub and a privileged city to observe the inspiring and moving scene of design, and art. Having been known as one of the world’s premier cities for fashion, opera and art, spoiled with touristic attractions and it is no wonder why Milan has a great deal to offer in the way of museums, art galleries, and design showrooms.
Fondazione Prada Milan is an exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art and culture. It is housed in a complex that for many years functioned as a distillery, but that has been changed by OMA – the architecture firm co-founded by Rem Koolhaas – into a collection of modern spaces.
Address: Largo Isarco, 2, 20139 Milano MI, Italy
The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is a historic house museum that is born from the extraordinary collecting experience of Barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi at the end of the 19th century. The Museum is one of Europe’s best-preserved historic house museums and one of the first grand expressions of Milanese design.
Address: Via Gesù, 5, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
The Gallery of Modern Art, GAM, is one of the most agreeable art galleries in Milan. Located in the Villa Reale, a sumptuous palazzo where Napoleon once resided. The gallery displays works by Lombards and other Italian painters including Modigliani, Boccioni, and Previati and non-Italian modernists such as Gauguin, Cézanne, Picasso, Van Gogh and Manet.
Address: Villa Reale, Via Palestro, 16, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Museo delle Culture (Museum of Cultures), or MUDEC, is the latest addition to the museum landscape of Milan. It is dedicated to interdisciplinary research on the cultures of the world and focuses on the relationship of these cultures with the city of Milan. The cutting-edge museum is designed by the British architect Sir David Chipperfield.
Address: Via Tortona, 56, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
Museo D’arte Antica is an art museum in the Castello Sforzesco of Milan. It has a large collection of sculpture from the late antiquity, Mediaeval and Renaissance periods.
Address: Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Museo del Duomo (Duomo Museum) is the museum of Milan’s outstanding cathedral and relates to and reveals its history and art. Established in 1387, by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, with the aim to design, build and preserve the Milanese cathedral, an activity that is still on-going today.
Address: Piazza del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
Silos is Giorgio Armani’s own museum, dedicated to his fashion designs of the last 40 years, displaying around 600 of his works. The digital archive can be accessed through workstations and holds a collection of photos, sketches, technical drawings and illustrations.
Address: Via Bergognone, 40, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
The Pinacoteca di Brera houses one of the main art collections of Renaissance art in Italy with over 500 works dating from the 14th- 20th century. Amongst the collection are masterpieces by Bellini, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, and Veronese.
Address: Via Brera, 28, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
The Museum of the 20th century is located right in the heart of Milan near the Duomo. The museum curated selection is a real gem for those fascinated by this period. There are paintings by Picasso, Modigliani Mondrian, Kandinsky and Boccioni to name a few.
Address: Via Guglielmo Marconi, 1, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
Galleria Rossana Orlandi has been forecasting along the years new and upcoming designers and establishing the premise as one of the most revered platforms for avant-garde Design and Lifestyle. And one of the most sought-after during Milan Design Week
Address: Via Matteo Bandello, 14/16, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
The Nilufar Gallery knew how to cut out its own space and become the reference point to lovers of historical design as well as to people following the evolution of contemporary design, above all within that more learned, poetic and visionary area shifting between production and contemporary art.
Address: Via della Spiga, 32, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Gió Marconi gallery started in 1990 under the initiative of Gió Marconi who created the Studio Marconi 17, an experimental space for young artists and art critics. Gió Marconi gallery mainly focuses on contemporary positions and, at the same time.
Address: Via Tadino 20I-20124 Milano Italy
The Bianconi Gallery in Milan in “Brera” district, with the commitment to develop an accurate work of research in the second half of 20th Century Italian Arts sphere. The aim is to review the artwork of strong artistic personalities, but still with a close relationship with the social reality and artistic dynamics of the time.
Address: Via Lecco, 20, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
Pirelli HangarBicocca is a non-profit foundation, which has converted a former industrial plant in Milan into an institution for producing and promoting contemporary art. This dynamic center for experimentation and discovery covers presents major solo shows every year by Italian and international artists.
Address: Via Chiese, 2, 20126 Milano MI, Italy
The Best Showrooms
Design Showrooms and Concept Stores play an essential element for interior designers. Take a look at the most coveted shops and showrooms in the city with the best home design products, as well as amazing store interiors.
Bredaquaranta presents its collection to customers who are searching for design articles, proposed by the main design brands in the market. The bredaquaranta the ideal shop to create the optimal living place, combining taste and practical needs of those who will live in it.
Address: Via Fatebenefratelli, 10, 20121 Milan, Italy
SAG’80 Group is a leading player which operates in the sectors of design and furnishing in Milan through its four showrooms.In each of our showroom, you will find an exclusive selection of the best Italian and international design brands.
Address: Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 4, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
Lladró showroom presents a unique concept and exhibits their exclusive collections of sculptures, High Porcelain, lighting, home décor and fashion accessories, the boutique also highlights the brand’s close bonds with art, crafts, and design.
Address: Piazza Fontana, 6, 20122 Milan, Italy
Milan Public Transport:
Metro, Buses, and Trams
There are 4 underground lines, called Metropolitana. They run from 6 to 12.30 a.m., about every 2 mins or so in peak hour, less frequently (every 5-7 mins) during the rest of the day and at weekends. The metro is a great way to travel in Milan.
Single tickets are €1.50 and are valid for 90 minutes. Within the 90 mins, you can do one journey on the underground and unlimited trips on buses and trams. Tickets are sold at electronic ticket machines in the station, or at tobacconists and newsstands. You can download the free ATM app for network maps and timetables.
Tickets & Passes
One-day ticket Valid for 24 hours; €4.50
Two-day ticket Valid for 48 hours; €8.25
Carnet of 10 tickets Valid for 90 minutes each; €13.80
Evening ticket Valid from 8 pm until the end of service; €3
Wherever the Metro doesn’t go, at least one bus will. There are over 100 bus lines connecting the city and the suburbs. Buses run from 5 to 1 a.m, but some may finish earlier or start later, especially at weekends, and you can’t buy tickets on board.
Milan also has numerous trams crisscrossing town. Some still use the old ‘Carrelli’ streetcars, built in the 1920s, making them the longest continuously-running public transport vehicles in use. Same as buses, you can’t buy tickets from the driver. Trams usually run longer than buses, from 5 to 1.30-2 a.m. A trip on a Carrelli tram is a great and affordable sightseeing experience. Lines 1, 5, 19 and 33 always use vintage streetcars.
Taxis cannot be signaled but must be picked up at assigned places, usually outside train stations, large hotels and in major piazze. You can call a cab on 02 40 40, 02 69 69, 02 85 85 or 02 77 77.