Every single year, during the month of April, the most important event in the world of design happens in Milan. Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone define the Milan Design Week and during these days, the design is celebrated to the absolute best. Fuorisalone is the set of events that happen outside of Salone, in different areas of Milan, known as Milan Design Districts. After our Ultimate Design Guide in Milan, we present you a Design Districts Guide version.
Brera Design District
The Up armchair by Gaetano Pesche
The Up armchair, underlining the treatment of women in a patriarchal society, will be a leading art installation for Milan Design Week 2019.
Address: Piazza del Duomo, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
“A Life Extraordinary” by Moooi
Moooi is bringing a sense-tickling brand experience during this year’s Salone del Mobile. Hosted at a new location in Milan’s design district Brera: Mediateca St. Teresa, Via della Moscova 28. Here, the lifestyle brand will showcase once more what a life extraordinary means, offering visitors to submerge themselves in a world that’s luxurious, whimsical and original.
Address: Mediateca St. Teresa, Via della Moscova 28
Bang&Olufsen “93 Years”
Danish electronics brand Bang & Olufsen is set to stun visitors at Milan Design Week’s Fuorisalone exhibition this year with an interactive installation spanning its 93-year history.
Address: Via Brera, 13, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Melissa and Campana: Special Collection and Installation
Melissa presents during Fuorisalone an artistic installation celebrating the partnership with Campana brothers.
The crochet pieces are assembled in a pyramidal structure in the center of the main hall, immersing the visitor in Melissa’s universe and in the heritage of one of the most long-lived and successful collaborations in its history.
Address: Via Palermo 1
“Sense of Nature” Installation of Japanese Crafts Brand by KORAI
KORAI expresses the harmony of “nature and home” through crafts from all over Japan and conveys the beautiful appearance and tactile characteristics of Japanese crafts, delivering coolness to the cities of the world.
Address: Galleria Seno, Via Ciovasso, 19, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Nodus, Exto, Matì, Extendo, Leolori
The exclusive district of Brera, meeting point of the design excellence, hosts an exceptional project born from the synergy of five Italian brands – Nodus, Exto, Matì, Extendo, and Leolori – united by their passion for quality and research.
Address: Basilica San Simpliciano – Piazza San Simpliciano, 7
Brought together by a unified narrative that offers sensorial experiences, the exhibition Brazil: Essentially Diverse is an expression of the plurality and colors that sprout from Brazil, presenting the uniqueness of their material culture and focusing on its roots and transformative power.
Address: La Permanente – Via Filippo Turati, 34
Tortona Design District
IQOS World by Alex Chinneck
During Fuorisalone, a highly evocative environmental installation and site-specific environmental project in which the architecture of the buildings in front of the former manufacturing area will be the protagonists, while inside them sculptural groupings will subvert visitors’ perceptions.
Address: Opicio 31 Via Tortona, 31, 20144
Lexus Design Event – Superstudio Più
Leading with Light, an immersive experience using lighting technology to showcase a vision for a more human-centered tomorrow, realized with the Japanese design studio, Rhizomatiks.
Address: Via Tortona, 27, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
ASIA DESIGN MILANO
ASIA DESIGN MILANO returns as the exhibition and communication project, reference platform of the Milan Design Week for the Asian creative scene.
Born from the partnership between Sarpi Bridge Oriental Design Week and Milan Space Makers, this year ASIA DESIGN MILANO proposes a new project focusing on Israel, a country where East and West meet. Your Fuorisalone in Milan Design Week which promotes Asian creativity
Address: Via Giacomo Watt, 15, 20143 Milano MI, Italy
“Design For All” by Lifetools
On display is a line of “design for all” objects, conceived and realized in Italy to help those with permanent or temporary physical difficulties and disabilities.
Address: Opicio 31 Via Tortona, 31, 20143 Milano MI, Italy
OVER A CENTURY OF LIGHTS: THE TAYLOR-MADE INNOVATION
Zonca International celebrates over a century of lighting creations through five days of exhibition and party.
Address: Via Privata Gaspare Bugatti 11/13
EIN&ZWANZIG – WORLD’S FINEST DESIGN TALENTS
The international “ein&zwanzig” competition addresses and supports talented young designers with innovating ideas and pioneering works in the area of interior and lifestyle. An international jury of experts from industry and design selects and awards 21 projects from design students and graduates.
Address: Opicio 31 Via Tortona, 31, 20143 Milano MI, Italy
La Triennale di Milano
Address: Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
The XXII Triennale di Milano just unveiled its newest thematic exhibition curated by Paola Antonelli. This modern art celebration explores the interaction that the humankind has with the natural environment and how we have been putting it in jeopardy for over the past years.
La Nazione delle Piante
The Nation of Plants is a non-technical scientific show curated by Stefano Mancuso, one of the world’s leading experts in plant neurobiology.
Urban Center – Milano 2030
Milan is taking part in the XXII Triennale di Milano International Exhibition with the opening of the new Urban Center, which hosts the Milano 2030 exhibition.
Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists
The Great Animal Orchestra
Traveling the world in search of the nonhuman origins of music, Bernie Krause has recorded and studied the secret and complex organization of animal vocalizations by collecting more than 5,000 hours of recordings of natural habitats.
Mario Bellini. Italian Beauty
The exhibition is a transversal journey of almost 60 years between design, architecture and exhibition design. For the first time in his long career, Mario Bellini has not set up the exhibition himself but has given way to the architect Dario Curatolo who has signed the exhibition project.
“5 Vie” District
Seletti Design Pride
Design Pride is the most democratic party of Milan Design Week. A parade filled with balloons, music, dancing, and performances that will last a big part of Wednesday afternoon, on April 10.
Address: starts from Piazza Castello and ends in Piazza Affari
Territorial Design, Genius Loci
In the name of arts and crafts, the big guest of honor chosen for the 2019 edition of Fuorisalone of the 5vie Design District is Ugo La Pietra, with the exhibition Territorial Design, Genius Loci.
Address: Via Cesare Correnti 14
Kiki Van Eijk and Joost Van Bleiswijk
A Dutch duo who work on the limits of self-production, showing their love for materials and craftsmanship through their design projects.
Address: 14 Via Cesare Correnti
“Human Code” by Roberto Sironi
An installation in the courtyard in the heart of the 5VIE and a series of ten unpublished works in the underground spaces of the SIAM headquarters. An art exhibition during Milan Design Week that explores through art, science, and technology.
Address: Fonderia Battaglia
“The Last Wax” curated by the artistic director of the Battaglia Bellavance-Lecompte Foundry
The exhibition tells, through 12 new works, how Alvarez transformed the extruder to work the wax, creating shapes that will then be cast in bronze and become unique pieces.
Address: Unknown information
Ventura Centrale District
Via Ferrante Aporti, 20127 Milano MI, Italy
British designer Benjamin Hubert has teamed up with surface specialist Cosentino to create a large architectural installation for Milan Design Week 2019. Created through his studio LAYER, “Raytrace” features a 25-meter long and 6-meter high triangular passage seemingly balanced on a single edge within a dark, atmospheric space.
Emergence of Form by AGC
Experience an emotional space where glass and ceramic converge using AGC’s unique processing and molding technology to produce a snapshot of ever-changing natural phenomena.
“Poetic Geometry” by DPOT – MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY BRAZILIAN FURNITURE
INFLUENCER – De-sinning the Designer by FREITAG
A Piece of Sky by SKY-FRAME
Handmade Jewelry Workshop
Design also means fashion design: during Milan Design Week, Costume jewelry entirely designed and hand-crafted in a workshop, set in the heart of Milan.
Address: via Tadino 3
Voliumani by Barbara Vistarini
Dozens and dozens of small hands, like butterfly wings, will rest placid on the entrance walls of the building, waiting to take off. The shapes, cut out two-dimensional on black cardboard acquire a symbolic value. Even the imperfections become narrative elements that speak of a “handmade” way that is not taken for granted.
Address: Palazzo Bocconi, C.so Venezia 48
Doppia Firma: A Dialogue Between Design and Artisanal Excellence
Doppia Firma 2019 brings together innovative designers and master artisans from around Europe to produce a collection of 19 works and small-scale series. Each object is the result of a creative exchange between a designer/artist and an artisan/manufacturer.
Address: Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship
Shape of Gravity by WonderGlass and nendo
The exhibition from Fuorisalone titled Shape of Gravity features a collection of gravity formed furniture and tabletop objects handcrafted in Venice including a prodigious chandelier.
Address: Istituto dei Ciechi – Via Vivaio 7, 20122, Milano
Isola Design District
“Ocean Drive” by April Key
April Key will present her first lighting collection Ocean Drive, a fusion between Art Deco architecture, lighting and sculptures. The exhibition will host ten of her pieces that are made out of laser cut plexiglass, while the neon pieces are handcrafted by Turkish artisans.
Address: Via Cola Montano 8
Campidarte by Giorgio Deplano
This project’s aim is to create furniture products with a modern and colorful style, which only reveal a more careful look at their composition, given by the reuse of abandoned industrial materials and components.
Address: via De Castillia, 26
As part of the Milan Design Week 2019, the Australian design house will be showcasing over 30 of their signature pieces as well as the international debut of a new furniture collaboration between DesignByThem founders/designers Sarah Gibson and Nicholas Karlovasitis and Australian fashion designer Dion Lee.
Address: via Cola Montano, 8
Francesco Tramontano’s golden, silver and brass jewelry are strictly handmade. Every piece, different from the other, wants to tell the story of the Neapolitan and Mediterranean culture.
Address: via Pastrengo, 21
Hartwerp‘s work goes beyond functionality and should be labeled sculptural work or installation art rather than furniture.
Address: via De Castillia, 26
By: Marco Costa