The highly awaited Milan Design Week 2019 is here! The most important design event in the world started on the 9th of April and it will run until the 14th, and we are bringing you every single news you need to know!
From Salone del Mobile to the most exclusive events throughout the city of Milan, we bring you now the very best highlights from Milan Design Week 2019!
Salone del Mobile 2019
Boca do Lobo
Hall 4 E08-D07
Boca Do Lobo is showcasing 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 2019.
Design Lovers can find some of the most exclusive creations designed for this year at Hall 4 – Stand E08 and D07.
Entirely dedicated to luxury, revisited in a contemporary way, Boca Do Lobo is presenting to the world of design a stand, with 900m2, fully personalized with dramatic lines and curves in a wide range of modern furniture, soft fabrics with neutral colours and handmade techniques.
Gucci Unveils Décor Collection Pop-Up in Time for Milan Design Week 2019
Of all the design pop-ups during Milan Design Week 2019, there’s only one that has undergone a full “Guccification.” The fashion label unveiled for Gucci Décor a temporary storefront, a two-story, pattern-clad boutique dedicated to the brand’s new and classic furniture, textile, and ceramic pieces—a few of which even don the brazen descriptor.
New blankets and pillows, available with fringed or satin borders, continue the collection’s wildlife storyline with owl, cat, bee, and butterfly patterns. The brand’s signature double G’s make an appearance on new tartans and tapestries.
The temporary store is located at 19 Via Santo Spirito in Milan and will stay open through June. The Gucci Décor collection is available at the label’s flagship stores, online, and select speciality stores.
Triennale Milano Debuts a New Italian Design Museum
Triennale Museo del Design Italiano, in the evocative spaces of the Curva on the ground floor of the Triennale, presents a selection of the most iconic and representative pieces of Italian design, for the first time in a permanent exhibition.
The works on show are some of the 1,600 objects in the Triennale collection, chosen by an advisory committee that brings together some of the top names in the world of Italian design and architecture: Paola Antonelli, Andrea Branzi, Mario Bellini, Antonio Citterio, Michele De Lucchi, Piero Lissoni, Claudio Luti, Fabio Novembre, and Patricia Urquiola. The simple, linear display aims to show off the works to their best advantage, in chronological order and provides insights into the history, creative period and context in which each work was designed.
Recall Rossana Orlandi RO Plastic Prize during Fuorisalone 2019
During the Milan Design Week 2019, gallerist Rossana Orlandi will award the winners of the Ro Plastic Prize, a prize she established following the previous Guiltless Plastic, to encourage a more conscious use of the material.
Open to everybody without age limits, the prize is divided into four categories: Home Textiles, Packaging Solutions, Design and Conscious Innovation Projects. Parallel to the contest event, Rossana Orlandi is presenting an exposition of unique pieces made from recycled plastic. It is called “Ro Plastic-Master’s Pieces”.
“I have received over 300 entries from all corners of the world – Turkey, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Canada and China, besides Europe. It’s a nice surprise. I think we need to stop thinking of climate change as a problem of the future. We need to solve it in the present. We have taken up arms to fight a creative, generational battle. Plastic in itself is not to blame; it can become a resource full of possibilities and potential. The real problem is wrong usage. With this contest, I’d like to stimulate and incentivise young people, but not only them, to concentrate on the immense possibilities of recycled plastic. It is an invitation to study, really study, and apply yourself. We want to instigate a return to Nature.”
Ro Plastic Prize April 10
Prada Foundation – Meet “Whether Line” by Lizzie Fitch & Ryan Trecartin
While Milan Design Week 2019 is taking place, several exhibitions have been gracing the streets of Milan, and ‘Whether Line’ by Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin is one that you cannot miss! This project is commissioned by the Prada Foundation; an organization that promotes, new artists, contemporary philosophy conferences, research exhibitions, and even initiatives related to the field of cinema.
This project represents the first output of a creative process that began in late 2016, investigating the perpetual promise of ‘new’ terrain and the inherent instability of territorial appropriation.
Taking the idealized rurality endemic to back-to-the-land ideologies as a conceptual starting point, the project represents both a return and an escape. This installation is available at the Prada Foundation from April 6th to August 5th; 10am-7pm.
Tom Dixon Opened The Manzoni Restaurant At Milan Design Week 2019
Tom Dixon has opened his amazing new project, The Manzoni Restaurant. The new 100-cover restaurant by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio and JLK Design Studio consists of both a restaurant and a showroom. The restaurant has already opened during Milan Design Week 2019 and a couple of new images of its inside has surfaced.
The main purpose behind the opening of this restaurant is the fact that Dixon and his team intended to have a more permanent presence in Milan instead of showcasing year after year in different places.
One of the main highlights of this establishment is Fat, Tom Dixon’s new upholstery chair range made for a different purpose when it comes to comfort: essentially hug the human body and allow the subject to try many different sitting positions. The chair is made from moulded foam with a metal leg launching in high gloss black lacquer and made to order upholstery.
Aside from the Fat collection, within the restaurant, you can also find Spring and Opal. The first one is a series of three pendant lamps made up of stainless-steel strips, while the second is will consist of two pendant lights, two-floor lights, and a surface light, all of them made with lighting translucent globes made of tinted white Opalescent polycarbonate. Other three products that you will also find within the restaurant are the felt lamps, the slab chair, and the beautiful Primavera table.
In the words of Tom Dixon himself “The Manzoni is more than a restaurant (…) It is also an experimental space, a theatrical backdrop.” You can visit The Manzoni during Milan Design Week 2019, it’s located at Via Alessandro Manzoni, 5, 520121 Milano. It’s situated next to Teatro Alla Scala within a 5 Minute walk north of the Duomo di Milan.
This post will be updated throughout all of Milan Design Week 2019, so stay tuned to get all the inside scoop from this exclusive design event!