Milan Design Week features a wide range of design and art exhibitions and events, with the best of contemporary and collectible design, so it becomes hard to keep up with all of them. So far, this immersive and unique design event is been a success, and Design Limited Edition is here to tell you what to look out at this year’s event, and the best highlights so far! Salone del Mobile returns this week (until September 10) to unveil the latest creations from the world’s leading names in design. Here is our show of highlights from Milan Design Week.
Salone del Mobile 2021: Supersalone, curated by Stefano Boeri
Salone del Mobile, dubbed “Supersalone“, returns this week (until September 10) to reveal the brand new creations from the world’s famous names in design! The contemporary furniture fair is back after an 18-month break, with a special show curated by Milanese architect Stefano Boeri.
Design talks and thematic exhibitions
Live events, including talks, conversations, and lectures led by design’s great masters, architects, entrepreneurs, and creatives are some of the activities at a lounge area that will allow visitors to interact with design icons. Maria Cristina Didero has curated a daily program, featuring names like Humberto Campana, Bjarke Ingels, Carsten Höller, Paola Pivi, Beatriz Colomina, Cecilia Alemani, Formafantasma, and Philippe Malouin,
Supersalone 2021 also includes a presentation called “The Makers Show”, which celebrates craftsmanship and innovation through a showcase by independent workshops, studios, laboratories, and start-ups.
‘Take Your Seat – Solitude and Conviviality of the Chair’
Fuorisalone 2021: what to see in the city throughout Milan Design Week
After you immersed yourself in exclusive and limited edition furniture, and have seen the latest releases of collectible design pieces, you can walk around the city, and keep in mind that everywhere you turn, there is a promise of discovery. Fuorisalone 2021 will showcase the latest contemporary design throughout the city’s central neighborhoods. This is the most exciting time to be in Milan: historical palazzos open their eclectic interiors to the work of emerging design talent, showrooms showcase the latest launches.
Possibly the most charming neighborhood of Milan, Brera’s streets are the home of showrooms, galleries, and exhibitions spaces. Via Solferino is a key design avenue for the area, and must-visit locations for Fuorisalone 2021 include Salvatori, launching new pieces by Stephen Burks, Patricia Urquiola, and Piero Lissoni, as well as ‘The Village’, a project featuring miniature houses by the likes of Kengo Kuma and John Pawson.
It also hosts Dimoregallery, Dimorestudio’s intimate apartment that for Fuorisalone 2021 becomes a stage to a series of displays with the theme of ‘Past, Present and Future’ celebrating Italian Rationalism and the 1930s, and the work of designer
Zona Tortona: Tortona Rocks
Once the epicenter of Fuorisalone, Zona Tortona features a few exciting exhibitions by the likes of Nendo, Sony, and Moooi. For Fuorisalone 2021, the area returns once again as “Tortona Rocks”, with exhibitions and installations dedicated to forward-thinking design. This year’s focus will be on Opificio 31 (Via Tortona 31), a post-industrial location where outdoor furniture company Vestre presents a new collection of pieces by René Hougaard and Alexander Qual with a set designed by Note Design Studio.
5Vie is a historical district west of Duomo, home to spaces such as showrooms for BDDW and Apparatus, and cultural hub Piazza Gorani, which includes Riviera, a creative space led by Italian design brand La Palma. For this year, 5Vie is planning a focus on designer AG Fronzoni, whose essential approach will be celebrated through a series of displays that show the modernity of his cultural heritage.
Milan Design Galleries you should know
Start with design destination Nilufar (Via della Spiga 32), Nina Yashar’s gallery presenting the most exciting names in collectible design. For 2021, the gallery presents a boudoir-inspired collection by Bethan Laura Wood, exploring a variety of materials and techniques. Rossana Orlandi’s gallery (Via Matteo Bandello 14) is a life-sized cabinet of curiosities that will offer a sense of discovery to any design journey, with a mix of emerging talent and independent brands showcased across its spaces. Also, Galleria Luisa Delle Piane (Via Giuseppe Giusti 24) presents imaginative furniture and objects by the likes of Andrea Branzi, Maddalena Casadei, and Franco Albini and Franca Helg.
Exhibition spaces in Milan: Alcova and Assab One
Art, architecture, and design touring during Milan Design Week 2021
The beauty of design in Milan is that it’s often coming together with art, architecture, and Milanese cultural institutions. Some of the most important cultural locations in the city are, more often than not, part of Fuorisalone’s programming. These include the Triennale (Viale Emilio Alemagna 6) with its recently inaugurated design museum: it hosts ‘Il Salone/La Città’, an exhibition that will highlight how the history of Salone is closely linked with the city of Milan, and an exhibition of works by Carlo Mollino curated by Marco Sammicheli. The newly opened ADI Design Museum, Bagni Misteriosi, and Porta Nuova are other key locations for Milan Design Week.