Making of Salone del Mobile 2024 - © Monica Spezia, Living Inside, Salone del Mobile.

Making of Salone del Mobile 2024, Under the Surface installation – © Monica Spezia, Living Inside, Salone del Mobile.

Design — Commissioned by Salone del Mobile, the photo project by Monica Spezia [Living Inside Agency] shines a line on the immense work behind the scenes of the fair, which will open its doors on April 16, 2024.

Making of Salone del Mobile 2024 - © Monica Spezia, Living Inside, Salone del Mobile.

Salone Satellite is in the making.

Salone del Mobile’s bustling backstage involves hundreds of professionals who, for twenty days, join forces to build and set up impressive exhibitions and furniture showcases on a 174,000 sqm area. More than 1,900 exhibitors are set to present their new products and collections.

This year, Salone del Mobile has tasked exhibitors to build even more sustainable booths – compared to 2023. The fair has set up Green Guidelines to support exhibitors from the design concept phase to the actual construction, during the fair, and even after.

Making of Salone del Mobile 2024 - © Monica Spezia, Living Inside, Salone del Mobile.

Monica Spezia’s photos allow you to sneak a peek inside some of the most long-awaited exhibitions and installations. Under the Surface, by Emiliano Ponzi with Accurat and Design Group Italia, will almost literally submerge visitors into an underwater environment.

Making of Salone del Mobile 2024 - © Monica Spezia, Living Inside, Salone del Mobile.

The Interiors by David Lynch—A Thinking Room exhibition, curated by Antonio Monda, promises to plunge visitors into the mysterious world of the acclaimed film director, known for masterpieces such as Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, and Mulholland Drive. The Drafting Futures Arena by Formafantasma, a venue for inspiring design talks, is almost complete. The Italian design duo reused the seating from the previous edition.

Making of Salone del Mobile 2024 - © Monica Spezia, Living Inside, Salone del Mobile.\

Drafting Future Arena in the making.

Other pictures unveil the setting of the upcoming Salone Satellite, the platform for the next generation of designers, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Spezia also captured the making of EuroCucina, the biennial event dedicated to the kitchen, and the International Bathroom Exhibition.

Making of Salone del Mobile 2024, Maria Porro portrait - © Monica Spezia, Living Inside, Salone del Mobile.

Maria Porro portrait.

Monica Spezia also portrayed some of the protagonists of this year’s edition, including the fair’s President, Maria Porro, Simone Farresin with Andrea Trimarchi of the Milanese design studio Formafantasma, and Cristian Catania and Maurizio Fagiuoli of the architecture firm Lombardini22, which has developed new exhibition layouts harnessing neuroscience to improve visitors’ experience.

Making of Salone del Mobile 2024, Formafantasma portrait - © Monica Spezia, Living Inside, Salone del Mobile.

Simone Farresin with Andrea Trimarchi of Formafantasma.

Making of Salone del Mobile 2024, Lombardini22 portrait - © Monica Spezia, Living Inside, Salone del Mobile.

Cristian Catania and Maurizio Fagiuoli of Lombardini22.