Re/Creation installation by Lasvit - Image by Lasvit.

Milan Design Week 2024. Re/Creation installation by Lasvit – Image by Lasvit.

Design — This is going to be a very long post. Sorry for that! But Milan Design Week 2024 is truly massive [1.900 exhibitors at the fair Salone del Mobile and hundreds of events and exhibitions across the city]! We mapped the twenty must-visit destinations in town. Gear up, wear comfy shoes, and enjoy!


Salone del Mobile

April 16-21. Metro station Rho Fiera Milano. Buy tickets.
Salone del Mobile Milano - Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani, courtesy of Salone del Mobile.

Salone del Mobile Milano – Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani, courtesy of Salone del Mobile.

The state-of-the-art contemporary design goes on show at the 62nd edition of the Salone del Mobile, which features over 1900 exhibitors from all over the world. We look forward to exploring the biennial EuroCucina and the International Bathroom Exhibition. Do not miss lnteriors by David Lynch – A Thinking Room, an exhibition plunging visitors into the dream-like and mysterious world of the acclaimed director.

Under the Surface - Photo by Salotto NY, courtesy of Salone del Mobile.

Under the Surface – Photo by Salotto NY, courtesy of Salone del Mobile.

Underwater narratives mesmerise visitors at the Under the Surface installation. Milan-based studio Formafantasma has created an arena providing food for thought. Make sure to explore the next generation of designers at Salone Satellite, which turns 25 this year.


Triennale di Milano

From April 15. Via Alemagna 6. [Map].
Alessandro Mendini, Io non sono un architetto sono un drago, 2006, Archivio Alessandro Mendini.

Alessandro Mendini, Io non sono un architetto sono un drago, 2006, Archivio Alessandro Mendini.

La Triennale di Milano Design Museum celebrates Alessandro Mendini. Titled I am a Dragon, the exhibition pays homage to the playful genius of the late architect and design maestro. On the occasion, Philippe Starck created a tribute installation. Walk into a conceptual, colourful, and functional house reflecting the world of acclaimed French designer Inga Sempé.

A Design Walk in Budapest @ Triennale di Milano - Photo by HFDA, Kata Balogh.

A Design Walk in Budapest @ Triennale di Milano – Photo by HFDA, Kata Balogh.

Discover the design adventure of the iconic 1006 Navy Chair by American furniture manufacturer Emeco. Rossana Orlandi flew to Hungary to bring to Milan Design Walk in Budapest an exhibition celebrating the work of some of the country’s most talented designers. Universo Satellite is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Salone Satellite, Salone del Mobile’s platform for under 35 designers. Wallpaper* Class of ’24 gives voice to up-and-coming talents selected by the influential magazine.


5vie

April 15-21. Multiple locations, [Map].
Nimgemi Marcus-Bello at 5Vie - Courtesy of 5Vie.

Nimgemi Marcus-Bello at 5Vie – Courtesy of 5Vie.

Archipanic is a Media Partner of 5Vie, the curatorial design district in the heart of Milan that focuses on the power of collaborative creativity with the Unlimited Design Orchestra as its overarching theme. At Palazzo Litta [Corso Magenta 24], Sara Ricciardi creates a sense of togetherness through the motherly embrace of a conceptual willow tree. Nigerian designer Nigemi Marcus-Bello creates an installation that is informed by the dangerous journeys of undocumented migrants from Africa to Europe. Barcelona-based studio Eliurpi presents a light and poetic installation made from stray threads harnessing traditional hat-making techniques.

Eliurpi @ 5Vie - Courtesy of 5Vie.

Eliurpi @ 5Vie – Courtesy of 5Vie.

At 5Vie HQs [Via Cesare Correnti 14], Gunjan Gupta recreates a tiny Indian supermarket with exquisitely crafted everyday objects. In Piazza Cordusio, ARC Studio Perlini brings people together with tiny urban conservatories. Daily Tous Les Jours presents whimsical musical furniture at SIAM [Via Santa Marta 18]. The Montreal-based studio created a rocking bench that plays gentle music and a musical bollard that transforms the act of walking into dancing. At Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, the Nice to See You exhibition showcases around thirty works – mostly unpublished – by the late Italian architect, artist, and designer Gaetano Pesce.


Tortona Rocks

April 15-21. Opificio 31, Via Tortona 31 [Map], and around.
Entrance of Opificio 31 - Photo by Tortona Rocks.

Entrance of Opificio 31 – Photo by Tortona Rocks.

Archipanic is proud to media partner with Tortona Rocks, the cutting-edge design destination on Tortona Street, the post-industrial cradle of Milan Design Week. Under the theme Prelude, the platform looks at the future of design with forward-thinking projects and installations. At its headquarters at Opificio 31, the Sun Appeal exhibition promotes solar energy projects by the Swiss school SUPSI, while Archiproducts Milano unveils the ACQUA interior design project by StudioPepe. NOROO Group, a leading Korean company in the colour sector, is teaming up with the visionary Spanish artist OKUDA San Miguel.

WONDERLAND by OKUDA San Miguel x NOROO Group - Courtesy of Tortona Rocks.

WONDERLAND by OKUDA San Miguel x NOROO Group – Courtesy of Tortona Rocks.

Tortona Rocks’ lineup includes iQOS, Preciosa Lighting, and more. At Padiglione Visconti [Via Tortona 58], IKEA returns to Milan with 1st, a ‘playground’ exploring frequently similar ways we deal with moving out on our own for the first time.


Rossana Orlandi

April 15-21, Via Matteo Bandello 14 and 16, [Map].
Helicoidale by Atelier Öi @ Rossana Orlandi Collectible 2023 - Courtesy of Rossana Orlandi gallery.

Helicoidale by Atelier Öi @ Rossana Orlandi Gallery in 2023 – Courtesy of Rossana Orlandi gallery.

Rossana Orlandi is a petite, stylish lady with large glasses and an acute taste for design. At her gallery, she presents the work of some of the most promising upcoming talents and established designers worldwide. “Design is the most abused word in design,” she said to Archipanic last year. “I believe in responsible design.” The sixth edition of the RoGUILTLESSPLASTIC international project showcases projects that raise awareness of the importance of recycling, reusing, and upcycling materials.


Nilufar Gallery + Nilufar Depot

April 15-21, Via della Spiga 32 [Map] and Viale Vincenzo Lancetti, 34 [Map].
Nilufar Depot installation - Courtesy of Nilufar gallery.

Nilufar Depot installation – Courtesy of Nilufar gallery.

Nina Yashar, the founder of the iconic Nilufar Gallery, is an eminent style arbiter of Milan Design Week. At her gallery in Via della Spiga, in the heart of Milan’s fashion district, and the serendipitous design depot in a former silverware factory, she presents works by Martino GamperAndrés ResignerObjects of Common Interest, and more.


Brera Design District

April 15-21. Multiple locations, Metro stations. Brera, Cairoli and Moscova, [Map].
The Art of Dreams by Numen/For Use x Porsche - ©Porsche.

The Art of Dreams by Numen/For Use x Porsche – ©Porsche.

Brera is the neighbourhood with the world’s highest design concentration per square kilometre. This year, the Brera Design District will explode with creativity. Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera presents a large installation by Mario Cucinella Architects [Via Solferino 28]; made from wooden fruit crates, it will be dismantled and once again used to store fruit in local markets. At Palazzo Clerici, Porsche presents The Art of Dreams by design collective Numen/For Use, encouraging visitors to climb into it and explore this socially immersive sculpture like a social hammock [Via Clerici 5].

Chatty Sofa by Atelier Biagetti x MCM - ©MCM.

Chatty Sofa by Atelier Biagetti x MCM – ©MCM.

At Palazzo Cusani [Via Brera 13/15], German luxury house MCM debuts in Milan with an immersive installation by Atelier Biagetti.  ARRCC, i29 e Neri&Hu create architectural scenarios for leading kitchen company Valcucine [Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi 99] while Ronan Bouroullec creates eclectic settings for ceramic surface design manufacturer Mutina [Via Cernaia 1/A].  The forefront of Swiss creativity goes on show at the House of Switzerland [Via Tomato Cazzaniga, corner with Corso Garibaldi 89/A].

©Mutina Ronan Bouroullec - Photo by Claire Lavabre, Studio Bouroullec.

©Mutina Ronan Bouroullec – Photo by Claire Lavabre, Studio Bouroullec.

Make sure to visit some of the many design showrooms, including Agape 12, Boffi, Manerba, and Marsotto. Moroso presents new collections by Ron Arad; Jaipur Rugs unveils new carpets by Michele de Lucchi – AMDL Circle and DAAA Haus. Loro Piana Interiors pays tribute to Cini Boeri. Paola C presents poetic objects for everyday life by Aldo Cibic. 


Porta Venezia Design District

April 15-21, Multiple locations – Metro Porta Venezia.
Dusk by nendo x Wonderglass - © Studio Visus 01.

Dusk by nendo x Wonderglass – © Studio Visus 01.

History meets the future at the Porta Venezia Design District. Art Deco buildings and majestic palazzos host unexpected exhibitions. At the local library Biblioteca Venezia [Via Paolo Frisi 2/4], Mara Bragagnolo presents the Nook furniture collection, ensuring that autistic children can express themselves freely without meeting. LASVIT, the Czech brand leader in glass processing, presents Re/Creation, a monumental installation in molten glass at Palazzo Isimbardi, Corso Monforte 35. WonderGlass transforms Milan’s Istituto dei Ciechi with CONTRASTO, displaying two new lighting collections by nendo and Formafantasma [Via Vivaio 7]. Moooi launches its ultimate collections by Cristián Mohaded and BXCSY, along with carpet and wall covering collections at Salone dei Tessuti in Via San Gregorio 29.

Making Sense of Color exhibition by Google - Courtesy of Chromasonic.

Making Sense of Color exhibition by Google – Courtesy of Chromasonic.

At Garage 21 in Via Archimede 21, GOOGLE presents Making Sense of Color, an immersive journey from the ethereal to the material that shines a light on how colour is elemental to sensing the world around us. Iron is the key element of SPAZIO MILESI [Via Felice Casati 29]: the Heavy Metal exhibition wants to tell a material that abandons its hardness and heaviness to become poetry. With the Design is Language. Speak for Yourself installation, RAPT STUDIO believes that the built environment is a social medium and that the role of design is to enrich the communication and the connection that it represents will tell his vision of design. MILANOSPORT Spa makes available a hidden gem: the former public baths of the  Cozzi Pool. Located under the severe architecture of the first indoor Italian swimming pool built by Eng. Luigi Secchi in 1934, the baths are decorated with immaculate mosaics.


Design Variations

April 15-21, Via Gorizia 14, [Map].
Jelly sofa by Adrenalina at Casa Museo Remo Brindisi.

Jelly sofa by Adrenalina at Casa Museo Remo Brindisi.

We look forward to Design Variations, which will occupy a brutalist garage on Milan’s harbour, La Darsena, near the famous canals. The exhibition space is by the architecture firm Park Associati. Stellar Work presents new collections by Neri & Hu, Michele de Lucchi and Stefan Scholten. Orografie unveils furniture by Elena Salmistraro, Giulio Iaccchetti, and more. Adrenalina presents a black & white installation featuring some of its iconic pieces set within the stunning Remo Brindisi museum house. Greek company Urbi et Orbi celebrate the Mediterranean earthy vibe with collections by Gianpaolo Venier, Otto Studio and CrtlZac.


Capsule Plaza

April 15-21, Spazio Maiocchi, via Achille Maiocchi 3–5–7, Milan [Map] + 10 Corso Como, [Map].
Capsule Plaza 2024 - Credit Rui Wu T-Space Studio.

Capsule Plaza 2024 – Photo by Rui Wu T-Space Studio.

The 2024 edition of Capsule Plaza, co-curated by its founder and creative director, Alessio Ascari, and architect Paul Cournet, promises thrilling collaborations. This year, Poltronova is set to present a project in partnership with the innovative Harry Nuriev. Hydro is gearing up to debut a collection designed by Inga Sempé, Max Lamb, Andreas Engesvik, and more. BD Barcellona is adding to the creative mix by collaborating with the renowned Muller Van Severen. The lineup for this year includes Rimowa, Herzog & de Meuron, Marsotto Edizioni, Tiffani & Co. and Verner Panton Design AG, making it a truly unmissable event for design enthusiasts. 


Baranzate Ateliers

April 15-21, Via Gaudenzio Fantoli 16/3, [Map].
Courtesy of Baranzate Atelier.

Courtesy of Baranzate Atelier.

Set in a massive industrial building, Baranzante Ateliers showcases emerging designers reviving the concept of medieval guilds. Experience eclectic performances and discover collectible designs from designers and collectives. Among the highlights is Belgium is Design, a platform for the country’s most talented designers, and THEMA from Paris. Studio Khachatryan bridges sculptural design with Armenian architecture. Brussels-based gallery Objects with Narratives presents a solo exhibition by Laurids Gallée. The industrial spaces feature textiles by French textile brand CMO.


Drop City

April 15-21, Via Sammartini 60, [Map].
Dropcity - Photo by ©Delfino Sisto Legnani.

Dropcity – Photo by ©Delfino Sisto Legnani.

Explore exhibitions, talks, and installations under the vaults of the Magazine Raccordati tunnels of Milan’s Central Station. Architect Andrea Caputo conceived the Dropcity Centre for Architecture and Design initiative. We look forward to WE MEDITERRANEAN, a choral design exhibition co-curated by Paola Carimati with works by Francesca Lanzavecchia, Studio Ossidiana, Matilde Cassani, PioveneFabi and Azzurra Muzzonigro. The exhibition’s noble mission is to create a ‘bridge for peace’ across the Mediterranean Sea, involving people from different countries with talks, installations, and performances.


Super Design Show

April 15-21. Superstudio Più, Via Tortona 27, [Map].
Superdesign Show - Courtesy of Super Studio Più.

Superdesign Show – Courtesy of Super Studio Più.

Under the helm of Gisella Borioli and with the artistic direction of Giulio Cappellini, Superdesign Show tasks visitors to think differently. Habits Design presents everyday objects, such as lamps and coat racks, that react to their surrounding environmental stimuli. In collaboration with Food Design Stories, Lapilli transforms lava stone into sophisticated collections of coverings and furniture. Pink is king at the installation by Qeeboo with designs by Marcantonio and Stefano Giovannoni.

Rabbit and Tree by Stefano Giovannoni - Photo by Qeeboo.

Rabbit and Tree by Stefano Giovannoni – Photo by Qeeboo.

next125 presents an extraordinary installation designed by the Pritzker Prize architect Diébédo Francis Kéré.  The ethereal geometric interlace of Karbony’s carbon fibre products offers a refined play of light and shadow. Czech artists bring to life Designblok Cosmos, an exciting glass object installation presented by Prague’s festival Designblok. Graphic artist Daniele Cima poses a daring challenge with his ‘Why not?’ Project, which offers 42 different graphic interpretations translated into languages from around the globe.


Alcova

April 16-21, Villa Borsani [Map] and Villa Bagatti Valsecchi [Map] in Varedo – connected to Milan city centre every 15 minutes by lines S2 and S4.
ALCOVA 2024 - Photo by Piero Sorgetti, courtesy of Alcova.

ALCOVA 2024 – Photo by Piero Sorgetti, courtesy of Alcova.

This year, Milan Design Week ventures beyond the city’s own perimeter. Acclaimed design destination Alcova, the nomadic, curatorial project by Valentina Ciuffi and Joseph Grima, takes over Villa Borsani and Villa Bagatti in Varedo, in the Milan metropolitan area. Junya Ishigami teams up with Belgian gallery Maniera.

Fossilized Future by So Koizumi at Alcova - Photo by by So Koizumi Design.

Fossilized Future by So Koizumi at Alcova – Photo by by So Koizumi Design.

Gohar World debuts in Milan with otherworldly tableware; Linda Bergroth creates an abstract, colourful gate for the Finnish DURAT surface material. Japanese emerging talent So Koizumi presents gravity-defying wind chimes and Fossilized Future-themed furniture [Pictured].


Masterly 

April 16-21. Palazzo Giureconsulti, Piazza dei Mercanti 2 [Map].
Photo by Masterly.

Photo by Masterly.

Masterly is the biggest Dutch Design event of Milan Design Week 2024. Wander through the stunning halls of the historic Palazzo Giureconsulti overlooking Piazza Duomo. Every Human Algorithmic Perfumery welcomes visitors to the entrance hall, offering them the opportunity to create personalised perfume. Lucas Zito has conceived a site-specific installation by recycling PET for his light sculptures made from moulding a biomaterial.

Iconic brands Vitra and Levi’s© re-dress and re-interpret some of the Swiss brand’s historical seats with pre-loved denim. Royal Delft and Dutch Originals with Richard Hutten and Maarten Baas, reinterpret tradition through the aesthetic codes of contemporaneity.


Isola Design District

April 15-21. Multiple locations, Metro Isola, [Map].
Isola Design Festival 2024 - Photo by Isola.

Isola Design Festival 2024 – Photo by Isola.

Isola Design District takes over one of Milan’s most vibrant neighbourhoods with themed exhibitions at Spazio Lampo by Scalo Farini and Isola Design Gallery, which focuses on collectible design. At the recently established WAO PL7 underground parking garage at via Porro Lambertenghi 7, the Disclosure exhibition features biophilic design products by EcoLogic Studio. At Galleria Bonelli, just across the street, the Anatolia exhibition explores creativity from the Middle Eastern region, historically known for linking Eastern and Western culture.

Anatolia at Isola Design District - ©Tuba Ozkan Bakirkaya, courstesy of Isola-

Anatolia at Isola Design District – ©Tuba Ozkan Bakirkaya, courstesy of Isola.

On the ground floor of Stecca 3.0, Nieuwe Instituut presents New Store, an exhibition that reimagines consumerism as a force for environmental and social good. At Via Alessio Tocqueville 11, design collective Swedish Girls presents modular seats in collaboration with sportswear brand Adidas and football club Juventus. At Studio Via Farini in Via Farini 35, the SOLIDIFIED exhibition features works by Rive Roshan, Rick Tegelaar, Jesse Visser, Umut Yamac and Form Editions.


INTERNI at Statale University

Ca’ Granda, Via Festa del Perdono 7, [Map].
MAD Architects at Statale University x INTERNI magazine - Courtesy of INTERNI magazine.

MAD Architects at Statale University x Amazon @ INTERNI magazine exhibition – Courtesy of INTERNI magazine.

Under the helm of Gilda Bojardi, the godmother of Fuorisalone, influential architecture and design magazine INTERNI has invited international architects to create installations and exhibitions in the historic courtyards and halls of Ca’ Granda, a former hospital and now Milan’s Statale University. The show’s main theme, Cross-Vision, emphasises how architecture, design, and art contribute to form the complex field of multidisciplinary interaction. Installations by MAD ArchitectsKengo Kuma, Piero Lissoni, Tom Dixon, and more are also on show. Chinese designer Wu Bin – W.DESIGN teamed up with lightweight and eco-friendly materials manufacturer Yardcom to guide visitors through a labyrinthine path exploring the profound meaning of Oriental architecture.


Milano Design District & Corso Monforte

April 15-21. Multiple locations in Via Durini and around [Map].

Milano Durini Design - Photo by Andrea Bertani.

Milano Durini Design – Photo by Andrea Bertani.

Milano Design District is the district and brand by Milano Durini Design, a street association bringing together more than 40 leading design companies’ flagship stores in the city centre, from Durini Street to Piazza Fontana. CappelliniCassinaEthimoTechnoGymNatuzziSlampSalvioni, and Porro are only some of the district’s partners.

A stone’s throw away from Milano Design Districts is Corso Monforte, where you can find the flagship stores of some of the leading Italian and international lighting design companies such as FLOSFoscarini, Artemide, Foscarini, Occhio, or Luceplan, which present their ultimate collections.


BASE

April 15-21. Via Bergognone 34, [Map].
FLOWAIR by Ingo Maurer - Courtesy of BASE Milano.

FLOWAIR by Ingo Maurer – Courtesy of BASE Milano.

Located in a former streetcar depot, the co-working space and creative hub BASE returns with the fourth edition of the We Will Design group exhibition. This year’s edition is titled The Convivial Laboratory, and it invites the public to reflect on the most innovative practices of coexistence, cohabitation, and sharing. Alongside the installations TALAMO by Lemonot, FLOWAIR by Ingo Maurer, and the residency projects Convivial Laboratory–the Camp and Temporary Home, BASE will host projects by 29 artists and designers.

Emma Pflieger and Antoine Fœglé will present the Keep It Flat installation, which collects artefacts associated with flat earth theories. Canadian collective Architects Against Housing Alienation (AAHA) creates a space for debate and conversation between pairs of activists, architects, and promoters addressing the theme of housing in the city of Milan.


Sarpi Design District

April 15-21. Via Paolo Sarpi 26 [Map] and around.
ISIA_Firenze @ Fabbrica del Vapore - Courtesy of Fabbrica Design Week.

ISIA Firenze @ Fabbrica del Vapore – Courtesy of Fabbrica Design Week.

The new Sarpi Design District in Milan China Town welcomes visitors with The China Town Portal created by creative Tommaso Lanciani and street artist Pao in collaboration with the children in the neighbourhood. Pop by the ADI Design MuseumADI is the Italian Association of Industrial Design – which offers an array of exhibitions, including Origins of Simplicity. 20 Visions of Japanese Design, curated by Rossella Menegazzo – exhibition set-up and graphic design by Kenya Hara. [Piazza Compasso D’Oro 1].

Daniela Gerini for the UP TO exhibition by D come Design - Courtesy of FABBRICA DESIGN.

Daniela Gerini for the UP TO exhibition by D come Design – Courtesy of Fabbrica Design Week.

Fabbrica del Vapore, a former train factory turned into a creative hub, presents FABBRICA DESIGN WEEK, featuring a solo exhibition by Italian artist Ugo La Pietra and showcases by the students of Politecnico Di Milano and ISIA Firenze design schools. The D Come Design – D As Design – association continues its exploration of female creativity with the UP TO – Until We Can Push exhibition celebrating daring proportions [Via Cesare Procaccini 4].


Astronomic Supercluster by Dechem @ Designblok's Cosmos - Photo by Vaclav Jirasek

Astronomic Supercluster by Dechem @ Designblok’s Cosmos – Photo by Vaclav Jirasek

Why Not? by Daniele Cima.

Why Not? by Daniele Cima.