Life in Vogue - Photo by Vogue Italia.

Milano Design City 2021. Life in Vogue – Photo by Vogue Italia.

Design – In the wake of a strict lockdown, Milan celebrates design again, looking forward to its real design week which has been postponed to September. At Milano Design City 2021, for over a week, companies unveil their new collections while an array of physical and virtual events goes on show.


Photo via IG by @cassinaofficial

Photo via IG by @cassinaofficial.

Many are the showrooms open by appointment for Milano Design City 2021. Companies couldn’t wait for Milan Design Week in September in order to meet the deadlines of the furniture supply chain; therefore they unveil their new collections now. Book your visit to The Cassina Perspective, the Moroso showcase, or head to the Durini Design District, where you can find Barovier & Toso, Gallotti & Radice, Giorgetti, and more. At the Caselli daziari in Piazza XXV Aprile Zanotta and Tecno present Back to emotions & future work, an exhibition exploring the working space in times of smart working.

Life in Vogue

Life in Vogue - Photo by Vogue Italia.

Nendo @ Life in Vogue – Photo by Vogue Italia.

Vogue Italia presents the third edition of Life in Vogue, this year a virtual exhibition celebrating the love of Milan in an exceptional way. Visitors can explore the rooms of a specially created digital building that reproduces the features of Condé Nast’s headquarters in Milan. 6 international designers and showcase their works in the digitally reproduced Vogue Italy editorial department. Nendo presents an “enlightened graphic room,” exhibiting the inside-out lanterns hyouri. Anna Karlin’s furniture is displayed in a cave within a marble quarry. At the same time, Studio Pepe brings you on a panoramic terrace on the sea featuring the studio’s pieces and overlooking a rock rising from the sea with a neon writing NO MAN IS AN ISLAND.


UNITED FOR PROGRESS pavilion by Mario Cucinella - Image by MCA, courtesy of INTERNI Magazine.

Image by MCA, courtesy of INTERNI Magazine.

Architect Mario Cucinella of MCA studio has created the UNITED FOR PROGRESS wooden pavilion at BAM – Biblioteca degli Alberi Milano, the contemporary botanical garden of the new Porta Nuova district. The structure hosts the unveiling of the Audi Q4 e-tron and is inspired by Audi and its vision of digitization, performance, design, and sustainability.

Isola Design Festival

Isola Design Festival 2020 - Courtesy of Isola Design Festival

Courtesy of Isola Design Festival.

Isola Design Festival is the 6 months-long hybrid event under the theme We Are What We Design which will culminate in September during Milan Design Week. On the virtual platform at Rik Makes presents Compostboard, his new material allowing the mass production of compostable furniture. At the same time, Atelier Tobia Zambetti showcases an iceberg-shaped sofa filled with thousands of used facemarks collected from the street to flag the unsustainable impact of Covid-19.

The festival includes also the Isola Design Classes, a programme of virtual talks, and the first edition of the Isola Design Awards dedicated to international emerging designers. An influential jury including Masquespacio, Lorenzo Damiani and Elena Salmistraro will evaluate the submitted projects divided in four categories. The winners – including also special prize by the gin Monkey 47 – will be exhibited at Fuorisalone in September.


PAINTER'S COLLECTION by Maryam Turkey @ 5 Vie during Milano Design City 2021

PAINTER’S COLLECTION by Maryam Turkey @ 5 Vie during Milano Design City 2021.

Until April 19, the 5vie design district presents D’N’A – Design ’n’ Art, a virtual program of talks and a digital GALLERIA featuring the work of designers, artists, gallery owners, and artisans including Martina Guandalini, Kasja Melchior, Sara Ricciardi, Tellurico, Maryam Turkey, and Richard Yasmine. The design district will also host the D‘N’A Forum and the TÈC Forum aiming to foster virtuous conversation with the public and relations between professionals.

Alpha District

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Alpha District, Milan’s ultimate design district in the Portello neighbourhood, should have debuted last year’s design week. For Milano Design City, it has organized a series of archi-walks starting from Piazza Gino Valle and exploring the QT8 district and Citylife. The tour participant will discover buildings by Fabio Novembre, Emilio Isgrò, Jorrit Tornquist, Cino Zucchi, Guido Canali, Charles Jencks, e Mario Bellini as well as the new famed skyscrapers by Zaha Hadid Architects, Daniel Libeskind, and Arata Isozaki.

RO Guiltless Plastic

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Image via IG by @guiltlessplastic.

Rossana Orlandi gallery will unveil the winners of the third edition of its Ro Guiltless Plastic competition with a streaming event. The international project aims to raise awareness around the reusing and recycling of plastic.

Teresa Pomodoro Zen Garden

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Photo via IG by @spazioteatronohma.

On Sunday 18, the Spazio Teatro No’hma Teresa Pomodoro in Via Andrea Orcagna 2 inaugurates a Zen Garden with music, dance, and readings of text by actress and playwright Teresa Pomodoro. The out-of-human-scale round-about garden redesigns new spaces allowing people to reclaim their urban spaces.

INTERNI Designer’s Week® Milano

INTERNI designers Week 2021.

INTERNI designers Week 2021.

Until April 23, INTERNI magazine presents the third edition of INTERNI Designer’s Week® Milano – the first was that of 1990 and gave rise to the FuoriSalone. The magazine has published a paper guide with information on products, collections, or displays and hosts a Design Talks cycle. Entrepreneurs, architects, designers, economists, scholars from various sectors discuss the issues of Know-how of Italian Industry, Sustainability as well as Circular Economy in both production and consumption. Check the complete agenda.

Life in Vogue - Photo by Vogue Italia.

Life in Vogue – Photo by Vogue Italia.