Design In the City During Milan Design Week 2021

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While Salone del Mobile serves as a hub of Milan Design Week, creativity expands well beyond the fairgrounds. Innovative design and art make their way throughout the city appearing in showrooms, museums, and at the 2021 edition, even in a deserted military hospital and nunnery.

Read on for our favorite designs from across the city of Milan during Milan Design Week 2021!

AQVA by Artemest

For Milan Design Week 2021, Artemest presented AQVA: a gallery-like exhibition of bespoke artworks and design pieces inspired by the theme of water, handmade by Italian artisans and showcased at the prestigious Senato Hotel Milano.

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Photo Courtesy of Artemest

Patricia Urquiola Transforms Her Sengu Sofa Into a Dining Table for Cassina

milan design week 2021 Sengu Table by Patricia Urquiola for Cassina (Photo by Valentina Sommariva / Courtesy Patricia Urquiola)
Sengu Table by Patricia Urquiola for Cassina (Photo by Valentina Sommariva / Courtesy Patricia Urquiola)

“Past, Present, Future” Exhibition by Dimoregallery

Dimoregallery showcased PAST and FUTURE exhibition for Milan Design Week 2021.

In PAST, Dimoregallery celebrated the design masters of Italian Rationalism through a museum-like exhibition featuring works completed during the 1930s by Italian architects Piero Portaluppi, Marcello Piacentini, and Piero Bottoni, historic hand-painted wallpaper from @degournay.

The work of Claudio Salocchi is at the core of Dimoregallery’s FUTURE exhibition, the first-ever retrospective dedicated to the Italian architect, interior, and furniture designer.

Guiltless Plastic by Rossana Orlandi

The third edition of Rossana Orlandi’s GUILTLESS PLASTIC, the International Project to raise awareness for reuse, recycle and upcycle of waste, presented three exhibitions during Milan Design Week 2021. TrashFormation Village, an ideal village realized using re-waste materials and new technologies, for a re-thinked coexistence between Man and Nature. Hall Of Waste, virtuous projects that valorized waste and celebrated a new generation of projects for a new circular economy. And Re-Food Market, located at the Sala Cenacolo, an iconic supermarket whose shelves hosted food brands engaged in responsible action to raise awareness on the issue of food waste.

“Transsensorial Gateway” by Noa* Network of Architecture in the University of Milan’s 17th-century portico, as part of the exhibition Creative Connections curated by INTERNI Magazine

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Contemporary Antiquity

Furniture, home decor, and accessories combined past and present through decorations recalling ancient times, and the unmistakable lines of Fornasetti’s products. The new creations are thereby transformed into a journey through time.

Fornasetti Su Misura (Bespoke)

In 2020, Fornasetti opened a new space in Milan dedicated to the Atelier’s custom-made service. Inspired by the renowned Fornasetti style and personalized to meet the needs of the client, Fornasetti su Misura Milan is a mecca for craftsmanship and creativity.

PIANETA by Elli & Rini

PIANETA is externally a sculpture-lamp, internally an environment of comfort and technology. For working, reading, audio-visual experiences and well-being.”

Boundless Living Outdoor Collections by Poltrano Frau

At Milan Design Week 2021, Poltrano Frau launched its first-ever outdoor collection with the concept of Boundless Living, design for living between the indoors and outdoors. Recognizable for the sobriety of their style and the undeniable quality of the workmanship, with the Boundless Living Outdoor Collections you can create your very own secret garden at home.

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Solaria & Sparkler Outdoor Collections by Poltrano Frau

New Collections, Metropolis & Vertigo at Barovier & Toso

Amidst the exceptional introductions from Milan Design Week 2021, Barovier&Toso, the 700-year-old Venetian lighting brand, launched two stunning collections of chandeliers, Metropolis and Vertigo, both showcasing a striking new color palette. The eye-catching designs are currently featured in an installation curated by vandersandestudio in Barovier&Toso’s newly renovated showroom in Milan. Inspired by 1920’s glamor, each piece references the vibrancy of the visual arts, architecture, design, and fashion that defined the period. Barovier&Toso’s steady pursuit of distinctive hues and chromatic effects is emboldened by a new palette of modern colors ranging from warm to cool tones.

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Metropolis by Barovier & Toso
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Vertigo by Barovier & Toso

Agape Bathrooms at 12 Milano

Superstudio 2021

1000 Vases: Endless Creativity

If you love vases this book is a must, seeing them all live at Superstudio 2021 was definitely inspiring!

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The Smart Home Becomes an Immersive Experience With Artificial Intelligence by Haier Home Appliances

Imagining the smart home of the future at Haier’s SuperStudio 2021 exhibition was definitely an experience! Number 1 in the world in appliances, Haier presented “Connect to Extraordinary”: an immersive experience, based on Artificial Intelligence.

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Haier Connect to Extraordinary Experience at Superstudio 2021

Alcova 2021

Alcova is a platform for independent design developed by Space Caviar and Studio Vedèt. Currently operating as an itinerant network of exhibition spaces across multiple sites in and around Milan, it activates forgotten locations of historical significance, temporarily recasting them as venues for performative activities.

For the 2021 edition, Alcova took over three historical buildings of extraordinary charm, immersed in a large urban park: approximately 3500 square meters of indoor and outdoor spaces with over 50 exhibitors including independent designers, innovative brands, galleries, cultural institutions, and companies.

il Salone / la Citta @ Triennale

Curated by graphic designer and architect Mario Piazza, il Salone / la Citta exhibition told the story of the relationship between Salone and the City through the collateral events that Salone has promoted in Milan over the past almost sixty years (2022 is the anniversary!).

milan design week 2021 Il Salone / La Citta Exhibit at Triennale Milano (Photo by Gianluca Di Ioia / Courtesy Salone del Mobile)
Il Salone / La Citta Exhibit at Triennale Milano (Photo by Gianluca Di Ioia / Courtesy Salone del Mobile)

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