What to See at Milan Design Week 2023
Each April, the city of Milan is flooded with
The 2023 edition offers more than 170,300 m2 of exhibition space and 1,962 exhibitors. Apart from the Salone del Mobile.Milano exhibition spaces, Milan’s best design neighborhoods offer so many wonderful showroom exhibitions you cannot miss! This is the time when the city of Milan is made even more perfect for design lovers!
An outstanding showcase for quality, innovation, and creativity in the furnishing sector and an unmissable event not just for professionals within the sector, attracted by the huge range of goods on offer and the packed program of appointments and projects.
Read on to discover all the things we are so excited to see during Milan Design Week, with festivities across the City beginning as early as Friday, April 14th, 2023, and running through Salone del Mobile.Milano from Tuesday the 18th through Sunday the 23rd!
Milan Design Week 2023
SALONE DEL MOBILE.MILANO 2023
On its 61st Edition, the Salone del Mobile.Milano fair comprises of seven different exhibitions spread over the various fairgrounds at Fiera Milano Rho. The event’s five unique exhibitions include Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, Workplace 3.0, S.Project, and Euroluce. We are so excited to see what fair president Maria Porro has masterminded up with fabulous team for this year’s event!
Inside the 2023 Exhibitions
The main focus of the upcoming Salone del Mobile.Milano edition will be the quality of the proposals and of the content, the user experience, the cultural value, and the professional enrichment of the event. Read on as we explore some of our favorite brands across the fair. And give a special shout-out to SaloneSatellite, a section dedicated to young, emerging designers. This year, it features 550 designers and graduates-to-be, and 27 international design schools. A must on your browsing list. As is Euroluce, the biennial international lighting exhibition taking place during the 2023 edition.
With thousands of products, Salone Internazionale del Mobile and the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition offer three core themes: “Classic”, “Design,” and “xLux”. A range of goods that combines quality and technology, shaped by the creativity of leading design companies, who each year share their innovative products and home furnishing solutions.
Moreover, Workspace 3.0 is a think tank devoted to design and technology in workspace planning. S. Project makes its debut with its space focused on design products and decorative and technical interior design solutions. The space includes three exhibitions and 1,091 exhibitors.
Lh’s First Stop, SALONE INTERNAZIONAL DEL MOBILE & KOKET | PAV 3, L22
For the 2023 edition of their Salone exhibition, KOKET is celebrating authenticity! Their own bold flavor for sure, but also that of their special partners’ Lladró porcelain and Jim Thompson fabrics and wallcoverings, and of all the fabulous interior designers they work with!
From passionate, empowering designs to the most exquisite materials and beautiful hand craftsmanship, KOKET’s individuality radiates. A look they will be proudly showcasing this April in Milan.
Can’t make it to Milan? Book a virtual appointment, and KOKET will bring you there!
Oh, and we must note the new print issue of Love Happens Mag, which will be available at KOKET’s stand. Be sure to pick up a complimentary copy!
Jumbo Collection & ONIRO Group Brands | PAV 1, L05 M07
A refined living room with oriental inspirations. Jumbo Collection’s project includes a selection of boiserie and carpets with great care of each detail, finish, and nuance. A delightful joining of purely classical elements and ornaments inspired by the Orient.
Also in the Oniro Group exhibiting are Gianfranco Ferrè Home and Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors.
Boca do Lobo | Covet | PAV 03, G25 G27
Expect to find several creations that carry the legacy of centuries of craftsmanship. There will be new pieces inspired by European heritage and carefully handcrafted in Portugal with attention to detail, passion for beauty, and pure dedication of skilled craftsmen and craftswomen. Shop Boca do Lobo in the US at My Object of Desire!
Visionnaire | PAV 5, L11-M06
Presenting its new designs alongside their classics, Italian luxury brand Visionnaire explores the Japanese word – yūgen – that expresses a deep, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe at Salone.
As part of Furisalone, Visionnaire and Studiopepe present L’impero dei sensi a capsule collection of three pieces designed by the Italian based design studio for the brand. The immersive installation, set in the Wunderkammer of the Visionnaire Design Gallery – “focuses on the senses as tools of knowledge of the world.”
Phillip Plein Home Collection @ Eichholtz | PAV 1 C09
German fashion designer Phillip Plein’s Home Collection for dutch luxury furniture brand Eichholtz is self-proclaimed as “Not your parents’ furniture” and the look is to love! Realized with premium materials, rich details, strong iconicity and colors, more is definitely more with Plein.
INTERNATIONAL FURNISHING ACCESSORIES EXHIBITION
For Milan Design Week 2023, Villari has gone with the theme “Jungle Mood”. The Italian luxury house has 55 years of passion for porcelain and has a long portfolio due to its great team of designers. Here you can find lighting, furniture, tableware, home and bathroom accessories, and more!
Vista Alegre has been around since 1824. This Portuguese luxury ceramics brand has made a name for itself from its humble beginnings. From their small founder town in northern Portugal, Vista Alegre has reached worldwide with multiple collections and partnerships, from Christian Lacroix to Claudia Schiffer. And is available in the US through our Shop My Object of Desire.
Finally, there is Euroluce 2023, the International Biennial Lighting Exhibition, which has run every two years since 1976! And it is the most avant-garde trade fair in the field of eco-sustainability and energy saving in both the decorative and the lighting technology sectors.
This year’s edition will count 321 exhibitors, 45% from abroad, and feature a new layout style named The City of Lights. Designed in collaboration with the Milanese architecture firm Lombardini22, the studio took its inspiration from the spatiality of Italian urban centers. Euroluce 2023 will present itself as the new city of lights, boasting an irregular, fluid, and free circular route. Rather than being stand-centric, the layout will be human-centric and visitor experience based.
Inside Euroluce many special exhibitions will be on display, including “Dawns. The Light of Tomorrow”, curated by Matteo Pirola and set up by From Outer Space. The theme: “Objects that contemporary designers are exploring and the production of items inspired by luminous events, orbiting spheres, dazzling eclipses, and colored auroras.”
We can’t wait to see everything in Euroluce, but we will definitely be looking out for our favorites from the last edition in 2019 and hoping for exciting newcomers too!
Seguso is one of Italy’s number-one glass brands. It is the archetype of glass manufacturing with delicate design and heritage. Their portfolio goes from glass tableware to home decor and lighting.
The best in the business when it comes to singularity, extraordinary quality, and unparalleled beauty. This Portuguese brand uses to this day traditional Portuguese metal-work techniques, creative craftsmanship, and artistic masters who deliver the next step in innovation. Shop in the USA at My Object of Desire.
Preciosa Lighting is a Czech company that masters lighting from its traditional background. Turning it into new design and creative way of using light today. At Euroluce 2023, Preciosa will present Crystal Beat, a symphony experience of light and sound composed of Bohemian crystals.
No space is left unturned with Serip. Each room gains light but also design and detail in each piece Serip delivers. This company has products all over the world, from the Swiss alps to Miami!
LASVIT x David Rockwell
Czech-based lighting brand LASVIT partnered with top NYC designer David Rockwell of the renowned design firm Rockwell Group to create Constellation. The design will debut at Euroluce alongside LASVIT’s stunning collection of lighting. A stop we look forward to!
FUORISALONE & around the city during MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2023
Fuorisalone is the set of events distributed in different areas of Milan during Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Every year in April, Salone and Fuorisalone define Milan Design Week! The theme of this year’s edition is “Laboratorio Futuro”. A reflection on how we imagine our future in relation to the times in which we live now.
Fuorisalone invites everyone to visit the various design districts to find the latest trend and designers of the moment. Read on to find what you can find there!
The number one art gallery in Milan and an absolute must during Milan Design Week! Weave through spaces filled with innovative, inspiring, and one-of-a-kind creations curated by Rossana Orlandi from around the world all, in one place for your experiential pleasure. This year women-owned decor and lighting brand Ochre will be exhibiting at RO, a must-see.
During this year’s festivities, the Ro Plastic Prize also returns with the finalists on display and the winner announcement. As part of the RO Guiltless Plastic project, over the years, the event has seen more than 1800 participants, with an average age of 35, from 60 different countries covering all five continents. The award consists of three categories: Collectible Art and Design, Emerging High Technology, and Inspiring Learning Projects.
5 VIE ART + DESIGN
The beating heart of Milan Old
When it comes to 2023 events in the 5Vie district top of our list is Artemest’s L’Appartamento in Via Cesare Correnti 14. A 1930s Milanese apartment curated by six prestigious international design firms awaits! Experience L’Appartamento, a discovery of the finest Italian craftsmanship, through the creative visions of Anne-Sophie Pailleret, Kingston Lafferty Design, MONIOMI Design, Nina Magon, Styled Habitat, and T.ZED Architects.
BRERA DESIGN DISTRICT
Brera Design District is the most famous design district in Milan. During Milan Design Week 2023, it will feature local artists and other partnerships and projects to its streets for your perusal! Moreover, this district counts 110 showrooms, with 296 stores and designers.
The iconic Italian brand Fornasetti shows its atelier in Via Senato in the Brera district, welcoming everyone to see their unique pieces. Its focus on home accessories is easily identified through the imagination behind them. Fornasetti joins elegance with fun and sarcastic patterns and drawings, transforming them into timeless art pieces.
Be sure to visit Fornasetti Su Misura, the brand’s bespoke studio, a space dedicated to the Atelier’s custom-made service. Inspired by the renowned Fornasetti style and personalized to meet the needs of the client, this is a mecca for craftsmanship and creativity.
Poltrona Frau has been a leader in the world of Made in Italy furnishings since 1912. It values artistic and detailed craftsmanship, using only the highest-quality raw materials. They specialize in all fabrics, such as Pelle Frau®, which is perfect for their many projects. These span from luxurious homes and offices to marina yachting, aviation, automotive, and hospitality.
TORTONA DESIGN DISTRICT
The Tortona Design District is one of the most interesting areas of Milan. The area is known internationally as a strong reference point for the fashion and design sectors.
Archiproducts | Milano Showroom
Terra. Inspired by earth. A new immersive set-up at Via Tortona 31
Our beloved partner Lladró joins forces with Archiproducts and so many other fabulous brands for a truly sensory experience inspired by mother earth. Expect to find everything from furniture, lighting, rugs, artwork, and audio-visual technology to entire bathroom and kitchen concepts on display.
MILANO DURINI DESIGN
Over the years, Via Durini and the surrounding area have increasingly become the home of prestigious national- and international-level Design Companies. This is a strongly expanding urban hub taking in all the area to the east of the Cathedral as the heart of Design in the center of Milan.
Versace Home & More Luxury Living Group Brands
Versace Home’s flagship store located at Via Durini 25-27 showcases the brand’s craftsmanship, experimentation, and fine materials transformed into home décor. Be inspired by fashion within the world of interior design.
In addition to Versace Home’s Via Durini, Milano Flagship store, Luxury Living brands Luxence, and Dolce & Gabbana Casa also boast shops on this luxurious route.
ISOLA DESIGN DISTRICT
If you want to discover young designers and new design brands, Isola Design District is the right place to be. Contemporary architectural
PORTA VENEZIA DESIGN DISTRICT, THE OTHER DISTRICT
A new design district is born at Fuorisalone 2023: the Porta Venezia Design District, the Other District.
Art director Mattia Biagi and designer Cardenio Petrucci will be debuting their new project MC+ at Milan Design Week 2023. The brand vision gives birth to limited edition products, mainly focused on living, in addition to a bathroom furniture proposal. MC+ brand positioning is across ‘art and design’ which, by merging craftsmanship, turns furniture into marble sculpture for the living area, giving birth to a collection its ideators define as a ‘functional art’ project.
MONTE NAPOLEONE DISTRICT
HOMMÉS Studio & TAPIS Studio
In Monte Napoleone District, we suggest the new partnership between HOMMÉS Studio & TAPIS Studio called “Neocosmos”. This work follows the strict theme behind Fuorisalone, and it’s a cosmic exhibition and a design manifesto. One that explores the future of human living spaces using oniric scenarios to create a relationship between memory, place, and passion. It challenges traditional notions of what a home should be and explores the possibilities of what it could become.
Roberto Cavalli Boutique
Wild Cavali vibes await at the Roberto Cavalli Boutique in the Monte Napoleone District.
Living Divani Gallery
At Living Divani Gallery, you can see their installation “The outdoor“, named after its recurring theme of nature and its space in our world. And discover a beautifully crafted collection of outdoor furniture.
ALCOVA 2023 @ EX MACELLO DI PORTA VITTORIA
Alcova 2023 will unveil the never before seen spaces of the new Ex-Macello di Porta Vittoria. Hosting over 70 projects, the Alcova 2023 exhibition explores different and complementary directions in contemporary design practice, from research into innovative and sustainable materials to contemporary craft and sensory design. An itinerant platform for freethinking design, Alcova 2023 will run April 17-23 @ the abandoned slaughterhouse Ex Macello. From the material magic of Habitarematerials to the mirrors of Materica and beyond, Alcova is on our list.
Words by Anna Beck Bimba
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