Once again, the Milan calendar is filled to the very brim. So it is all the more important to plan well in order to maximize the little time you get for the Salone with all its spin-offs, such as the EuroCucina, Salone Internazionale del Bagno, Salone Internazionale del Complemento d‘Arredo and the Salone Satellite, not to mention the events at the Fuorisalone and/or the Milan Design Week. What designers have teamed up with which manufacturers to launch special projects? Which exhibitions are quite simply musts? What does the 21st Triennale have to offer? What about a dance at the Design Pride Parade? Or who is serving what delicious drinks and fingerfood and where? And where’s there a good opportunity to be inspired over and beyond the pale of the design business? Take a look, as there’s lots to choose from! (mm)

Axor: Create Your Own Spout

David Adyjaye, Werner Aisslinger, Front, GamFratesi and Jean-Marie Massaud have taken up the invitation of Axor, the renowned bathroom fittings maker, and will be displaying their respective ideas of a water spout derived from the Axor U-Base at the Axor Showroom in Via Durini.

Axor Showroom Duriniquindici
Via Durini 15
April 11–17, 2016, daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
April 11, 11 a.m. – 12 noon and 3–4 p.m.: presentation with Philippe Grohe and the designers

25 Years Grcic for Classicon

To mark the 25th anniversary of Konstantin Grcic’s collaboration with Classicon, the Munich company has teamed up with Zurich’s Studio Achermann to stage a special “Edition Classicon/Grcic”: On show will be some of Grcic’s iconic designs, such as his “Pallas” table or the “Chaos” armchair. On display will also be his new “Ulisse” daybed and much more besides, and everything will be dipped in monochrome black.

Spotti Milano
Viale Piave, 27
April 12–17, 2016
Reception: April 11, 5-7 p.m. (on invitation only)

Mindcraft 16: Danish Design

As last year, Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi are in 2016 again curating the Danish “Mindcraft” show, this time entitled “In My Mind Craft”. Along for the ride: Benandsebastian, Anne Dorthe Vester and Maria Bruun, Christina Schou Christensen, Rosa Tolnov, Clausen, Freya Dalsjø, Dark Matters, Yuki Ferdinandsen, Halstrøm-Odgaard, Ole Jensen, Irv Johnson Music, Marianne Krumbach, Akiko Kuwahata, Cecilie Manz, Nicholas Nybro, Vibeke Fonnesberg, Schmidt, Øivind Alexander Slaatto and Henrik Vibskov.

Circolo Filologico Milanese
Via Clerici, 10
April 12–17, 2016
April 12, 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
April 13–16, 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
April 17, 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 12, 6–11 p.m.: Opening reception

MINI Living: Those Who Share Have More

The trend toward micro-apartments in metropolises continues unabated: And car marque MINI has locked it into – after all, the cars are likewise small but spacious. On the occasion of the Milan Design Week it is staging the “MINI Living”, an apartment with a 30 square meter footprint that features fold-out furniture. The heart of the matter: a large living room cum kitchen intended to encourage much interaction under the motto “Do Disturb”. The installation arose in collaboration with Japanese architecture studio ON Design and the international engineering consultants at Arup.

Via Vigevano, 18
April 12–17, 2016

Nendo: 50 Manga Chairs

Oki Sato aka Nendo has created an exhibition that shows just what Manga comics can have to do with furniture design: By re-shaping 50 chairs with one and the same basic shape in line with the typical design elements of the Manga figures. Thus, the chairs “sweat” or “cry” – and they all have a reflective finish to mirror reality, the way Mangas in comics do.

Facoltà Teologica dell’Italia Settentrionale
Piazza Paolo VI, 4
April 12–17, 2016, 10:00 – 20:00 Uhr

25 Years of Ron Arad for Moroso: Spring to Mind / Ron Tom Tom

Moroso has selected not one but two venues to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its cooperation with Ron Arad, who created such striking pieces for the company as the “Tom Vac” chair or the “Spring” upholstered furniture line. The Moroso showroom presents his best-known designs, and at Milan’s university photographer Tom Vack displays his image of, with and about Ron Arad’s oeuvre.

Moroso Showroom
Via Pontaccio, 8/10
April 13–18, 2016, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
April 12, 7 p.m.: Opening Night

Ron Tom Tom
Università degli Studi di Milano
Via festa del Perdono, 7
Portico Richini
April 11–17, 2016, 10 a.m. – midnight
April 18–23, 2016, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
April 12, 8:30 p.m.: Opening Night

Domestic Dimension: the Castiglioni brother

Since mid-February, the Achille Castiglione Fondazione has been hosting a show on the two brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni; it will run for three years. Located at the Fondazione’s building on Piazza Castello, this year the focus will be on “Ambiente di Soggiorno”, on living spaces. The exhibition is curated by Beppe Finessi.
In the years that follow, the spotlight will shift first to “Ambiente arredato per il pranzo” and then to “Ambiente per il pranzo”, spaces where you can lunch.

Fondazione Achille Castiglioni
Piazza Castello 27
February 17, 2016 to the end of 2018
Entrance only for pre-registered guests:
Tel.: +39-2-805-3606

A Matter of Perception: DAMN° and Mosca Partners at Palazzo Litta

Once again, the journal DAMN° and Mosca Partners are holding court at Palazzo Litta, to which end they have brought architect Diébédo Francis Kéré onboard, who will be transforming the inner courtyard into a neo-African village. Inside the palazzo proper, on display will be works by Anton Alvarez, Andrea Branzi, Michele De Lucchi, Formafantasma, Jan Kath, Alberto Meda and many others, too.

Palazzo Litta
Corso Magenta 24
April 12–17, 2016
April 12, 7–11 p.m.: Opening Party
April 13, 6–11 p.m. – 5 Vie Late Night Party

Arita: 16 Designers, 16 Porcelain Collections

No less than 16 designers have teamed up with 10 Japanese porcelain workshops in the Saga Prefecture in order to design more than 300 different pieces. They include Tomás Alonso, Scholten & Bajings, Big-Game, Kueng Caputo, Pauline Deltour, Saskia Diez, Stefan Diez, Shigeki Fujishiro, Christian Haas, Christien Meindertsma, Kirstie van Noort, Ingegerd Raman, Leon Ransmeier, Wieki Somers, TAF as well as Teruhiro Yanagihara. The exhibition is being flanked by works from the Asian Collection at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.

Via delle Erbe 2,
April 12–17, 2016
April 12:
10:30–11:30 a.m. – presentation by the designers
11:30 a.m.–12:30 noon – lunch buffet, created by Masayo Funakoshi

Atelier Oï: Casa Gifu

Together with the Asano Shoten and Hida Sangyo workshops in the Japanese prefecture of Gifu, Swiss design trio Atelier Oï has launched a “Casa Gifu” in the very historical heart of Milan. The fruits of the collaboration: items of furniture and luminaires. Furthermore, Artemide and Danese will also be presenting their joint enterprise with Ozeki & Co there. Special Guest: Haru stuck-on design with special wallpapers made of paper strips.

Via Loviano 6
c/o Amy-d Arte
Milan/Brera district
April 12–17, 2016
April 12: 6–9 p.m.: Gifu Night

Caesarstone & Tom Dixon: The Restaurant

Quartz specialist Caesarstone together with Tom Dixon are dishing up many a new insight at their “Restaurant”: To this end, in Milan’s Museo di Bambini (MUBA) Italian food design studio Arabeschi di Latte will be offering several special menus designed under the heading of “Power of Nature”. The trade-fair context: kitchen items with surfaces made by Ceasarstone and new luminaires by Tom Dixon. You can take part in one of the meals without any advance registration.

La Rotonda della Besana
Via Enrico Besana, 12
April 12: 12 noon – 7 p.m.
April 13–16: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
April 17: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Seletti & Disaronno: Design Pride Parade

The crazy Italians at Seletti have joined forces with the liqueur brand of Disaronno to create an extraordinary happening: In the 5Vie Design District in Milan’s venerable old town the evening of Wednesday April 13 will see the “Design Pride Parade” kick off, with floats, music and dance. And any number of design objects will “dance along”: Maurizio Cattellan’s “Middle Finger” for Seletti and the jars made by Studio Job for Disaronno – and much more besides.

April 13, 7:30 p.m. – midnight
Start: Piazza degli Affari

Hands On: the German Contribution to the 21st Milan Triennale

Kindling young people’s enthusiasm for design: This is what the German Design Council and its associated foundation Stiftung Deutsches Designmuseum with support from the German Federal Foreign Office. In the form of a workshop project called “Hands on”. It will hold parallel to the Milan design Week at Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci and in the framework of the 21st Triennale. Designated designers will lead the workshops for kids and young adults.

Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
Via San Vittore 21
April 12–15, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 16–17, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

La Rinascente: A Search behind Appearances – Shadow Play

For the third time, London’s Serpentine Galleries have teamed up with Milan’s La Rinascente department store – and have engaged the services of designer Hella Jongerius and Professor Louise Schouwenberg of Design Academy Eindhoven. Together, the two Dutch women will be staging the shop windows – with a “Shadow Play” of machines and fabrics.

La Rinascente,
Piazza Duomo
April 12–17, 2016

Kartell + Lapo: It’s a wrap!

Garage Italia Customs interpret design objects by Kartell – with a wrapping technology to create a special “Capsule Collection” by Fiat heir and designer Lapo Elkann.

Kartell Flagship Store
Via Turati, Ecke Via Carlo Porta, 1
April 13–16, 2016, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
April 17, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Luceplan: 30 Years of Costanza

Luceplan is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Paolo Rizzatto’s “Costanza” luminaires. The festive occasion will be marked by 150 “Costanza” luminaires forming the numeral 30 at the Luceplan Showroom on Corso Monforte.

Luceplan Showroom
Corso Monforte, 7
April 12–17, 2016

Maarten Baas: New, Now, Here!

Two years after the show “Baas in Town”, Maarten Baas is back in Milan, with a new installation called “New, Now, Here!” All the organizers are willing to reveal is: There’ll be a surprise! The show is being kindly supported by Groninger Museum.

New, Now, Here!
Zona Tortona
Via Savona, 33
April 12–17, 2016

Marni: Dance in the Ballroom

Fashion also plays its part in the swirl of Milan design: Marni invites you to a “ballroom” with dances and a new Marni design line from Colombia, complete with outdoor tables, chairs and luminaires. To hold at its showroom on Viale Umbria. A marvelous opportunity to get to know Colombia’s “Cumbia” dance – needless to say, the dancers will be wearing Marni skirts and shawls!

Marni Showroom
Viale Umbria, 42
April 14–16, 2016
April 15: A special chance for primary school pupils to get to know the setting

Matteo Thun Atelier

Together with small Italian artisan workshops in Murano, Liguria and Tuscany, Matteo Thun is presenting his very own “Matteo Thun Atelier” collection. The extensive line includes upholstery groups, Chiavarini chairs, outdoor furniture, luminaires, ceramic and glass objects as well as prints that can be individualized, for example for use in hotels.

Bredaquaranta Brerastore
Furniture and lighting objects for hotels
Via Fatebenefratelli, 10
April 12–17, 2016
April 11, 6:30 p.m.: Opening event

Salvatori Showroom
Limited edition of personalized furniture and luminaires
Via Solferino, 11
April 12–17, 2016
April 12, 6:30 p.m.: Opening event

More From the Master Bicycle Makers: Più di Pegoretti

Students at the State Academy of Visual Arts’ Design Dept. have teamed up with master bicycle maker Dario Pegoretti and, mentored by designer Uwe Fischer created no less than 15 exciting and surprising items relating to bicycles (from pannier bags to lamps). This joint effort with the prime Milanese bicycle manufacturers Rossignoli and on display there will set not just the pulses of the cycle enthusiasts among you racing.

Corso Garibaldi 56,71
April 12–17, 2016, 9 a.m. – 12:30 noon and 2:30–7:30 p.m.
11. April, 6 p.m.: Opening
13. April, 6 p.m.: Cocktail

21. Triennale di Milano: Stanze and Design after Design

After a break of 20 years, the Triennale di Milano has been resurrected and will run from April 2 thru September 12, 2016. It will feature no less than 11 exhibitions, including numerous country contributions, and will take place not just at the Palazzo dell’Arte in the grounds of Milan’s Castle, but also at other venues, too. Three of them bear special mention: With the exhibition “21st Century. Design after Design” the Triennale seeks to lay the foundations for the culture of tomorrow. “Stanze. Nuovi paesaggi domestici” stages new scenarios for the interior of homes, and is curated by Beppe Finessi. And to top it all, Foscarini has created an installation entitled “Anni Luce, the Lumière’s journey through 25 years of history” which highlights all sorts of aspects of luminaires.

XXI. Triennale di Milano
April 2 – Sept. 12, 2016
Palazzo dell’Arte and other venues
April 11, 3–5 p.m.: Foscarini opening event