Sophisticatedly staged: Not only Laufen is celebrating its anniversary with an elaborate exhibition at the Milan Design Week.

Festa and Fuorisalone

At a glance: the most important events, exhibitions and parties at the Milan Design Week.

There’s very little to add to Tom Dixon’s quip that the Milan Design Week is “the Glastonbury Festival of design.” Because alongside all the new products and hard business there are all the creative and communicative meetings of like minds. We’ve compiled a list of all the important events happening all round the city from April 3 – 9, with their installations, exhibitions and cocktails so that you have a fast guide you can consult. (mm)

Long live Maximalism!

Corian Cabana Club

Corian, the specialist manufacturer of composite materials, has teamed up with British interior magazine Cabana to create an exhibition under the heading of “Maximalism.” With the help of creative minds such as fashion designer Antonio Marras exotic patterns, light effects and music have been combined in a composition set to emulate a “village.”

Padiglione Visconti
Via Tortona 54, Milan
April 3, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
April 4 – 9, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Definitely adult

ein&zwanzig new talent competition / German Design Council

No less than 574 works from 36 different countries were submitted for the new talent competition ein&zwanzig, initiated by the German Design Council. The 21 best will now be revealed to the critical public eye in the Zona Tortona – in an installation designed by Hamburg studio Besau-Marguerre.

Via Tortona 31, Milan
April 4 – 9, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Six times light

Fare Luce by Foscarini

In the Foscarini Showroom in Brera there will be no luminaires on show this time, but instead: light. Taking as his title “Fare Luce,” architect Giovanni Maria Filindeu has devised an installation dedicated to six different forms in which light is experienced and which, according to Filindeu, is meant to create “a journey through feelings and memories.”

Foscarini Spazio Brera
Via Fiori Chiari 28/ Via Pontaccio 19, Milan
April 4 – 29, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Calabrian knot

Designing Grand Tour by Giulio Iachetti et al.

Seven renowned designers, including Giulio Iachetti, Kensaku Oshiro and Victor Vasilev, jointly embarked on a trip to Calabria in order to be inspired by the landscape and the tradition. The result is a book and seven carpets, handmade by Torri Lana 1885 and Lanificio Leo.

Civica Scuola “Altiero Spinelli”
Via Francesco Carchidio 2, Milan
April 4 – 8, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
April 9, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Color for the advanced

Chromatography: The Color World of Scholten & Baijings

Anyone thinking of color and design will invariably come across Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings from Amsterdam: They are presenting their new upholstery line called “ColourForm Sofa Group” at the Herman Miller Showroom, along with three new fabrics from Maharam.

Herman Miller Showroom
Corso Garibaldi Giuseppe 70, Milan
April 4, 5, 7, 9 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.
April 6, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 8, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The Catalans are coming

Inspired by Barcelona: In & Out

Designers like Jaime Hayon, Patricia Urquiola, Eugeni Quitllet or Lievore Altherr Molina not to mention companies such as Kettal or Nanimarquina have been part and parcel of the Milan design scene for some time. And now they’ve all joined up for an exhibition organized by Catalonia Trade & Investment and Barcelona Centro Diseno (BCD).

Palazzo Isimbardi
Corso Monforte 33/35, Milan
April 4 – 9, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Stone Age Folk by Jaime Hayon

Jaime Hayon has teamed up with the quartz specialists at Caesarstone to create large objects shaped like masks that seem to tread the thin line between design and art. The exhibits will be on show in a pavilion designed by Hayon for the ballroom of Palazzo Serbelloni.

Palazzo Serbelloni
Corso Venezia 16, Milan
April 3 – 8, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Happy Birthday

Cassina celebrates its first 90 years

On the 90th anniversary of the company’s foundation Cassina is hosting a special event at Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, where the furniture makers will be presenting the book “This will be the place.” It is the result of a longer-term study on how furniture will change in the context of homes and architecture, among others with an essay by Konstantin Grcic.

Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli
Viale Pasubio 5, Milan
April 4 – 9
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Stable textile

Really: designing material for circularity

The newly founded Copenhagen company Really proves that you can recycle textiles and give the product a new purpose: It will be celebrating its launch together with Kvadrat in Milan and will present solid boards made from textile waste. Boards strong enough to sit on, as designers Max Lamb and Christien Meindertsma demonstrate.

Project B
Via P. Maroncelli 7, Milan
April 3 – 7, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
April 8 – 9, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Brothers Castiglioni, revisited

Dimensione Domestica, Act II – Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

The Castiglioni brothers’ vision of homes is being closely studied as part of an exhibition devised to straddle three years and consist of three parts. To this end, former shows the brothers organized are in part being reconstructed and additional archive material being revisited – for example, in this year “La casa abitata,” dating from 1965, which constitutes the second act of “Dimensione Domestica.” The exhibition is curated by Beppe Finessi.

Fondazione Achille Castiglioni
Piazza Castello 27, Milan
From March 7, 2017, entrance only on prior registration, Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or 12 noon

125 years of Swiss ceramics

Milestones. Curated Art Show. What? by Laufen

Swiss sanitary ceramics specialist Laufen is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the company with an exhibition in Brera – at which, among others, the very latest products by Konstantin Grcic, Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, Peter Wirz and Patricia Urquiola will be on show. The company and the staff members are presented in a special film.

La Posteria
Via Giuseppe Sacchi 7, Milan
April 4 – 9, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Time, time

Mindcraft 17

One of the most popular events at the Fuorisalone is hosted by Mindcraft, the platform organized by the Danish Arts Foundation for up-and-coming Danish designers, and will again be held in the cloisters at San Simpliciano. Curator and fashion designer Henrik Vibskov has invited 18 creative minds to address the issue of “time.”

Chiostro di San Simpliciano
Piazza Paolo VI, Milan
April 4, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
April 5 – 8, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
April 9, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Please take a deep breath

MINI Living – Breathe

In cooperation with New York architects SO-IL the car marque MINI will present a living concept for the future that as an active eco-system can make a positive contribution to the environment – with all manner of plants and collection facilities for rainwater – and is made from recyclable materials.

Via Tortona 32, Milan
April 4 – 9

Dutch hospitality

MOOOI – a life extraordinary

Dutch furniture brand Moooi returns to the hall in Via Savona with its 1,700 square meters of space and will be presenting all manner of things relating to the Dutch welcoming culture under the heading of “Hospitality” – among others, 161 luminaires, a new glasses collection in cooperation with Gentle Monster, and the new “Monster” bed by Marcel Wanders.

Via Savona 56, Milan
April 4 – 8, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
April 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Danish outside

Atmosphere by Cecilie Manz for Gloster

On the roof terrace at the Il Duca Hotel British outdoor specialist Gloster will be presenting its new cooperation with Danish designer Cecilie Manz: a complete outdoor line that goes by the name of “Atmosphere.”

Il Duca Hotel, Radio Roof Top Bar
Piazza della Reppubblica 13, Milan
April 3, 1 – 6 p.m.
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Optical illusion or reality?

Nendo: Invisible Outlines

Objects are defined by their outline. So what happens if the outline dissolves or is changed? This is the subject Nendo tackles in its new exhibition, not only to be found in the Jil Sander Showroom, but in part also developed together with the fashion brand.

Jil Sander Showroom
Via Luca Beltrami 5, Milan
April 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 5 – 8, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
April 9, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Humans and media

#TVClerici by Design Academy Eindhoven

Design Academy Eindhoven, headed by Jan Boelen, is focusing on the complex and symbiotic relationship between humans and media today. Visitors are invited to focus experimentally with social media, hashtags, body manipulation and identity development.

Palazzo Clerici
Via Clerici 5, Milan
April 4 – 8, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
April 9, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Opening reception: April 4, 6 – 8 p.m.

First luminaires, now furniture

Paola Lenti in Fabbrica Orobia

In the former lamp factory Annie Leibovitz recently shot a series of images she entitled “Women: New Portraits” – and for the Milan Design Week, Paola Lenti is now moving into these august premises. A visit bears planning carefully in terms of your schedule, as the location is south of the city center, close to the Porta Romana railway station.

Via Orobia 15, Milan
Preview: April 3, 3 – 7 p.m.
April 4 – 8, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
April 9, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
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Large, larger, Litta

A matter of perception: Linking minds by DAMN Magazine

New York design studio Diller Scofido + Renfro will this time be staging the inside courtyard of Palazzo Litta, which is now a fixed point on the Fuorisalone agenda. The organizers of DAMN Magazine have this time persuaded among others Michele de Lucchi and his students at the Milan Polytechnic to take part.

Palazzo Litta
Corso Magenta 24, Milan
April 4 – 9, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Opening party: April 4, 7 – 11 p.m.

Tom and Ikea go to the movies

Multiplex by Tom Dixon featuring Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Because, according to Tom Dixon, the Milan Design Week is a bit like the “Glastonbury Festival of Design,” he will not simply be presenting his new products at the trade fair, but also staging them in the Manzoni movie theater. There, his latest collaboration with Ikea will go on show – Ikea itself is hosting a film festival at the same venue.

Cinema Manzoni
Via Manzoni 42, Milan
April 4 – 8, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
April 9, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Multisensory experiment

New Spring by COS x Studio Swine

The COS fashion label has teamed up this year with Studio Swine alias Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves to create a multisensory installation that, so the designers say, “captures your entire life span in a single moment.”

Cinema Arti
Via Pietro Mascagni 8, Milan
April 4 – 9, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Looking through the key hole

Passeggiata: An Airbnb experience of Milan

Private hosting platform Airbnb has joined up with Martina Mondadori Sartogo, curator of the event, to invite you to her private home at Casa degli Atellani. Moreover, other creative minds reveal their favorite Milan spots, among them JJ Martin, Sam Baron and Rodman Primack. The company intends the event to showcase its new “Airbnb Trips” format.

Casa degli Altani
Corso Magenta 65, Milan
April 4 – 7, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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