A feast for the senses

Surrounding the Salone del Mobile: these are the highlights of Milan Design Week 2019 you should definitely not miss.
by Markus Hieke | 4/3/2019

Showroom presentations, premieres, drinks and a semi-serious design march: Milan Design Week from 8 to 14 April 2019 will once again bring a state of exception to the Italian metropolis. One event follows the other: Palazzi, halls, churches and offspaces become temporary exhibition spaces and the design scene celebrates itself. In order to keep track of this offer, we have pre-sorted for you. Make sure you´re gonna stop by these places and events!

COR and Stylepark invite you to the Architects' Preview of the new seating collection "Nenou" by Jörg Boner. The show will be accompanied by further innovations from the manufacturer from Rheda-Wiedenbrück in North Rhine-Westphalia. Drinks and snacks will be served in the COR Showroom in Brera to celebrate the start of this year's Milan Design Week.

Monday, 8 April 2019, 6 pm - 10 pm (on invitation only)
Showroom opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10 am - 9 pm, Sunday 10 am - 6 pm

COR Showroom
Via Solferino 11, Circo Solferino

Laufen x Snarkitecture
As in the previous year, the New York design collaborative Snarkitecture will once again invite in 2019 visitors to immerse themselves in a poetic world of design. In "Materialmessage", raw materials, production stages and end products made of Laufen Saphirkeramik are juxtaposed in an installation.

Tuesday to Saturday 11 am - 8 pm, Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Teatro Arsenale
Via Cesare Correnti 11

There is reason to celebrate: 200 years of Thonet, 100 years of Bauhaus. In its pop-up showroom in Brera, the traditional Hessian company presents itself with bentwood and tubular steel icons as well with current designs such as Sebastian Herkner's "118" chair range in new colours and finishes.

Tuesday to Sunday 12 am - 10 pm
Pop-up showroom
Via dell'Orso 14

Dornbracht: Is memory data?
With the Dornbracht Research Lab, the faucet manufacturer is launching a new format. The aim is to investigate how new technologies can change, enrich or even replace human encounters with water. In an installation developed by Mike Meiré, virtual reality applications can be used to take a look into the future of the bathroom.

Tuesday to Friday 10 am - 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 7 pm
Spazio Brera
Via Fiori Chiari 28 / Via Pontaccio 19

Caffè populaire
The Canadian lighting and design studio Lambert & Fils and DWA Design Studio from Milan prove how transient beautiful moments can be. Guests will have six days to visit the concept café "Caffè populaire", set up exclusively for Milan Design Week, in a former Panettone factory.

Tuesday to Sunday 11 am - 7 pm
Via Popoli Uniti 11–13
Registration requested

Hermès: All about Materials
This year Hermès Maison is staging itself in the former sports venue La Pelota in Brera. The focus is on materials: Hermès is well known for its use of natural products whose individual characteristics influence the form and function of the collections. Furniture, lights, objects for the living area, fabrics and wallpapers are presented.

Wednesday to Saturday 10 am - 8 pm, Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
La Pelota
Via Palermo 10

Ventura Centrale
For the third time, Ventura Projects is setting the stage in the extensive warehouses of Milan's railway station Centrale. With 16 vaults this time, the popular exhibition has grown considerably. On display are installations by manufacturers, design labels and studios, including Maarten Baas, Lavazza & Gufram, Sky-Frame, Lensvelt & Modular Lighting Instruments, Freitag, Cosentino and Humanscale.

Tuesday to Saturday 10 am - 8 pm, Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
Railway station Centrale
Via Ferrante Aporti 9

Ventura Future
Another format from Ventura Projects is Ventura Future, which is moving into the old industrial halls of BASE Milano in ex-Ansaldo this year. The focus of the 3,500 square metre exhibition area is on future-oriented design concepts of all kinds - dealing with topics ranging from food and crafts to technology - the keyword: "bio-design". International universities, designers, manufacturers and labels will be represented.

Tuesday to Saturday 9.30 am - 8 pm, Wednesday 9.30 am - 10 pm, Sunday 9:30 am - 6 pm
BASE Milano
Via Tortona 54 or Via Bergognone 34
Admission 5 Euro

Design Products: Royal College of Art
Master students from the Royal College of Art in London are represented this year as part of the Ventura Future. The theme plan includes sustainability, such as the use of industrial waste materials, the smart future, accompanied by questions about data and privacy, and soft robotics for visually impaired people to support a deep meditative breathing.

Tuesday 9.30 am - 8 pm, Wednesday 9.30 am - 10 pm, Sunday 9.30 am - 6 pm
BASE Milano
Via Tortona 54 or Via Bergognone 34

Univiersity of Applied Art Vienna: Fittings and Joints
In the current semester project by Stefan Diez and his Industrial Design class at the Angewandte in Vienna, the challenge was to take an inventive look at the product group of fittings and joints. Supported by hardware manufacturer Blum, numerous new approaches were developed from the first semester to the intermediate diploma level. The works are presented in the Zona Tortona.

Tuesday to Saturday 10 am - 8 pm, Sunday 10 am - 2 pm
Via Novi 2

ECAL x Marsotto
Once again this year, the Lausanne Design University ECAL is presenting itself in partnership with an industrial company: Together with marble producer Marsotto, a series of fine table accessories made of marble were created in the master's degree course Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship.

Tuesday and Sunday 10 am - 5 pm, Wednesday to Saturday 10 am - 8.30 pm
Corso Garibaldi 50

Design Pride: Brake the Rules

This event may not be so much about the one big thing, but a little serious will resonate when Design Pride starts moving in its fourth year. Initiated by Seletti, the parade celebrates design in its creative entirety and with a critical eye on highly stylized private parties. The closing party at the Piazza Affari is open to the public.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019, from 6 pm
Start: Piazza Castello/ Ecke Via Minghetti
End: Piazza Affari (Party until midnight)

Spazio Rossana Orlandi
A stop by at Rossana Orlandi is part of Milan Design Week. The courtyard is not only a small oasis in the design hustle and bustle. Here you can discover rarities and manufactured pieces. In addition, Rossana Orlandi is for the first time awarding the Ro Plastic Prize for sustainable approaches in order to encourage rethinking in the manufacture of products.

Monday to Sunday 10 am - 7 pm
Rossana Orlandi
Via Matteo Bandello, 14/16

Norwegian Presence: Join
For this year's presentation of the Norwegian Presence the creative studio Kråkvik&D'Orazio curated a selection of Norwegian designers, craftsmen and manufacturers in the exhibition "Join". The objects combine a collective investigation of community and sustainability.

Tuesday to Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Via Savona 35

Doppia Firma
In a dialogue between creativity and craftsmanship, Doppia Firma presents various artisan projects, each of which has been developed in partnership. Some of the products on display have been specially commissioned for this exhibition. In the elegant Villa Mozart, traditional companies such as the Wiener Silber Manufactur or Nymphenburg are represented as well as objects by design greats such as Atelier Oï, Sam Baron with Ricardo Alegria, Christian Haas, Masquespacio with Poggi Ugo, Patricia Urquiola and Victoria Wilmotte.

Tuesday to Sunday 10 am - 7 pm
Villa Mozart, Maison Giampiero Bodino
Via Mozart 9

Masterly – the Dutch in Milano
Designers, craftsmen and design agencies from the Netherlands will once again be presenting themselves at Palazzo Francesco Turati. In addition to the exhibition, visitors can look forward to the beautiful courtyard and the roof terrace overlooking Milan.

Tuesday 11 am - 5 pm (from 6.30 pm Opening Cocktail on Invitation), Wednesday 11 am - 10 pm, Thursday to Saturday 11 am - 7 pm, Sunday 11 am - 4 pm
Palazzo Francesco Turati
Via Meravigli 7

Torre Velasca in Blue
From 8 to 14 April, Ingo Maurer and Axel Schmid immerse the striking Torre Velasca in a deep blue. The light installation is part of the "Urban Up" project as part of the Interni Event "Human Spaces" and follows a first staging of the building three years ago - when the tower, which was completed in 1958, shone in red. "Not only the colour is new this time. White vertical rays of light endlessly extend the geometric shape of the building into the night sky and add a crown to the striking shape of the Torre Velasca," says Ingo Maurer.

From Monday to Sunday in the evenigs
Torre Velasca
Piazza Velasca

Triennale: Broken Nature
With the XXII Triennale di Milano, curator Paola Antonelli examines nature and human beings as its component. "Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival" underlines the concept of restorative design by linking architecture and design projects and highlights objects and ideas that rethink man's relationship to his environment.

Through 1 September 2019, Tuesday to Sunday 10.30 am - 8.30 pm
La Triennale di Milano
Viale Alemagna 6

Conference: The Politics of Design

On the occasion of the Milan Design Week and the XXII Triennale, the Vitra Design Museum invites visitors to an interdisciplinary conference. Design can be seen as a political activity - creative decisions by designers are also decisions on complex social issues such as inclusion, identity or sustainability. The event explores the question of how design can influence the solving of urgent problems on this planet.

Event in English, speakers: Paola Antonelli, Danah Abdulla, Jan Boelen, Claudia Chwalisz, Indy Johar, Amelie Klein, Etienne Turpin and others.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 2 pm - 6.30 pm (doors open at 1.30 pm)
La Triennale di Milano, Teatro dell'Arte
Viale Alemagna 6

Max Dudler: Narrating Spaces
"Narrating Spaces" presents Max Dudler's architecture in the context of interiors and furniture that the architect has designed over the years. "In regard to the spatial atmosphere, a room by itself operates like a house or even a whole city," says the exhibition text. "Every design is therefore characterized by an approach that is reduced to the very essential: clear forms and quality materials".

Tuesday to Sunday 10 am - 7.30 pm, Opening on Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 7 - 11 pm
Alson Gallery
Via San Maurilio 11

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