What to expect from Milan Design Week 2023
by Modem – Posted March 14 2023
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Salone del Mobile Milano 2023 takes the annual event back to the top of the design calendar with a great number of designers exhibiting at Rho Fiera and the Fuorisalone events around the Milanese capital. After postponements due to the pandemic, this year Milan Design Week returns as traditionally in April, from 18 to 23 at Fiera Milano Rho, with 1962 exhibitors, including more than 550 young talents under 35 and 27 design schools. The Salone will create different worlds, the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, Workplace3.0, S.Project, Euroluce, and SaloneSatellite.

"One of the characteristics of the Salone del Mobile is its ability to evolve in order to respond to the most urgent challenges of contemporary life," said Maria Porro, president of Salone del Mobile Milano. "We did so in 2021, when we invented Supersalone, the first global event after the really tough years of the pandemic, and with last June’s edition, when we went back to the traditional format, getting to grips with sustainability, and this we have continued to do for the 2023 edition. The idea of simply reverting to April, our traditional spot in the calendar, after three years, as if nothing had happened, was unthinkable."

This April edition sees the return of the lighting biennial Euroluce, now in its 31st edition, its exhibition layout rethought by the Lombardini22 studio, so as to guarantee better connections between the four pavilions, simplify the visitor path into an irregular loop, inspired by the street plans of traditional Italian towns.

The cultural program, curated by Beppe Finessi, the design professor and critic with huge experience in orchestrating multidisciplinary and multimedia content, is structured in such a way as to provide glimpses of different themes, from the more technical to the more markedly artistic, through twelve Constellations, exhibitions within the exhibition curated by Finessi, taking the form of architectural ‘intermezzos’ lining the whole route, with installations designed by Formafantasma; and four exhibitions entrusted to an equal number of curators and exhibition designers. Among the scheduled exhibitions, there is one curated by Massimo Curzi, dedicated to Hélène Binet, one of the most important contemporary photographers, featuring an original selection of images that will show how her work explores the relationship between natural light and architecture.

Concerning SaloneSatellite 2023, founded in 1998 by Marva Griffin and curated by her and now in its 24th edition, it focuses on training and the design of the future, hosting some 550 young designers from 34 countries, as well as 27 schools and universities. The event showcases designers under 35, which has proved over the years to be a real resource for the meeting between emerging designers and the business world. There will be also the 12the edition of SaloneSatellite Award, which will honor three of the most deserving projects (and may also award up to two Honorable Mentions). All the candidate prototypes will, as always, be exhibited in a dedicated exhibition and be assessed by an international Jury, headed, since the first edition, by Paola Antonelli, senior curator department of architecture and design and director, Research and Development of the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA.

Salone del Mobile Milano
April 18 - 23, 2023
Fiera Milano Rho
strada statale Sempione 28
20017 Rho, Milano

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