You probably know Milan as the fashion capital of the world, but what you may not know is that the Italian city is also lauded for its design edge. That’s why it’s so fitting that each year the metropolis is home to Milan Design Week, giving the local Milanese and international visitors alike a chance to discover what’s new and trending in the worlds of design, furniture, and accessories.
This year, Milan Design Week is happening from April 8th to the 14th, which means you have a chance to see the capital of design in action! In order to understand this cultural event, let’s dive into its history. Milan Design Week was born out of the Milan Furniture Fair, which had its inaugural fair in 1961, providing a space for some of the best furniture makers in the world to debut their pieces. Over time, the event evolved into a full-blown week devoted to celebrating craft and creativity in all its forms.
Milan Design Week 2019, as with its predecessors, is happening all over the city of Milan and includes a variety of events, shows, and exhibitions. For example, the Milan Furniture Fair, or Salone del Mobile, remains an important exhibition within the larger landscape of Milan Design Week. During this week, many of the city’s galleries and presentation spaces will be open late, playing host to the hottest design trends for the year ahead. Exhibitors range from global designers to local artists of Milan’s famous design districts, looking to showcase their latest collections. More than trend-setting new lines of furniture and accessories, Milan Design Week is accompanied by cocktail parties, live music, and entertainment.
Below is a list of some of the most exciting features on the programme for Milan Design Week 2019:
Ventura Projects 2019
The Dutch-based Ventura Projects, known for its carefully curated design spaces, returns to Milan Design Week after a 10-year hiatus. Despite this decade-long gap, the 2019 event promises to be one of its best yet. The organization will be exhibiting in a 3,700 square-metre space at BASE Milano in Tortona District. The presentations they have planned are set to span two stories and include a talk with Mexican-American artist Isabelle Sanchez Jacques, who will be serving homemade Mexican dishes to all guests. There will also be an appearance by SOM tales of perfume, which will be centred on the ability of fragrances to unleash memories.
Lexus Design Event
Japanese automotive company Lexus returns to Milan Design Week with a special Lexus Design Event, created by Studio Rhizomatiks. At this innovative exhibition, technology and design collide to create a personalized travel experience for guests. The 6 winners of the Lexus Design Awards 2019 will also have their work on display at Supertudio Più.
Lambrate Design District
For Milan Design Week 2019, Lambrate Design District is collaborating with NYCxDesign. Their extensive programme features projects by over 100 designers from design institutions around the world. More than a gallery of trendy pieces, this event will also include workshops on topics relating to sustainability, such as eco-sustainable production and cooking methods to reduce food waste.
This year it’s all about lighting! Euroluce 2019 is heralded as being one of the best additions to this year’s festival. Presenting all the latest and greatest innovations in the field of lighting, Euroluce is the place for top brands to be seen.
Tortona Design District
This popular venue will feature what is emerging in “nomadic” living. Here you will find more about user-friendly objects, movable structures, and portable, floating houses.
Brera Design District
Brera is one of the most important design districts in the Milan Fair. With more than 200 exhibitors making an appearance, this district will focus on excellence within Italy, highlighting the country’s cultural scene.
Isola Design District
At this venue you will find international and emerging designers, local artisans, and creative start-ups. Local workshops, emerging fashions, innovative designs, and developing gastronomy will all be on offer. This district could be considered a main attraction.