Milano Design Week 2014: 8-13 April

Porta Nuova lighting and skyscraperIl Salone del Mobile. The International Furniture Fair. Milan Design Week.  Fuorislone. If you’re in Milan around the second week of April, you’ll probably hear some or all of these terms, and you might wonder what it all means. Well, the answer is pretty simple: this week-long event is the largest interior design trade fair in the world and big names in the world of design from all over the world are welcomed in Milan. In addition, there are tons of side-events all over the city open to the general public at the same time. This is usually called Fuorisalone or just Design Week.

Salone sign on the street

The official Salone del Mobile trade fair event has been around since the early ’60s, and every year it seems to grow in scale and importance. The extra events around town have been happening almost as long as the Salone.

So, if you’re interested in design, cool trends or just seeing and meeting interesting, hip people from around the world, you have lots of options about how to participate in Milan’s Design Week 2014.

The map on the Fuorisalone website is very helpful, you can filter by topic or kind of event and you can find a place that’s convenient and/or close to where you are. Or you can download their app so you can have all the info on your mobile device. Of course, if you have friends who are already interested in one of the events, you don’t even need the online information!

To give you a general idea of where Fuorisalone events and showrooms are located, these are the main districts:

  • Via Tortona (over the bridge from Porta Genova) – this is the most famous place to hit up events
  • Brera – another big district
  • Lambrate – relatively new, but the area has a lot of options
  • Corso Como – new Porta Nuova area, simply a cool place to see some of Milan’s latest artchitecture
  • Sarpi Bridge – Milan’s Chinatown hosts a new group of events focused on Asia-inspired design

Some of the events require an invitation, so be aware of that possibility.

If you want to attend the actual trade fair, it’s open to the public on Saturday and Sunday 12 and 13 April only. Tickets cost:
€ 44.00 Ticket for Two
€ 49.00 Family ticket (valid for 2 adults + 1 child under 18)

See the official Salone website here and the Fuorisalone site here for more information.

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