The Milan Design Week Is Here: What You Need To See!

Milan Design Week is here, with a wide range of exhibitions and events. I Lobo You is here to help you, showing you the first highlights so far, and what you really can’t miss, as it can become hard to keep up with all of the events! So far, this immersive and unique design event is been a success, with the return of Salone del Mobile this week (until September 10) to unveil the latest creations from the world’s leading names in design. Here is our preview of highlights from Milan Design Week!


Fuorisalone 2021: what to see in the city throughout Milan Design Week

During this week, you can walk around the city and be amazed by marvelous art and design exhibitions, and keep in mind that everywhere you turn, there is a promise of discovery. Fuorisalone 2021 will showcase the latest contemporary design throughout the city’s central neighborhoods. This is the most exciting time to be in Milan: historical palazzos open their eclectic interiors to the work of emerging design talent, showrooms showcase the latest launches.

The Milan Design Week Is Here: What You Need To See!
Super Pratone by Gufram, Piazza San Fedele.


Possibly the most charming neighborhood of Milan, Brera’s streets are the home of showrooms, galleries, and exhibitions spaces. Via Solferino is a key design avenue for the area, and must-visit locations for Fuorisalone 2021 include Salvatori, launching new pieces by Stephen Burks, Patricia Urquiola, and Piero Lissoni, as well as ‘The Village’, a project featuring miniature houses by the likes of Kengo Kuma and John Pawson.

The Milan Design Week Is Here: What You Need To See!
’Neighbors Mirrors‘ by Stephen Burks for Salvatori

It also hosts Dimoregallery, Dimorestudio’s intimate apartment that for Fuorisalone 2021 becomes a stage to a series of displays with the theme of ‘Past, Present and Future’ celebrating Italian Rationalism and the 1930s, and the work of designer

Zona Tortona: Tortona Rocks

The Milan Design Week Is Here: What You Need To See!

Once the epicenter of Fuorisalone, Zona Tortona features a few exciting exhibitions by the likes of Nendo, Sony, and Moooi. For Fuorisalone 2021, the area returns once again as “Tortona Rocks”, with exhibitions and installations dedicated to forward-thinking design. This year’s focus will be on Opificio 31 (Via Tortona 31), a post-industrial location where outdoor furniture company Vestre presents a new collection of pieces by René Hougaard and Alexander Qual with a set designed by Note Design Studio. 

5 Vie

The Milan Design Week Is Here: What You Need To See!

5Vie is a historical district west of Duomo, home to spaces such as showrooms for BDDW and Apparatus, and cultural hub Piazza Gorani, which includes Riviera, a creative space led by Italian design brand La Palma. For this year, 5Vie is planning a focus on designer ​​AG Fronzoni, whose essential approach will be celebrated through a series of displays that show the modernity of his cultural heritage.

Milan Design Galleries you should know

The Milan Design Week Is Here: What You Need To See!

Start with design destination Nilufar (Via della Spiga 32), Nina Yashar’s gallery presenting the most exciting names in collectible design. For 2021, the gallery presents a boudoir-inspired collection by Bethan Laura Wood, exploring a variety of materials and techniques. Rossana Orlandi’s gallery (Via Matteo Bandello 14) is a life-sized cabinet of curiosities that will offer a sense of discovery to any design journey, with a mix of emerging talent and independent brands showcased across its spaces. Also, Galleria Luisa Delle Piane (Via Giuseppe Giusti 24) presents imaginative furniture and objects by the likes of Andrea Branzi, Maddalena Casadei, and Franco Albini and Franca Helg. 

Exhibition spaces in Milan: Alcova and Assab One

The Milan Design Week Is Here: What You Need To See!
Curators Joseph Grima and Valentina Ciuffi launched the group show ‘Alcova’ in 2019. The 2021 edition of ‘Alcova’ is going to take place just west of Milan’s center (Via Simone Saint Bon), in a cluster of buildings immersed in an urban park, including a nunnery (pictured above) and an industrial laundry.

Art, architecture and design touring during Milan Design Week 2021

The Milan Design Week Is Here: What You Need To See!

The beauty of design in Milan is that it’s often coming together with art, architecture, and Milanese cultural institutions. Some of the most important cultural locations in the city are, more often than not, part of Fuorisalone’s programming. These include the Triennale (Viale Emilio Alemagna 6) with its recently inaugurated design museum: it hosts ‘Il Salone/La Città’, an exhibition that will highlight how the history of Salone is closely linked with the city of Milan, and an exhibition of works by Carlo Mollino curated by Marco Sammicheli. The newly opened ADI Design Museum, Bagni Misteriosi, and Porta Nuova are other key locations for Milan Design Week.

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Salone del Mobile 2021: Supersalone, curated by Stefano Boeri

Salone del Mobile, dubbed “Supersalone”, returns this week (until September 10) to reveal the brand new creations from the world’s famous names in design! The contemporary furniture fair is back after an 18-month break, with a special show curated by Milanese architect Stefano Boeri.

The Milan Design Week Is Here: What You Need To See!

Design talks and thematic exhibitions

Live events, including talks, conversations, and lectures led by design’s great masters, architects, entrepreneurs, and creatives are some of the activities at a lounge area that will allow visitors to interact with design icons. Maria Cristina Didero has curated a daily program, featuring names like Humberto Campana, Bjarke Ingels, Carsten Höller, Paola Pivi, Beatriz Colomina, Cecilia Alemani, Formafantasma, and Philippe Malouin,

Supersalone 2021 also includes a presentation called “The Makers Show”, which celebrates craftsmanship and innovation through a showcase by independent workshops, studios, laboratories, and start-ups.

‘Take Your Seat – Solitude and Conviviality of the Chair’

The Milan Design Week Is Here: What You Need To See!
“Take Your Seat – Solitude, and Conviviality of the Chair”, curated by Nina Bassoli in partnership with ADI/Compasso d’Oro, highlights over a hundred iconic chairs from the history of Italian design, from the likes of Gae Aulenti to Gio Ponti, using these pieces as a starting point.
The Milan Design Week Is Here: What You Need To See!
Boca do Lobo releases the Voltaire Sideboard, a contemporary piece enveloped by manually sculptured panels with decorative elements finished in high gloss black lacquer. The statement twist lies on the asymmetrical hand-hammered fitting of a golden polished brass sheet on the right side of the top, and base detail.
Cristina Celestino’s new work for Billiani includes her first textile for the Italian chairmaker called Timent.
The Milan Design Week Is Here: What You Need To See!
Phillippe Starck’s In Vitro Unplugged transforms the utilitarian quality of a portable outdoor light into an elegant and enchanting rechargeable lantern.
The Milan Design Week Is Here: What You Need To See!
Armani’s limited-edition handcrafted Royal bar cabinet showcases subtle Japanese sensibility. A tatami-inspired woven exterior encapsulates back-lit golden paneling inside, embellished with a shimmering marble-like motif.
The Milan Design Week Is Here: What You Need To See!
Phillippe Starck’s Smart Wood collection for Kartell has expanded to include new pieces for the office and home office including a bookshelf, desk, and new versions of the Q/Wood and P/Wood armchairs, now on wheels.
The Milan Design Week Is Here: What You Need To See!
London-based Bethan Laura Wood’s solo show for Nilufar Gallery, titled Ornate celebrates a decade of dialogue between Wood and leading Milanese gallerist, Nina Yashar. New works based on the theme of the boudoir span lighting, cabinets, mirrors, a desk, and a bedhead (pictured above) aim to blur the boundaries between 2D decoration and 3D form.

Stay with us to discover more about Milan Design Week!

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