The must-see design exhibitions in Milan this summer

From Aldo Rossi to Joe Colombo, to the furnishings and objects of Memphis Group: here is what to visit during Salone del Mobile in Milan. 

During Milan Design Week, scheduled from 6 to 12 June 2022, a series of exhibitions dedicated to design offers unexpected and in-depth looks at the world of project. Exhibitions to discover (or rediscover) the masters who made history – from Aldo Rossi to Joe Colombo, Zanuso and Sottsass –, to immerse oneself in everyday objects or design icons. 

Drawings, prototypes, colours and suggestions intertwine in various spaces around the city: “Marco Zanuso e Alessandro Mendini. Design e Architettura” at the ADI Design Museum recounts two protagonists capable of enhancing the relationship between design and architecture; also at ADI, an exhibition chronicles Olivetti's golden years. At Triennale Milano, “Memphis Again” displays two hundred pieces of furniture and objects from the Memphis collection, “Ettore Sottsass. Struttura e colore” explores the theme of the object as activator of gestures and “I gesti del tempo” displays a catalogue of artefacts united precisely by time, in its various forms. 

At GAM, “Caro Joe Colombo, ci hai insegnato il futuro” is dedicated to the designer capable of anticipating the technological and design goals of contemporary society. “Aldo Rossi. Design 1960-1997” at Museo del Novecento exhibits 350 pieces of furniture and everyday objects, prototypes and models, paintings, drawings and studies by one of the protagonists of 20th century visual culture. 

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