Milano Design Week

Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone 2024

Guide to the Milan Design Week parties

Exclusive locations, historic villas, abandoned buildings and open-air green spaces. The best evening events during Milan Design Week where music takes center stage.

In “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway recounted his mad love for the city of Paris: a whirlwind of encounters, love, art, wine, rum, between hotel addresses, cafés and restaurants. We’d like borrow the title of the American writer to try and describe the Milan of this week. A “moveable feast”, in a city on the starting blocks, ready to unleash that energy that has always been its strength – the Futurists already had tried to imprison it in canvases full of tension, smoking machines, construction sites and running horses. Milan, held at bay after a two-year stop, is now ready to welcome the tired and overheated pilgrims of Salone del Mobile in the evening too. No more parties for the few, the city wants to be more inclusive: in addition to the noble palaces and the courtyards and gardens decorated with dance-hall lights, industrial buildings are opening up, as part of extensive urban redevelopment projects, in a noble attempt to preserve the existing and reinvest in the past, giving it new meanings.

As in a big town festival, doors, museums, swimming pools, rusty shutters and gates of abandoned factories open up: you can take a break, dance, drink, in the De Carlo gardens of the Triennale (7 June, DJ Ilaria Gr, from 6.30 pm and Dj Mace, from 9. 30), by the pool of the Bagni Misteriosi restored by Michele De Lucchi (8 June, Design Party Luce & Acqua, from 7 pm), in the garden of a Liberty villa in the Lambrate area, but you can also go further afield, in the “large-scale” Fuori Salone, to visit Belgian design at Atelier Baranzate and Spazio Fase, in the former paper mill of Alzano Lombardo. The week ends in Piazza del Cannone, for the closing party. The square, around Arco della Pace, saw, in 1946, a crowd of nostalgic monarchists gathered during the referendum for the Italian Republic. On Sunday, instead, the followers – or not – of design will say goodbye. Milan rearranges itself and reconverts to a dynamism of its own, which fills and awakens it; ever more open, broad, and international.

Triennale di Milano

Opening image: Triennale Milano, photo Gianluca Di Ioia

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