Milano Design Week

Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone 2024

What to expect from Fuorisalone 2024

April 15 to 21, the Design Week will condense around the theme of “Materia Natura” a vast panorama of events, exhibitions and installations that will spread throughout Milan, but also beyond its borders, showcasing great comebacks and new entries.

Along with the Salone del Mobile in Rho from April 15-21, its natural extension in the city of Milan, the Fuorisalone, returns. After an edition in 2023 with a significant impact – estimated at around 220 million euros and over 300,000 visitors – it returns with a dense schedule of events, exhibitions and installations around the theme of “Material Nature”, a meeting between design thinking, shaping and transforming, and the emergencies of the present.

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One of the five scenarios from POV, the visual representation of the theme "Materia Natura" curated by Nicola Ricciardi – artistic director of miart – in collaboration with Ex. (Andrea Cassi and Michele Versaci) and Giorgio Ferrero (Mybosswas). © Ex. e Giorgio Ferrero – NContemporary. Courtesy Fuorisalone.

Milano Design Week has always spread throughout the city, rewriting its specific geography each year with familiar names, new entries and some changes in settings and personalities. For 2024, the districts organizing events include Milano Durini Design, 5Vie, Isola, Brera and the Tortona area. Porta Venezia (after last year) and a grassroots project involving the resident and creative community of Zona Sarpi will be added, while Ex Macello, the gigantic former slaughterhouse of Milan which hosted Alcova last year, will be the center of a music festival this year.

Various points on the map of an ever-expanding Milan are activated or reactivated, such as the villas that will host  this year’s edition of Alcova in Brianza (a context closely related to furniture), the former industrial buildings in Linate that host the Baranzate studios, the city’s Darsena, the former dock of the Navigli canals, and a renewed 10CorsoComo.

Among the notable comebacks is the Fuorisalone Award, which in the last edition honored SolidNature’s stone caves. Schools and students will be involved with the collaboration between the Politecnico di Milano and 100 e.Reporter, which year after year creates a photographic archive of the Design Weeks. In addition, 12 students from Northeastern University (NU) in Boston will come to study the event. Related to the burning issue of housing is IED’s project with the City of Milan and Milanosport, an urban campsite that will host students and young designers free of charge.

A preliminary guide has been created to navigate through districts, projects, and highlights in anticipation of an approaching Design Week.

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