Novità’s Guide to Salone: Must-See Exhibits, Showrooms & Events
The 60th edition of Salone del Mobile is just around the corner, June 7-12 in Milan!
As the design world flocks to Italy, we wanted to share our dynamic roster of client events, launches, and more to add to your travel agenda. Read on to discover them all.
SALONE DEL MOBILE
Salone del Mobile 60th Edition
June 7-12, Fiera Rho Milano
The 60th edition of Salone will focus on the key values of quality, innovation, beauty and, now more than ever, sustainability. Following a successful “supersalone” and under the continued leadership of Salone del Mobile President Maria Porro, the show will use reusable or upcycled, low environmental impact, and FSC- or PEFC-certified materials for communal spaces.
Show exhibits will include EuroCucina, FTK (technology and appliances in the kitchen), the International Bathroom Exhibition, and S.Project. The International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, Workplace3.0, and the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, will be split into three style categories: Classic, Design, and xLux. And of course, the esteemed design incubator SaloneSatellite will spotlight 600 promising young designers. This year’s theme will be DESIGNING FOR OUR FUTURE SELVES, with a strong focus on sustainability and the approach to design as the great equalizer.
The show will also host Mario Cucinella’s installation Design with Nature, exploring the themes of circular economy and reuse, starting with the idea that cities could be possible “reserves” of the future. The installation will examine ecological transition, the home as the prime urban element, and the city as a mine, ranging over a large space that acts simultaneously as a landscape and a hub for discussion, sharing, reflecting, and working. Following the show, the materials from this special exhibit will be reused as materials for new public spaces, libraries, and more.
Salone del Mobile presents La Scatola Magica
(The Magic Box)
Sala delle Cariatidi, Palazzo Reale, 12 Piazza del Duomo, Milan
To tell the rich story of 60 editions of Salone, the show has organized La Scatola Magica (The Magic Box) at Palazzo Reale’s Sala delle Cariatidi, June 7-17. A leading group of Italian creatives will interpret Salone’s 11 institutional values — emotion, enterprise, quality, design, networking, communication, culture, young people, ingenuity, Milan, and savoir faire — through a multi-sensory experience featuring a monumental “camera obscura” as part of a 3-act show.
Duravit Debuts Newest Collections from Sebastian Herkner and Philippe Starck at Salone Fair
Duravit is excited to be back at Salone del Mobile and participate in Milan Design Week 2022. Two new and exciting collections from Philippe Starck and Sebastian Herkner (his first for the brand!) will be on view at their Salone show booth, Pav 22 | Booth E16/E18. Taking inspiration from a day at the beach, Philippe Starck’s new complete collection, Soleil, radiates a natural and calm atmosphere with its distinctively subtle and elegant lines. Inspired by traditional Japanese rituals and craftsmanship, with a design language that leads with organic forms, Sebastian Herkner’s Zencha is striking yet delicate, graceful yet effortless. Additionally, Duravit is excited to host a meet and greet with the designers at Duravit’s showroom (Via S. Gregorio, 49/51, 20124 Milan MI, Italy) on Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30pm. This meet and greet will be a celebration of the brand’s vision of the future bathroom, and will offer the company of Duravit’s newest designer Sebatian Herkner among many others.
Beloved Italian Brand Rimadesio Unveils Stunning New Products for Milan Design Week
Following the opening of its first NYC flagship store, Italian furniture brand Rimadesio will debut a slate of stunning products during Milan Design Week, June 4-10. From celebrating the 25th anniversary of its iconic Zenit bookcase (pictured), to the launch of the new Alianté cabinet, their Milan showroom is a must-visit.
Barovier&Toso Milan Showroom
(Via Durini 5; 20122 Milano)
Barovier&Toso, a 700-year-old Italian lighting brand synonymous with Murano glassmaking, is planning an exciting new launch—a collection inspired by the surrealist paintings of Magritte—and view the brand’s latest designs including Vallonné and Vallonné Opale by Luca Nichetto.
Italian Lighting Brand Lodes To Open First-Ever Showroom in Milan and Launch Volum Collection by Snøhetta
You’re invited to Italian lighting specialist Lodes’ dazzling new showroom. Situated in the heart of Brera, the city’s renowned creative hub and home to some of the best Italian design brands, the new space will be part of a prestigious building on Via della Moscova 33. The family-owned company welcomes a new era of contemporary, made-in-Italy designs from some of the most exceptional, sought-after designers in the design world, including Patrick Norguet (Flar) and Vittorio Massimo (IVY) and international design studio, Snøhetta (Volum).
Discover The True Evolution Experience at Poltrona Frau’s Milan Flagship Store
To celebrate its 110th anniversary, Poltrona Frau invites you to discover the True Evolution Experience, an immersive installation which recounts the brand’s history of the last 110 years. Set up like an exhibition hall, the Milan Flagship Store (via Manzoni 30) will feature the True Evolution Collection, in both outdoor and lifestyle settings, and a vignette inspired by fashion boutiques dedicated to furnishing accessories and leather goods. Poltrona Frau’s center courtyard (part of the eighteenth century Palazzo Gallarati Scotti) will open to the city of Milan for the first time. Complete with evocative lighting and audiovisual effects, the immersive, sculptural installation by Greta Rosset (a rising Milan-based designer), artistically interprets the brand’s past, present, and future in sustainability. On Monday, June 6th (from 6:30-9pm), Poltrona Frau will host a special opening cocktail reception within the courtyard. There will be a DJ, drinks and small canapes for guests to enjoy.
Refractory Makes International Debut at Alcova
During Milan Design Week, Refractory – a new American brand at the intersection of functional art and collectible design – will present Holotype, a poetic installation on the top floor of Alcova’s new E-Space venue, June 5-12 at Via Simone Saint Bon 1. Taking inspiration from the building’s history – a former psychiatric care center whose attic was enveloped in concrete during WWII – Refractory will offer a contemplative, unassuming ensemble of its work alongside the eerily clear yet existential collaborative works of American photographer and documentarian Sarah Wilson.
Andreu World to Showcase Sustainable Series with Patricia Urquiola in Brera
Award-winning Award-winning Spanish furniture brand Andreu World will be at the Brera Design District (entro Svizzero Via Palestro 2, 20121 Milano) from June 7th to June 10 showcasing their latest designs constructed around the circular economy. The brand will also host a talk with Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola discussing her design collections there on June 9th at 5 pm. Urquiola will be showcasing her iconic products designed in collaboration with Andreu World, including the Nuez Lounge Bio chairs and barstools. Andre World and Urquiola’s Nuez Lounge BIO will also be on display at Rossana Orlandi.
Ceramics of Italy Takes Over Milan For Design Week!
Don’t miss Ceramics of Italy at Salone del Mobile 2022! A variety of leading Italian tile manufacturers are thrilled to showcase their latest products and innovative designs at this year’s fair – from colorful freestanding and wall-hung ceramic washbasins to invisible porcelain cooktops, and everything in between. Exhibitors include: Marazzi Group in Hall 09; ABK Cooking Surface Prime and Infinity – The Engineered Surface in Hall 13; Casalgrande Padana, Laminam, and Ceramica Francesco de Maio in Hall 15; Ceramica Cielo, Axa Ceramica in Hall 22; Ceramica Globo S.p.A. and Ceramica Flaminia in Hall 24.
In addition, around the city during Fuorisalone, a handful of Italian ceramic brands will host parties and artistic exhibitions inside their Milan showrooms. As a part of Superdesign Show dedicated to Women & Design, ABK will showcase Poetry House, designed in collaboration with Milanese designer Paola Navone. Atlas Concorde will present Monoliti, an installation curated by Piero Lissoni. CEDIT will explore the virtual reality of the metaverse with its exhibit “New Future Treasures.” Ceramica Cielo will showcase its new collections of bathroom furnishings. Cotto d’Este will present “Thingram,” an invitation to play with thin ceramic slabs. Florim will tell the story of its brand through an exhibition designed by Matteo Nunziati. Italgraniti Group will host a project by architects Andrea Parisio and Giuseppe Pezzano. Ragno Ceramiche will inaugurate its first flagship showroom, designed by Benedetta Tagliabue. Finally, Refin will present an exhibition dedicated to Carlo Scarpa curated by Cadore Interiors.