Milan Design week, the most influential week for the design world returns once more between the 8th-14th April for 2019. With hundreds of events taking place throughout the week, we have created a guide to some of the most amazing exhibitions on show. Whether you’re lucky enough to be there in person or just fancy having a snoop of what’s on, here is a list of some of our favorites taking place this week.
This year, the 58th edition of the Salone del mobile -internationally known as the Milan Furniture Fair, will be held in Rho Fiera along with Fuorisalone- a range of events and exhibitions which will be held in the entire city of Milan. The Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone illustrate the design trends for the upcoming year with many significant brands introducing their latest collections to the world. Milan welcomes more than three hundred thousand people to the event, including interior designers, architects, creatives, journalists and design lovers from more than 160 countries.
Pleasure and Treasure
Pleasure and Treasure. Photography: ArchiProducts
The Sala Reale of Milan central station presents the innovative Austrian design exhibition, Pleasure and Treasure, designed by award-winning architects, Vasku & Klug; a perfect name for this exquisite exhibition! We are big fans of their work and especially loved their Breath of Light exhibition at last year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile. This year they have outdone themselves, bringing us over 40 Austrian design products hand selected by experts based on their level of innovation, aesthetic and functional qualities. With a wide range of home accessories to furniture and lighting, there’s something for everyone. However, the pièce de résistance is the pool they have created which is full of 100% recycled, reusable and antistatic polystyrene balls which visitors must make their way through to view the products up close; how quirky! In the Royal room of The Milan Central Station, the most precious items have been displayed on a pedestal resting on a bed of gold wrapped chocolates… mmm, the dream! Not only that, visitors can also take home chocolate coins as a souvenir! This sounds like a winner to us and certainly not one to miss.
A Space for Being
‘Vital’ room Photography: Emanuel Hahn- Emanuelhahn.com
This year Google has teamed up with Johns Hopkins University’s Art and Mind Lab to show the effects of neuroaesthetics; an area of research which is taking place at Johns Hopkins University. This exhibition demonstrates how design can influence the human brain; how cool! Head of design at Google, Ivy Ross, architect, Suchi Reddy, and accessories and furniture by Muuto, have created numerous interactive spaces, including three different rooms named ‘Essential’, ‘Vital’ and ‘transformative’ which visitors can explore. Each room consists of a subtle variation of lighting, scent, music, art, materials, and proportions that will form a distinct sensory experience. Above is an image of our favourite out the bunch- room ‘Vital’. We love the playful vibe and pastel colours within this room along with the bold beam of light. Upon arrival to the exhibition, visitors are provided with a wrist band which has been designed by Google to measure an individual’s physiological response to the spaces. The band monitors heart activity, breathing rate, skin conductance, temperature, and motion. At the end, the data is downloaded and analysed, where the participant will receive feedback on their results. We think this is such a cool experiment and definitely one to take part in! So why not head over to see the future of interior designing.
Leonardo Da Vinci
AQUA installation– Marco Balich, “AQUA, Leonardo’s Vision” Photography: Salone del Mobile Milano
This year the Salone del Mobile will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. The project is a tribe to Leonardo’s research of water within his studies and the city of Milan. Located inside the Conca dell’ Incoronata visitors can admire the AQUA installation. Not to worry though, you won’t need your umbrella for this one! As this exhibition which will cover the canal with an architectural insert in the form of a large body of water. At the end there will be a large LED screen showing a changing skyline according to the time of day; how pretty! This is to admire the future of Milan. Visitors will also be able to experience the structure inside the canal thanks to the advanced technology of images and sound. We think this will be an amazing experience, so why not pop down to witness this masterpiece in person!
Life in Vogue
Life in Vogue- Images by Vogue
This year, Vogue have opened their doors to display the second edition of the “Life in Vogue” project. This entailed eight talented designers including Jonathan Anderson and David Raffoul to redesign the offices at Vogue Italia; no pressure here then! This year the focus was on bridging design and fashion. The designers were inspired by the “Mad Men” series and wanted to bring together corporate and refined elements with contemporary details to the offices. We think they nailed the ‘Golden Love’ room by their incorporation of symmetric and sleek details; not your typical office interior. We think this is an incredible project, so if you’re a fan of Vogue or even if you just fancy a nosey round an amazingly designed office, this is one to check out!
Milan Design week allows design lovers from around the world to come together to enjoy and be inspired by aesthetic design. We are truly excited to see how each exhibition and event will mark the beginning of a new history within the design world.