As the dust begins to settle on a month of consecutive international design fairs, a mountain of moments from Milan Design Week come together in a dream role.
After three long years of absence, the largest exhibition of contemporary furniture in the world, the Salone del Mobile. Milan, back for a full-fledged celebration of its 60th edition. Despite temperatures higher than the usual April run of the Salone, from June 7 to 12, more than 260,000 visitors walked through the huge FieraMilano exhibition center to see the 2,175 brands exhibited at the show.
In the city, more than 800 design events of all shapes and sizes, collectively known as Fuorisalone, have been added to the festivities. Fiery energy overflowed throughout the week as three years of ideas, conversations and creativity merged into a celebration of design that will not be soon forgotten. It felt like bien…et dare we say, normal?
In addition to the impressive focus on sustainability efforts and innovations, we have also noticed a trend among brands that have gone backwards, rolling out reissues that play into the nostalgic design era fueled by social media. Big names have also attracted a lot of attention, both on the ground in Milan and around the world through Instagram posts and stories. While it’s impossible to sum up all the great design of the week, we’ve put together a few lists of moments you don’t want to miss.
Last but not least, we dedicate our third and final round-up to Alcova. Developed by Valentina Ciuffi of Studio Vedèt and Joseph Grima of Space Caviar, Alcova activates temporarily neglected places of historical interest throughout Milan as venues for exhibitions, installations and performances. Since 2018, the exhibition has placed contemporary design in a lush historical context, bringing together emerging talents as well as renowned designers, artists and architects for an annual installation during Milan Design Week. After a successful show last September, the organization has once again taken over more than 37,000 square meters of semi-leaved buildings and park spaces in Milan’s Inganni district, west of the city center. Alcova was more like an expedition, with a design that flooded the land, as well as the space of an ancient monastery, an industrial laundry, a medical facility and a unique temple-like structure.
Along the way, we met some familiar faces—OMA, Snøhetta, Sabine Marcelis, Lambert & Fils—and were blown away by the new names that have gathered dust in the design industry—Refractory, the Back Studio and Kickie Chudikova, to name a few. A beautiful conversation between contemporary design, traditional architecture and the natural environment, the show was as memorable as the many incredible exhibitors.
Designers and artists: Alara Alkan, Alexis Moran, Alexis Tagey, Bellafonté Studio, forma Rosa Studio, Ginger Gordon, Jaeyeon Park, Jialun Xiong, Kate Greenberg, ladies and gentlemen’s Studio, Madeline Isakson, Monica Curiel, mym, Nifemi Ogunro, Studio Mano