Live from Milan, the capital of design, the 56th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano will take place April 4-9, 2017 at the Fiera Milano Rho. This year there will be a new format for the classic exhibition section, along with several exciting events including A Joyful Sense of Work, an exploration of the latest concepts for the contemporary workplace with designs from O+A Studio, UNStudio and more.

About The Salone del Mobile.Milano

The Salone del Mobile.Milano is truly a sectoral benchmark and must-see event for lovers of design. It takes place concurrently with the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, Euroluce, Workplace3.0and SaloneSatellite. Each year, ‘the Salone’ as it is known attracts more than 300,000 visitors from 165 countries who are treated to a comprehensive showcase of design that ranges from furnishings to lighting to ideas for the workspace. On average, over 5000 journalists travel to Milan to capture the latest at this industry leading event.Key to the Italian design sector, the Salone del Mobile is supported by The Italian Trade Agency (ICE) as well as the FederlengoAredo Eventi Study Centre. The Italian communication slogan is ‘Be The First to See the Latest,’ a confirmation of the important role the Salone plays in Italian industry.

DeLightFul: An event at Salone del Mobile.Milano 2017
DeLightFul: An event at Salone del Mobile.Milano 2017

What’s New This Year:

This year, the Salone is introducing a new format for the presentation of classic furniture and furnishing accessories. Under the headline Classic: Tradition in the Future, Pavilions and 2 and 4 will house a fluid layout with a central promenade that draws visitors into spaces that demonstrate the value of traditional craftsmanship and the skill necessary for the production of classic furniture and objects. Within the space, there will also be a short film presented by award-winning director Matteo Garrone, as well as a one exhibited called Before Design: Classic, which is based on a well-received project presented from the 2016 edition of the event.

Alongside the Salone and its 4 concurrent exhibitions, there will be several events. A Joyful Sense of Work, curated by Cristiana Cutrona will explore evolving ideas about the workplace of the future. Four installations, from America,Asia and Europe will be presented by Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander/Studio O+A (USA), Arash Ahmadi/Ahmadi Studio (Iran), Ben van Berkel/UNStudio and JeffPovlo/SCAPE (NL) and Alfonso Femia and Gianluca Peluffo/Studio 5+1AA (Italy).

A Joyful Sense of Work
A Joyful Sense of Work


32757964746_dc3e04acaf_oMeanwhile, a second event called DeLightFul, curated by Ciarmoli Queda Studio, will explore the portmanteau of Design, Light, Future and Living. And back for a second edition, the space&interiors event will put architectural finishes in the spotlight. Discover more about space&interiors in our coverage here.

DeLightFul event
DeLightFul event

You can also explore more about Salone del Mobile.Milano through their online platform as well as their social channels of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, and Flicker, which carry the latest information about the 2017 edition.

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Following the successful first edition that attracted over 8,000 professional visitors (30%of whom from overseas), we are looking forward to the return of space&interiors (April 4-8, 2017). Taking place concurrently with Milan Design Week, space&interiors is entirely focused on architectural finishes and is the only event linked with the Salone del Mobile.Milano3

The Mall Porta Nuova, in the heart of Milan’s Brera Design District, is the venue of this visually stunning showcase for top-notch doors, handles, paint and decorating supplies, windows, wall coverings, finishes and interior architecture.

The experience of attending space&interiors is unique. Upon entering the display space, visitors will experience the entire show floor as a narrative that winds its way through different areas. A striking esplanade takes the visitor through three different yet seamlessly integrated areas: a purely commercial trade show with products on display in stands set up in accordance with a distinctive exhibition design look, a dynamic yet welcoming space to accommodate private business meetings, and a more immersive area housing a dynamic installation disclosing the characteristics and qualities of individual products. RAS_5764 - Copia

Exhibit Highlights:

This year, the ‘Absolute Lightness’ exhibit, created by Migliore+Servetto Architects will show how different manufacturers embed the concept of weightlessness into their products and solutions. Lightness has always been the cornerstone of architecture, insofar as it is a wellspring for sustainability, interactions with other materials, and light itself…….

The exhibit is driven by a narrative on three separate levels. One occupying the wide central promenade, where long white tables invite visitors to explore contents and products also via an interactive App designed specifically for this rare journey of discovery.
Behind reflective surfaces expanding the space and giving rise to entirely new dimensions, an intermediate level offers a more visual narrative with an array of quotes, specific pictures of products, and illustrations.

Furthermore, an exhibit entitled “La Luce del Marmo”, promoted by IMM, will focus on design as it ties in with the three themes running through the event: Carrara marble, lightness and light, as a means of imparting value to matter and form.


This year’s edition will feature some of the top names in architectural finishes today including: 2TEC2, Abet Laminati Spa, Arte, Barusse - Doors Made in Italy, Bianchi Lecco Srl, Jansen, Italia for Contract, Effebiquattro Milano, Lu-Bek Srl, Oikos Architetture D’Ingresso, Okey Srl, Oli Srl, Omexco, Renolit, Salice Paolo Srl, Vighi Security Doors Spa, Legnoform Srl and Fewood.


Watch this space in the upcoming months for more information on the presentation of these exhibitors!



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Today is the start of the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair! Running February 7-11, it is the world’s largest meeting place for Scandinavian design. Cecilia Nyberg, Project Area Manager of the fair, tells us a bit more about the event and what to watch out for in 2017.

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Archello: Could you tell us a bit about the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, in particular, its aims/goals as a design platform?
Cecilia Nyberg: We want to and maintain and develop it further as the largest and most important meeting place for Scandinavian design. We want to be a platform where we raise important questions for the industry as for example sustainability. We also aim to be Scandinavia´s display window of design and architecture abroad. We will continue to work for to develop the whole city of Stockholm as a design arena, with further development of Stockholm Design Week.

Archello:  What in your opinion makes Scandinavian design unique?
CN: Scandinavian design is the world´s leader in sustainability and circular economy. There is often focus on the function and a there is often a well thought through idea behind the products with awareness of the circular economy, regarding materials, transports, production process and so on.

Archello: Which designers and projects are you most excited about this year and why?
CN: We are excited about our own exhibitions – for example we have invited the Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon to make an installation, Swedish Note Design Studio has created  The Design Bar, which is a cross between an exhibition and a top-class restaurant.

Guest of Honour Installation
Guest of Honour Installation


The Design Bar
The Design Bar

And about our Trend Exhibition 2017/18, which has been created by stylist Lotta Agaton. It is always very interesting to see the young designers in Greenhouse, our hall for young promising designers.

SFF Trend Exhibition
SFF Trend Exhibition


Greenhouse: Breaking Surface by Sophie Hardy
Greenhouse: Breaking Surface by Sophie Hardy

Archello: What do you expect to see more of in 2017 in terms of design trends out of Scandinavia? 

We think that we will see even more of companies and designers working with sustainability and circular economy, taking responsibility in the production process, the use of materials, innovations and so on. We also think there will more collaborations between Swedish designers and foreign companies and vice versa.