Only few days left until the start of the Milan Design Week 2019, the most creative week in Milan. The city is preparing to receive a beautiful invasion of design lovers. Last year, for example, more than 500,000 people from 188 countries arrived in the city.

There are so many events and exhibitions in the various districts of the city that it is really difficult to navigate among all the events and impossible to see them all.

So I decided to help you and to prepare my guide to the Fuorisalone 2019 with the events that, in my opinion, are the most interested (I really did a great selection but the events are still many, will I be able to see them all?)

I hope you’ll find the guide useful!



– IKEA: will present the new Symphonisk collection, a line of speakers for the home with a sound and light installation (via Tortona 32)

ikea tortona mdw 2019

– Nendo: the designer will present an installation that represents the concept of air, don’t miss it (Tenhoa, via vigevano 18)

– Retrospettiva Tadao Ando: a retrospective on the works of the Japanese architect will be organized, in collaboration with the Pompidou Center, in the spaces of the Armani Silos (Armani Silos – via Bergognone 40)

-ALDO CIBIC – Savona 18 suite: he will tell, within the boutique hotel he designed, the aesthetics of vitality at the base of his projects (via Savona 18)

-NORMANN COPENHAGEN: traces its collections and a new line characterized by a strong design-art contamination (Superstudio Più)

-SUPERHOTEL by Giulio Cappellini: creates the setting for an ideal hotel involving big names in Italian design (Superstudio Più)

-NORWEGIAN PRESENCE: several Nordic brands with the styling of the talented duo Krakvik & D’orazio (via Tortona 35)

-Ex.T: in his showroom he will present the new collection with projects by Mut, Norm Architects and Note Design, among others (via Tortona 34)

-VENTURA FUTURE: this year Ventura Future will be exhibiting in the BASE space and will present the works of young designers, design schools and new brands (via Bergognone 34)



-BRERA DESIGN APARTMENT (via Palermo 1): this year the Brera Design Apartment will be designed by Cristina Celestino who presents her Planetarium project.


-THE SOCIALITE FAMILY: a Parisian apartment in Milan (via Palermo 1)

-MOOI: after years, Mooi move from the Tortona District to the spaces of the Mediateca Santa Teresa (via Moscova 28), 

-HIDDEN ROOMS di Salvatori: projects by John Pawson, Piero Lissoni and Elisa Ossino (via Solferino 11)

-MIROR. THE LADIE’S ROOM: a project created by the design collective The Ladies’ Room – Ilaria Bianchi, Agustina Bottoni, Astrid Luglio, Sara Ricciardi (via Brera 3)

-SUPEREROE DELLA SOSTENIBILITA’: designed by Giò Forma for Timberland in piazza XXV Aprile

-DCOME DESIGN RELOADED (Biblioteca Umanistica di Santa Maria Incoronata, corso Garibaldi 116),

-FORNACE BRIONI: Cristina Celestino’s collaboration with Fornace Brioni is renewed by staging a new design chapter: Scenografica. (via Statuto 18)

-WALL&DECO: Wall&Deco presents the new Essential Wallpaper Collection with a maxi installation that goes from the corner with via Garibaldi to the showroom in via Solera Mantegazza 7

-THONET POP UP SHOWROOM: the German brand celebrates 200 years since its foundation with a retrospective on its two centuries of success in the design world. (via Dell’Orso 14)

-MARIMEKKO (P5Apartment, via Palermo 5)

-MEMPHIS (Largo Treves 5).

-HEM (corso Garibaldi 117),

An address not to be missed is also via Solferino 11, here you will find Dimore Studio, Boffi, Paola C and others.

Also, don’t miss these locations: La Permanente, Palazzo Cusani, Palazzo Clerici, the Orto Botanico and the Accademia di Brera



-TERRITORIAL DESIGN, GENIUS LOCI: the exhibition of Ugo La Pietra (this year the 5vie edition is dedicated to the work of Ugo La Pietra) (via Cesare Correnti 14)

-MASTERLY – The Dutch in Milano: a must see, in the wonderful setting of Palazzo Turati (via Meravigli 7)

-THE LITTA VARIATIONS: another must see and an excellent opportunity to visit Palazzo Litta (corso Magenta 24).

palazzo-litta-fuorisalone 2019 milano

-HUMAN CODE di Robero Sironi: a consideration on human development and its 300,000 years of evolution. In the underground spaces of SIAM (via Santa Marta 18).

-SARA RICCIARDI per Serge Ferrari (in via Santa Marta 21): sensory installation.

Also don’t miss the events in these beautiful locations: via Santa Marta 15 courtyard, l’Oratorio della Passione di Sant’Ambrogio  and the Church San Bernardino alle Monache (via Lanzone).

-Galleria ROSSANA ORLANDI (via Bandello 14).



In the former warehouses of the Central Station, the third edition of Ventura Centrale returns. 17 maxi installations such as, for example, the interactive installation by Maarten Bass, the Unfluencer project by Freitag or Rapt Studio which will involve the spectators with his show Tell Me More. (via Ferrante Aporti 27)

FREITAG fuorisalone

This year the Sala Reale of the Central Station will also be open with the Pleasure & Treasure installation. 

Handmade Wallpaper * at Salone dei Tessuti (via San Gregorio 29). Among the many exhibitions, don’t miss the installation Denim Sound Texture by Isko, leader in the production of denim fabrics: the installation will reveal what sounds denim produces!



Les Arcanistes by Studiopepe: the new manifesto project of Studiopepe, inside a large industrial space, where gold was worked in the 1900s (Via Garofalo, 24)



-STECCA 3.0 – DESIGN VILLAGE: heart of the Isola design district, will host the works of emerging designers, companies like 3M with the new collection of glass finishes and a bar entirely 3D printed (via Gaetano de Castillia 26)

-MILAN DESIGN MARKET: the exhibition-market that presents the Find the lost City theme: a selection of projects made with unconventional materials such as pineapple, metal scraps or cannabis (via Pastrengo 14)

Among other events. I would like to point out the Japanese design exhibition at the Fonderia Napoleonica Eugenia (via Genova Thaon by Revel 21), German design at the Galleria Angelo della Pergola 1 and the NORDIC DESIGN APARTMENT realized with the collaboration of the Finnish artist Jutta Yla-Mononen.

-CASAFACILE DESIGN LAB (Innovation District): the theme chosen this year by Casafacile magazine is Hospitality. On the ground floor of the spectacular Coima Building, Studio Pisk with Elisabetta Viganò will set up a co-working and co-living space and there will be an intense program of events and workshops. The entire program can be found HERE

casafacile design lab fuorisalone




-MAESTA’ SOFFERENTE: large installation in Piazza Duomo that wants to be a tribute to the Up chair by Gaetano Pesce, the chair turns 50 this year.


-INTERSTELLAR: the new collection of fabrics and furnishings by DimoreStudio in the former Arti cinema (via Pietro Mascagni 8)

-TOM DIXON: opens his restaurant and showroom TheManzoni (via Manzoni 5)

-COS: presents a 3D printed installation by the French architect Arthur Mamou Mani inside Palazzo Isimbardi.

-THE ART SIDE OF KARTELL: 70 years of the brand are celebrated inside the Palazzo Reale

-THE FOREST OF VIOLINS: a Piuarch studio installation dedicated to the centenary forest swept away by a strong storm last fall in Val di Fiemme, inside the courtyard of the State University of Milan (via Festa del Perdono 7)

-NENDO at Istituto dei cechi (via Vivaio 7): he presents the new collection created for Wonderglass

In this area, between Via Durini, Corso Monforte and Largo Augusto, you will find the showrooms of the main Italian design brands such as De Padova, Cappellini, Flos, Cassina etc.


And you cannot miss also this installation!

This year the Salone del Mobile is dedicated to Leonardo’s 500 years. The installation Aqua.Leonardo Vision curated by Marco Balich, will transform the Conca dell’Incoronata (via San Marco, Brera) into a kind of futuristic canal.


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