The must-see events at Milano Design Week 2023
What to see at the Fuorisalone? There is exactly one week left for the most awaited international design event of the year, the Milan Design Week. What is worth visiting? We’ve gathered here a selection of events and districts you can’t miss. Open the map and mark:
In addition to the traditional streets full of design brand showrooms – via Larga, corso Monforte, via Durini, via Visconti di Modrone – and the projects in the cloisters of the Università degli Studi, the 2023 edition of Design Variations should be mentioned. The event will address the different perspectives of the project and the theme of how design can improve our future through three exhibitions:
- At the Circolo Filologico Milanese there is the Breath exhibition, where you can see the project Intorno al Fuoco by Francesco Faccin for Bufalini Marmi with the artistic direction of Paolo Ulian, who will investigate the relationship between stone and fire in the design of a brazier. The facade of the building will host a site-specific work by the Zaven studio.
- Palazzo Visconti will propose a journey to discover the use of natural and durable materials in the world of design with Material Variations.
- Inside the Marchiondi Spagliardi Institute, a brutalist work by the architect Vittoriano Viganò – for the first time open to the public – from 20 to 22 April 2023 there will be Reforming Future, an exhibition that brings together the projects of the master’s course by Michele De Lucchi and Andrea Branzi, at the School of Design of the Politecnico di Milano.
Masterly – The Dutch in Milano
Another unmissable downtown event is Masterly-The Dutch in Milano, which returns to Milan for its seventh edition. For this occasion, Masterly has moved its headquarters to a magnificent new historic building, Palazzo Giureconsulti, located in Piazza Mercanti a few steps from the Duomo.
The Elephant in the Room, from 17 to 23 April, will have the aim of celebrating the production chain of the textile sector and opening a dialogue on the importance of a fair supply chain. The exhibition is presented by BYBORRE – previously on WeVux – in collaboration with supply chain partners The Woolmark Company, Santoni, Groz-Beckert, Mayer & Cie and Südwolle Group, and furniture design brands Montis, Arco and Lensvelt.
At the Triennale Milano, in the Cadorna area, we point out:
- The new Museo del Design Italiano layout, curated by Marco Sammicheli
- The exhibition “Droog30. Design or Non-design?”, co-produced with Het Nieuwe Instituut and curated by Maria Cristina Didero and Richard Hutten
- “Lisa Ponti. Disegni e voci”, curated by Salvatore Licitra e Damiano Gullì
5Vie Art + Design
Let’s go back towards the Duomo area and go to Palazzo Litta, in Corso Magenta. The location will host the seventh edition of Doppia Firma, curated by the Michelangelo Foundation, Fondazione Cologni and Living Corriere della Sera: a selection of projects born from creative partnerships between designers, artists and craftsmen. 24 couples with as many stories to discover.
Brera Design District
Between showrooms and new installations by design brands and international studios, the district always proves to be one of the richest in events. Precisely for this reason we suggest a walk in the Brera district during the Design Week: via Solferino, via Palermo, via Pontaccio, the Pinacoteca di Brera and the Botanical Garden cannot be missed.
Isola Design Festival
In its seventh edition, this year’s Isola Design Festival wants to explore the theme of regeneration and has the slogan “Nothing Happens if Nothing Happens” as its concept. Once again this year the district will present a series of exhibitions and temporary installations by institutions, academies, collectives, studios and designers. Among the many events we single out Bestiario at ZonaK, which will present a collection of 16 wooden animals made in the KeepLife material and the talk Material Education: Designers “for” change, also organized by KeepLife.
ADI Design Museum
If you are in Milan for Design you cannot miss the ADI Design Museum, in Piazza Compasso d’Oro 1, with the permanent collection and the new “Presente Permanente” concept curated by Francesca Balena Arista, Giovanni Comoglio, Maite García Sanchis, and Italy: A New Collective Landscape, produced by ADI Design Museum with the curatorship of Angela Rui with Elisabetta Donati de Conti and Matilde Losi, the graphic project by Alice Zani with Paola Bombelli and the installation by the Parasite 2.0 studio.
Alcova will open to the public on 17 April, in a new location: the monumental and articulated spaces of the former slaughterhouse of Porta Vittoria, in the east of the city. The event will host over 70 projects that explore different and complementary directions of design practice. Worth noting is the exhibition This is Denmark within the Alcova and the participation of The New Raw with the Knotty project.
Dopo?, in Via Carlo Boncompagni, 51/10, proposes a Slow Design Week from 18 to 23 April that aims to encourage discussion, exchange and dialogue. Among the three exhibitions proposed there will be “Fuori Contesto”: focused on Italian collectible design, you will find projects by Millim Studio, Tellurico, TIPSTUDIO, Ilaria Bianchi and many others. The exhibition is created in collaboration with 5Vie Art + Design and Adorno Design. Until the 20th a special project will be proposed, a Food Corner with Fratelli Burgio, At Tavola, Temperanza Objects. The event will be accompanied by a Public Program, presentations, performances and open studios from 18 to 22 April. Follow DOPO? for more details
Salone del Mobile.Milano 2023
This year the fair will have three great innovations: the single exhibition level, the new layout of Euroluce inspired by a city – no longer a banal path between stands – and the cultural component, exhibitions and talks in the pavilions, starring Gaetano Pesce, Shigeru Ban, Nao Tamura, MAD Architects, Snøhetta and many others. Do not forget the free SaloneSatellite. If you love design, it’s worth going to Rho Fiera.
If these events are not enough for you yet, you could also visit the Zona Tortona, near the Navigli, or the Porta Venezia District. At the Magazzini Raccordati of the Central Station is Dropcity Convention 2023, while moving north-west there is the Fabbrica del Vapore and the Repubblica del Design district in the Dergano, Bovisa area. Cover Isola Design Festival 2023, Belgian Pavilion. Studio PART – Stories table, ph. Amber Vanbossel