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Previewing Milan Design Week 2024: Our Expectations & Most Anticipated Highlights

April 12, 2024

Previewing Milan Design Week 2024: The Epicenter of Global Design

From April 16-21, Milan will showcase the latest in design innovation, offering a platform for visionaries worldwide to unveil trends that will shape the future of the industry. The week not only highlights new designs but also fosters dialogue on sustainability, technology, and aesthetics. And we include our favourite bars and restaurants too. Since "la vita e troppo breve per mangiare e bere male"!

Highlights of Milan Design Week 2024

  • Salone del Mobile: The epicenter at Rho Fiera, this exhibition showcases contemporary furniture and design solutions, emphasizing sustainability and global design trends.
  • Euroluce: Dedicated to the latest in lighting design, this segment integrates modern advancements with aesthetic designs to enhance functional living spaces.
  • Fuorisalone: Transforming Milan into a live gallery, this event spans several districts, with installations and exhibitions that promote sustainable design practices.
  • 5 Vie Art+Design: Combining history and modern culture, 5 Vie features installations that merge traditional craftsmanship with new design philosophies.
  • Ventura Lambrate: Known for its youthful and experimental spirit, this area highlights emerging designers and their fresh takes on the future of design.
  • Baranzate Ateliers: A new addition, offering a unique look at collaborative design spaces where innovation and craftsmanship meet.
  • Capsule Plaza: This spot focuses on temporary and pop-up installations that are dynamic and interactive, reflecting the transient nature of modern design.
  • Dropcity: A platform for digital and multimedia design, showcasing how technology is reshaping our aesthetic and functional environments.
  • Porsche's "The Pattern of Dreams": An immersive installation by Porsche, exploring the intersection of automotive design and dream-like aesthetic experiences.
  • Google's "Making Sense of Color": This interactive exhibit by Google delves into the science and emotion of color, offering a sensory exploration of how colors influence design and user experience.

Our Most Anticipated Highlight: 'Masterly - The Dutch in Milano'

Curated by Nicole Uniquole at the Palazzo Giureconsulti, this exhibition showcases Dutch design's precision and creativity through a fusion of traditional craftsmanship and innovative approaches.

Culinary and Social Highlights

Our personal favorite spots to unwind after a busy day include:

  • Garage Italia: Celebrating automotive design, this is the perfect spot for design lovers to unwind in grandeur.
  • Mag Café: A cozy venue in Navigli, ideal for artisan cocktails in a relaxed, eclectic setting.
  • Carlo e Camilla in Segheria: Offering a unique dining experience in a converted sawmill, where industrial charm meets fine Italian cuisine.
  • Bulgari Hotel Milano and The Savoy: These locations offer luxury and sophistication, perfect for evening cocktails.
  • LuBar: Known for its vibrant, Sicilian-inspired ambiance—ideal for a lively brunch or casual afternoon snack.

And Ivo's personal favourites -Hidden gems -

  • Ristorante Charmant: A small and cozy spot for refined Italian fish cuisine, perfect for escaping the crowds in the Milano Studi area.
  • GRAND HOTEL OSTERIA: Experience traditional Italian hospitality in a charming setting in the Milano Navigli area. It is situated just off the beaten path and serves as a tranquil oasis in a place where you wouldn't expect it. Take some time to enjoy a game of pétanque with friends in the garden if you feel like it!

Milan Design Week is a defining event that not only forecasts future design trends but also offers a rich platform for experiencing them through innovative exhibitions and delightful culinary spots. Prepare to be inspired and delighted by the array of design and dining experiences awaiting in Milan.

If you can't get enough of it, there is always the Ultimate Guide to the Milan Design Week by Designboom.

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