Milan Design Week
This year’s Milan Design Week (April 8 – 14), promises to be an explosion of creativity. From hidden courtyards to incredible terraces hosting pop-up events, you’ll find all the design inspiration you need. Take a look at what’s on in the city during Design Week.
Focus on design
Each year more than 2,000 companies take part in the famous Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan, the main attraction of Design Week. Leading design companies from around the world meet to share new ideas and designs, from classic creations to the very latest cutting-edge designs. This year’s fair is being launched for the first time with a prestigious concert led by La Scala’s musical director, Riccardo Chailly.
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For a taste of one of the most artistic quarters of the city, visit the atmospheric Brera district. Stroll from the breathtaking Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II to the famous La Scala theatre and you’ll soon see what we mean. This area is also home to the monumental Palazzo Brera, the Academy of Fine Arts and the famous gallery at Pinacoteca.
During Design Week this area hosts around 200 events to choose from. The 2019 theme is ‘Design Your Life’ and will feature both upcoming and well-known designers showcasing their latest works. Those with a passion for food as well as design should head to Eataly Smeraldo, at Piazza XXV Aprile, to stock up on Italian delicacies. During Design Week they’ll invite you to visit their temporary biodiversity garden, designed by architect Davide Fabio Colaci in collaboration with the students of Politecnico di Milano.
Eataly Smeraldo, Piazza XXV Aprile, 10, 20121 Milano
Situated in the heart of Milan, 5VIE is named after the five distinctive streets that make up this design-conscious district. This is the oldest area of the city and often referred to as an open-air museum. It’s where you’ll find the famous Duomo and the historic Basilica di Sant’ Ambrogio. What’s more, its central location means we’ll drop you off as part of our complimentary car service from the hotel.
5VIE Art + Design is a non-profit cultural association, whose goal is to relaunch the cutural heritage of the historic city centre. The association works to give a real buzz to the area during Design Week including a host of pop-up design-led exhibitions, workshops, galleries and craft shops. Many of these events are themed around the idea of using natural resources. One stand out event well worth seeing is Masterly – The Dutch in Milan, at the Palazzo Francesco Turati, commemorating the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death.
Palazzo Francesco Turati Via Meravigli, 7, 20123 Milano
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Behind Hotel Principe di Savoia you’ll find an exciting design district known as Porta Nuova, one of Europe’s largest regeneration projects. This distinctive area blends together the local cultural identity and provides an eye-catching setting for a local stroll. Porta Nuova is the work of celebrated Argentine architect Cesar Pelli and leads on to the ultra-trendy Corso Como.
For examples of great architecture, take a look at the by nearby Diamante, Solaria and UniCredit Towers. The newly inaugurated and controversial Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli is also well worth a look. During Design Week there will also be a series of design talks at the Riccardo Catella Foundation, which is a splendid example of Milanese industrial design in its own right.
Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Viale Pasubio, 5, 20154 Milano
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