CovetED Presents the Ultimate Guide for Milan Design Week 2019 ⇒ Every year, Milan gets a lustrous touch courtesy of a wide variety of events and exhibitions that either take place in the Salone Internazionale del Mobile or throughout the city, in the coveting design districts. These come to challenge and elevate the notion of design and luxury, and today, CovetED will present an ultimate design guide that design enthusiasts and industry professionals should follow for Milan Design Week 2019, which will be taking place from 8-14 April. Here, you can expect to see a wide variety of elements, from information regarding the benchmark event for furniture and design, Salone del Mobile, otherwise known as iSaloni, which this year returns with an international focus, you can also discover Milan’s highly curated design districts as well as other design attractions you ought to experience, such as hotels, showrooms and restaurants, so take a look .
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— Best Design Events —
The XXII International Exhibition of La Triennale di Milano will take place from March 1st – September 1st, 2019, under the theme “Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival”. The XXII Triennale di Milano is curated by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design and Director of R&D at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Now into its 58th edition, the Salone Internazionale del Mobile is a showcase that has always mixed business with culture, shaping the history of design and furnishing yesterday, today and tomorrow. A global platform for truly top-notch products with an emphasis on innovation.
The Salone Internazionale del Mobile is split into three style categories: Classic – Tradition in the Future, which draws on the values of tradition, craftsmanship and skill in the art of making furniture and objects in the classic style; Design, products that speak of functionality, innovation and boast a great sense of style and xLux, the section devoted to timeless luxury re-read in a contemporary key. A range of goods that combines quality and technology, shaped by the creativity of the leading sectoral companies, practised at developing their businesses by investing each year in innovative products and home furnishing solutions.
The many exhibitors along with the thousands of products being unveiled for the first time confirm the Salone Internazionale del Mobile’s enormous value as an international showcase for creativity and a forum for industry professionals, with more than 330,000 attendees on average, every year, from 165 different nations.
Kartell, Dedon, Cappellini, Giorgetti, Moroso, Porada, Antoniolupi, Extremis, Kettal, Swarovski, Moooi, Luxury Living Group are a few of the luxury brands you can expect to see during the trade show. All of these brands have changed the world’s perception on the meaning of design and craftsmanship and during the occasion of Salone del Mobile 2019, they are bound to present new products that take this notion to a whole new level.
This year, the renowned Portuguese design company, Covet House will have a mega exhibition space which will feature iconic pieces and novelties alike from successful design brands, namely Boca do Lobo, Maison Valentina, Essential Home, Luxxu, Rug’Society, Pullcast, Foogo, among others.
Euroluce, the International Lighting Exhibition, runs every two years since 2011 and presents the most innovative solutions in the field of light for interiors and exteriors. With more than 480 of the best exhibitors in the sector, half of which foreign, the International Lighting Exhibition – at its 30th edition – is recognised as the global benchmark lighting exhibition, where technological innovation and design culture take centre stage.
The huge array of goods encompasses the very latest devices for outdoor, indoor and industrial lighting to lighting for shows and events, hospital lighting and special use lighting, home automation and lighting systems, light sources and lighting application software.
Euroluce is not just the meeting place and business venue par excellence, it is also the most avant-garde trade fair in the field of eco-sustainability and energy saving in both the decorative and the lighting technology sectors.
Workplace3.0 is conceived as an irreplaceable think tank for finding out about and understanding upcoming necessary changes to workspaces. More than just an exhibition, it is a starting point for stimulating forward-looking ideas capable of catering to a changing market and changing needs.
As from 2015, the Salone dedicated to the workplace has taken on the new designation Workplace3.0, an innovative exhibition area devoted to design and technology in workspace planning, that confirms its new vocation as an exploration of brand-new approaches, forms and solutions to the workplace “of the future”, in which the human factor and smart technologies have a vital role to play.
The world of work is changing rapidly, along with the actual concept of work: new methods call for different workspaces. Workplace3.0, devoted to design and technology, is the best-equipped event to respond to this shift and to market demand. It showcases the finest products designed for procurement plans, reception areas and office spaces of more than more than 100 exhibiting companies working on solutions that dovetail with the new ways of working and the new design requisites for “inhabiting” the workspace.
Its creation was essentially a declaration of faith in the creative potential of designers under 35. Many of the prototypes presented in the previous editions have gone into production, and many of the 10,000 designers who have taken part over the years, along with 270 international design schools, are now big names on the design scene. Indeed, SaloneSatellite’s challenge has always been to imagine the shape of design to come and to try and imagine how future generations will forge a new, perfect balance between project, function and beauty.
Started in 2010, the SaloneSatellite Award is a further opportunity to facilitate contact between young designers and businesses. This competitive and fierce competition returns for its 10th edition with an international jury made up of prominent figures in the design world will select the 3 most outstanding products.
The first prize of SaloneSatellite Award was awarded to Stefano Carta Vasconcellos (Italy) for his Cucina Leggera (Light Kitchen) project, a kitchen unit that can be assembled by interlocking the elements that compose it. The second prize went to Tink Things (Croatia) for the Tink Things project, products that give shape to a comfortable and stimulating environment for children of all ages. Yuri Himuro (Japan) came in third for the Soft Block project, a new home decorative object that recalls a soft toy brick. The European Year Award for Cultural Heritage was awarded to Sakari Hartikainen (Finland) for his Savoa project, an environmentally sustainable table that reflects the search for harmony in our lives. Lastly, the Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Award was delivered to Mutarq (Mexico) with the Claro project, a flat and ultra-light bookcase that offers greater storage space with minimum use of the material.
Fuorisalone is the set of events distributed in different areas of Milan on the same days when the Salone Internazionale del Mobile takes place, which is staged in the stands of Rho Fiera. Furiosalone premieres the latest trends for the forthcoming year and heralding a ginormous tidal wave of events, exhibitions and presentations.
Furiosalone’s Design Districts introduce the new collection 0f luxury brands and designs and also host special exhibitions with live music and entertainment for a totally unmissable soiree. Young and talented designers from all over the world pack their innovative creations and come to Milan, rent one of the city’s garages from locals, and show their prototypes to a curious and cultivated audience, now, take a look at five of the best design districts that completely light up Milan during this time.
With over 13,000 sq.mt of exhibiting spaces, the Superstudio design show is an extraordinary event that gathers over 100,000 visitors and over 2,000 registered journalists. The event is all about showcasing museum-like installations, national pavilions, thematic projects, solo or collective exhibitions, large consolidate companies but also young innovative companies, start-ups and independent authors.
All of this at SUPERSTUDIO, iconic place of design in Milan, the pioneer of the Fuorisalone phenomenon in the district, the most visited and sought-after place of the Tortona District since 2000. With SUPERDESIGN SHOW project, according to the original format “less fair and more museum”, Superstudio pursues its mission on quality, excellence, research. The next edition of Gisella Borioli‘s project with the art director Giulio Cappellini follows the usual ONLY THE BEST mission with particular attention to the TECH&GREEN theme.
⇒ Address: Superstudio Più – via Tortona 27 | Superstudio 13 – via Forcella 13/via Bugatti 9 Milano
Lexus Design Award calls upon young creative talent around the world to “Design for a Better Tomorrow”. Since 2013, this international design competition has provided the chance of a lifetime for up-and-coming designers to win the prestigious award for innovative design excellence, fund and build their prototype with world-class mentors, and reach unparalleled exposure by exhibiting at Milan Design Week.
— Best Design Districts —
Tortona Design District
Today, this district is the showcase of the biggest names in the design industry. In 2017, the Tortona Design District has played its trump cards: Base Milano, a new multifunctional venue, located at the former industrial Ansaldo complex, has hosted exhibitions and projects dedicated to the theme of nomadic living, with portable, floating houses, user-friendly objects and itinerant structures.
⇒ Address: Largo Delle Culture, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
Brera Design District
Brera Design District is the most important district in Italy for the promotion of design, the latter of which is one of the most creative and commercial focal points in the country. The district aims to support excellence and to develop business and real estate in the area, enhancing the district’s cultural supply and appeal as well as fusing tradition and innovation in the all-encompassing field of design.
More than 200 exhibitors are expected to present their new projects and ideas to a design perceptive and culturally oriented public. These showcases will be enhanced by the artsy nature and surroundings of the district, especially the narrow and cobbled streets that encompass a wide range of antique shops, showrooms and galleries.
⇒ Address: Via Palermo, 1, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Isola Design District
The Isola Design District saw its inception just last year counting with the participation of over 100 designers and brands. The event favours international and emerging designers, local artisans and creative startups to meet, showcase their projects and establish business contact amidst one of the most vital design weeks in the whole world. It is by supporting sectors like design, fashion, its local workshops, green design and gastronomy that the event has been able to develop its artistic and historical heritage and it only shows signs of growing even further.
⇒ Address: Via Pastrengo, 14, 20159 Milano MI, Italy
Ventura Future will pave the way for resourcefulness and experimentation, thus elevating the design scene and its contributors. With a special eye on future concepts, innovative techniques, new materials and progressive visual language. It is destined to present the very best of contemporary and experimental design.
⇒ Address: Via Giovanni Paisiello, 6, 20131 Milano MI, Italy
Ventura Centrale will open the abandoned warehouses underneath Milan’s Central Station to display original, awe-inspiring and dynamic developments. The spaces will be masterfully transformed so as to illustrate contemporary, visionary and high-end design giving endless viewing possibilities to visitors.
⇒ Address: Via Ferrante Aporti 9, Milan, Italy
“5 Vie” District
Another one of the centre’s key districts, the ‘5 vie’ on its 2017 edition hosted a special event powered in collaboration with Milano Pride, called Design Pride’, a parade featuring allegoric floats led by Seletti to give exposure to young emerging talent and international schools. Let’s hope they will give us a proper encore in 2018!
⇒ Address: Via Montebello, 24 – Milano MI 20123
Porta Venezia in Design
Uniting food & wine, Art Nouveau architecture, and design, “Porta Venezia in Design” makes its sixth appearance at this year’s Fuorisalone. The vibrant and decorative neighbourhood will take visitors on a tour through the gorgeous buildings, stores, and bars.
⇒ Address: Milan, Porta Venezia MM1 Porta Venezia / Suburban Railway Porta Venezia / Tram 23, 29, 30
— Five-Star Hospitality Venues to Experience —
Located in the heart of the famous Milan fashion district and just a few minutes away from the amazing Duomo cathedral, the luxury Armani Hotel Milano is the perfect place for a relaxing break from the everyday routine and for an intimate experience made of comfort, privacy and beauty, in line with the Stay with Armani philosophy.
⇒ Address: Via Alessandro Manzoni, 31, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Settled in an 18th-century edifice, the Bulgari hotel will make you feel right at home in the heart of Milan. It’s impossible not to fall under the charm of the ideal setting. The friendly staff will give you the impression of being welcomed in a luxury private residence. All rooms and suites are so elegant and combine modern design, polished lines and luxurious details. The centrepiece of the Bulgari hotel is probably their private garden, an oasis of tranquillity. A perfect place to enjoy an aperitif alla Milanese. For some downtime away from the hustle and bustle, guests can retreat to the stunning spa for a swim.
⇒ Address: Via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7b, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
A 15th-century convent turned sophisticated garden retreat, Four Seasons Hotel Milano is a haven in the centre of Milan’s Fashion District. Fall asleep under frescoes in high-ceilinged rooms, dine on authentic Italian dishes on the airy veranda and recover from a day of shopping and sightseeing with a massage in our sleek, modern Spa.
⇒ Address: Via Gesù, 6/8, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
The Mandarin Oriental Milan offers luxury accommodation a short walk from the fashionable Milan’s fashion boutiques. The property features a restaurant on-site with 2 Michelin stars and meeting facilities. Set in a complex of 5 connected 18th-century buildings, all rooms and suites are air-conditioned and designed by Antonio Citterio, modern décor and taco floors. They offer views of the courtyard or the street, and some offer views of Milan’s Cathedral.
⇒ Address: Via Andegari, 9, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Set in a landmark 1860s building, Grand Hotel et de Milan, a celebrated high-end hotel is a 4-minute walk from La Scala theatre and 10 minutes from the 18th-century Royal Palace of Milan. Mixing contemporary and period decor, the luxurious rooms and suites offer marble bathrooms. There are a cosy, fine-dining restaurant, an upscale Milanese bistro and a sleek, American-style bar. Other amenities include elegant, art-filled event spaces with period furnishings, plus a fitness room and an opulent lounge with a fireplace.
⇒ Address: Via Alessandro Manzoni, 29, 20121 Milano, Italy
In all of its 81 rooms and 25 suites, the Park Hyatt Milano offers luxury and serenity in the form of clean design and quiet comfort. Park deluxe executive king rooms feature fruit baskets and your choice of mineral waters, while a Park terrace suite boasts gorgeous views of Milan from a private terrace. You’ll never go hungry with mouth-watering, on-site dining options like Michelin-starred Restaurant VUN, where you can enjoy a multicourse tasting menu unlike any you’ve ever tried. For breakfast, La Cupola features daily selections of croissants and fresh juices.
⇒ Address: Corso di Porta Nuova, 1, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Designed by Italian architect Aldo Rossi, the upscale hotel ME Milan II Duca is a 3-minute walk from the Repubblica Metro stop, 2.1 km from the Milan Cathedral and a 4-minute walk to the nightlife of Porta Garibaldi. Suites add lounge and dining areas, marble bathrooms, personal butler service and PlayStations. There’s a New York–style steakhouse with a chic lounge and a DJ, a rooftop bar serving tapas, and a fitness room.
⇒ Address: Piazza Della Repubblica, 13, 20124 Milano, Italy
Housed in a grand Liberty-style building, this luxury Excelsior Hotel Gallia dates from 1932. The chic, stylish rooms and suites feature hardwood floors, complemented by neutral tones. Suites add butler service and espresso machines; one suite has a kitchenette, 2 terraces and a spa.
⇒ Address: Piazza Duca d’Aosta, 9, 20124 Milano, Italy
The excellence of the services offered by this hotel, along with its strategic location in the heart of the fashion district and the most important city hubs, make the Carlton one of the structures favourite by many tourists, but it is its attention to privacy to have gained the trust of major international personalities, from the world of finance to that of music and fashion. The Guest Book at the Carlton and at the whole Baglioni Hotel group really has few equals. The whole project was designed by the Spagnulo & Partners Studio.
⇒ Address: Via Senato, 5, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Hotel Principe di Savoia, or simply referred to as The Principe, is a five-star hotel in Milan located on Piazza Della Repubblica, that has long become one of Milan’s Landmarks. Founded by the name of “Principe e Savoia” in 1927, a time when Milan had already established its position as the financial centre of the country, it soon became a home for businessmen. With time, celebrities of all kinds chose The Principe for their Italian stays: Edward VIII, Erich Maria Remarque, Aristotle Onassis, Evita Peron, Maria Callas; and in recent years Madonna, David Beckham and George Clooney, among others. In 2003, the hotel became part of the Dorchester Collection, a group of luxury hotels owned by the Brunei Investment Agency.
⇒ Address: Piazza Della Repubblica, 17, 20124 Milano, Italy
This astonishing five-star hotel offers an immersive luxury experience shaped by time and place. In this majestic hotel, you can discover Milan through a hotel with its heart in Italy’s luxury capital and its head guided by the times in which we live.
⇒ Address: Corso Giacomo Matteotti, 4/6, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Located in the city centre opposite the Duomo and Galleria, Park Hyatt Milan is an elegant boutique hotel, set in a palatial classical building dating back to 1870. The hotel features exclusive interiors designed by Ed Tuttle. Basically, it is one of the most awarded luxury 5-star hotels Milan has to offer.
⇒ Address: Via Tommaso Grossi, 1, 20121 Milano, Italy
— Enjoy the Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Milan —
The restaurant named after chef Andrea Berton is located in the futuristic Porta Nuova district. The ultra-modern aspects of its contest, mirror the foundations of his minimalist, elegant cuisine featuring instantly recognizable, prime ingredients where the creative choice focuses on the evolution rather than the uprooting of tradition.
⇒ Address: Via Mike Bongiorno 13, 20124 Milano, Italia
One of the most awarded restaurants in Milan, Cracco has received the prestigious two Michelin star award and has been listed in San Pellegrino’s 100 best restaurants awards. Chef Carlo Cracco is actively updating Milanese cuisine. Sample his renowned egg yolk spaghetti with garlic, olive oil and chilli or black cod glazed with honey, coffee and broccoli.
⇒ Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
This family restaurant, run by Aimo and Nadia, has become a big hit in Milan having been awarded two Michelin stars. The tasting menu is the best way to sample Aimo and Nadia’s knowledge and love of Tuscan cuisine. It includes subtle Italian flavoured dishes such as ‘Sirloin of veal mountain Fassona’.
⇒ Address: Via Privata Raimondo Montecuccoli, 6, 20147 Milano MI, Italy
Reinventing traditional dishes in bold ways using primary ingredients has earned the restaurant two Michelin stars and a listing in ‘Le Sorte’, an association that only includes restaurants dedicated to true Italian cuisine.
⇒ Address: Via Ascanio Sforza, 77, 20141 Milano MI, Italy
Carlo e Camilla In Segheria offers a concert of clear and unexpected details and flavours, made with very high-quality raw materials, selected according to the seasons and with products of the region. Led by the Chef Luca Pedata, the dishes are made with simplicity and rigour, reinterpreting tradition in a contemporary version.
⇒ Address: via 20141, Via Giuseppe Meda, 24, 20141 Milano, Italy
Superstar Peruvian chef Jaime Pesaque has designed Pacifico Restaurant’s exclusive menu by merging Peruvian staples Ceviche and Tiradito with Chinese Dim Sum.
⇒ Address: Via della Moscova, 29, 20121 Milano, Italy
The Baretto al Baglioni is one of the most famous restaurants in Milan and the perfect meeting place for the Italian and international Jet Set.
⇒ Address: Via Senato, 7, 20121 Milano, Italy
Trussardi Alla Scala is a high-end Italian and French fare with a creative twist served in an airy, contemporary dining room.
⇒ Address: Piazza della Scala, 5, 20121 Milano, Italy