Dearest design-lovers,

only one more sleep and we set out to Salone del Mobile to Milan! With the enormous count of exhibitions, happenings and events at Fuorisalone you must know where to start, so we comprised our Top 20 of Fuorisalone 2018 – it will be a design feast!

David Rockwell

Ranging on top of the list is David Rockwell’s ‘The Diner’, a typical U.S. diner feeding the design crowd in a contemporary interpretation of the archetypal roadside restaurant.

- Via Ferrante Aporti, 1


Lidewij Edelkoort presents ‘Softwear’, for which she teamed up with Google to make hardware more ‘sensorial’ by incorporating textiles and tactility. Adding to this: wall hangings by Dutch designer Kiki van Eijk. 

- Galleria Rossana OrlandiVia Matteo Bandello, 14

Ini Archibong

In the same location Nigerian American designer Ini Archibong showcases her debut collection ‘Below the Heavens’ for. The series totals more than twenty pieces and excels by the refined, otherworldly quality.

- Galleria Rossana Orlandi, Via Matteo Bandello, 14/16


Japanese brand Nendo features ten material- and technology-forward concepts in their installation ‘Forms of Movement’, all focusing on the idea of movement.

- Via Tortona, 27


Vitra takes to stage with ‘Typecasting’ a presentation edited by the Paris-based designer Robert Stadler, that will juxtapose current Vitra products with other pieces, including prototypes, special editions, and rejects from the company’s vast archives. A special interest goes to ‘The Communal Sofa,’ that will show new furniture concepts by Konstantin Grcic, and more.

A discussion panel with designers Erwan Bouroullec, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, will be held on Wednesday, April 18th, 4:30 p.m.

- La Pelota, Via Palermo, 10


Not far from Vitra Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat shows ‘Really: Circular by Design’, an exhibition curated by Jane Withers and Njusja de Gier that explores the various possibilities of upcycled textiles with seven designers, including Jonathan Olivares, Benjamin Hubert, and Raw-Edges Design Studio.

- Via Palermo, 1


Italian brand Gufram shows its first ever complete collection Disco Gufram captures its shamelessly fun, over-the-top spirit a genuine disco space.

- Santa Teresa, Via della Moscova, 28


Swarovski presents pieces for Atelier Swarovski Home by John Pawson, Patricia Urquiola, Nendo and fashion designer Peter Pilotto in a glass pavilion it built inside the Neoclassical Palazzo Serbelloni.

- Corso Venezia, 16


In the mood for some Italian sweets? Alcova’s exhibition is set at a former panettone factory, parts of which have been open to the elements and retaken by Mother nature over the last years. It will house presentations by architects Sophie DriesBelén and Luca Cipelletti, among other designers known for their clever and provocative work. 

- Via Popoli Uniti, 11-13

Norwegian Presence

The Norwegian Presence will showcase works on the less staid side of Scandinavian design.

- Via Tortona, 31

Lee Broom

A Gesamtkunstwerk is to be experienced at Lee Broom’s installation ‘Observatory’, introducing a celestial-themed collection of new lighting work with names including Aurora, Eclipse, and Orion.

- Via Lovanio, 6

Massimiliano Locatelli

An absolute highlight is this project: Massimiliano Locatelli of CLS Architetti and Arup will be 3D-printing a 100-square-foot, four-room house out of concrete. The building, the first of its kind in Europe, will take shape throughout Milan Design Week.

- Piazza Cesare Beccaria


Design Academy Eindoven

Every time a must: Design Academy Eindhoven’s exhibitions. ‘Not for Sale’ is recreating a slice of everyday life, with a twist. One especially intriguing project is ‘The Basic Income Café’ by Martina Huynh.

There will also be daily ‘Breakfast Talks’ on urgent issues surrounding design and its connection to the wider world.

- Headquarters at Osteria Crespi, Via Pietro Crespi, 14, with other venues along Via Crespi and Via Varanini.


Having set out last year, HAY comes back to the Fuore with their showroom at the historical Palazzo Clerici, working alongside Sonos and WeWork to showcase a series of installations that look at past and future living scenarios.

- Via Clerici, 5

Living Nature

April snow, anyone? Come visit ‘Living Nature’ by Italian architect Carlo Ratti in association with Salone del Mobile, where all four seasons coexist: the installation sees spring, summer, autumn and winter under a responsive crystal membrane, all created with the studio's climate control system.

- Piazza del Duomo


The 5VIE Art & Design district is a non-profit cultural association which aims at drawing attention to Milan Old Town. It puts this year’s focus on qualitity and sustainability, not without stating that both terms are being misused frequently. It is hosting, as well as students from IED and many designers.

- 5VIE is the neighbourhood around Sant’Ambrogio, Duomo and Cordusio metro stations

Make sure not to miss the Design Pride, the most pop party of the design week, with Gufram, Toiletpaper, Heineken and Saviola.

- Wednesday,April 18th, from 6 p.m., starting at Piazza Castello (corner of via Minghetti), with a subsequent party at Piazza Affari.

Open Sky

With ‘Open Sky’ COS and Phillip K Smith III created a large-scale outdoor installation set in the courtyard of the 16th century Palazzo Isimbardi. A series of reflective works that are intended to ‘pull the sky to the ground’ are offering visitors a serene place to relax.

- Corso Monforte, 35


With ‘Microliving and Housing’ German start-up Containerwerk presents solutions to temporary housing issues and the trend for urban microliving, with living spaces compacted within shipping containers.

- Via Tortona, 31

Hidden Senses

How can we create ideal interactions in a world where technology increasingly blends with everyday life?’ is the central question behind Sony Design’s ‘Hidden Senses’. It emphasizes the importance of technological evolution for comfort and and invites us to rediscover the feelings that lie behind daily activities.

- Spazio Zegna, Via Savona, 56/A


Last but not least: Miele’s ‘Creating New Dimensions’ is an amazing exhibition combining light and sound to give visitors a spectacular 360° experience. The multimedia installation explores the art of modern cuisine that impressively combines technology and creativity.

- Padiglione Visconti, Via Tortona 58







Linda Bachmeyer