Salone del Mobile

Galleria di Milano

The Milan Furniture Fair - the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, will officially begin on April 16th and run till April 22nd. As you well know, if you have ever experienced this week in Milan, the entire city becomes its own event, an open-air museum, an installation, and a meeting place for thousands of buyers, designers and exhibitors who all work in the furniture business. If you live in Milan, this is your chance to see Italian design at its best!

The "official location" of the Fair is in the new fairgrounds in Rho, a beautiful airy structure designed by the Italian architect, Massimiliano Fuksas. The Milan Fair includes the Domestic and Contract Furniture areas, Accessories, Kitchens, Office Furniture Systems and Bathroom Furniture, so you need to dedicate at least a fews days if you want to begin to see the trends. For more information and updates on what is happening there go to the Salone del Mobile Link.

Zona Tortona We all know that, in fact, the events and exhibits are not confined to that area of the city. DESIGN is everywhere! There are of course a few areas of the city that have become a kind of "magnet" and draw the attention of the design crowd. One of these is the Zona Tortona. (See the Zona Tortona special)

There are a series of exhibitions planned for this period, so you will need at least an 18 hour day to do everything. Worth of note, is the Peter Greenway: Leonardo's Last Supper exhibit, near the main city square at the Palazzo Reale. British artist Peter Greenaway gives new life to the world's most celebrated masterpiece, merging an extraordinary wealth of languages including visual arts, cinema, poetry, music and some of the most cutting-edge new technologies.

Triennale di Milano Another "must" is the Triennale di Milano. Milan finally has it own permanent Design Museum The Museum was inaugurated last December so if you haven't been there yet you cannot miss it. Other fantastic exhibits going on during the Furniture Fair are: Salone del Mobile 2008, which has several smaller exhibits including Giò Ponti et Christofle, another called Architectural Food, and other exhibits on furniture and product manufacturers. After having visited the exhibits, stop off at the Bookstore and Shop. Here you will find not only a huge selection of architectural and design books and magazines but also unique art pieces, limited edition objects or other design products. For more information see the Triennale website

Last stop to rest your weary body- the new Cracco DesignCafé From cappuccino to salads to "panini", cocktails and snacks, you can savour the creative taste of the food while looking out the window at the enormous Parco Sempione and the Torre Branco. By the way, if you want to see an astonishing panoramic view of the city, take a ride to the top of the Branco tower. The experience is breathtaking!

Salone Internazionale del Mobile
New Milan Fairgrounds, Rho, Italy
April 16-21, 2008
MM Rho Fiera (Red Line)

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