Milan Design Week has just started and we can already tell you that there are at least 10 exhibitions you will not want to miss until the end of the week. Milan will be brimming with design and art while Salone del Mobile is happening, so if you’re around, make sure to look for the exhibitions and installations you’re about to see…
Everything Is Connected follows on from last year’s Structure exhibition of Norwegian design, and will similarly take place in the Ventura Lambrate district. This year, the show has been curated by designer and interior architect Katrin Greiling, who plans to showcase the journey from maker to market and has chosen 30 of Norway’s celebrated and up-and-coming designers to showcase their work.
CAPITALISM IS OVER
This exhibition is described as a “farewell party” for capitalism, and features a retrospective section focusing on Italian brand Olivetti and Italy’s post-war economic boom, as well as an overview on present-day methods of production, funding and distribution.
EXCAVATED: EVICTION BY PAUL COCKSEDGE
After being evicted from his studio to make way for a new property development, London designer Paul Cocksedge reacted by excavating material from the floor to produce a new series of furniture. He’s presenting the five new works at the Fondazione Luigi Rovati during Milan design week.
Swedish furniture giant IKEA will take over a vast warehouse space in Milan’s Lambrate district, which will host a program of events from 10am to 8pm each day. There will also be a section called Rooms for Life that features an interactive set made up of different living rooms styled by the likes of Faye Toogood, Open House and Pella Hedeby.
REALLY INSTALLATION BY MAX LAMB
Max Lamb has worked alongside Kvadrat to produce a series of benches that utilize an upcycled solid material marketed by the brand’s newly acquired company, Really.
PASSEGGIATA: AN AIRBNB EXPERIENCE OF MILAN
Airbnb’s installation will take place inside a 15-century house, that was the home to Leonardo da Vinci while he was painting the Last Supper. The house will be filled with cabinets of curiosities displaying the personal collections of designers, including Dimore Studio, Matteo Thun and Faye Toogood.
MULTIPLEX BY TOM DIXON
Tom Dixon will be displaying all his new releases at his Multiplex exhibition, which will inhabit an 840-seat 1950s cinema in Milan, and showcase his work alongside pop-ups from brands including Sonos, Mabeo and IKEA. The space will also host food and drink kiosks, where visitors can enjoy upmarket popcorn and gelato served in handmade ceramic cones.
COS X STUDIO SWINE
For this year’s installation, COS has enlisted the help of London-based Studio Swine, led by designers Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves. The duo plan to create a “blossoming sculpture” inside a decommissioned cinema.
INVISIBLE OUTLINES BY NENDO
Japanese studio Nendo, known for its prolific output, will present 16 new collections at the Jil Sander showroom in an exhibition titled Invisible Outlines. Here, the studio will submerge 30 of its new super-thin silicone vases in an aquarium so that they gently move around like jellyfish.
#TVCLERICI BY DESIGN ACADEMY EINDHOVEN
Design Academy Eindhoven students and alumni will present works in a live TV studio, where visitors are invited to move about on set and backstage through a series of digital, analog and augmented realities. There will also be sports reporting from the streets of Milan, as well as events being filmed live from the set and produced on-site.
So if you’re in Milan to attend Salone del Mobile’s 2017 edition, make sure to enjoy all the other exhibitions and art installations that will be happening all around the city during Milan Design Week!