Salone del Mobile is back and shaping up to be another exciting week filled with culture, design, exhibitions, product launches and VIP events. Explore our dedicated Mobilia Milano Guide to discover expert picks for what to see and do in 2023.
Welcome to Milano 2023. The world's design mecca will come alive from 18-23 April with exhibitions, installations, product launches and VIP events that set the tone for the year ahead. Whether you're exploring Salone del Mobile at the Rho fairgrounds, wandering through the Brera district or hitting Bar Basso for an aperitivo, there is a lot of ground to cover.
Salone del Mobile
The global benchmark event for the furnishing and design sector Salone del Mobile returns for its 61st edition. Held at the Rho fairgrounds, the 2023 event will bring together 1,962 exhibitors laid out across a single level.
Look out for Barcelona-based company Kettal’s stand, which is always a Salone highlight. Also highly anticipated in 2023 is industry leader CC-Tapis's display, which will present a new flooring system by Patricia Urquiola. Valencia-based brand Punt will introduce new ranges by the likes of Rodolfo Dordoni and Christophe Pillet.
Accompanying Salone del Mobile is the return of the biennial international lighting exhibition Euroluce, with a new layout by Milan-based architecture and engineering studio Lombardini22. Among this year's exhibitors responding to the theme "The City of Lights" will be superstar London-based designer Michael Anastassiades with new collections under his eponymous brand.
Across the board, the continuity of the exhibition design has come into focus with a move towards using modular structures to ensure the materials can be reused, either within the fair or elsewhere. Salone del Mobile has also recently received ISO 20121 certification for the sustainable organisation of events.
Together with Salone del Mobile, Fuorisalone is a celebration of Milan as the international design capital. Wander the city's central neighbourhoods to find showrooms launching their latest collections or site-specific installations and exhibitions at historic locations.
Cassina's Echoes exhibition celebrating 50 years of the iMaestri Collection is a must-see. Curated by Patricia Urquiola with Federica Sala, the exhibition is at Palazzo Broggi and will showcase iconic furniture pieces by the greatest architects of the 20th century. Cassina will also launch its 2023 collection at its stunning Via Durini showroom which as always will attract many of the world’s design aficionados.
Nearby, 110-year-old Italian furniture company Poltrona Frau will rediscover the joy of writing, relaxing and living comfortably with their 2023 Pleasures Collection, displayed in their showroom (a refit 18th-century palazzo).
Moroso’s iconic downtown showroom will present a spectrum of novelties outside of the normal realm of collaboration between design powerhouse Patricia Urquiola and Moroso, her first-ever brand partner. Expect to see a new collection of timber tables, sideboards and chairs which will attract the masses.
Meanwhile, CC-Tapis will create a site-specific installation at the San Celso Church with the Les Arcs collection by Charlotte Perriand curated by Michela Crocci. Their showroom will also be open with new projects by Formafantasma, Objects of Common Interest, Patricia Urquiola, Bethan Laura Wood and Germans Ermićs.
Off the Beaten Track
Outside the official programs, a host of Milanese cultural institutions are well worth adding to your itinerary, along with the best spots to eat and drink. It is the best time of year to soak up the atmosphere and watch the city in full swing.
Download the Mobilia Milano Guide or view our dedicated website for a list of Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone events, along with our cultural and culinary recommendations.
"Cassina's Echoes exhibition celebrating 50 years of the iMaestri Collection is a must-see. Curated by Patricia Urquiola with Federica Sala, the exhibition will showcase iconic furniture pieces by the greatest architects of the 20th century."