It is a busy start to the new school year in Milan, with the Salone del Mobile.Milano, scheduled from September 5 to 10, followed by Milano Art Week, dedicated to contemporary art, from 13 to 19, and by Fashion Women’s week from 21 to 27. The threat of Covid-19 variants still looming, these demonstrations will be closely observed. In particular, the furniture fair which opens the ball this Sunday.
In 2020, the international exhibition dedicated to design and furnishings had to be canceled due to a pandemic. It returns this year positioned in September and no longer in April, in a new format entrusted to the architect Stefano Boeri. After 18 months of absence and while uncertainties about the evolution of the health situation remain, the monster event which usually invades the Lombard capital for seven days – it had attracted more than 500,000 visitors in 2019 -, had to lower its ambitions. Foreign visitors should, in fact, be much less numerous this year.
Renamed Supersalone, the official fair, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and will be inaugurated on Sunday by the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, is concentrated in the first four pavilions of the Milan Fair in Rho, at the gates of the city, welcoming 1,900 projects and 423 brands. Its layout, mainly eco-sustainable, has been completely revised, no longer being deployed around traditional stands, but via fluid and innovative routes allowing visitors to “navigate freely within a large design library”. To access it, a health pass or screening test will be compulsory, as well as wearing a mask and respecting the sanitary distances.
Always attracting the claws of luxury, which in recent years have diversified in force in the universe of the house, the Fuorisalone, is also restarting around various Milanese epicenters, from the Tortona district to Brera via Lambrate. Dedicated to parallel initiatives, which take place within the city of Milan, this “off” show announces the participation of more than 600 brands. But the presence of fashion houses is reduced there, taking into account the health situation and also the fact that the event just precedes Milan Fashion Week.
Hermès is among those who have confirmed their presence at this design week. As usual, the saddler will unveil his new collections for the house through a special presentation in the Pelota space. Bulgari is organizing for the occasion at the gallery of modern art (GAM) in Milan the exhibition Metamorphosis around the history and the myth of the snake calling on four international artists: Ann Veronica Janssens, Azuma Makoto, Daan Roosegaarde and the architect Vincent Van Duysen.
Missoni will also present its new objects (chairs, sofa, vase) during this design week, whether at the Supersalone or in town, in his shop and in one of the facilities in the courtyard of Statale University. . But the Italian label will not organize an event in its showroom as in the past.
On the other hand, Louis Vuitton, which is launching its new edition of “nomadic objects” these days made by renowned designers, will not participate in Fuorisalone, depriving the event of one of its most popular events. As for Dolce & Gabbana, which has yet launched its very first furniture line in Venice, it will not join the event either.
Of note, among the fashion events, the unprecedented exhibition devoted to brutalist design objects created by Rick Owens, organized by the art and design gallery Galerie Philia in the Milan space Cb32. Entitled “Rick Owens, dialogue with emerging Italian designers”, it will present alongside the works of the Californian designer a selection of objects signed by young designers.
“My furniture is my tailoring. I use rare materials and I work with craftsmen with specialized skills to create unique and irreplicable objects”, explains the stylist in a note.
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