In Milan for the Salone del Mobile? Here are a few tips!

By Carlota Nelson | 12:18

Milan is Italy´s second largest city and has its special place on the map for a variety of good reasons. It´s Duomo is the largest gothic cathedral in the world and Santa Maria dell Grazie Convent, that dates back to the 15th, century houses Leonardo Da Vinci´s legendary fresco. Capital of the Western Roman Empire, Milan flourished as a commercial and banking centre and today is considered the main industrial, commercial, financial hub in Italy. Also, thanks to Armani, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana, it became one of the major fashion and design capitals in the world. Once a year, it holds the Milan Furniture Fair, also known as Salone del Mobile en Milano, the largest trade fair of its kind in the world.

Starting on April  8th  until the 13th , the Salone del Mobile, also known as “Salone”, “Milano Salone” and “Milan Design Week”, will showcase the latest in furniture and design from countries around the world. Considered a leading venue for the display of new products by furniture and lighting designers, the Salone also features home and garden furnishings.

Held annually during the month of April, the fair began in 1961 and the original focus was on Italian furniture. The creators were furniture manufacturers themselves, from the Federelegno-Arredo trade association. The current show occupies an area of nearly 230,000 square metres and includes 2,500 companies. Last year, the Milan Design Week showcased 953 Italian exhibitors and 316 foreign exhibitors and was attended by nearly 300 thousand visitors. Here, you will find all the useful information you´ll need.  

 Whether you´re planning on visiting or exhibiting at the Milan Design Week, be sure to make some time and stay “in the know” of what´s up and coming by visiting the Salone Satellite, a parallel exhibit which features 700 of the most promising young designers the in the world. An unparalleld observatory of young international creativity, many of the pieces presented as prototypes have gone into production and many of its designers have later become important world over. To get a better idea, take a look at last year’s Best of Salone Satellite here

 

Speaking of design, if you plan to stay in Milan, you should definitely check into the nhow Milano, the best design and lifestyle hotel in the city!  The restaurant alone was designed by Karim Rashid, a Canadian designer of British and Egyptian origins who made good use of furniture from the best design companies in the world. The result is an amazing blend of colour and elegance, a perfect place to meet for a drink or the creative cooking that goes on in the restaurant/atelier. Located at the very heart of Via Tortona, a stone’s throw from some of the most exclusive fashion and design showrooms, the nhow Milano has that unmatchable touch of glamour.

Another excellent option while in Milan is to stay at the NH Milano Touring, an elegant and centrally located four star hotel. It´s only a 10 minute walk from the main train station and is easy to access by car and public transportation, with the Turati Underground Station just 300 meters away. The elegant hotel is right next to the Indro Montanelli public park, near Porta Venezia and the Corso Buenos Aires shopping area. To start your day, you´ll be able to enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet. For lunch and dinner, try the contemporary, discrete Pianoterra Bar & Restaurant, where our chef will surprise you with delicious local and international dishes, joined by an extensive wine list.  

Plan now your spring getaway to Milan and enjoy all the marvelous things the city  has to offer!  

Photo Credits: David Martyn Hunt

Photo Credits: Ergonomik

 

 

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