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Milan Furniture Fair

Milan Furniture Fair / Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano
Coloured chair exhibit at Salone 2009
GenreDesign fairs
Date(s)16-21 April 2024[1]
FrequencyAnnual
Location(s)Fieramilano, Rho (MI)
Inaugurated1961
Area210,000 square metres
Websitehttps://www.salonemilano.it/en

The Milan Furniture Fair (Italian: Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano, but more commonly Salone del Mobile) is a furniture fair held annually in Milan. It is the largest trade fair of its kind in the world.[2] The exhibition showcases the latest in furniture and design from countries around the world. It is considered a leading venue for the display of new products by designers of furniture, lighting and other home furnishings. The show, also known as "Salone", "Milano Salone" and "Milan Design Week", is held every year, usually in April, in the FieraMilano complex in the Milan metropolitan area town of Rho.[3] Besides the Salone, in April every odd year Euroluce exhibition takes place and every even year EuroCucina and the International Bathroom Exhibition are held along the Milan Furniture Fair.[4]

History

Exhibitor display at Salone 2008

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano (or simply Salone del Mobile) was launched in 1961, with the original focus being Italian furniture.[5] The original sponsors were furniture manufacturers from the Federelegno-Arredo trade association.[3] The trade show grew in size over the years, allowing many of the 13,000 companies which comprised the global furniture industry to showcase their wares in a single event.[3]

The current show occupies an area of nearly 230,000 square metres (2,500,000 sq ft), and includes 2,500 companies, along with 700 young designers at the SaloneSatellite,[3][6] a secondary exhibit which was founded in 1998 by Marva Griffin at the request of Cosmit [it] managing director Manlio Armellini.[7][8] This parallel exhibition features young and emerging designers, collaborations with universities and design schools, and aims "to enhance links between research, design and industry, focusing on designers under the age of 35."[9][10][11]

The show's annual visitation numbers 270,000, with attendees from over 150 countries worldwide.[3] The show is now organized and operated by Cosmit S.p.A., a trade show corporation and a member of the ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design) and ADI (Association for Industrial Design). Interior design around the world gathers at Milan in April every year at Milan Design Week commonly known as Salone Internazionale del Mobile covered online at designers such as designerzcentral.[3]

In 2011, there were 2,720 exhibitors at the official fair, compared to 2,499 in 2010. New lighting technologies at the show included the Flos 2620 LED chandelier with 2,620 LEDs in what appeared to be random rings of light arranged to create the illusion of movement. The standpoint piece for Arco, a 106-year-old Dutch company, was the wooden furniture produced by the Israeli designer Shay Alkalay. Of the student shows, the Dutch design school Design Academy Eindhoven took first place, followed by Israel's Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.[5] Also, some early examples of the combination of sustainability and design were showcased, which eventually resulted in a British entrepreneurial initiative a few years later, pioneer of the upcoming sustainable design revolution.

In year 2018, the 57th edition of the Salone del Mobile. Milano, there were 434,509 visitors in 6 days from 188 different countries. To compare the year 2016 and 2017, it has increased 17% and 26%.[12]

In 2020, the Salone del Mobile 59th edition was officially cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following edition of the fair in September 2021 will be considered the 60th anniversary.[13]

The 60th edition of the Salone del Mobile Milano was held from June 7 to 12, 2022, which has been postponed due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis.[14] In this last edition, 20 pavilions have been occupied where 2,173 exhibitors have been present (−10% compared to the 2019 edition), of which 27% are foreigners, mainly from Europe, the United States and Canada. On this occasion, according to data from the Organization of the fair, 262,608 visitors from 173 countries have been registered, which represents a decrease of 32% compared to the last face-to-face edition, which took place in 2019.

The 61st edition was held from April 18 to 23 2023. In 2024, the Salone del Mobile will be from April 16 to 21.

The 2024 Salone del Mobile was even more exciting this year. More people who don't usually work in design came to the event. This caused longer lines, especially at popular shows like the new Hermès collection. Even places far from the center, like Osvaldo Borsani's old house, were very busy. [15]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Salone del Mobile.Milano".
  2. ^ "Salone Internazionale del Mobile". Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Cosmit – Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano". Cosmit.it. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  4. ^ "Salone del Mobile (Milan Furniture Fair)". RoveMe. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  5. ^ a b Milan's Furniture Whirlwind
  6. ^ "ECOTONO. metamorfosi dei confini | 18–23 aprile 2023 | 24° SaloneSatellite 2023 | Fiera Milano, Rho". politicamentecorretto.com (in Italian). 2023-03-18. Retrieved 2023-03-22.
  7. ^ "Founder of the SaloneSatellite: Marva Griffin in an interview". Stylepark. Retrieved 2023-03-25.
  8. ^ "A bursary to study Furniture Design at Milan Polytechnic University named after Manlio Armellini | Salone del Mobile". www.salonemilano.it. Retrieved 2023-03-25.
  9. ^ "Queen Máxima to meet Dutch designers during working visit to Milan Design Week – News item – Netherlandsandyou.nl". www.netherlandsandyou.nl. 2023-03-15. Retrieved 2023-03-22.
  10. ^ Santarelli, Leonardo (2023-03-21). "Salone del Mobile: storia della prima kermesse al mondo". MAM-e (in Italian). Retrieved 2023-03-25.
  11. ^ Morris, Ali (2017-07-26). "Into orbit: Salone Satellite's founder marks 20 years of boosting young careers". wallpaper.com. Retrieved 2023-03-16.
  12. ^ "MILANO DESIGN WEEK 2018: LET'S TALK NUMBERS". Elle DECOR Italia. 2018-05-29.
  13. ^ Olson, Katherine Burns (27 March 2020). "Salone del Mobile 2020 Is Canceled". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  14. ^ "Salone del Mobile 2022: highlights from Milan Design Week". Wallpaper+. 2022-03-17. Retrieved 2023-06-13.
  15. ^ Khemsurov, Monica (April 19, 2024). "The 10 Best Things We Saw at Salone del Mobile". The New York Times.

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