The most important international event in the design and furniture sector reopens with the 2023 edition of the Milan Salone del Mobile. This year's Salone at the Rho Fiera will feature a metamorphosis that aims to redesign the concept of the fair. The 2023 Events will see a new layout with Euroluce's spaces designed by Lombardini22, the work of exhibitors and designers will be set up to facilitate dialogue with a veritable aesthetic and cultural path, packed with exhibitions and installations, but also breakout areas and a specialist library, designed by Corraini.
In addition to the cultural program where the top design schools such as the Scuola del Design / Politecnico di Milano will present and join roundtable talks and workshops, you have an endless choice of viewing the lastest of designs in furniture, lighting and bathrooms to outdoors with leading Italian designer brands such as Cassina, Molteni, B&B Italia, Artemide, Calligaris, Baxter, EMU, Flexform any more being present with their own installations or booths.
Milan is a visionary city, dynamic and multifaceted, but it is at its most fascinating during the Salone del Mobile, when it wears its mantle as the global capital of design. There are many sites to see on the Rho Fiera fairgrounds, but also beyond. To help you go fastest through the city, use the underground known as the Red Line (Linea Rosso; as it is the fastest way of moving around the city and getting to Rho Fiera. The M1 – Linea Rossa – is almost 60 years old and is still a source of Italian design pride. With interiors designed by Franco Albini and Franca Helg, with Bob Noorda responsible for the graphic design, it criss-crosses the city with its retro feel.
Make sure that you also visit a few of the museums such as the Museo del Novecento. Easy as it is just at the Red Line Stop Duomo, which itself is to be admired. The beauty of the cathedral rising up to the sky, and next to it the neighbouring Museo del Novecento, which contains more than 300 works of 20th century art, from the Futurism Gallery to the Permanent Collection. This museum, located in Piazza Duomo, vaunts a privileged view over the spires of the cathedral and houses one of the most important collections of twentieth-century Italian art. Spanning futurism, art between the two wars, abstractionism, spatialism and Poor Art. The collection ranges from Kandinsky and Klee to Modigliani, from Jannis Kounellis to Alberto Burri and Emilio Vedova, to mention just a few. Rooms are dedicated to artists of great significance for Milano: Boccioni, Carrà, Morandi, de Chirico, Arturo Martini, and Piero Manzoni. The feather in the cap of this fascinating museum is the upper-floor Lucio Fontana gallery with a spectacular vista of the Duomo and the immense ceiling neon installation that illuminates the piazza. It also offers a great place to take a break and enjoy good food: the museum's restaurant and bar, the renowned Giacomo Arengario, is located in the section overlooking Piazza del Duomo.
Also make sure you get a taste of the nightlife in Milan while at the Salone del Mobile. For example, Bar Basso, with its red neon sign, crystal chandeliers, wooden bar and vintage details, the Bar Basso in Via Plinio is the top nightspot for grabbing a drink, meeting people from near and far and designers from all over the world during Design Week. It is famous for being the place where the Negroni Sbagliato, in which gin is replaced by Prosecco, was invented and which is an absolute must. It’s great every day, but especially on Thursdays! Or if you still have some energy left and feel like dancing visit the famous Night Club Plastic. Near the Fondazione Prada, in Via Gargano, the Plastic club is a triumph of music, aesthetics, glitz, art, night life and perdition. From Madonna to Andy Warhol, Grace Jones and Elio Fiorucci, the club’s Milanese evenings have gone down in history. Just as when it was in its historic Viale Umbria premises, the club still boasts a number of rooms and entertainment with disco music from the likes of Le Cannibale, Nul, and Club Domani. Even now you have to queue, never knowing whether you will actually get in or not, but once inside, you’re in for an unforgettable evening.
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