April is a festive time to be in Milano, for the Milano Design Week will turn literally every area of the city into a design festival. You can find magic anywhere, so keep your eyes open! We are hosting our moments in different areas of the city, so make sure to check this at forehand. Below you will find a variety of tips to get you started!
We are looking forward to our trip!
Leonie Vlaar and Jens Gijbels - Tourguides
The city of milano during mDw
One of the most vibrant areas of the MDW is the Zona Tortona, located around the Via Tortona and close to Metro-station P.TA Genova FS. Find great venues here, hidden in small and green streets. Find all information via the button.
Moooi - Marcel Wanders' company Moooi is an internationally celebrated design brand, annually opening the doors of their venue at Via Savona 56. A must see and one of the best exhibitions to find in MDW.
The Dots - "The exhibition, composed of quality works with cultural authenticity, aims to show a large variety of different design languages from around the world and is complemented with a series of talks by a selection of exhibitors and external speakers." Via Francesco Carchidio 2.
Super Design Show - Superstudio hosts one of the bigger venues in Zona Tortona, in a nice location. Not necessarily the most vibrant one, but good to stroll around when close. Therefor, it's smart to register yourself. Registration is free, but allows you to skip the line and just walk in.
One of the more recent areas of the MDW is Lambrate, a more remote area where Ventura Lambrate is held, exhibiting many young designers. This year it is split up in two events: the more experimental design in Ventura Future, and the more established partners in Ventura Centrale. The last is curated by Lidewij Edelkoort, one of the most influential Dutch Designers of our time.
Find all information and venues via this button.
Salone del Mobile
Salone del Mobile is the actual reason this MDW exists. It is the biggest fair for furniture and design in the world and showcases all global brands. Very interesting to see, and it comes with a guarantee on a rotan- and chair-overload.
Around this event, several smaller events are organised. One of them is SaloneSatellite, dedicated to designers under the age of 35.
A student discount applies for tickets: 25 euros for one day.
Isola Design District
Isola is a smaller, more experimental area in the MDW. It is organised by local designers from Milano itself, showcasing designers from all over the world. Several exciting expo's are expected to be found here.
The beautiful city centre of Milano has great places to visit, such as the Duomo (Piazza del Duomo, please watch out for African people trying to sell you stuff) or the Castello Sforzesco, with their great gardens where all the young people lay in the sun (hint). If you walk from the Duomo towards the Castello, you will cross the area where you can find all the venues mentioned below.
Masterly - Masterly is a unique venue close to Piazza del Duomo, showing only Dutch designers, with a strong heart for craftwork.
Hay - Hay is taking over the historical Pallazo Clerici to showcase a series of installations.
Vegan Design - "Is it possible to design without use of any animal?" That has been the central question with all the designs shown here.
Brera Design District
A more commercial area, showcasing existing brands. Not necessarily a place to visit, but good to know that this area is also part of the week.