Milan Furniture Fair 2019: what to see, events and programmes

Tips and suggestions for your stay in Milan.

22 Mar 2019

The Milan Furniture Fair, or "Salone del Mobile" in Italian, is the largest of its kind in the world.

2019 marks the 58th year of the fair: a remarkable event which grows every year. In total, more than 370,000 visitors attend the fair each year, from countries all around the world. The furniture fair aims to nurture creativity and celebrate genius.                                   

Milan Furniture Fair 2019 trends.

To commemorate 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci, there will be two incredible exhibitions dedicated to the artist and inventor. These immersive experiences are bound to be among the best of the Milan Furniture Fair 2019.

From the 6th to 14th April, AQUA. Leonardo's Vision will be on display at the Conca dell'Incoronata. The Conca will feature a water installation with a large LED screen that represents a window looking into the future of Milan. Underneath the water, there will be a wunderkammer or a cabinet of curiosities. Visitors will experience images and sounds of water through the use of cutting-edge technology and feel they are surrounded by the water's energy.

At the fairgrounds, in Pavilion 24, DE-SIGNO will pay tribute legacy to the art of design and craftsmanship of Leonardo da Vinci. Combining film and theatre, it will use images and music to illustrate Leonardo's approach to design. The link between the Renaissance workshops and contemporary design companies today will be examined through artwork and product design.

Milan Furniture Fair guide 2019.

The main fair is divided into three style categories: Classic, Design and xLux. Furniture in each category celebrates tradition and craftsmanship, functionality and innovation, timeless luxury and contemporary flair.

For the 30th year, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition will display decor, textiles and furnishings from more than 200 exhibitors. From clocks to vases, bed linens to rugs, this exhibition offers all the finishing touches.

Euroluce, the International Lighting Exhibition, is held every two years. This year over 400 exhibitors will display technological advancements and eclectic design for commercial and residential lighting products.

Workplace 3.0 is dedicated to designing workspaces, from office furniture to audio-visual technology. Displays will include innovative solutions for public spaces and commercial building from banks to sporting arenas.

S.Project will focus on design products and the technical aspects of interior design. Exhibits will offer a complete 360° view of rooms with extensive attention to detail. Displays will also include outdoor spaces, lighting and fabrics.

SaloneSatellite is a part of the fair which is aimed at designers who are 35 years old. Including an award for the top three designs of the year, the exhibit is for designers, students and architects to display their work. The focus is on home and office furnishings, with innovative prototypes taking centre stage.

When is the Milan Furniture Fair held?

The Milan Furniture Fair and Fuorisalone, or Design Week, run in conjunction with one another every year in Italy. The Milan Furniture Fair dates this year are the 9th-14th of April, while Design Week starts a day earlier. There are over 1,000 events throughout the city during the week.

Where is the Milan Furniture Fair held?            

The Milan Furniture Fair in April is held at the Fiera Milano Exhibition Centre on Strada Statale Sempione in Rho. Attendees can get to the Milan Furniture Fair 2019 location via the M1 Red Underground line to the Rho-Fiera station.                     

Tickets for the Milan Furniture Fair.

The main exhibition is open to trade members, while the general public can visit on Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th April. Pre-register and book tickets online to avoid queues and receive discounts on entrance prices, catalogues and public transport.

Luxury hotels near the Milan Furniture Fair.

Gruppo UNA offers 12 choices of accommodation in and around Milan. Choose the elegant, historical Maison Milano | UNA Esperienze with its modern, luxury interior set in the heart of the fashion district near Milan Cathedral. Or perhaps, the stylish, contemporary UNAHOTELS The One Milano to appreciate some of the chic furniture that you will see at the fair.

Book your accommodation for the Furniture Fair in Milan at one of Gruppo UNA's beautiful hotels. After a busy day of exhibitions featuring stunning furniture, you can come back to your base and stay in equally chic surroundings.

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