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Salone del Mobile 2018: The highlights of the Milanese furniture trade fair

Not just one, but five events attract the international interior design sector from 17 to 22 April 2018 to the furniture trade fair in Milan. For 57 years, the Salone del Mobile turns the Italian metropolis upside down. Around 2,000 designers, furniture producers, and companies from all around the world set new trends and quality standards at the Milan Design Week, that afterwards spread all over the world.

The furniture fair in Milan – The design happening

From Ames to Vitra: Anybody who is anybody in the design world will be at the furniture fair in Milan.

The around 300,000 expected visitors can look forward to stylish interior design, holistic living concepts, technological innovations, and art installations. The Salone Internazionale del Mobile, at the exhibition centre in Rho, is the central focus of the design week. Here, well-renowned brands present their latest products and collections for a modern lifestyle: from furniture for the bedroom and children’s bedroom, closets, upholstery and living room furniture, all the way to garden furniture.

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Between tradition and modern luxury

The furniture fair is complemented by the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, which brings together three categories to give your home an individualized character. The exhibition pieces in the segment “Classic: Tradition in the Furniture” prove how traditional craftmanship is as high in demand today as ever. Decorative objects, textiles, and home accessories in the section “Design” integrate functionality with creative, innovative, and sometimes rough design. Unique and clearly more elegant are the modern luxury items in the category “xLux”.

Design and high tech for kitchen and bathroom

When you missed last year’s trends for the bathroom and kitchen, you can better get new extensive inspiration at the Milanese furniture fair of 2018. The biennial events EuroCucina & FTK and the international Bathroom Exhibition alternate every other year with the events Euroluce and Workplace 3.0. With new fitted kitchen appliances and intelligent technologies, the segment FTK (Technology For the Kitchen) showcases how connected and versatile tomorrow’s kitchens can be. Also, the bathroom increasingly changes from a purely functional room to a personal wellness oasis. Both in the kitchen and the bathroom, the key trends point towards energy efficiency, and smart and healthy solutions.

The Milan Design Week: New talent and design throughout the city

Not only familiar well-known designers are take part in the furniture fair in Milan, also numerous promising newcomers present their prototypes at the twentieth SaloneSatellit. As always, three remarkable projects will receive the sought-after SaloneSatellite Award. Those who could not secure an exhibition spot at this newcomer’s event, can make use of the parallel event Fuorisalone to gain attention for their creations. Also outside of the exhibitions grounds in Rho, the Italian metropolis is fully immersed in design during the Milan Design Week.

In public places and on the side of the streets, visitors can discover experimental installations, small exhibitions and design events. This year, for example, the urban project Living Nature, located in the centre of Milan, illustrates how the seasons change with four parallel, true-to-nature microcosms.

If you want to know which design trends will shape the interior world of tomorrow, you will find the answers at the Salone del Mobile. The trade fair is opened daily from 9:30am to 18:30pm, from Tuesday to Friday only for industry professionals, and during the weekend also for the broader public.

For which exhibitions and events at the trade fair would you plan a short trip to Milan? We look forward to hearing your comments.

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