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Milan Design Week

Milan Design Week
Author: Ayelen Pinero
Date created: January 30, 2013

The Milan Furniture Fair (Italian: Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano) is a furniture fair held annually in Milan. It is the largest trade fair of its kind in the world. The show 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 Fiera Milano complex in the Milan metropolitan town of Rho.

 

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano was launched in 1961, with the original focus being Italian furniture. 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 Salone Satellite, a secondary exhibit. The show's annual visitation numbers 270,000, with attendees from over 150 countries worldwide.

 

The burgeoning event was originally conceived to promote Italian furniture making, which is withstanding the recession better than many industries, and now encompasses also design, fashion and architecture.

 

And as all these disciplines converge, so does utility. More and more, pieces can be shifted from room to room, and from home to office.

 

Global sales of luxury furnishings last year rose 3 percent to 18.5 billion euros ($24 billion), according to a study by Bain&Company for the Altagamma association of luxury designers. That's behind the 10 percent growth of the luxury industry as a whole, largely because emerging markets like China still haven't gotten around to redecorating their interiors, which Bain says gives great growth potential to the sector.

 

This year in particulary (2013), www.comit.it reveals that "The 52nd edition of the Saloni closed on an extremely positive high, with the over 2,500 Italian and foreign exhibitors at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, SaloneSatellite and the biennial Euroluce / International Lighting Exhibition and SaloneUfficio in the global spotlight from 9th to 14th April. 

 

The figures: 324,093 visitors overall. 285,698 of them from within the sector, with 160 different countries accounting for 68% of total presences, making the Salone not just international but global.  

 

“Interiors of tomorrow” provided the leitmotif for this edition of the Saloni, with French architect Jean Nouvel’s seminal installation “Project: office for living”at SaloneUfficio, showcasing five unique and singular work scenarios illustrating the fact that a working environment has to be able to transmit creativity, inspiration and enjoyment. 

 

The next edition will be held on 8th-13th April 2014"