Milan Milano Design Week
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Milan Milano Design Week

Milan Design Week occurs in April and lasts a whole week, but the city itself is also the undisputed capital of national design, with shops, museums and exhibitions that are open all year round. What to do, where to go, what to buy.

The interior design exhibition – held each year in April at Fiera Milano – was and is still officially known as Salone Internazionale del Mobile. But nowadays, everyone calls it Milan Design Week. It’s become so busy and current that its popularity is nearly outgrowing the sought-after fashion week which takes place in exclusive invitation-only locations. Design week, however, is an ensemble of open-to-the public activities.

In April, every year, thanks to the Fuorisalone event, design invades the city.

It is the Fuorisalone which makes Milan so interesting – that is, the set of events distributed in different areas of Milan, called Districts, which experience a permanent atmosphere of exhibitions and events that change the face of the city. While in the halls of the trade fair professionals meet big design names, outside, in the streets, young emerging talents, fans and talent scouts establish the design of the future from the bottom. It all started in Zona Tortona, but within a few years the Fuorisalone has expanded throughout the city up to the center, in Brera and Porta Venezia and Lambrate-Ventura in the suburbs. Traffic becomes unbearable and parties are on every night. Once the Salone del Mobile is finished, Milan, however, remains the capital of design.

Transportation To get to Zona Tortona or the centre, it is better to avoid taxis and cars. The best way to reach it is the Metro or on foot.
Book it! Hotel rooms and restaurants are always full during Milan Design Week; it is best to book well in advance.