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Salone del Mobile in Milan: the districts and events not to be missed at Fuorisalone 2023

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The Salone del Mobile and the Fuorisalone are among the most anticipated events of the Milanese annual calendar. 2023 will see the 61st edition of Milan Design Week with a dense program of events, the city is full of creative ferment and projected towards the future, with a special focus on social, economic and environmental sustainability.

The Salone del Mobile will take place from 18 to 23 April at the Milano Fiera in Rho, which is 20 minutes by metro from the Central Station and an hour by train from Malpensa, but it is the entire city that acts as a stage at the Fuorisalone, from 17 to 23 April, an event that takes place in the city in conjunction with the Salone and which sees the exhibition of design elements and real installations in some districts. Here is an itinerary, district by district, to discover the key events from the center to the suburbs, when Milan becomes an “open-air museum” and creatively re-imagines its urban space. Ready to find out what to see at Fuorisalone 2023?

Day 1

5Vie Art + Design, between galleries and showrooms

Installation with lights at the Salone del Mobile in Milan

Your tour can only start from here where design and craftsmanship get married and the 5Vie Art + Design event comes to life between showrooms, art galleries and even churches that are usually closed. The idea here is that of collectivity and shared spaces between scenic installations, exhibitions and live performances.

You are in the oldest heart of Milan that dates back to Roman times and is still among the most lively areas. The roads that make up the so-called 5Vie – Via del Bollo, Via Santa Marta, Via Santa Maria Podone, Via Santa Maria Fulcorina and Via Bocchetto – are arranged in star shape. Discover them on foot. They are 500 meters from the Duomo, from which you can arrive in 5 minutes.

Brera Design District: finding the future in the streets of Brera

Narrow alley in Brera district in Milan

Still in the historic center is the time to move to Brera, the district that crosses the boundaries of the Duomo. There are about 200 events taking place in the Brera Design District, and you will find workshops in Ikebana, an urban oasis designed as a temporary office, historic buildings and unusual places, including a pizzeria and a carpentry shop, chosen as a pop-up showroom.
The theme of 2023, imagined by Studiolabo, which deals with communication design, is Future Laboratory and wants to stimulate another way of thinking about tomorrow to trigger a change. It involves 334 designers and 110 showrooms, and starts from design as a tool to produce change.

Do not forget to take a trip to the Pinacoteca di Brera to also visit the works of the past or the Civic Aquarium that for the occasion houses some interesting installations.
Among the galleries, museums, palaces and shops of Brera the future is on display and the future is now: it is better not to miss it! From the Duomo it is only a 15-minute walk, while from the Central Station it is a 15-minute metro ride.

Via Tortona, the heart of Milanese design

Naviglio Grande of Milan

Towards evening head towards Via Tortona. Even when there is no Fuorisalone is one of the most famous streets in Milan for design in one of the most beloved areas, the Navigli, 25 minutes walk from the Duomo or 20 minutes by metro from the Central Station.
Here the Fuorisalone becomes cooler between aperitifs, DJ sets, parties not to be missed and creative installations. Absolutely worth seeing is the BASIC We Will Design event, with emerging designers from all over the world and Stuperstudio's Superdesign Show, which plays with contaminations.
Then stop until after dinner to enjoy the atmosphere of the Navigli by night.

Day 2

Isola Design Festival, innovation and sustainability

Installation at the Salone del Mobile in Milan

At the foot of the Vertical Forest, one of the most iconic residential complexes in the city, the Isola district focuses everything on innovation and sustainability, and does not even call itself a district, instead choosing the word festival for its key event, Nothing happens if nothing happens. It also crosses the geographical boundaries of the neighborhood and brings exhibitions registered Isola Design Festival around Milan, from Via Tortona to Certosa.

The theme is always circularity that embraces innovation. Also take a tour of the murals that abound in this area. Art, in any form, is never enough.

Porta Venezia Design District, the Other District

Corner of an old building in Milan

An absolute novelty for Fuorisalone 2023: the Porta Venezia Design District was born, which proposes itself as the Other District because it wants to tell the story of diversity. Thisyear everything is focused on digital with artistic installations on the squares and corridors of the Raffles school that become an art gallery.
The headquarters is at the Meet Digital Culture Center. Between one event and another, relax in the greenery of the Indro Montanelli Gardens. For an art surplus, take a tour of the PAC, the contemporary art pavilion, right next to the gardens. You arrive in 20 minutes on foot from the Central Station, 10 minutes just by subway.

Suburban districts and must-see events

Installation at the Salone del Mobile in Milan

In fact, if most of the events are crowded inside the borders of the center of Milan, even the periphery has a rich calendar of events, outside the usual districts. Do not miss Alcova in Calvairate, 20 minutes by metro from the Duomo; the exhibition of young designers of Tortona Rocks at the Giambellino, 20 minutes by metro from the Navigli; Labò by Design Blender and Alisée Matta in Barona, which from the Navigli is only 10 minutes by metro. Finally, head to Baggio, to visit one of the three Design Variations 2023 exhibitions curated by MoscaPartners, set up in the spaces of the Istituto Marchiondi Spagliardi. Just take the metro to the Duomo in the direction of Bisceglie and from there make a small stretch on foot. In less than half anhour you will be at your destination.

During the Design Week the museums, palaces, galleries but also the shops and streets of Milan, are transformed into real scenic installations to admire, but also in front of which to reflect, and then start again in search of new stimuli and suggestions.

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