Ready, set, go… the biggest design event of the year is here and we’ve got you covered. WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors editor Sarah Housley reports
Next week sees Milan, one of the world’s design capitals, become an even bigger hotbed of interiors inspiration as Milan Design Week 2016 comes to town. Imagine every fashion week rolled into one: this is the interiors equivalent of catwalk season, the place where trends are ignited and new aesthetics are developed.
The WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors team will be in Milan in force, as ever, posting our best and most beautiful finds on Instagram, and featuring emerging trends and stand-out exhibitions as they happen right here on WGSN Insider. Here’s where we’ll be headed to first when we touch down.
Salone del Mobile: to be wowed by design’s biggest players
Milan Design Week is built around the Salone del Mobile, a giant interiors trade show that takes over the Rho Fiera. Now in its 55th year, Salone is always worth the trip to check out the latest from the design industry’s biggest players, who usually pull out the stops in terms of stand design. This year’s Salone includes EuroCucina, the kitchen-focused show that takes place every two years. We’ll be walking the halls devotedly, and are particularly excited about seeing Benjamin Hubert’s new products for Moroso (pictured above) and Lex Pott’s oxidised cooker for La Cornue.
Masterly: to be inspired by Dutch masters past and present
The recently restored aristocratic setting of Palazzo Francesco Turati, in the heart of Milan, will open its doors for the first time during Salone to set the scene for the Dutch Pavilion – a display of Dutch design, craft and photography coordinated by curator Nicole Uniquole. The works of more than 125 Dutch designers will dialogue with Dutch masters and golden-age paintings. Get your Instagram feeds ready…
Tom Dixon x Caesarstone: to feast on design and food
Tom Dixon and Caesarstone will present an experimental food concept in four kitchens and dining halls, each designed for the occasion. The multisensory experience will enable visitors to explore a collection of recipes curated by Italian food design studio Arabeschi di Latte themed around Air, Earth, Fire and Water. The best news is that there is no pre-booking policy and dishes are only €10 each.
The Botanical Club: to relax amidst flowers
This charming restaurant combines speciality cocktails and a tightly edited small plates menu that showcases fresh, creatively devised food combinations. Boasting its own small batch gin distillery, the bar offers one of the largest gin selections in Milan. A relaxing, inspiring place to digest all that you’ve seen during the day.
Bar Basso: to mingle with the industry’s insiders
Seasoned Salone visitors will already know how to do Milan Design Week: spend your evenings at cocktails around the city (each showroom and exhibition will be hosting one, look out for the official event guide to find out when and where) – but then head to Bar Basso, an unassuming bar that has long been the place to see and be seen during Milan Design Week. Go for the signature Negronis, stay for the conversation and chance encounters.
FOMO? Check out our Milan Design Week 2016 – Preview for more on what to see and where to go during the biggest week in the design and interiors calendar.
And if you can’t make it to Milan this year – or want to check that you’re not missing out on the best discoveries – check into WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors the week afterwards to read our full analysis from Milan Design Week 2016.