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Salone del Mobile.Milano 2019: the homage to Leonardo and other novelties


The 58th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano will be held from 9th to 14th April at Rho Fiera Milano, putting the spotlight this year on both the centrality of Milan and on the creative capacity of the industrial network that underpins it and works to deliver global excellence.

The 2019 edition promises to be crammed with people and projects, with over 205,000 m2 of net exhibition space and more than 2,350 exhibitors– including the 550 SaloneSatellite designers – and a 34% quota of foreign companies (excluding SaloneSatellite).

In addition, the iconic Manifesto is thus with another chapter – dedicated to ingenuity, in other words the ability to create and think that triggers new ways of seeing the world and of inventing solutions in which design contributes to the wellbeing of man and of society: a talent that the companies and designers, the protagonists of the Salone, that have made it what it is today, possess and constantly develop, building on the layers of their own cultural heritage, and which a city such as Milan well knows how to cultivate and valorise.

Claudio Luti, President of the Salone del Mobile, had this to say: 

At this particular time of great success for Milan, it is important to consolidate the Salone del Mobile’s powers of attraction, offering its visitors not just a wide range of products, but, especially, opportunities for international interface and for reflection on the relationship between creativity and business. Looking again at the keywords of its Manifesto, a statement intended to refocus on the values that have helped make the event the leading appointment for the design sector at international level, the Salone is introducing a new word. That word is ‘ingenuity’, in other words intelligence as the trigger of creativity, the meaning of talent, and the ingenious ability to create and think. All gifts that our companies possess, that our designers develop and that stem from our roots, and a word that constitutes an invitation to keep looking forward, not to rest on our laurels, to believe that everything can always be reinvented and rediscovered with fresh eyes that look to the future. ‘Ingenuity’ also pays homage to Leonardo, in the year of the500th anniversary of his death, the Master of all creatives, the forerunner of the relationship between creative and entrepreneur, a man of progress, of the future and of the present, who came to Milan for the very purpose of developing his relationship with the form of creating.

 “The strength of the Salone del Mobile.Milano is closely bound up with the uniqueness of the wood-furnishing chain, a widespread ecosystem of industrial and cultural values that we as a Federation are committed to supporting on a daily basis, and for which our event is the showcase par excellence. In 2018, positive signals for the wood-furnishing sector came from both the domestic market, with a 3.1% rise in production destined for the Italian market compared with 2017, and from the export market, which sustained its positive trend. In the high-end segment, our companies held the largest quota of all the markets, demonstrating our sector’s ability to withstand the ups and downs of the current international macroeconomic situation and to maintain the characteristic competitive edge that sets them apart. Creativity, ingenuity and industry are bound together in an extraordinary web, making Italian design a strategically important strong point for the entire Italian system. It is one of the best visiting cards that the city of Milan – which has always had the ability to interpret its time in an international spirit – can proffer to the world,” said Emanuele Orsini, President of Federlegno Arredo Eventi.

In a bid to respond properly to the structural changes in contemporary society and the ensuing rapid changes in the furnishing and design market, the 58th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano is announcing two fundamental changes to its trade fair format.

As this year is an odd year, it is the turn of the biennial Euroluce and Workplace3.0 exhibitions to be held at Rho Fiera Milano; the latter will feature a new, widespread and crosscutting exhibition format, geared to better illustrating the evolution of the concept of the workspace, right now, ever better, a hybrid space in which duty and pleasure, professional and personal go hand in hand. 

This edition will also see the launch of a new crosscutting exhibition concept dedicated to design products and decorative and technical interior design solutions: S.Project, a versatile space in which the keywords are multisectoral approach, synergy and quality; on the other hand, 550 young talents will be the protagonists of the 22nd SaloneSatellite in Pavilions 22-24: this year’s theme is FOOD as a DESIGN OBJECT. 

Adding the word ‘ingenuity’ to the 2019 edition of the Manifesto is a deliberate homage to Leonardo da Vinci, on the 500th anniversary of his death: this is why the Salone del Mobile decided to celebrate Leonardo right in the very heart of Milan, at the Conca dell’Incoronata canal lock, with an outstanding and hugely evocative installation devoted to his brilliance and to his studies of water. AQUA.

That’s not all, however. Given the huge relevance of da Vinci’s legacy and as a spur for those who all qualify as baton carriers for Leonardo and Ludovico Sforza – designers, young talents, entrepreneurs – the Salone will also be holding another event at the fairgrounds, in Pavilion 24, designed to celebrate da Vinci’s legacy to the art of design and craftsmanship, a theme now more deeply relevant to the world of design than ever before. DE-SIGNO. The art of Italian design before and after Leonardois an atmospheric narration of Leonardo da Vinci’s ingenuity and his connection with contemporary Italian design.

Underscoring and valorising its ties with Milan even further and in the spirit of increased openness to the exchange and circulation of ideas, culture and creativity, the Salone del Mobile has entered into a three-year agreement with the Fondazione Teatro alla Scala, leading up to 2021 and the celebrations for the sixtieth anniversary of the trade fair. 

This year, for the first time ever, the Salone will open with a great concert: Riccardo Chailly, musical director of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, will conduct le Ouverture da Semiramide e Guglielmo Tell di Gioachino Rossini and Pictures at an Exhibition, composed by Modest Mussorgski and arranged by Maurice Ravel. 

Underscoring the international remit of the Salone del Mobile.Milano and the city and their commitment to inclusion and hospitality, the Welcome Project will be running for the sixth consecutive year thanks to the partnership with the Municipality of Milan, the Councillor for Employment, Economic Development, University and Research Policies Cristina Tajani and the city’s leading design schools – Domus Academy, IED, Istituto Marangoni, NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano and the Milan Polytechnic University/Design School: the Salone will be setting up information points at various focal points around the city, manned by 100 students, there to provide visitors with information on how to negotiate the city, on the trade fair itself and the palimpsest of events in Milan organised by the Department.

Again, this year, a great celebration of design will mark the close of the Salone del Mobile.Milan on Friday 12th April at Palazzo Marino: it will be an occasion for celebrating the enormous productive and organisational commitment of our companies and all the designers and people who help to make Milan the most interesting and attractive place in the world during that particular week, even thanks to the strong collaboration of Federlegno Arredo Eventi with the Italian trade agency ICE, the government agency that supports the economic and commercial development of Italian businesses abroad and works to attract foreign investments in Italy.

See you at Salone 2019.