Architectural Interventions Taking Place at the Salone del Mobile

Milan Design Week, the most anticipated event in the country’s design calendar, will finally be open to the public after a year of being closed due to the pandemic. More than 350,000 designers, artists, craftsmen, and architects from around the globe will be able to discover new design ideas and exchange information about interior design, furniture, lighting, and other topics. Salone del Mobile will host international and local exhibitors at Fiera Milano Rho. In addition, there will be interventions from world-renowned architects throughout the week.

ArchDaily will attend the Salone del Mobile. Stay tuned for exclusive interviews, collaborations, as well as to learn more about the event and what architects are doing during it.

Courtesy of Salone del Mobile
Courtesy of Salone del Mobile

Stefano Boeri is the curator of this year’s Salone del Mobile. He has collaborated with international collaborators Andrea Caputo and Maria Cristina Didero as well as Lukas Wegewerth, Marco Ferrari and Elisa Pasqual from Studio Folder. Giorgio Dona is co-founder and director at Stefano Boeri Interieurs. Unlike previous editions of the event, this year will see a new, expanded format to mark the 60th anniversary of Salone del Mobile, which takes place in its 2022 edition, titled “SuperSalone“. SuperSalone will be a dynamic, grand display that allows visitors to move freely inside a large design archive with long presentation walls. This is in place of traditional booths, which were more like living rooms. The new display will feature the latest products from the companies and be organized into themed areas and itineraries. This new layout is based on circularity and sustainability, using materials that can be disassembled and repurposed in the future.

(c) Saverio Lombardi Vallauri

The Salone has dedicated a section to the workplace since 2015. The Workplace3.0 showcases innovations in design and technology for workspace planning. It explores new solutions and approaches to create the “workplaceof the future”. Over the last few years, workplaces and the traditional notion of work have changed rapidly. However, the pandemic accelerated this process and created a new, entirely different workspace solution. Workplace3.0 this year is dedicated to design and technology in response to the shift in work culture and market demand.

(c) Andrea Mariani

Salone will also dedicate a section to emerging designers. The SaloneSatellite is an exhibition dedicated solely on young emerging designers under the age of 35, whose ideas are yet to be shared with designers, clients, and talent scouts. Many of the prototypes presented in SaloneSatellite in the past have been produced, making their young designers big in the design world.

Many international architects will unveil projects and installations throughout the city, in addition to the Salone del Mobile’s exhibitions. Some of these installations include work by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati. This collaboration with Eni has resulted in Natural installation at Brera’s botanical gardens that is said to be the largest ever data visualization piece. It shows how plants participate in carbon dioxide and oxygen production. Carlo Ratti will also be collaborating with Lamborghini luxury car brand to create an interactive installation that combines technology, innovation and timeless design. Ben van Berkel/UNStudio will showcase two new product designs that were created by UNSx, their user experience team. Peter Pichler Architecture will be exhibiting its Vertical Chalet installations at the Fluorisalone Opening Exhibition. ECAL, a Swiss university, has teamed up with MUJI Japanese home retail company to create CORPACT LIFE, a collection furniture and accessories that can be used in organizing daily tasks. This was created by students from the Industrial Design Bachelor at the university. An installation by ARCHIVIOUNIFOR will feature four notable Aldo Rossi furniture pieces. Andreu World will present the Nuez Lounge BIO (r), a circular, 100% sustainable and biodegradable armchair designed by Patricia Urquiola. The Adela Rex is a family made from 100% wood by Philippe Starck.

Visitors will be able to view the interventions and installations, as well as the unique pieces created in collaboration with international brands. These pieces include pieces from Zaha Hadid and David Adjaye as well as Atelier Jean Nouvel and Snohetta.

Maria Cristina Didero organizes Open Talks. This event allows innovators, creatives, entrepreneurs and architects from around the globe to share their valuable ideas on how we can create and improve our future. These talks will be held at the SuperSalone and will address the great challenges that face us in design, architecture and education. Talks with prominent figures in the field, such as Alejandro Aravena and Philippe Malouin from Formafantasma and Bjarke Ingels will be available.

The event will feature the SuperSalone and Workplace 3.0 as well as SaloneSatellite. It will also exhibit Euroluce which is an all-inclusive exhibition of lighting systems.