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Our favorite moments from Milan Design Week 2022: The Fair

As the dust begins to settle on a month of back-to-back international design fairs, a mountain of moments from Milan Design Week have coalesced into a dreamy reel.

After three long years of absence, the world’s largest contemporary furniture fair, Salone del Mobile.Milano, has returned for a full-fledged celebration of its 60th edition. Despite warmer temperatures than Salone’s usual April run, from June 7-12, more than 260,000 visitors passed through the sprawling Fieramilano fairgrounds to view the 2,175 brands exhibiting at the show. Around town, more than 800 design events of all shapes and sizes, known collectively as Fuorisalone, added to the festivities. Fervent energy abounded throughout the week as three years of ideas, conversations and creativity coalesced into a celebration of design that won’t soon be forgotten. It felt good… and dare we say, normal?

Along with the impressive emphasis on sustainability efforts and innovations, we’ve also noticed a trend among brands that have gone backwards, launching re-releases that play into the media-fueled era of nostalgic design. social. Big-name collaborations have also garnered considerable attention, both on the pitch in Milan and around the world via Instagram posts and stories. While it’s impossible to sum up all the incredible design the week had to offer, we’ve put together a few must-see lists.

First, the Fair

This is the reason for the season! After the “Supersalone” at reduced capacity in September 2021, Salone del Mobile.Milano was finally able to celebrate its 60th birthday with dignity. With seven exhibits in 24 sprawling halls, this year’s fair championed innovation and sustainability in home and commercial spaces. Dozens of renowned architects and designers have collaborated with brands to come up with impressive stand and product designs. To highlight emerging talent, the Salone Satellite brought together more than 600 designers under the age of 35 around the theme “Designing for our Future Selves”. Curated by Marva Griffin, the exhibition spanned two halls for the first time in its 23-year history and explored creative and sustainable design solutions from young studios, independent practitioners and students.

(Courtesy of Gandiablasco Group)

Kengo Kuma x Gandiablasco Group

The famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has designed an environment of wavy wooden blinds for the Valencian furniture company Gandiablasco Group. Reminiscent of traditional Japanese sudare screens, the blinds pay homage to the Spanish company through the use of Valencian wood and are supported by handmade lattice structures.

design with nature installation
(Giovanni de Sandre)

Designing with Nature by Mario Cucinella Architects

As part of the S. Project exhibition, which highlighted design products and interior architecture solutions, Mario Cucinella Architects designed a 4,600 square foot educational installation that showcases circular economy concepts and advanced durable materials. The curvy organic form has also branched out to create a conference space, kitchen and cafe, bookstore, and multiple seating areas.

brown table and stools
(Sara Magny)


Making its debut at the fair, Cimento is an Italian company that manufactures products, ranging from facades to furniture, from a lightweight cement compound. Collaborating with international architects and designers, the stand included creations from Patricia Urqiola, Parisotto + Formenton, Defne Koz & Marco Susani, Omri Revesz, Studio 63 and BBA Studio.

pile of string
(Albert Front)

Re-Carpet by nanimarquina

Ceiling-high piles of recycled wool served as a bold introduction to Re-Rug, a range of sustainable rugs from nanimarquina. The stand, designed in collaboration with Barcelona-based design firm ARQUITECTO-G, is intended to serve as a physical display of nanimarquina’s commitment to transparency and sustainability.

round light fixtures and pink furniture
(Courtesy of Spacestor)

Spacestor’s Arcadia with Gensler

Comprised of just five basic modular shapes, Arcadia is a configurable acoustic partition system that can be used to create a myriad of space solutions for the workplace. Designed by Spacestor in conjunction with Gensler, the pieces feature a patented quick-fit assembly system for easy adaptability and are available in a wide range of colors.

blue and orange screen
(Julio Ghirardi)

The Living Project by Arper

Presented in nearly 10,000 square feet of exhibition space, Arper’s The Project of Living reinterprets living spaces as dynamic and fluid, blurring the line between home and work. Rolled-up white curtains guide visitors through various vignettes using soft, light and colorful materials with the aim of conveying a positive and soothing energy.

rainbow bows
(Courtesy of Schock)

SCHOCK: the house of color by Schock

As part of Salone’s biennial EuroCucina exhibition, German quartz-composite kitchen sink manufacturer Schock showcased a sprawling polychromatic display. A rainbow gradient of curved arches over two oversized islands outfitted with food prep stations and sinks in Schock’s latest color offerings.

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