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Milan Design Week 2019: The Latest Architecture and News

Architect-Designed Furniture Pieces at the 2019 Salone del Mobile

07:00 - 14 April, 2019
Architect-Designed Furniture Pieces at the 2019 Salone del Mobile , Mercuric Table - Zaha Hadid x CITCO. Image Courtesy of CITCO
Mercuric Table - Zaha Hadid x CITCO. Image Courtesy of CITCO

As the week comes to an end, Milan Design Week wraps up yet another successful year of creativity and innovation. Thousands of design companies displayed their creations to more than 200,000 visitors hailing from different countries, demographics, and career backgrounds. Although the design fair gravitated towards the world of interior design, many renowned architects participated in the week-long exhibition and joined their forces with interior and furniture design experts.

Along with the impressive collaborations that these architects created with lighting companies, take a look at how they used their expertise in forms and structures to develop unique furniture pieces.

KOR Armchair and Sofa - William Sawaya x Sawaya & Moroni. Image Courtesy of Sawaya & Moroni Volta Bench - Zaha Hadid x CITCO. Image Courtesy of Molteni&C ALESSANDRO I-II-III - William Sawaya x Sawaya & Moroni. Image Courtesy of Sawaya & Moroni Endless Side Table - Daniel Libeskind x CITCO. Image Courtesy of CITCO + 36

Top 5 Courtyard Installations at Milan Design Week Through the Lens of Laurian Ghinitoiu

06:30 - 13 April, 2019
Top 5 Courtyard Installations at Milan Design Week Through the Lens of Laurian Ghinitoiu, Conifera by COS x Mamou-Mani. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Conifera by COS x Mamou-Mani. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Over the past few days, exceptional products have been exhibited at the Salone del Mobile, ranging from furniture pieces and light fixtures, to textiles and finishes. As part of Milan Design Week, the Salone saw impressive collaborations with architects and the use of never-seen-before materials, all displayed at the Milan Fairgrounds, while some projects — too grand and imposing for a constraint exhibition — took place at the second part of the event, the Fuorisalone.

Take a look at some of the most remarkable outdoor installations at the Milan Design Week 2019 captured by the lens of architectural photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu.

Temporary Exhibition by Space Encounters. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Conifera by COS x Mamou-Mani. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Echo by Pezo von Ellrichshausen . Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu La Foresta dei Violini by Piuarch. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 22

Sancal Pavilion at Salone del Mobile is Inspired by the Maze of Milan Underground

07:30 - 12 April, 2019
Sancal Pavilion at Salone del Mobile is Inspired by the Maze of Milan Underground, Courtesy of ArchDaily
Courtesy of ArchDaily

Designers at this year's Milan Design Week drew inspiration from everything and anything around them. Many were inspired by the serenity of nature, some by picturesque vintage pieces, and others by tokens from their youth. Although inspiration often comes unannounced in the most unexpected places, the inspiration behind Sancal’s pavilion at this year’s Salone del Mobile, was encouraged by one simple, very common mistake.

During the 2017 Milan Design Week, the Spanish brand’s eccentric duo Esther and Elena made a wrong turn on Milan's metro station, ending up at the Turati station. That is when the light-bulb illuminated, and the duo found the backdrop for their upcoming collection, emerging from none other than the depths of Milan's underground systems.

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Architect-Designed Light Fixtures at the 2019 Salone del Mobile

09:30 - 11 April, 2019
Architect-Designed Light Fixtures at the 2019 Salone del Mobile, Sergey Makhno Architects. Image Courtesy of ArchDaily
Sergey Makhno Architects. Image Courtesy of ArchDaily

As Milan Design Week continues to set avant-garde design trends for the upcoming years, the 2019 Salone del Mobile’s lighting biennale, Euroluce, saw a nod to classic designs mixed with contemporary craftsmanship.

Two dominant trends at this year’s Euroluce are ‘rediscovering the past’ and a ‘reference to nature’. Vintage lighting pieces were rediscovered, not only to serve as valuable tokens of the past, but as foundation for new research. The reference to nature is evidently the most dominant design trend at this year’s lighting biennale, as designers found inspiration from natural, organic forms, and produced their pieces with eco-friendly material.

However, some of the most unique pieces at this year’s Euroluce were developed in collaboration with heavyweights in the world of design. Profound architects found their way into the 2019 Euroluce, bringing together their design skills with the engineering solutions of design companies.

Winners of the ein&zwanzig Newcomers' Awards Announced at Milan Design Week

05:35 - 10 April, 2019
Winners of the ein&zwanzig Newcomers' Awards Announced at Milan Design Week, Dario Iannone_Indigo. Image Courtesy of hicklvesting
Dario Iannone_Indigo. Image Courtesy of hicklvesting

The winners of the ein&zwanzig newcomers’ awards have been announced on April 8th during Milan Design Week. Out of 824 entries from 73 countries, the German Design Council honored 21 innovative projects created and developed by young upcoming international designers, and granted one project with the “Best of the Best” award, the ultimate prize for the most unique and inventive amongst all proposals.

Simon Frambach took home the Best of the Best award this year for his ‘Dynamic Folding Chair’ (DFC), the world’s first folding chair that responds to the user’s movements and comfort, produced with cheap disposable material.

Matteo Bauer-Bornemann. Image Courtesy of hicklvesting Aurore Bard_SEEM. Image Courtesy of hicklvesting Laura van de Wijdeven_Jute Tile. Image Courtesy of hicklvesting Arthur Seefried_Tubs. Image Courtesy of hicklvesting + 21

What to Expect at the Salone del Mobile 2019

06:45 - 8 April, 2019
What to Expect at the Salone del Mobile 2019 , Courtesy of Salone del Mobile
Courtesy of Salone del Mobile

It is officially the time of year when the streets of Milan flood with design enthusiasts, eager to explore cutting-edge innovations and intricate Italian craftsmanship exhibited during Milan Design Week. From the 9th till the 14th of April, ArchDaily, along with 300,000 visitors hailing from countries all across the globe, will exchange ideas and indulge in the most recent furniture, product, and interior design technologies.

As part of Milan Design Week, Salone del Mobile, the most anticipated furniture and interior design event of the year, will be hosting more than 2,000 exhibitors at the Milan Fairgrounds in Rho, ranging from renowned architecture studios and architects to upcoming designers who are debuting their creations for the very first time. The list of acclaimed architecture studios participating in the Salone includes Zaha Hadid Design, Renzo Piano, John Pawson, and UNStudio to name a few.

Space Encounters Builds Temporary Museum for Milan Design Week

05:00 - 21 March, 2019
Space Encounters Builds Temporary Museum for Milan Design Week, Temporary Museum, Milan Design Week. Image Courtesy of Space Encounters
Temporary Museum, Milan Design Week. Image Courtesy of Space Encounters

Design studio Space Encounters has partnered with Creative Holland to build a temporary museum for Milan Design Week. The installation is made to combine room for art and design, with atmospheres that promote relaxation, contemplation and focus amidst the pace of the Salone di Mobile. The Museum was designed as a journey through different spaces in which visitors constantly interact with Dutch creativity.

Beatrice Bonzanigo Unveils Off-Grid Micro Home for Milan Design Week

13:00 - 11 March, 2019
Beatrice Bonzanigo Unveils Off-Grid Micro Home for Milan Design Week, Micro Home. Image Courtesy of Beatrice Bonzanigo, IB Studio
Micro Home. Image Courtesy of Beatrice Bonzanigo, IB Studio

Italian architect Beatrice Bonzanigo of IB Studio has revealed her design for Casa Ojalá, an off-grid, mobile micro home to be unveiled at Milan Design Week. Designed with over 20 configurations in only 27 square meters, the patented project was made to be easily assembled in any location. Bonzanigo created the design so occupants can better connect with nature while minimizing their environmental impact.

Micro Home. Image Courtesy of Beatrice Bonzanigo, IB Studio Micro Home. Image Courtesy of Beatrice Bonzanigo, IB Studio Micro Home. Image Courtesy of Beatrice Bonzanigo, IB Studio Micro Home. Image Courtesy of Beatrice Bonzanigo, IB Studio + 18