To hell with flight cancellations and train travel delays. The world of design is making its way to Milan, regardless of the overload of European air carriers and rail networks. For me it has been a long, slow train journey from Monocle’s quality of life conference in Paris, giving me time to recover for what will be one of the most spectacular editions of the Salone del Mobile in 60 years.
The world’s largest furniture fair, which kicks off tomorrow, and the already booming Milan Design Week will welcome architects, interior designers and property developers throughout the week. Yesterday saw the launch of popular annual event Alcova, which co-curator Joseph Grima says offers a platform for designers who ‘take a risk and can’t find a convenient space’ in expensive venues and galleries. from the city. Located in a sprawling former military installation on the outskirts of Milan, the showcase brings together new studios, niche brands and designers daring to innovate with sustainable materials and more radical ideas to help an industry trying to reduce its impact on the planet.
Monocle’s Salone festivities include a tie-up with Swiss modular furniture specialist USM, taking place at the Rossignoli bike shop in Brera, where we’ll be operating a pop-up shop and livestreaming for Monocle 24. We’re also hosting two events at the Teatro Gerolamo with our friends from V-Zug – a classy cocktail and conversation in an old puppet theater not to be missed. After two difficult years for Milan, there will be a lot to discuss. There are still a few spots left, so email Hannah Grundy at [email protected] if you would like to attend the Monday or Tuesday event.
Nolan Giles is the editor of Monocle. Tune into Monocle 24 throughout the week to learn more about Salone del Mobile and pick up a copy of our Salone, Art & Design newspaper at select newsstands starting today.