Milan Design Week 2023 starts soon and, following a now well-established tendency, it is set to transform Milan with special events, projects and presentations. From Fuorisalone to Salone del Mobile, we will be on an inspiring journey to find all about the latest design trends for the following year. This luxury guide brings you the best restaurants, hotels, exhibitors, sights, design districts and art galleries in Milan so you can have an unforgettable stay. Keep reading if you want to know more about the most important event in the world related to the topic of design.
The Bvlgari Hotel is the perfect choice to make you feel at home in the heart of the city – thumbs up for the remarkable aesthetics, the polished lines and the luxurious details. Here you’ll find a friendly staff team that will take care of you in a welcoming and soothing atmosphere. The perfect combination of elegant and modern design.
For enthusiasts of clean design and quiet accommodations, here’s the Park Hyatt. This one has it all – multicourse tasting menus, private terraces, gorgeous views of the city and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Enjoy the best Milan has to offer in a peaceful way because this is the kind of experience you’ll never forget.
If you’re looking forward to stopping by Milan’s fashion boutiques, then the Mandarin Oriental might be an appropriate option – it just takes a short walk. The rooms and suites were designed by Antonio Citterio and the hotel is set in a complex of 18th Century buildings. Not convinced yet? There’s a 2 Michelin stars restaurant on-site!
Only a few minutes away from Via Montenapoleone and Piazza del Duomo, the Armani Hotel will charm you in every possible way you can imagine. Yes, the hotel was designed and developed by Giorgio Armani so be ready for moments of absolute bliss and serenity. You can thank us later!
Claudio Liu opened this fine restaurant in 2007 and now it is seen as a “food temple”. Delicious dishes set the scenario for this sensational restaurant, whose kitchen is led by Michele Biassoni. For fans of mouth-watering raw dishes, Iyo has the master Masaki Okada on the sushi counter. Tasty!
Miramonti l’Altro di Concesio
Located in a lovely villa, Miramonti l’Altro di Concesio combines the greatest food with the owners’ hospitality. Fish from the lake and the sea and a distinct French influence will surely blow your senses. There’s also a selection of Italian cheeses and other varieties you need to taste. Don’t miss it!
Da Vittorio di Brusaporto
Away from Milan’s bustle, we find this sensational restaurant… on the hills. It has been a favorite for the seafood lovers since 1960 so what are you waiting for? Da Vittorio di Brusaporto received it’s third Michelin star in 2010 for their out-of-this-world food and its decoration is simply mesmerizing. Feel hungry yet?
D’O di Cornaredo
If you enjoy the simple side of things, here’s a restaurant for you. A creative kitchen, a cozy environment and traditional recipes make this famous place. Oh, and there’s also a phenomenal wine cellar with a selection of about one hundred labels. Because life is all about the simple pleasures.
Il Duomo is one of the most magnificent churches ever, an example of the Flamboyant Gothic style. It’s massive, colossal and, of course, extremely inspiring. If you have the chance, take a walk on the roof of the cathedral because that’s an impressive experience with mind-blowing views of the city.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
If you’re into luxury shops and elegant cafés, you’ll find Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II a lovely place to visit. Built between 1865 and 1877, designed by Giuseppe Mengoni, it’s a splendid example of the 19th Century’s architecture style. It’s like being in the setting of a movie… a luxurious one.
Located next to one of the most amazing Milan gardens, Castello Sforzesco features a collection of decorative art, antiquities and a gallery that includes paintings by Bellini, Bergognone and Antonello da Messina. Perfect for those relaxed times with your family or friends. You won’t regret it.
Teatro Alla Scala
Visiting Teatro Alla Scala is one of those adventures of a lifetime. You’ll feel the pulsation of years of cultural heritage filling the atmosphere of the most prestigious opera house in the world. Verdi, Rossini and Toscanini performed here at La Scala and there’s also a museum inside you must visit.
Galleries, museums and exhibitions highlight issues of great social importance. Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, founded in 1979, is a space fully dedicated to contemporary art. The goal, back in the day, was to generate all sorts of discussion on art and contemporary projects, casting a glance towards the future. Nowadays, the mission goes on.
Hangar Bicocca is where you’ll find amazing art installations, cutting-edge exhibitions and inspiring workshops. If you’re planning to go out of the city center, Hangar Bicocca might be the perfect choice since it is like a contemplation place for the art enthusiasts. Design is in constant mutation and Hangar Bicocca is a dynamic proof of that.
Museo del Novecento
Museo del Novecento is dedicated to the 20th Century and how it inspired us as years passed by. It’s a place of tremendous value in what comes to cultural and artistic heritage. There are a lot of exhibitions happening throughout the year and certainly you’ll find a lot of things that will make you fall in love instantly. Art is powerful!
Here’s a good example of ideological renovation. MUDEC was an old factory that got transformed into a complex of studios, workshops and other creative spaces. Industrial archaeology gives way to the world of imagination and now you get to see it with your own eyes. Because change always brings good things.
Isola Design District is to be found next to contemporary architectural excellences such as Piazza Gae Aulenti, Bosco Verticale or the Unicredit Tower. Within this context, a new system made of typical courtyards, shop windows, indoor and open spaces has been created to showcase projects of international emerging designers and local artisans.
Bringing style, energy, and diversity to Fuorisalone, 5VIE is one of the richest areas for culture and creativity and better still, it’s located in the heart of the city just a stone’s throw from cultural strongholds like the Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and Via Montenapoleone.
Tortona Design District is almost like an exposition of the latest design trends. Lofts, photographic and design studios, showrooms, workshops, fashion ateliers and industrial sites in the district are transformed into exhibition areas where, each year, over one hundred companies present their best products from their previous years.
For all those who are attending Milan Design Week, the Brera Design District is a mandatory stopping point. It’s like a parallel universe you will remember for life and for sure you’ll feel the need to come back every now and then. From digital marketing to concept and graphic design, with all that is in between, Brera has a bit of everything.
Salone del Mobile Milano 2023 (18-23 April)
The event’s opening days are exclusively reserved for industry professionals. The Fair opens to the general public on Saturday 22 April and Sunday 23 April. Students may visit the Salone on 21, 22 and 23 April. Events run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for the press; visitor events run from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Salone is easily accessible by public transport, by train, from the airports, and by shared taxi, with one station for each Gate (East-South-West). Here you can find all the details and information to reach Salone del Mobile. Inside the fair site accessibility to all the spaces is also guaranteed to people with disabilities and those with reduced mobility thanks to accessorized paths and services.
Salone Internazionale del Mobile
Each year, the Salone del Mobile brings its “good looking” and “well made” products back onto an internationally important stage, whilst also being proof of how the evolution of the trade fair process can be accelerated. The event has always been a testament to an extraordinary curiosity, willingness and openness to discussion and to a tremendous ability to progress, innovating consolidated formulas. Over the last few difficult years, the Salone has initiated a concrete revision of its exhibition format, geared to continuing to generate value for the entire design community.
International Furniture Accessories Exhibition
Launched in 1989, in response to the growing demand for decorative goods, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition has become the sector’s leading event, showcasing an increasingly varied and comprehensive selection of excellent pieces year by year, encompassing the entire home furnishing system, ranging from decorative objects, furnishing accessories and textiles for the home.
Workplace3.0 is an innovative exhibition area devoted to design and technology in workspace planning, that confirms its vocation as an exploration of brand-new approaches, forms and solutions to the workplace “of the future”, in which the human factor and smart technologies have a vital role to play.
S.Project collects design products and decorative and technical interior design solutions. In complete synergy with the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, The International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, Euroluce, Workplace3.0 and SaloneSatellite, S.Project selects and valorizes manufacturers’ proposals, providing a 360-degree perspective on interior architecture and responding to the latest market demands.
Founded by Marva Griffin in 1998, SaloneSatellite is the Salone del Mobile Milano event dedicated to designers under 35, which aims to facilitate the relationship between business and young designers preparing to enter the profession, post-study, and the market.
Euroluce, now in its 31st edition, gets the exhibition layout rethought, so as to guarantee better connections between the four pavilions, simplify the visitor path into an irregular loop, inspired by the street plans of traditional Italian towns – and, equally, to increase exhibitor visibility, ensuring that they each have a decent amount of space. The City of Lights will be the concept and the common thread running through the exhibition. Power of imagination and concrete vision will characterize the interdisciplinary cultural content, turning Euroluce into a positive hub of emotions and knowledge.
Top Salone del Mobile Brands
Caffe Latte Home
Circu Magical Furniture
A Talk By Gaetano Pesce – Understanding Future
The master Gaetano Pesce’s intervention – the Italian sculptor, designer, and architect who has been based in New York for years – is eagerly anticipated. He has been invited to speak at an event in the SaloneSatellite Arena about the pivotal moments in his long career and his lasting interdisciplinary contribution to the design world.
A Conversation With Shigeru Ban – Balancing Architectural Works and Social Contributions
The famous Japanese architect and 2014 Pritzker Prize winner will be part of the Salone del Mobile Milano programme of talks in 2023. His social and environmental commitment, as evidenced by his exploration and use of low-cost and sustainable materials such as cardboard and bamboo, extends to his thoughts on the use of light in design. The architect will discuss the potential use of wood in architecture, disaster relief activities using building technology, and architectural efforts towards the future. In addition, a reflection on the use of light in the project.
A Conversation With Nao Tamura – Interconnection
Nao Tamura is one of the most intriguing designers on the international scene, combining poetry, abstraction, and the use of cutting-edge technology. Her carefully balanced multidisciplinary approach, environmental awareness, and interest in craftsmanship all combine to make her a particularly representative exponent of our time, with a constant focus on lighting – whether lamps, installations, or site-specific projects.
A Conversation with Snøhetta – Continuous State of Reinvention
Snøhetta co-founder Kjetil Traedal Thorsen and Marius Myking, director of its product design section, will discuss the architectural firm’s approach. Over the last few years, it has completed extraordinary projects such as Under, an underwater restaurant in Norway, and The Pavilia Farm, a residential complex immersed in nature in Hong Kong. They will also discuss future prospects, lighting as a design tool, and sustainability awareness.
A Conversation with MAD Architects – Be the MAD, Be the LIGHT
MAD Architects is one of the most active and pioneering architectural design firms in the world, with offices in Beijing and Jiaxing, Los Angeles, and Rome, and a particular focus on the needs of the people who use the spaces they design. Their most recent projects include the Changchun airport terminal in China, which will accommodate 22 million passengers per year, and the plant-covered multistory carpark for the new Milano Innovation District. Light and Architecture have a one-of-a-kind and extraordinary relationship. Light is essential to the activation of the photosynthesis process in nature; light is a foundational element of MAD’s design philosophy, becoming emotional light. Shadows are more than just absence; light is more than just openness.
Events Throughout Milan
Vieni a Vedere by Gaetano Pesce (Bottega Veneta, Via Montenapoleone, 27/A)
Flos Six Acts – My Circuit (Corso Monforte 15)
Prada Frames 2023 – Symposium Curated by Formafantasma (Luigi Caccia Dominioni’s Teatro Filodrammatici)
Exhibition Gianfranco Frattini (Palazzo Arese Borromeo, Via Borromeo 41)
Doppia Firma (Palazzo Litta, Corso Magenta, 24)
BD Barcelona – 50 Years of Design (Piazza Belgioioso 2)
Visionnaire Design Gallery (Piazza Cavour 3)
Grohe Spa Experience (Pinacoteca di Brera, Via Brera 28)
Nendo Presents “Break to Make” Collaboration with Daniel Arsham (Pinamonte da Vimercate 4)
BUCCELLATI (Via Brisa, 5)
VERO Store (Via Casati, 3)
Plush Seating – Zaha Hadid Design For Sawaya & Moroni (Via Clerici 1)
Vero @ CONVEY (Via dell’Aprica, 12)
Redduo @ CONVEY (Via dell’Aprica, 12)
Nilufar Gallery (Via della Spiga 32)
Bontempi Flagship Milan (Via Filippo Turati, 6)
Liu Jo Living Flagship Store (Via Fiori Chiari 28 and Via Pontaccio 19)
DIMORESTUDIO (Via Giovanni Battista Sammartini 63)
RIVIERA CREATIVE SPACE (Via Gorani, 4)
Illulian (Via Manzoni 41 20121 Milan)
POLTRONA FRAU (Via Manzoni, 31)
Rossana Orlandi (Via Matteo Bandello, 14)
ZUCCHETTI AND KOS (Via Palermo 8)
SpaghettiWall (Via Pontaccio 19)
Cocktail Party @ Moroso Showroom (Via Pontaccio 8/10)
ANDRÉS REISINGER (Via San Gregorio, 29)
MOOOI (Via San Gregorio, 29)
DIMOREGALLERY (Via Solferino 11)
Exhibition Eileen Gray – Non Conformist Artist (Via Solferino 44)
Superstudio Più (Via Tortona 27)
IKEA Milan: Assembling the Future Together (Via Tortona 58)
Triennale Milano (Viale Emilio Alemagna 6)
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporaine X Triennale Milanno (Viale Emilio Alemagna 6)
Nilufar Depot (Viale Vincenzo Lancetti 34)