Milan and the Challenges of Tomorrow: Fuorisalone as a Platform for Dialogue and Innovation

Beyond The Surface. Photo By Marco Cappelletti Courtesy Of Oma And Solidnature

The Milan Design Week has made a return to its usual calendar in April, showcasing the city’s importance for the design industry and hosting Fuorisalone as a hub for discussion on pressing issues such as climate change and urban sustainability.

The latest edition of Milan Design Week, with the theme “Laboratorio Futuro,” witnessed Fuorisalone as a meeting point for brands, designers, universities, curators, and artists to experiment and imagine new visions for innovation. The event also provided an opportunity to explore the beauty of historic buildings in the city, such as Palazzo Broggi, Palazzo Serbelloni, and Palazzina Appiani, among others, as well as usually inaccessible locations like Palazzo Treves and the former slaughterhouse of Porta Vittoria.

The 2023 edition of Fuorisalone Award recognized outstanding content and installations presented during the event. Among the 12 selected events, the most voted by the community was SolidNature – Beyond the Surface, a project by Ellen van Loon and Giulio Margheri of Studio OMA. Additionally, five special mentions highlighted relevant and innovative projects in the world of design.

These special mentions included “ExpĂ©riences Immobiles” by Les Eaux Primordiales for Interaction,

RE;COLLECTIVE @ Dropcity for Sustainability,

Opposites United Artwork Exhibition by KIA for Technology,

Enlightenment | Ron Gilad + NEMO for Communication,

and a special “Luce per la cittĂ ” mention by Salone del Mobile. Milano, which will be announced in mid-May.

Milan Design Week and Fuorisalone have successfully created a platform for professionals and enthusiasts to engage in discussions on critical issues and envision innovative solutions, reaffirming the city’s central role in the global design industry.


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