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Milan Furniture Fair

Key architects’ visions of ‘home’ one of the highlights of this year’s Milan Furniture Fair

Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, Daniel Libeskind and Shigeru Ban are among the leading architects taking part in a new exhibition at this year’s fair. ‘Where Architects Live’ – an installation of rooms based on the architects’ own concept of domestic space – includes filmed interviews with the architects and a ‘re-creation’ of their private rooms by architect and scenographer Davide Pizzigoni. The other architects taking part include Mario Bellini, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Marcio Kogan and Bijoy Jain/Studio Mumbai.

As well as the usual furniture fair, which occupies most of Milan Fairgrounds at Rho, this year sees two biennial shows return to the fair: the International Bathroom Exhibition and EuroCucina – Milan’s kitchen-focused exhibition.

If you’re looking for a more eclectic experience, head to SaloneSatelite, the exhibition devoted to young talent. Here, as well as up-and-coming studios, you will find artisanal work by design collectives or inventive products by university departments that would never have the money for a stall in the main exhibition – definitely worth a tour after experiencing the highly polished stalls by the fair’s corporate exhibitors.

Away from Rho fairgrounds, there is much to see across Milan. Tortona and Lambrate are two districts that buzz with workshops and curated exhibitions of furniture and interior products, while many of the city’s museums will allow free entry to pass holders during the fair.While you’re visiting, don’t forget to scrutinise the information stands at the fair and around town – they have been specially designed by minimalist Italian architect and designer Piero Lissoni.


Venue: Milan Fairgrounds at Rho, Milan, and various locations in the city
Frequency: Annual
Single-visit pass: €20 online (€30 at the fair)
Three-visit pass: €40 online (€60 at the fair)
Six-visit pass: €52 online (€75 at the fair).
Online registration required
Dates: 8-13 April 2014 (8-11 April: trade delegates, 12-13 April: open to public)
Times: 9.30am-6.30pm daily


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