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The map of Milan Design Week 2021

Your guide to the great return of the Fuorisalone

The map of Milan Design Week 2021 Your guide to the great return of the Fuorisalone

Before being the city of fashion, Milan is the city of design. The Salone del Mobile and its twin, the Fuorisalone, are two city events as much linked to Milanese public life as the feast of Sant'Ambrogio. And that's why, with the lockdown of 2020, the lack of Design Week had made itself felt a lot. But the city immediately ran for cover and brought back not a normal Salone del Mobile but a Supersalone from 4 to 10 September, curated by Stefano Boeri. Obviously the Supersalone will be accompanied by the highly anticipated Fuorisalone 2021 – whose program will be less populated by parties and huge gatherings as in the past, but which is rich enough in events, exhibitions and showrooms to keep the most avid lovers of Italian design busy. 

For this year, the Supersalone will also open its doors to the public and, before the official Salone del Mobile in April, which this year will celebrate its sixtieth anniversary, will change the classic format of the exhibition fair with a new model of organization: circularity and safety will be the fundamental guidelines of an event, which however wants to transform the traditional schedule of the event-salon with lounge,  areas dedicated to historical study curated by ADI Design Museum and a public talk program, but also with the replacement of the closed pavilion with a system of open modular walls that create paths and interconnections between the various products and projects presented. The final appearance of the exhibition will therefore be similar to that of a library and will also include the possibility of purchasing the products on display. The event will also be phygital, with a dedicated digital platform that will act as an online catalog of the event, which can be consulted via QR Code.

This is why nss magazine wanted to draw up a map of the Design Week 2021, in which all the most interesting events, the most creative exhibitions and also the locations where you can spend relaxing, listening to music and having a drink when you are tired of walking are reported.

Mostre, Showroom & Talks
Saturday 4 September

Vico Magistretti. Architetto Italiano @ Triennale

An exhibit about the work of iconic designer Vico Magistretti.


When: 4/9/2021 - 12/9/2021

Where: Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6

Opening time: 11:00 - 22:00

DESIGN ITALY - "La materia diventa Design"
The innovation of materials and production processes to create groundbreaking design objects.

When: from 4/10/2021
Where: Via Vincenzo Monti, 12


Furniture and fountains in recycled plastic from the expired food packs and bioenergy from the food waste of Milano Ristorazione.


When: 4/9/2021 - 12/9/2021

Where: Via San Vittore 21

Borbonese - Salone del Mobile 2021
An installation dedicated to sustainability and created by Pawel Grunert in the windows of the brand's Milanese boutique as well as in the other locations in Turin and Lugano.

When: dal 4/9/2021
Where:Corso Giacomo Matteotti, 8

Daytona Showroom
Daytona's debut at Milan Design Week with a new showroom

When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Alberico Albricci, 9
Opening time: 10:00 - 19:00
Interni Creative Connections @ Università degli Studi
Installations inside the courtyard of Università degli Studi of Milan

When: 4/9/2021 - 19/9/2021
Where: Via Festa del Perdono, 7
Opening time: 10:00 - 22:00
Interni Creative Connections @ Orto Botanico di Brera
Art Installations inside the Botanical Garden of Brera Academy

When: 4/9/2021 - 12/9/2021
Where: Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 10
Opening time: 10:00 - 22:00
Saucony Originals - The Open Air Wall by EricsOne
Presentatation of the mural art commissioned by Saucony to celebrate the anniversary of Shadow 6000.

When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Corso Garibaldi 71

"Easy Breezy" by Yi Yang @ WeMove Lab

An exhibition of graphic novel tables by artist Yi Yang. On 5 September there will be a book signining with the author from 17:00 to 19:00.


When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021

Where: Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 45

Abet Laminati @ ADI Design Museum
"SuperSuperfici, the spirit of Memphis reloaded" An exhibit that explores what it means to be radical today

When: 4/9/2021 - 24/9/2021
Where: Piazza Compasso d'Oro, 1
Opening time: 10:30 - 20:00

Rossana Orlandi Gallery

The most famous design showroom in Milan opens to the public.


When: 4/9/2021 - 12/9/2021

Where: Via Matteo Bandello, 14

Artigianato Coreano 2021: All about Attitude
An exhibit about the new ethics and social practices of contemporary Korean craftmanship

When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Corso Magenta, 24
Opening time: 10:00 - 20:00

Fornasetti. Contemporary Antiquity.

The classical imagery of Fornasetti encounters modern interior design sensibilities.


When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021

Where: Corso Venezia, 21A

Opening time: 10:00 - 20:00

Haier - Home of the Future "Connected to the Extraordinary"
A 400mq futuristic house with an interconnected ecosystem of appliances governed by AI

When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Tortona, 27/bis
Opening time: 11:00 - 21:00


A series of exhibitions that include a Lamborghini installations by Carlo Ratti.


When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021

Where: Via Tortona 27

Opening time: 11:00 - 21:00

Mosca Partners - Design Variations 2021
An international exhibit with installations and design objects in Palazzo Litta

When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Corso Magenta, 24
"Houseboat" by Lucio Micheletti w/ Rubner Haus
An installation that celebrates man's relationship with nature and proposes a new concept of living at sea as an example of sustainable lifestyle

When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via San Vittore, 21
Opening time: 10:00 - 20:00
Nitto - "Search for Light"
Japanese manufacturer Nitto and architect Kaoru Mende created a labyrinth to show visitors Nitto's new light control technlogy Raycrea.

When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Tortona, 32
Opening time: 10:00 - 20:00
"SPAZIO MENTALE = AMBIENTE" by Federico Clapis
The new personal exhibit by Italian artist Federico Clapis

When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Pietro Maroncelli, 14
Opening time: 10:00 - 19:00
DIN by Konstantin Grcic meets Luigi Ghirri – Between the Lines
An exhibit curated by Sarah Cosulich with works from the collection of Mutina's CEO, Massimo Orsini, in the showroom designed by Patricia Urquiola.

When: 4/9/2021 - 23/9/2021
Where: Via Cernaia, 1/A
Opening time: 10:00 - 19:00
MOOOI "Beauty Blooms"
Presentation of the Hortensia Chair by Andres Reisinger and Júlia Esqué.

When: 4/9/2021 - 6/9/2021
Where: Via Rivoli, 2
Opening time: 10:00 - 19:00
Six Milano / Galleria "Mezzoterra Mezzomare" by Michelangelo Pistoletto
Two art installations from a project by Michelangelo Pistoletto in collaboration with Juan E. Sandoval

When: 4/9/2021 - 12/9/2021
Where: Via Scaldasole, 7
Opening time: 11:00 - 19:30
"Materiorama" by Constance Guisset
An installation that celebrates and puts in dialogue the material system and the color palettes of the Fenix group brands

When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Quintino Sella 1
Opening time: 9:00 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 18:00
Pianca & Partners - "Emerging Lines"
An exhibition dedicated to the work of 3 young talents: Giuseppe Arezzi, Maddalena Selviniand Flatwig Studio

When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via di Porta Tenaglia 7N3
Opening time: 10:00 - 21:00
Timothy Oulton by Nomad Selection
A new space that will serve both as an exhibition space with light solutions and furniture and a location for events.

When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Pontaccio 19
Opening time: 10:00 - 21:00
"Natural Capital" by CRA - Carlo Ratti Associati
Carlo Ratti designs an installation in Brera Botanical Garden

When: 4/9/2021 - 9/9/2021
Where: Via Brera, 28
Bodyfriend: Today No Curves
An immersive experience in the concept of mindfullness, or the fullness of "living" and awareness of oneself and one's body.

When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Manzoni, 43
Opening time: 10:00 - 20:00
Alpha District - Hysteria
Nine designers reinterpret the social history of hysteria through their work.

When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Piazza Gino Valle
Opening time: 10:00 - 19:00
Stone Island
Prototype Research_series 05 Copper Nanotechnology On Raso. A show that will recount the research and developement of Stone Island's cutting edge technical processess.

When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Savona, 54
Opening time: 10:00 - 19:00
Paul & Shark x Queebo
An installation by Stefano Giovannoni in the windows of Paul & Shark's store.

When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Monte Napoleone, 16
Opening time: 11:00 - 19:00
FREITAG x Circle "Ad Absurdum"
The Freitag archive becomes a mean of interpretation of consumer behavior in modern society.

When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Achille Maiocchi, 7
Opening time: 10:00 - 19:00
Sunday 5 September
KALEIDOSCOPE Office Goals @ Spazio Maiocchi
A public talk between curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and architect Valerio Olgiati followed by a music performance

When: 5/9/2021
Where: Via Achille Maiocchi, 7
Opening time: 16:30

Gucci Cartoleria
A temporary store with stationery accessories by Gucci.

When: 5/9/2021 - 17/9/2021
Where: Via Manzoni, 19
Opening time: 10:00 - 19:00

Ikea "Temporary Home" @ BASE Milano
The living of the future according to Ikea based on creativity, sustainability and research in the field of innovation.

When: 5/9/2021 - 12/9/2021
Where: Via Bergognone, 34
Opening time: 10:00 - 20:00

Gufram celebrates one of the icons of Italian design with an installation that reproduces the famous Pratone designed by Ceretti, Derossi and Rosso in '71.

When: 5/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Piazza San Fedele

Hermès Home @ La Pelota
La collezione Home di Hermès in mostra a La Pelota a Milano.

When: 5/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Palermo 10

Valentino Act Collection Installation
A special installation inspired by the theater and by the brand's FW21 show in Valentino's boutique.

When: 5/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Monte Napoleone, 20
Valentino Takeover @ Via Dei Giardini Newsstand
Valentino transforms the newsstand in Via dei Giardini with photos of the new campaign and with the preview of the book "VLogo Signature Vol. II".

When: 5/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via dei Giardini 1
Interni Creative Connections @ Audi City Lab
An exhibit about the innovation of new Audi automotives

When: 5/9/2021 - 27/9/2021
Where: Via della Spiga, 26
Opening time: 10:00 - 22:00
IED @ Supersalone – “The Lost Graduation Show” by Anniina Koivu
170 progetti di studenti IED provenienti da tutta Europa esposti al Supersalone

When: 5/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Arena padiglione 4 - Supersalone Rho - Fiera Milano

Issey Miyake - In the Making

A project that explores the manufacturing processess of the brand's clothing.


When: 5/9/2021 - 19/9/2021

Where: Via Bagutta, 12

Opening time: 10:00 - 19:00

Ecal x Muji: Compact Life

A collection of housewares designed to make everyday life easier.


When: 5/9/2021 - 10/9/2021

Where: Via Torino 22

Opening time: 11:00 - 19:00

Savona 18 Suites “Objets” by Elad Yifrach & Lito Karakostanoglou
Art objects inside an exclusive boutique hotel with an olfactory ambience by Campomarzio70 and special cocktails

When: 5/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Savona, 18
Rick Owens - Dialog With Emerging Italian Designers
The exhibition will put the design works of Rick Owens' atelier in dialogue with those made by contemporary Italian sculptural⁠ì design artists.

When: 5/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Cesare Balbo, 32
AQVA by Artemest
An exhibit of artworks and design pieces connected by the theme of water

When: 5/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Senato 22
Opening time: 11:00 - 20:00
Marsell - "Fluid Crust Surgery" by Raquel Quevedo
An organic performance installation by the artist Raquel Quevedo in collaboration with Etage Gallery and Quei Studio.

When: 5/9/2021 - 19/9/2021
Where: Via Privata Rezia, 2
Opening time: 10:00 - 13:00 / 15:00 - 19:00
"Mass" Collection Presentation by Agglomerati Studio & Fred Ganim
Agglomerati Studio presents its new stone furniture collection

When: 5/9/2021 - 12/9/2021
Where: Via Marco Aurelio, 21
Paola Zani presents "Igea" Sofa by Maddalena Casadei
The presentation of a new modular couch by Maddalena Casadei.

When: 5/9/2021 - 12/9/2021
Where: Via Marco Aurelio, 21
Nilufar @ ALCOVA
Brassless curated by Studio Vedèt

An exhibition that explores the meaning and potential of materials, staging 11 projects that investigate the physical and visual properties of matter.

When: 5/9/2021 - 12/9/2021
Where: Via Simone Saint Bon, 1
Opening time: 11:00 - 19:00
Mingardo / A Flame for Research - Ten Candleholders to Fight Cancer
Daniele Mingardo, from the homonymous metallic carpentry, has invited ten internationally acclaimed designers to support the Mario Negri pharmacological research institute IRCC.

When: 5/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Piazza Luigi Vittorio Bertarelli, 4
Opening time: 10:00 - 18:00
Potocco @ Supersalone / Tale of Objects
Keel collection, designed by Mario Ferrarini and Victor Vasilev, presented in an installation designed by the artistic director Chiara Andreatti.

When: 5/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Rho, Hall 4 Stand K03
Opening time: 10:00 - 19:00
Potocco @ Mo. 1950
Pieces from the new collection, Tibes chair by Gregorio Facco, Intreccio table by Nava + Arosio, Velis chair by Mario Ferrarini.

When: from 5/9/2021
Where: via Molino delle Armi, 14
Opening time: 10:00 - 18:00
"Present Continuous" by Simple Flair w/ Lapalma
The opening of "riviera - creative space" with an installation curated by Simple Flair.

When: 5/0/2021 - 29/9/2021
Where: Via Gorani, 4
Opening time: 10:00 - 18:00
BP+P Boffa Petrone & Partners / HANG. Seeding the future
A site-specific installation dedicated to the world of soilless crops as a response to the alarming scenario that is characterizing our time with a program of daily talks by Oscar Farinetti (7/09, h. 18:00), Leonardo Caffo (8/09, h 18:00) and Eugenio Cesaro (9/09, h 18:00)

When: 5/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Tortona 21
Opening time: 10:00 - 19:00
Vivienne Westwood / "Orbital" by Michele Chiossi
An investigation of the artist on the Orb, the logo of Vivienne Westwood, as a symbol of history projected into the future that in the works of Michele Chiossi becomes a capacitor of possible meanings.

When: 5/9/2021 - 18/9/2021
Where: Corso Venezia, 25
Opening time: 10:30 - 19:00
BARATTO Exhibition
A pavilion at BASE Milano with artist's live-working, takeovers and a series of works from indipendent creatives.

When: 5/9/2021 - 12/9/2021
Where: Via Bergognone, 34
Alpha District - "Cattedrali" Exhibition
An open air exhibition that re-imagines the idea of public spaces.

When: 5/9/2021 - 12/9/2021
Where: Piazza Gino Valle
Monday 6 September

Ermenegildo Zegna x Riva 1920

An installation of the brand's boutique with a selection of garments from the #UseTheExisting line, exhibited together with some eco-natural living elements of Riva 1920, in Kauri wood.

When: from 6/9/2021
Where: Via Monte Napoleone, 27/E

Simone Guidarelli x Officinarkitettura® "Walldesign"
Together with Officinarkitettura® and Matrix, designer Simone Guidarelli presents his Walldesign collection. Invitation only.

When: 6/9/2021
Where: Corso Venezia, 7
Opening time: 10:00 - 23:00
Installations and furniture dedicated to the design of tomorrow's spaces.

When: 6/9/2021 - 12/9/2021
Where: Via Varese 15
Opening time: 10:00 - 18:00

40 years of Galleria Rossella Colombari

The prestigious international design gallery opens its doors to the public on the occasion of its anniversary.


When: 6/9/2021 - 11/9/2021

Where: Via Pietro Maroncelli 10

Opening time: 11:00 - 19:00

"Welcome" Collection Launch w/ Philippe Starck
The launch of the collection designed by French industrial architect/designer Philippe Starck for Lualdi.

When: 6/9/2021
Where: Foro Buonaparte 74
Tuesday 7 September

Sunnei / Unveiling of installation by NM3
Artist NM3 created an installation for the Sunnei flagship store that will be unveiled for brand's community.

When: 7/9/2021
Where: Via Vincenzo Vela 8
Opening time: 18:00

Nilufar Depot
An eclectic selection of curated projects, installations and unique pieces to tell the beauty of design and contemporary art.

When: from 7/9/2021
Where: Viale Vincenzo Lancetti, 34
Opening time: 10:00 - 19:00
Nilufar Gallery @ Via della Spiga
Exhibitions and works by Bethan Laura Wood, Audrey Large, Analogia Project, Filippo Carandini.

When: from 7/9/2021
Where: Via della Spiga, 32
Opening time: 10:00 - 19:30
Wednesday 8 September
Janus et Cie Serengeti Collection by Philippe Starck

When: 8/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Borgospesso 7, Cortile 5
Opening time: 10:00 - 20:00

Esperienza Sensoriale Olfattiva w/ Omnia Profumi

An olfactory experience with Omnia Profumi inside an historical Milanese tram. Invitation only.


When: 8/9/2021

Where: Piazza Castello, 2

Opening time: 17:30 - 18:00 (1st slot) 18:00 - 18:30 (2nd slot)

Thursday 9 September
Ro Plastic Prize 2021 - Award Ceremony
The award ceremony for the responsible innovation competition launched by Rossana Orlandi. With the Las Tejedoras group and their hand-crafted recycled carpet.

When: 9/9/2021
Where: Via San Vittore, 21
Friday 10 September

Puma/AC Milan - "She Moves Us - The Workshop"

The young designers from the Milan universities will be the main characters of an exclusive workshop managed by PUMA and AC Milan that - with the help of the PUMA creators - will reinterpret the club colors for the creation of unique items. Informations here.


When: 10/9/2021

Where: Via Aldo Rossi, 8

Opening time: 10:00 - 19:00

"Bodypack" By Stefano Boeri Interiors x Nava Design Milano
The new collection by Nava Design Milano in collaboration with Stefano Boeri Interiors. Invitation only.

When: 10/9/2021
Where: Piazza Compasso d'Oro 1
Opening time: 18:00 - 21:00
An installation for both children and parents in the playing area of the Indro Montanelli Gardens. With a program of activities with Uniqlo that you can find here.

When: 10/9/2021 - 12/0/2021
Where: Parco Indro Montanelli (near the Corso Venezia gate)
Saturday 11 September
XL EXTRALIGHT® / "Mushroom" Stool Presentation
Presentation of the first prototype of the MUSHROOM stool, designed by the company's team led by Carlo Vecchiola together with the brand's art director Matteo Ragni. Invitation only.

When: 11/9/2021
Where: Via Andrea Ponti, 4
Opening time: 16:00 - 20:00
Party & Drinks
Saturday 4 September
Palinurobar / "Wine and other cultures"
A ceramic collection by Roberto Aponte inside a wine bar with curated drink list, kitchen and indipendent magazines.

When: from 4/9/2021
Where: Via Giovanni Paisiello, 28
Opening time: 18:00 - 1:00
Restart - Dj Ralf feat. Orchestra Sinfonica
Music and drinks in the Castello Sforzesco

When: 4/9/2021
Where: Piazza Castello
Opening time: 20:30 - 24:00
True to Food Garden Show
A showroom that hosts a botanical installation, a pop-up farm market, showcooking and tastings.

When: 4/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Manzoni, 47
Opening time: 10:00 - 21:00
Heineken® Greener Bar
Beers everyday in a completely sustainable concept-bar with appointments and talks every day starting at 18:00

When: 4/9/2021 - 12/9/2021
Where: Corso Venezia, 16
Sunday 5 September
Giardino Ventura - DESIGN AD-VENTURES
An open garden with workshop, exhibits, street food and music

When: 5/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Where: Via Privata Giovanni Ventura 12
Opening time: 19:00 - 23:30
Friday 8 September
Italian Riviera Glamour Night
A night at Officina Milano with Portofino Dry Gin and a DJ Set by Apple Jack. RSVP is mandatory by Semptember 7th.

When: 8/9/2021
Where: Via Giovenale 7
Opening time: 19:00 - 24:00