From 12,100 visitors in 1961 to 297,460 in 2010 and growing from 11,000 m2 of display space to more than 200,000 m2, the Milan Furniture Fair’s success comes down to its endless innovation.
Celebrating 50 years in April, the Milan Furniture Fair will take centre stage at the Milan Fairgrounds in Rho from 12–17 April, 2011. This year’s event will provide the opportunity to see, touch and try the world’s best products in home furnishings, from beds, wardrobes and chairs to lighting, office furniture and fabrics.
This year’s exhibitions – Salone Internazionale del Mobile (International Furniture Exhibition), Euroluce (International Lighting Exhibition), SaloneUfficio (International Biennial Workspace Exhibition) and SaloneSatellite – will see the city of Milan, providing an opportunity for reflection on design, creativity and culture.
The International Furniture Exhibition will showcase more than 1,450 exhibitors’ goods, including home furniture and homewares, incorporating classic and modern designs. There will be a new layout for the areas assigned to the exhibitors, with an extension of the “design sector” exhibition area.
The 26th edition of the International Lighting Exhibition, commonly known as Euroluce, will display an all-encompassing range of lighting, including street lighting, technical illumination, light sources and control systems. A special area will be devoted to last generation devices, where technology of the near future will be on display.
The International Biennial Workspace Exhibition (SaloneUfficio) is the leading showcase for topquality furniture and accessories for workspaces, including offices, banks, public and community spaces, as well as home offices and workstations. Two experiential spaces will also present the “office of the future.”
SaloneSatellite fosters contact between young designers and manufacturers. Many pieces presented as prototypes at previous SaloneSatellites have gone into production and many of the participating designers have become interesting figures in design. A jury of international figures in design, architecture and manufacturing will select the three best projects from two categories. With more than 700 young designers and 20 design schools, it continues to be a highly competitive event facilitating contact between design and business.