Salone Reveals Plans and Special Exhibits for 60th Edition

The Salone del Mobile is gearing up for its 60th edition with a return this June from the 7th-12th. The event will be held at Fiera Milano Rho in addition to new embedded key values such as quality, innovation, beauty and sustainability.

Following a successful “supersalone” and under the continued leadership of Salone del Mobile President Maria Porro, the show will use reusable or upcycled, low environmental impact, and FSC- or PEFC-certified materials for communal spaces and is encouraging exhibitors to do the same.

“We will see many companies at the Salone that are working hard to create furnishings with the wellbeing of the environment and of people in mind,” says Porro. “The Salone firmly believes in the need for a real and immediate ecological transformation, which is why it has decided to be an accelerator of ethical and virtuous behaviors, investing in a large project curated by the architect Mario Cucinella.”

Design with Nature ©Mario Cucinella Architects

Environmental and social wellbeing also inform the theme of Design with Nature, the installation designed by the architect Mario Cucinella for the Salone’s “birthday” and located in Pavilion 15 with S.Project: 1,400 m2, narrating a virtuous ecosystem that will ideally represent the future of home living. Three issues that the installation embodies and amplifies include: the urgent need for ecological transition, the home as the first building block in the urban fabric and the city as a mine.

The show will also bring together talks curated by Chiara Alessi, Maria Cristina Didero, and Beatrice Leanza,  and an exclusive performance at the Teatro alla Scala.

To tell the rich story of 60 editions of Salone, the show has organized La Scatola Magica (The Magic Box) at Palazzo Reale’s Sala delle Cariatidi, June 7-17. A leading group of Italian creatives will interpret Salone’s 11 institutional values — emotion, enterprise, quality, design, networking, communication, culture, young people, ingenuity, Milan, and savoir faire — through a multi-sensory experience featuring a monumental “camera obscura” as part of a 3-act show.

La Scatola Magica

Honoring key Salone figure Manlio Armellini, Salone has partnered with Milan Polytechnic University for a scholarship in his name benefitting deserving students embarking on a Masters in Furniture Design. 

A hit at the 2021 “supersalone,” the dynamic Identità Golose culinary concept will return for the 2022 show with one outpost in the Design with Nature project, dedicated to minimum waste and a sustainable approach to food, and with the primary outpost helping.

SaloneSatellite will spotlight 600 promising young designers. This year’s theme will  for Our Future Selves, with a strong focus on sustainability and the approach to design as the great equalizer.

Making a return after its debut in 2019, S.Project, the exhibition devoted to design products and large-scale project solutions, will highlight the most significant lines of research into surface and solutions that will allow the design of individual pieces to be transferred to that of whole environments.

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition and Workplace3.0 will be split into three style categories: Classic, Design, and xLux. The June event will also feature the biennial exhibitions EuroCucina, and its collateral event FTK (Technology For the Kitchen) and the International Bathroom Exhibition.

“Companies and creatives will be able to physically touch alternative materials that are already a reality and let themselves be inspired by a vision of urban areas as potential ‘mines’ of raw materials and reflect on the function of our homes as cells that make up a more complex organism: the city. The sustainability of the event is the competitive lever on which we want to focus with honesty, commitment, and transparency,” says Porro.