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Newsletter | Mar/Apr 2018


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2018 Milan Furniture Fair, April 17-22nd
by Conyee Chan


57th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano: 434,509 attendees and 1841 exhibitors, in 6 days, from 188 different countries, made for a 17% increase from 2016. 57th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano: 434,509 attendees and 1841 exhibitors, in 6 days, from 188 different countries, made for a 17% increase from 2016.

Somehow all the stars have aligned this year in the last minute, I decided to fly to Milan on the spur of the moment to check off the very top of my to-do list for the past few decades- Milan Furniture Show (Salone Del Mobile).

Not sure what to expect, I have attended many large scale international furniture shows in US and Asia. Why is this the most talked about event in the industry of all time?

Having studied architecture and italian in Roma for a semester almost 2 decades ago, I hope I could survive with my broken Italian. Just to make sure Iím not going alone, I posted my itinerary on facebook and wechat (chinaís facebook) and immediately learned friends who are designers, developers, furniture manufacturers, retailers are coming from all directions: San Francisco, Austin, Shanghai and Singapore.

As soon as I landed in the city, I realized The Milan Furniture Fair is truly the biggest celebrations in world of design. During this week, Milan, a city of 1.3 million, is flooded with over 435,00 attendees from 188 countries. Instead of paying 400-800 Euro per night, thank God I have a friend in Milan who graciously hosted me in their family apartment.

It is not just about furniture, 1400 events/art/installations celebrate innovation and trends in every corner of the city including furniture, fashion, technology, architecture, materials etc. Top brands from every industry like Prada, Moooi, to Sony and Mini Cooper, many with their own pavilions, containing special exhibits and events for duration of the week.




WeWork collaborated with HAY, the Danish design label, and speaker brand Sonos to create a pop up installation at the expansive Palazzo Clerici.


Conyee and Japanese architect Kengo Kumaís BREATH, large suspended coils of a special pollution-neutralising fabric.


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