Everyone loves to party at Salone del Mobile, there’s no doubt about it. But over the last couple of years, we have noticed that the party has definitely started to feed into the exhibitions themselves. New launches are getting paired with a negroni, brands are popping up with culinary installations, and furniture is getting a disco makeover. We invite you to party on with us via our top dinner, drink and disco exhibitions at Milan Design Week…
Make A D(w)ish at 28 Posti
During Milan Design Week at Navigli-side restaurant 28 Posti Chef Marco Ambrosini and industrial designer Odo Fioravanti ask: what makes a dish a dish? The duo has created a six-course tasting menu conceived as a tongue-in-cheek meeting of food and design that pits Fioravanti’s obstacle course-like tableware against Ambrosini’s inventive Campanian-style fare. The menu includes patisserie-style macarons flavoured with anchovy, a Duchamp inspired ‘ready-made’ Pasta al Pomodoro, and a course simply titled ‘empty dish’ — a nod to the dwindling portion sizes in upscale restaurants. The outcome is a cleverly thought out concept menu that, thankfully, doesn’t take itself too seriously.
17-22 April; Via Corsico 1; www.28posti.org
Disco Gufram at Mediateca
Party with the likes of ‘Charly’, ‘Betsy’, ‘Stanley’ and ‘Tony’ in Milan this year with Gufram’s soul-powered furniture collection at the Wallpaper* Handmade Mediateca space this year. These Disco-going characters hark back to the Italian brand’s disco design past for a playful new collection that is imbued with typical Gufram exuberance. Each collaboration is developed organically: beginning with Dutch artist duo Rotganzen, whose signature disco balls (originally created for site-specific installations) feature on a series of lacquered cabinets (pictured). Read about the rest of the collection here
17-22 April; Via della Moscova 28; www.gufram.it
Chez Nina by India Madhavi at Nilufar
Puppeteer of immersive wonderlands India Mahdavi has masterminded a refined exclusive club environment inside the coveted gallery. Taking its name from Nina Yashar (founder of Nilufar Gallery), the space is all wrapped up in textured De Gournay wallpaper, complete with Mahdavi-drawn geometric patterns on a sweeping silk mural. Opulent furnishings by Gio Ponti, Martino Gamper and more from Yashar’s collections pepper the space, alongside bespoke acid candy table tops. This spot is a place for after dark tipples, rumour swapping and relaxation.
17-22 April; Via Della Spiga 32; www.nilufar.com
Gabriel Scott at Bar Basso
Montreal-based design studio Gabriel Scott is inspired by Bar Basso’s fierce Negroni Sbagliato for his exhibition at the iconic haunt. Working together with its prolific owner, Maurizio Stocchetto, the pair have realised a lighting installation in blown-glass and new custom satin copper, alongside copper hardware and alabaster glass to compliment the original 1960s decor.
17-22 April; Via Plinio, 39; www.gabriel-scott.com
Daniel’s Café at Palazzo Swarovski
The crystal giants are bringing a hint of its hometown to Milan this year with a pop-up Daniel’s Café. The Wattens-based eatery will be serving up Viennese patisserie to go alongside its glittering new collections. Menu highlights include a twist on Daniel Swarovski’s personal favourite, a cake with almonds, chocolate and blackberry jam, and flavoured macarons and praline chocolates.
17- 22 April; The Courtyard at Palazzo Serbelloni, Corso Venezia 16; www.atelierswarovski.com
Bar Anne by Space Encounters
Part exhibition, part bar, and (say its creators) part ‘fun happening’, Bar Anne is a space ‘by designers, for designers’. Amsterdam’s Space Encounters is presenting interactive work from the likes of Mae Engelgeer and Sabine Marcelis, alongside an immersive installation from Children of the Light. This is a place to be at home: guests will be free to try and test each design as desired. ‘Sit on them, jump on them and even sleep on them’. As the week draws to a close, the latter might be necessary.
17-21 April, Corso di Porta Ticinese, 95,; www.klaaskuiken.nl
The Diner by David Rockwell
Over in the vaults of Ventura Centrale, the New York-based architect channels his skills in hospitality and set design for an all-American diner concept. The Rockwell Group has teamed up with studio 2×4 and Surface magazine for the venture that will recreate four different environments. The culinary pop-up takes guests on an American road trip that travels from an Airstream-inspired coffee and pie bar to West Coast lounge via an East Coast-style classic diner.
17-22 April; Via Ferrante Aporti 15; www.rockwellgroup.com
Club Unseen by Studiopepe
Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinto of Studiopepe have realised a conceptual ‘members only’ space at a concealed Brera location. Club Unseen brings together historical and contemporary design with products from global brands including Dedar, Atelier de Troupe and Pulpo. The club continues the Milan-based creatives’ exploration of hospitality which last year saw them create The Visit, a sophisticated styled apartment.
By appointment only; Via Giovanni Raiberti 2; www.clubunseen.com
Vino & Design’s EustachiORA
Tree-lined Via Eustachi is being transformed into a district of wine and design during Salone del Mobile – all in the spirit of sharing. With the aim of overturning natural compeition between traders, EustachiORA will unite a selection of designers and wine makers in a week-long knees up. Taste, for example, a red ‘Natissa’ DOC at Polpetta D.O.C, together with the works of artist Paolo Anselmo, all the while learning the insider tricks and traits of Italian wine culture.
17-22 April, via Eustachi; www.vinoedesign.it