The 53rd edition of Milan Design Week has started on the 8th of April and will continue until the 13th. The main event of the week is the Salone del Mobile, a furniture fair held in the north-west outskirts of Milan (within the new Fiera di Milano exhibition complex, in the city of Rho), visited every year by around 200.000 people. The furniture fair will be open to the general public only over the week end; for the rest of the week access to the exhibition is restricted to professionals of the sector.
As every year, alongside the official exhibition, the Design Week will be completed by the Fuorisalone, a week-long series of informal events, art and design exhibitions, concerts and parties that perhaps catch the public’s attention even more than the Salone. Most of the Fuorisalone events take place in three different areas of the city, “zona Tortona” (the fashion and design district), “zona Brera” (a posh area in the city centre) and Lambrate (where mainly young designers exhibit their works), and are held both in private and public spaces, some of which normally closed to the public. Among the nicest spots that host the Fuorisalone events, there is the University of Milan courtyard. In the courtyard, a 16th century listed colonnade, a series of big installations have been set up as part of an exhibition organised, this year, by Italian design magazine Interni. Amongst these, remarkably, “Scale Infinite”, a wooden stair, several meters tall, that leads nowhere but offers a nice view on the colonnade.