April sees the biggest event in Italy’s design calendar, Milan Design Week. Here we take a look at Il Fuorisalone, the series of exhibitions that celebrate design throughout the city.
With over two thousand designers and brands showcasing their latest products from more than 165 countries, the event is a who’s who of the biggest names in design. Peroni offers an insider’s guide to the most exciting exhibitions and installations with Milan-based photographer, Laura La Monaca.
Navigli, the oldest district in Milan, has a more relaxed atmosphere than the rest of the city. With its long canal-side walkways and beautiful bars and restaurants, the exhibitions that are shown here reflect the laid-back character of the neighbourhood.
Zona Tortona, a rural area turned industrial centre of Milan, takes on a life of its own during Il Fuorisalone. The normally quiet district becomes abuzz with exhibitions and excited tourists searching out the seemingly endless installations.
Milan’s Old Town, 5 Vie has been rejuvenated in recent years thanks to Il Fuorisalone and is now something of a cultural hub in the heart of Milan. Just steps from the Duomo, locals and tourists wander this open-air museum throughout the year and during Milan Design Week you can see some truly fantastic sights.
Brera, known as the artistic heart of the city, is full of quaint shops and artisans selling canvases and paints. During Milan Design Week this is one of the busiest districts with many designers looking to the magnificent architecture for inspiration.