Fuorisalone 2022: the shows not to miss

Memphis Again, Triennale di Milano
Memphis Again, Triennale di Milano

Special events, shows and setups that absolutely have to be visited, from historical retrospectives to the debut of new talents. In temporary museums and in the temples of Milanese design

The Milanese design circuit never stops, museums and galleries are open and visitable all year round, always ready to welcome aficionados or the merely curious with a rich schedule that is constantly being updated. But during the Design Week, the opportunities for delving deeper grow. Here are our ‘indispensable’ destinations


Galleria Rossana Orlandi
via Matteo Bandello 14-16

Like every year, Rossana Orlandi, the ‘lady of design’, hosts creatives, craftspeople and designers with the RoCOLLECTIBLE 2022 | Designers & Crafters event in her three-storey gallery and in the courtyards of the nineteenth-century Case Candiani. “There is no work of design or craftsmanship that isn’t born from a prototype created by the hands of its author. Everything is design, just as everything is craftsmanship: it is the creative’s skill that transforms a product into a work”, said Orlandi. Special events for the Fuorisalone 2022 Les AMI de Ro, with which Citroën presents its 100% electric vehicle decorated for the occasion by five designers, and The Danish House, a collective of Danish companies and designers. Confirmed, the temporary RoBar on the internal veranda; Curated by the crew at Aimo&Nadia bistRo, it’s open from breakfast to happy hour and is one of the ‘classic’ meeting places throughout the week.

RoBar. (ph. Lorenzo Gaioni)
RoBar. (ph. Lorenzo Gaioni)
Les AMI de Ro, Citroën. (ph. Lorenzo Gaioni)
Les AMI de Ro, Citroën. (ph. Lorenzo Gaioni)
Off-White, Home collection. (ph. Lorenzo Gaioni)
Off-White, Home collection. (ph. Lorenzo Gaioni)

Nilufar Gallery and Nilufar Depot
Via della Spiga 32 and Viale Lancetti 34

Just a few weeks after the inauguration of the new rooms at Nicelli Airport on Venice’s Lido Island, the tireless Nina Yashar updates the setups of her historic Milanese spaces with brand new projects. “We want to represent today’s zeitgeist, which no longer corresponds to single choices, but to abundance, heterogeneity, opposites that meet, mix and converse. Contemporary taste is not defined by an exclusive type of style, but by the appreciation of visual culture as a whole,” said the founder of Nilufar. In the former warehouse on Viale Lancetti, in the large atrium and the post-industrial ‘balconies’ there are new projects and exhibitions by names like Analogia Project, Bethan Laura Wood, Patrick TuttoFuoco as well as a solo show by Andrés Reisinger, pioneer of the metaverse and digital design. On Via della Spiga, among others, there’s Reborn Project sponsored by Ginori 1735 and curated by Frédéric Chambre, with raw pieces from the manufactory rendered unique by the interventions of nine artists.

Khaled El Mays on show at Nilufar. (ph. Ruy Teixeira)
Khaled El Mays on show at Nilufar. (ph. Ruy Teixeira)

Hermès
La Pelota, via Palermo 10@Brera Design District

In the shadow of the former sferisterio, Hèrmes builds four structures coloured by their different geometry. Like large vessels, they protect the French maison’s new home collection, which this year is focused on textiles and offers super-lightweight cashmere throws.

ph. Lorenzo Gaioni
ph. Lorenzo Gaioni

Doppia Firma
Palazzo Litta, Corso Magenta 34@5Vie Art & Design

In the 5Vie area, in the Baroque spaces of Palazzo Litta, Doppia Firma displays objects that arise from the meeting of design and making. Creative couples composed of a designer and a craftsperson give life to offerings that fuse two design visions: on the one hand experimental ideas, and on the other workshop-based know-how. The initiative is curated by Fondazione Cologni, Michelangelo Foundation and Living. The centrepiece of the event is the installation site specific by Ferruccio Laviani.

Littargicous, designer Ferruccio Laviani, artisan Leone Villari. (ph. Lorenzo Gaioni)
Littargicous, designer Ferruccio Laviani, artisan Leone Villari. (ph. Lorenzo Gaioni)
Sinbad, designer Kustaa Saksi, artisan TextielMuseum TextielLab. (ph. Lorenzo Gaioni)
Sinbad, designer Kustaa Saksi, artisan TextielMuseum TextielLab. (ph. Lorenzo Gaioni)

Alcova
via Simone Saint Bon 1

You have to get off at the Inganni stop of the number 1 metro and walk a few hundred metres to reach the former Military Hospital of Baggio, chosen again this year as the location for off circuit by the curators of Alcova, Valentina Ciuffi and Joseph Grima, who offer a selection of experimental works by emerging international creatives. Enchanting and decadent, the structure is perfect for hosting the exhibition project that, on the one hand, wants to bring life back to forgotten places in the city, and on the other give space to designers who don’t have access to the ‘classic’ circuits of the Fuorisalone.

Il Tempio. (ph. Lorenzo Gaioni)
Il Tempio. (ph. Lorenzo Gaioni)
Superflower Studio, Florescence. (ph. Lorenzo Gaioni)
Superflower Studio, Florescence. (ph. Lorenzo Gaioni)
Duyi Han, Ordinance of the Subconscious Treatment (ph. Lorenzo Gaioni)
Duyi Han, Ordinance of the Subconscious Treatment (ph. Lorenzo Gaioni)

Memphis Again
Triennale di Milano, viale Alemagna 6

Staged in the Curva Gallery of the Triennale, the exhibition Memphis Again brings together, in chronological order, over two hundred pieces of furniture and objects created by the collective that was founded in 1981 by Ettore Sottsass Jr. This is neither a tribute nor a historicization: the exhibition intends to re-draw attention to the philosophy underlying the Memphis Group’s work, the desire to explore the expressive and cultural possibilities of design beyond marketing or the simple adherence to market demands. The visitor moves freely through the space, in an atmosphere like that of a nightclub thanks to the low lights and the soundtrack selected especially for the occasion by the American DJ Seth Troxler.

ph. Delfino Sisto Legnani and Alessandro Saletta
ph. Delfino Sisto Legnani and Alessandro Saletta

ADI Design Museum
Piazza Compasso d’Oro 1

Open only for one year but already a reference point in the city (and beyond) for design enthusiasts, ADI Design Museum has organised, in conjunction with the design week, a rich schedule of talks and exhibitions designed to make the world of contemporary design understandable, in part through its historical roots. Still showing are the exhibitions Marco Zanuso and Alessandro MendiniDesign e Architettura and Podium 16. Olivetti’s Compasso d’Oro Awards; Among the events, things will be kicked off by the interesting La casa nella casa – Omaggio a Dino Gavina, a 1:1 reproduction of the ‘refuge’ created by the Bolognese entrepreneur inside his own home, a sort of cube in which to isolate and find himself, a space connected to the private sphere, shown to the public on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. Through 12 June, the museum will remain open until 10pm.

ph. Martina Bonetti
ph. Martina Bonetti
ph. Martina Bonetti
ph. Martina Bonetti

BASE
via Bergognone 34 – via Tortona 54

The circular economy, biodiversity, co-designing processes and new approaches to learning are at the centre of the collective We Will Design at BASE. ‘Micro utopias and intuitions, visionary and radical ideas’ are the protagonists in the They Will Design section, reserved for students between 18 and 26 years of age who were invited to contend with the most pressing issues of the day to show what would happen if the new generations ran the world right now.

ph. Lorenzo Gaioni
ph. Lorenzo Gaioni

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