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10 Featured Installations and Exhibitions at Milan Design Week 2024

Image is courtesy of Issey Miyake

Ahead of this year's Milan Design Week, numerous prominent brands and studios in the design, interior, and fashion sectors will unveil expansive installations spanning the city center, industrial venues, and modernist estates in Milan's periphery. In anticipation of Milan Design Week, we've curated a selection of ten must-visit exhibitions and installations.

SR_A x Kohler 

At Palazzo Senato, via Senato, 10, Milan 

Samuel Ross stands out as a notable figure in today's art scene, embodying versatility as a painter, sculptor, fashion and product designer. Having apprenticed under Virgil Abloh and contributed to projects with Donda, Kanye West's creative venture, Ross's industrial design studio, SR_A, has been commissioned by the American brand Kohler to create a cutting-edge smart toilet named Formation 02, featuring a starkly minimalist design. Additionally, he has been tasked with crafting a large sculptural installation that explores the intricacies of water flow and management. It will be intriguing to witness how Ross translates his artistic vision into this industrial realm. This isn't his first foray into such collaborations, and typically, his outcomes align seamlessly with his ambitious artistic aspirations.

Image is courtesy of Kohler

Flower Up 

At Gattinoni Hub, via Statuto, 2, Milan 

Agostino Iacurci, Sara Ricciardi, and Nico Vascellari are among the artists and designers who have collaborated with glo for art in recent times. This mobile project was established to champion art and foster cultural dissemination, manifesting in installations that interact with public spaces. This year's featured artist is illustrator Emiliano Ponzi, who will unveil "Flower Up," a tunnel designed to transport visitors from reality to a dreamlike state through a vibrant array of shapes and colors.

Image is courtesy of glo for art


At Palazzo Isimbardi, corso Monforte 35 

Palazzo Isimbardi will be the venue for Lasvit's Re/Creation exhibition, showcasing a grand outdoor installation crafted from fused glass. Named Porta and conceived by art director Maxim Velcovsky, this installation was created in Europe's largest kiln. Additionally, Lasvit will unveil a fresh collection by Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune at the exhibition, titled Nebula. The collection will feature table lamps available in two sizes, along with a ceiling light.

Image is courtesy of Lasvit

The Art of Dreams 

At Palazzo Clerici, via Clerici 5, Milan 

Transforming the intricacies of a product into a spatial environment, an interactive scenario, or an immersive encounter has become one of the most prevalent methods for brands to convey their vision. The installation titled "The Art of Dreams" delves into the notion of rhythm and repetition, drawing inspiration from the Pepita motif initially introduced in Porsche 356 C and 911 models. The design collective Numen/For Use animates the monochromatic diagonals of the Pepita motif into a monumental immersive masterpiece.

Image is courtesy of Porsche

Making Sense of Color 

At Garage 21, via Archimede, 26, Milano 

When a powerhouse like Google steps into the arena, even amidst the bustling milieu of Milan Design Week where design visions and brands converge, it merits attention, particularly for those intrigued by interaction and tech design. This year, Google's exploration delves into the realm of color and its sensory allure, presented through a site-specific installation promising awe-inspiring moments via a sophisticated multisensory journey. The installation, crafted by Ivy Ross, Google's Vice President of Hardware Design, alongside her design team, is a collaborative effort with the arts+research laboratory Chromasonic.

Image is courtesy of Google

Time Traveler by Nilufar

At Via Lancetti 34, via della Spiga 32, Milan

This year, the collectible-design gallery Nilufar, boasting two Milan locations, will be hosting the Time Traveler exhibition. At its Via della Spiga venue, it will unveil new solo exhibitions by designers Draga & Aurel and Maarten de Ceulaer, alongside a collection of American vintage pieces from the 1960s. Meanwhile, at Viale Lancetti, visitors can expect to see new works by designers and studios such as Andrés Reisinger, Allegra Hicks, and Objects of Common Interest. The exhibition will also feature creations by Bethan Laura Wood and Martino Gamper, along with an installation by the lava stone brand Ranieri.

Photo is by Alessandro Oliva

Fold and Crease by Issey Miyake 

At via Bagutta 12, Milan

Issey Miyake's Milan exhibition, titled Fold and Crease, will showcase a collaborative project with the Dutch collective We Make Carpets. Together, they have developed a series of installations aimed at capturing the artisanal essence of Miyake's fashion. These installations will be composed of "abundant amounts of ordinary objects" arranged in a manner resembling weaving, reminiscent of We Make Carpets' previous works featuring "rugs" crafted from plastic bottles and paperclips.

Image is courtesy of Issey Miyake

JOY at House of Switzerland Milano

Casa degli Artisti, via Tommaso da Cazzaniga, Corso Garibaldi, 89/A, Milan

Spanning three floors at the Casa Degli Artisti in Milan, the House of Switzerland will host a diverse collection of designs by both emerging talents and established designers. The exhibition, delving into "the subtleties of joy and its correlation with design," will showcase captivating pieces including ropes, ladders, seesaws, and swings. Notable installations will include the 4321-market, presenting souvenirs emblematic of the relationship between Switzerland and South Korea, as well as the Out of the Woodworks exhibition, where designers will craft new pieces from preexisting wooden objects.

Image is courtesy of House of Switzerland

Rude Arts Club by Faye Toogood

CC-Tapis showroom, Piazza Santo Stefano 10, Milan

In collaboration with Tacchini and CC-Tapis, Toogood introduces the Rude Arts Club. The designer has transformed the CC-Tapis showroom for this exhibition, crafting distinctive spaces to showcase the collaboration.

Photo is by John William

Baranzate Ateliers

Via Gaudenzio Fantoli 16/3, Milan

An expansive industrial structure will serve as the backdrop for Baranzante Ateliers, an endeavor spotlighting emerging designers in unconventional environments, with the goal of revitalizing the notion of medieval guilds. The showcase will display collectible designs by various designers and European collectives, such as Belgium is Design, alongside art pieces and performances.

Image is courtesy of Baranzante Ateliers


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