Il Manifesto @ Salone Milan 2018

Il Manifesto @ Salone Milan 2018

Taking place in April each year, the Salone del Mobile sees more than 300,000 visitors descend upon the Italian city to attend the trade show and its associated satellite events, known as the Fuorisalone.

Now in its 57th year, the trade show underpins what is widely regarded as the design industry’s most important Design Week.

But the event has faced some criticism in recent years, over both its’ organisation and its content.

This has sparked the very first Salone del Mobile.Milano Manifesto, an affectionate tribute to the city, a declaration of intent geared to channeling the forces in Milan to work together to preserve the leadership role of both the city and the trade fair, and attract ideas, projects and new resources

The Salone del Mobile’s Manifesto targets these issues and more, with its rallying cry for the industry  …….. ” To give shape to the sort of design and architecture that is more conscious of the needs of a constantly evolving society. It also encourages companies, architects and designers participating in the fair to challenge production processes and service methods in order to Stay ahead of the Game“.


The Salone del Mobile Manifesto opens with the image of Milan at the centre of the process of renewal, and is intended to spearhead a new way of conceiving the trade fair and the city, with a view to consolidating the internationalisation process and the leadership role it has acquired over the years.

The Salone del Mobile explores its values, its deep-rooted connection with Milan and the companies, brands and designers that have made it a world leader, by promoting a high quality, innovative and creative future through Design.

The invitation to innovate is, in fact, a plea not to rest on our laurels, but to look beyond what has already been achieved and aim for sustainable quality, collaboration, inclusion and sharing, valorising young talent and the cultural heritage.

It is not just an affectionate gesture towards the city and all the actors that have contributed to its success, but is first and foremost a declaration of intent, laying the foundations for a new way of thinking, working as a system and designing.



Salone Del Mobile – Press Conference

7th Feb, 2018

The press conference for the 57th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano was held in the Bocconi University’s Aula Magna

It was presented by Barbara Stefanelli, Deputy Editor of the Corriere della Sera. Claudio Luti, President of the Salone del Mobile, Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan, and the architects Piero Lissoni, Fabio Novembre and Stefano Boeri

They had all gathered to comment on the first Salone del Mobile Manifesto and the cornerstones on which it hinges – Emotion, Business, Quality, Design, System, Young people, Communication, Culture, Milan at the Centrebasically all the strengths that have seen the Salone del Mobile become a global experience, the very best of its kind and an emotion, above all.



The Salone del Mobile’s success resides in the indefatigable industrial network that underpins it.  It is a manufacturing system driven by the interface between business people from small and large companies on one hand and designers and architects on the other, working together to create and project excellence.”

We need to up our game to overcome the global challengeThe Salone del Mobile now needs to keep evolving and consolidating its links with Milan. The first manifesto is a commitment to keep striving to do better, and is an invitation to Milan to keep networking, building on the centripetal and attractive power of the Salone and consolidating the city’s role as ‘the place to be’ for leading brands, their projects and their human and financial resources,” ………………  Claudio Luti , Salone del Mobile president



The Salone del Mobile is a distinctive Milanese brand. Much more than just a furniture exhibition, the Salone is an international event, a laboratory for experimentation and research, a meeting place and a showcase for new businesses – an unmissable appointment for designers and architects, who present, study and set trends here every year, with an increasing focus on sustainability.

In other words, the Salone is the best expression of Milan’s go-ahead, young, concrete and visionary spirit. I am quite sure the 2018 edition will serve to bolster its image even further ”  ………   Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan


57th Salone del Mobile Press Conference

Live from the Aula Magna of Bocconi University in #Milan, we broadcast the press conference of the 57th edition of Salone Del Mobile.Milano

Posted by Salone del Mobile.Milano on Wednesday, 7 February 2018


“Nobody should think they are better than the others, nobody should think they can do without the others. The Salone is the best mouthpiece for the enterprising, young, concrete and visionary spirit of the city of Milan”. ……………….. Giuseppe Sala



The guiding spirit of this edition of the Salone del Mobile is a new concept of system building, dovetailing with the best Milanese tradition, bringing together business and the quest for style, industry and aesthetics, which is why, every year in April, it is designated the international capital of design.

The story began in 1961, when a small group of furniture makers under the aegis of FederlegnoArredo decided to launch a trade fair free from confusion and misunderstanding.

Since then Milan and its Salone have rapidly come to resemble each other and together they constitute the most recent ongoing phenomenon in Italian history.

The power of the event, the solidity of the Federation and the vitality and creativity of the companies are the crucial ingredients for an unparalleled event that not only helps our businesses grow, but is also one of the most important manifestations of development in the Italian system as a whole.

Italy is the leading European country in terms of furnishing exports to the rest of the world.

Our vision is for internationalisation built on strong national foundations. Its skill at designing worlds means that Italian furniture design holds some trump cards as regards sketching out the scenarios of the future.

“The innovation and creativity of Italian products, underpinned by the coordinated action of businesses, associations and institutions, saw exports grow 1.7% in 2017, enabling us to achieve major goals on both the European and far flung markets, such as China, where Italy has become the leading supplier of furniture”, said Michele Scannavini, President of the Italian Trade Agency ICE.

“The Salone del Mobile is an effective illustration of our ability to create a system and, since its inception, ICE has worked closely with FederlegnoArredo on putting together a raft of strategic activities to stimulate interest and increase the number of participating international professionals, buyers, architects, interior designers and journalists in particular.”

………….. Emanuele Orsini, President of Federlegno Arredo Eventi







Milan at the Centre

Milan is the city with which other cities compare themselves most frequently and on which they model themselves. It is an international city. Milan is now made up of several different dimensions and its openness to the world and dynamism is projected in so many different ways.

Milan is the moral capital of a beautiful and culture-rich country – Italy – and has allowed its cosmopolitan character to emerge over the last few years, going beyond the industriousness that its inhabitants have always acknowledged.

Milan has become the “great Milan”.

Despite its small geographic footprint, like other great metropolises around the world, it has managed to centralise a number of excellent enterprises that now form the beating heart of the city itself. It is the 4.0 version of “Milano da bere” [Milan, good enough to drink], the “place to be” as the City Council claim goes, but it really is the place in which things take shape and are communicated.

The city’s new topography has changed the perspectives and flows of people, there is no longer one single nerve centre, rather more spaces, history and the new.

The Salone del Mobile’s exhibition space is of particular importance in the relationship between the event and the city. The fairgrounds, designed by Massimiliano Fuksas, aroused a great deal of scepticism ten years ago, with critics deriding the decision to move the exhibition pavilions out to Rho. The Salone del Mobile has proved them wrong.

Connected to the heart of the city by an efficient and practical underground system, with the High Speed train that gets to Turin in 50 minutes, Bologna in 60 minutes and Florence in 100 minutes, the Salone is the centre of the city of design.

For one week the geography of the city is redesigned and re-equilibrated, using areas normally vacant or seldom frequented as showcases and laboratories for experimentation and creativity all at once: this is the “Widespread Salone”, the evolution of the Fuorisalone concept.

Milan’s trump card during design week is without doubt the Salone del Mobile itself, drawing in the general public and business.

With the spontaneity and generosity of an inclusive city like Milan, this concentration of opinion leaders became the Fuorisalone, all the things that take place outside the boundaries of the fairgrounds.

Going beyond the concept of the Fuorisalone, the Salone transforms the city into a fluid space, open to a great many experiences and a great many opportunities for meeting and sharing.

The centrality of the Salone in terms of the geography of Milan should serve as a virtuous example and a possible model for the rehabilitation of the former Expo site, to enable that space to also become a central and attractive part of the city.


“As you go about the world, you realise just how unique this small, very intense metropolis is. Milan is a unique city that has managed to create a miracle. The hard work and innovation of the business world, the creative risk of the designers, the desire to invent new spaces – all this has gone into making Milanese and Italian design legendary and is still, even now, the crucial key to deciphering Milan”. …………….. Stefano Boeri




The Salone del Mobile is a system of connections, creativity and innovation.

Within the space of a week, more than three hundred thousand people converge on Milan: entrepreneurs, journalists, collectors, intellectuals, critics, designers, architects, creatives, purveyors of knowledge and nurturers of beauty. They meet up again each year during Salone week in a place where they know they will be greeted with a great raft of opportunities.

The Salone is an emotion first and foremost, transmitting positivity, enthusiasm, initiative and cheerfulness.

Companies that work and design are proud to invest in an event on which the eyes of the world will be trained; architects and designers channel their creativity in order to express it at the Salone.

The values of The Manifesto: “Emotion” – #SaloneDelMobile2018

As the Manifesto says, the Salone del Mobile.Milano is pure emotion. Let’s listen to Claudio Luti.#SaloneDelMobile #Milano #salonedelmobile2018 #iSaloni

Posted by Salone del Mobile.Milano on Wednesday, 21 March 2018


Emotion lies in putting together a project that will, in turn, transmit emotion and empathy; the event’s organisers work closely with the companies for a year, in order to provide them with the best possible platform.

This is why the Salone is so much more than just a trade fair.

It is a global experience that attracts professionals who are directly involved with the sector as well as people from outside the design business. Everybody wants to attend the Salone, to come into contact with creative people, innovative people, people who produce and people who buy. Companies, creatives, trend-seekers, all want to be in Milan, protagonists of the Salone del Mobile.

This sets in train a virtuous design – product – quality – innovation – city – value chain – that reflects the uniqueness of the Milan Salone. This virtuous process is made up of a number of essential parts, each of which is an important piece of the jigsaw that sets out the intentions of the new Manifesto.




More than 2,000 companies take part in the Salone del Mobile (30% of them from abroad), showcasing furnishing products that range from classic to design.

Behind the images of theatrical looking stands and displays perfect right down to the last detail, lies the work of the factories, the local production network (companies from Brianza) and the more distant network represented by the Veneto, the Marches, Tuscany and Apulia, as well as top quality goods from Germany, France, Belgium, America and more besides.

It is this industrial network, this manufacturing system, made up of small, very small artisan enterprises alongside the big manufacturers, that creates a solid basis for a successful fair, featuring foreign exhibitors amongst the top producers, enabling it to present the very best of a sector and its creative and productive fabric to the rest of the world.

The values of The Manifesto: “Enterprise” – #SaloneDelMobile2018

According to Claudio Luti, Italian entrepreneurs and their desire to create make the difference.#SaloneDelMobile #Milano #salonedelmobile2018 #iSaloni

Posted by Salone del Mobile.Milano on Thursday, 22 March 2018


The success of the Salone del Mobile.Milano is due entirely to the production system that underpins it, allowing it to showcase innovative products and processes every twelve months.

The affirmation of the Salone exhibitors and therefore of the Salone itself rests on this capacity for ongoing innovation. Innovation with regard to lines, to shapes, to market approach and sales, innovation in communication, even questioning some of the brand’s anchor points without denying its history

Ciclicity and Creativity – #SaloneDelMobile2018

A designer has to plan the birth and the death of the objects at the same time. Here is Fabio Novembre’s thought.#SaloneDelMobile #Milano #salonedelmobile2018

Posted by Salone del Mobile.Milano on Saturday, 10 March 2018


“The Salone del Mobile is an effective illustration of innovation and quality, craftsmanship and ability to create a system. The innovation and creativity of Italian products, underpinned by the coordinated action of businesses, associations and institutions, saw exports grow 1.7% in 2017 and enabled us to achieve major goals on both the European and far flung markets, such as China, where Italy has become the leading supplier of furniture”.  …………………. Michele Scannavini President Italian Trade Agency ICE


Creativity and Enterprise: the value of Made in Italy – #SaloneDelMobile2018

As Claudio Luti says, in Italy technology follows creativity.#SaloneDelMobile #Milano #salonedelmobile2018 #iSaloni

Posted by Salone del Mobile.Milano on Sunday, 25 March 2018


This is a duty that the Salone companies are bound to fulfil to an even greater extent than in the past, because competition has got sharper, time scales shorter and the market super-demanding. Only with continual innovation and high quality can the global challenge be won.

The Salone also has a duty to innovate itself, without compromising its very nature. It has to know how to challenge methods and criteria in a bid to raise standards and remain ahead of the game, with regard to both exhibition model and client service.

The phrase we’ve always done it like this has ceased to exist, replaced by a commitment to strive to do even better and achieve more than we already are.

Technology and Creativity – #SaloneDelMobile2018

Stefano Boeri talks about the design made in Milan, where creativity and technology meet the demand for new spaces.#SaloneDelMobile #Milano #salonedelmobile2018

Posted by Salone del Mobile.Milano on Tuesday, 13 March 2018




Milan is the city of publishing; the leading national newspapers have traditionally been located in Milan or decentralised offices, and design and fashion publishing takes place in Milan; furthermore, the Salone attracts more than 5,000 journalists from all over the world.

Agencies, creatives and graphic designers create the integrated communication system and make up the great community that is mobilised for a week and amplifies the history of the Salone.

A community that has expanded over the last few years, thanks to the digital world, to which the Salone looks with great interest and an eye for new projects.

The aim is to harness these new tools to create opportunities for development and ways in which to improve its own dissemination of information, breaking down barriers and frontiers.




Quality these days means sustainable quality, which involves keeping a close eye on all the parts of the production process – from design to industrial development, financial planning and the marketing and communication process, right up to after-sales service.

Sustainable quality does not consist of the green outcome in itself, i.e. the cardboard chair or bamboo glass.

Sustainable design is a new way of doing business that takes the end life of products into account, products that, by their very nature, are eternal because they are iconic objects still need to be potentially recycled.

It is the sort of design that increasingly encompasses the principles of the circular economy and greater environmental awareness, that considers an object well beyond its function alone, fostering and encouraging practices of sharing and reuse

Creating design these days means thinking about the future, its sustainability, not just in terms of the use of the materials but also of the productive processes, upholding certified and universally acknowledged quality standards first of all, but also thinking about design that will endure over time.

The next Triennale International Exhibition will focus on sustainability and the intrinsic quality of design, but right now the Salone is exploring the relationship between nature and living, with an exhibition / installation in the heart of the city that will trigger reflection on tomorrow’s living and on how to relate the design of an interior space to the nature of the external space.


“Carrying off a high quality project calls for complex alchemy and people who believe in it, such as the industrialists, the craftsmen and those who rise to the challenge on a daily basis to produce something […]; you need to be a bit crazy and be prepared to take risks, to throw yourself into it with all your heart and mind. Without all these factors you get precisely nowhere”. …………………  Piero Lissoni




The designers and architects, the main actors, along with the companies and the success of the home furnishing system, owe their fame partly to the Salone and partly also to the industrial city of Milan.

It has welcomed them and believed in their creative abilities, nurtured so many great Italian architects and designers, not just from the city itself, who have gone on to leave their mark,their prestigious signature all over the globe.

Great masters whose projects were launched at the Salone del Mobile, who have netted Compasso d’Oro awards for designs for everyday objects, are now putting their stamp on multi-award winning architecture in Dubai, New York, Beijing, London, Sydney, Tokyo, Chicago and many other international cities.

Design and Time – #SaloneDelMobile2018

Fabio Novembre says that everything takes its own time to develop, Salone del Mobile too.#SaloneDelMobile #Milano #salonedelmobile2018

Posted by Salone del Mobile.Milano on Thursday, 8 March 2018


Designers and architects come to Milan from all over the world, and the Salone is a more or less obligatory staging post, for getting to know themselves and others, for doing research and for bgarnering well-deserved recognition for their work or for laying the ground for future projects.

Today’s invitation from the Salone to Milan is addressed to its masters, to the architects and the designers who have contributed to the success of the event, to the growth of the brands and the evolution of the city.

It is now time for the Salone and Milan to look to the future and engage together again in a team game in which everyone has their own part to play, the accent must not merely be on physical architecture for the city, not just on new furnishings to showcase at the Salone, but also on new models of creating design and architecture, a new way of thinking and planning.

Design that goes beyond the things themselves, that looks at the people, the needs of a changing world searching for new signals, as well as at beauty and emotion in the little everyday things.

Let us continue to help Milan grow with fine new futuristic architecture as well as with conversions of old buildings, let us think in terms of a joint effort to create the model of a city that is increasingly beautiful and welcoming, not just during the Salone del Mobile



Young people

The Salone del Mobile has been nurturing promising young designers for more than twenty years at SaloneSatellite.

The event is a springboard for talented young people from across the globe, along with their own creations, prototypes of objects that could prove to be their passport into the world of design.

Many of them have been successful, finding the right companies to manufacture their creative designs; equally, these young creatives’ ideas often provide the lifeblood companies need for reworking the design of their own products.

It is at the Salone del Mobile that demand and supply meet, with a view to commercial, creative and cultural interchange.

These young people come from all over Italy and all over the world because Milan is a learning platform for creating knowledge that is then exported.

When they return to their countries of origin or are scattered about the world, they take with them the cultural bases, the methods and the styles they have learned in Milan.

Milan is a way of being, hard working, concrete, sincere and dynamic.




The Salone del Mobile provides an extraordinary opportunity to spread the culture of design, amongst other things.

History melds with the contemporary, the cultural and artistic heritage inspires the creativity of the future.

It is a chance for different forms of expression and different languages to meet and crosspollinate, triggering extremely high-level events and happenings.

It also provides an opportunity to experience and valorise the city of Milan’s immense cultural heritage to the full – the La Scala theatre, the network of City Museums, Palazzo Reale, the Pinacoteca di Brera, the company museums and Milan’s Historic House museums, and, especially, the Triennale.

Together they make up a treasure trove to be discovered and rediscovered, through their cross-pollination with creative expressions of design.

The time has come to make the Triennale into a dedicated space for design and architecture, a museum space that tells the story of so many other stories, of people, objects, businesses, happenings.

A Museum that does not exist, but one that Milan thoroughly deserves.

Is everything a project? – #SaloneDelMobile2018

As Beppe Finessi highlights, projects are always in the foreground, even in our daily lives.#SaloneDelMobile #Milano #salonedelmobile2018 #iSaloni

Posted by Salone del Mobile.Milano on Friday, 30 March 2018


How will the objects of the future be like? – #SaloneDelMobile2018

Will the objects of the future have a different story with respect to those of today? Let us listen to Beppe Finessi#SaloneDelMobile #Milano #salonedelmobile2018 #iSaloni

Posted by Salone del Mobile.Milano on Thursday, 29 March 2018




Networking means cultural inclusion, first and foremost.

Visitors from more than 160 countries make their way to the Salone.

It also means spatial inclusion (the Salone spreading through the city, in the centre and in the suburbs), the inclusion of experiences and new forms of welcome.

Share is undoubtedly one of the most used and abused words at this moment in time, but for the Salone sharing begins with its dialogue with the city. Milan does not exist without the Salone and there can be no Salone del Mobile without Milan.

Design week provides the great multinationals from a variety of sectors – from informatics and technology to the food industry – with an exhibition space, all these businesses come to Milan at this particular time precisely because of the spirit of sharing that characterises it.

During this particular week a communication, industry and creativity networking system enables unique connections to be made in one space and at one time.

The multinationals come to Milan to showcase their products during the Salone del Mobile because it is here and only here that they meet their target audience, the interlocutors that they would otherwise fail to intercept.

Sharing ideas, needs, experiences, sharing real contacts, networking in order to grow together, means building a virtuous process in which the respective skills, characteristics and abilities serve to empower each other, to increase the positive outcomes for the event and for the city.

Then, after the Salone, synergies can be forged that create the very reasons why these leading global economic system brands establish themselves in Milan, bringing projects and resources.

This is the common goal: optimising the centripetal force of the Salone, to shore up and retain the investments that would otherwise be allocated elsewhere.

Sharing the city’s many spaces to help the Salone steadily become the City’s Salone, and sharing converging thoughts in a bid to elevate the overarching quality.

Materiality and Immateriality – #SaloneDelMobile2018

Piero Lissoni shares an interesting point of view about material and immaterial world.#SaloneDelMobile #Milano #salonedelmobile2018 #iSaloni

Posted by Salone del Mobile.Milano on Tuesday, 27 March 2018


Everyone is useful and everyone is indispensible. Milan is a large mantle that we all put on and should ensure that everyone who comes to the city puts on. It’s like a very creative, comfortable and elegant piece of clothing that alters people’s perceptions. We should each be proud to wear this city, and make our own effort to create a collective joy”. ………. Fabio Novembre




Milan is the city of publishing; the leading national newspapers have traditionally been located in Milan or decentralised offices, and design and fashion publishing takes place in Milan; furthermore, the Salone attracts more than 5,000 journalists from all over the world.

Agencies, creatives and graphic designers create the integrated communication system and make up the great community that is mobilised for a week and amplifies the history of the Salone.

A community that has expanded over the last few years, thanks to the digital world, to which the Salone looks with great interest and an eye for new projects.

The aim is to harness these new tools to create opportunities for development and ways in which to improve its own dissemination of information, breaking down barriers and frontiers.

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