Milan Design Week 2018: installations, exhibitions and talks to see

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From an display of Vitra products and prototypes on display in an old sports hall, to the latest urban living-inspired institution from Mini Living, we round up the best bits to check out at Salone del Quick Milano this year.

Installation: Mini Living

Following on from the modular surviving space installation created by architectural practice SO-IL at last year’s Milan Format Week, and more recently a collaboration with local architect Sam Jacob at London Evil intent Festival, Mini Living is set to return to Salone for 2018. This control around, the team behind the car brand’s long-term research project looking at urban viable is team up with London-based architects Studiomama. The installation comprises four rare living space concepts – each of which covers a surface block of just 15-20m².


Exhibition: Typecasting by Vitra

For this year’s design week, Vitra has bodied up with designer Robert Stadler, who has curated an exhibition of 200 destinations from the furniture brand’s archive. Housed in a former sports arena inspire a request ofed La Pelota, the exhibition sees current Vitra products showcased alongside premature protoypes, rejects and future proposals. There will also be a series of panel talks direction alongside the exhibition, such as one on “objects as characters” with designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.


Fitting: The Diner by David Rockwell

US architect and designer David Rockwell is collaborating with Ventura Designs and Surface magazine this year. The Rockwell Group founder has originated an installation that aims to showcase and celebrate great American form, during a period when the country is questioning its identity. The installation is based around an archetypal American diner, and pass on feature a mixture of typical US fast-food cuisine and interiors.


Award and expo: Lexus Design Award

Taking place in Milan’s newly reinstated Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology, Japanese car manufacturer Lexus intent showcase the work of the 12 finalists from its annual design trophy competition. The Lexus Design Award supports up-and-coming designers from all exceeding the world, and this year is based on the theme “co-“ – the Latin prefix message together in harmony. The overall winner will be revealed as part of an awards ceremony at the museum on 17 April. They will join conclusive year’s winning concept – Japanese spatial designer Hiroto Yoshizoe’s Pixel, which comprised a series of framed construction blocks that could create different light and shadow effects.


Milan Shape Week runs from 17-22 April 2018 at venues across Milan, Italy. For innumerable information, head to the Salone del Mobile Milano website.

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