7 Glossy Things To Do During Milan Furniture Fair

Now in its 56th year, the SALONE DEL MOBILE runs from April 17 – 22 in MILAN and is seen as the best place to absorb INTERIOR DÉCOR TRENDS


Expect to see geometric patterns, wicker and black as key trends this year. While the Fair takes place in the huge Rho Fiera, and is mainly for trade customers, the city is buzzing with design installations, pop-ups and collaborations.

WHO: Expect to hear about Roche Bobois’ new Globe Trotter collection by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, and creative director of Marcel Wanders studio Gabriele Chiave. It is inspired by adventurers, explorers and celebrates inventors, particularly the Montgolfier brothers and will be unveiled on Monday April 16. www.roche-bobois.com.

Bar Luce Prada Foundation

COFFEE: Start the day with a coffee at one of the Marchesi pasticcerie – either the original low-ceilinged one in Corso Magenta, or the revamped venues at the Prada Foundation or above the Prada store in Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele. Prada bought this old company a few years ago and the caffes all have a unique charm and an old-fashioned propriety to them. www.pasticceriemarchesi.com.

WHO: Featured in the April issue of THE GLOSS, artist and curator Nuala Goodman will be showing her “Flower Power” rug, produced in collaboration with Ceadogán Rugmakers, at the Nilufar Depot. (Goodman made a similar piece for Minima in Dublin). In addition her portrait of Ettore Sottsass from the series “Portraits from Milan” will be presented in a retro-illuminated limited edition in an exhibition by auction house, Artemest. www.artemest.com.

Lubar at Porta Venezia

LUNCH: For lunch, Lubar at Porta Venezia (www.lubarstreetfood.com) is a spectacular setting reminiscent of the Botanical Gardens in Dublin and the food is Sicilian. There is also the iconic store Corso Como, owned by Rossando Sozzani (sister of the late Franca), and their menu is light and appetising. www.10corsocomo.com.

The Yard hotel

STAY: One of the coolest districts right now is Navigli. It’s surrounded by parks and beside an ancient canal system designed by Leonardo da Vinci. The antique market along the canal on the last Sunday of every month is also a must-visit. During the Salone it’s buzzing. Many of the warehouses host design companies and the Nhow Hotel is one of the main centres (www.nhow-hotels.com). I’ve stayed there, but also recommend The Yard, with its quirky collection of vintage LV trunks in reception areas and rooms in different design genres – from tartan to monochrome. www.mrandmrssmithhotels.com.

JJ Martin of La Double J

SHOP: I always make a beeline for La Rinascente and the department store’s lower ground floor is a magnet for design fans – hosting events during the Fair. On the top floor is a range of restaurants – many of which have outside terraces overlooking the Duomo. I like Obika Mozzarella Bar and I can’t think of a better vantage point to view the flying buttresses of the cathedral. For perfumistas try Profumeria Augusto Mazzolari, and also the Profumeria Spadari for singular scents to bring back home. A must-visit is to La Double J boutique at Piazza Arcole 4. www.ladoublej.com.

Streetstyle during Milan fashion week SS18 photographed by Jason Lloyd Evans

WEAR: Black with a twist is the default uniform for the design crowd and when in Milan, accessorise with flats and sunglasses. The cobbled streets of Brera district are particularly treacherous for heels. Dialing up for dinner is not done – most people go straight from Rho Fiera to a vernissage and then out to eat. Why not have an apero at The Bulgari Hotel before trying the San Pietro Café. www.sanpietrocafe.com.

Penny McCormick

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