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How to enjoy Milan during Design Week

How to enjoy Milan during Design Week? If this is what you are wondering, here are some unmissable events during this year’s Milan Design Week. In fact, some of the city’s most iconic public and private spaces will be transformed to welcome the design experts arriving in the economic capital of the country.

5 projects on the territory of Milan


Alcova has chosen Villa Borsani and Villa Bagatti Valsecchi as the locations for its seventh edition. The former is a perfect example of modernist architecture designed by Osvaldo Borsani during the Second World War, while the latter is an archetype of a 17th-century Lombard villa. This year as well, Alcova promotes experimental design projects, performances, and conferences, reactivating the two sites and offering a snapshot of contemporary design.

Design Variations

Design Variations, for its 4th edition curated by Mosca Pasrtners, chooses the Darsena: a hidden place that preserves the Milanese vocation for transformation. A precise choice that proposes unprecedented combinations offering an updated vision of what it means to make design today and return it to its experimental and research nature. Nathalie Du Pasquier welcomes the public with a site-specific work, while the design studio Park Associati signs the modular set-up with a hemp cement brick scenography. Debates, meetings and a special Garage Sale enrich the edition every day. The venue will be animated by designers, brands and universities carefully selected by MoscaPartners. In addition, the results of the workshop held by Michele De Lucchi and Francesca Balena Arista at the Milan Polytechnic will be presented.

Capsule Plaza

Capsule Plaza, a unique blend of a trade show and a collective design exhibition, returns after the success of its previous edition. This time, it expands its presence to include not only the captivating Spazio Maiocchi, a former industrial cathedral, but also the iconic Milanese destination, 10 Corso Como. The program promises an exciting lineup of events, including conferences, workshops, and social gatherings, drawing on a diverse community of creators and partners. Co-curated by Capsule’s founder and creative director, Alessio Ascari, alongside architect Paul Cournet, Capsule Plaza aims to provide a dynamic platform for exploring contemporary design. Coinciding with its opening, Capsule will release the third issue of its magazine, an annual publication reimagining the concept of radical design for today’s society


Dropcity, a project curated by Architect Andrea Caputo, will open to the city from April 12th to 21st, hosting a diverse program of exhibitions, installations, conferences, and talks featuring international architects and designers


Convey is a project that establishes a connection between contemporary brands and leading players, aiming to expedite growth paths, create opportunities, and uphold shared values to help shape the evolving landscape of international design. Set within the premises of Basic Village in the Farini area, Convey encompasses over 1000 square meters where a curated selection of design companies will showcase their values through new products, installations, and community-focused activities. The objective is to harmonize corporate assets with a contemporary approach that resonates with the needs of today’s society.

How to enjoy Milan during Design Week

While the official tradefair “Salone del Mobile” takes place at the Fieramilano, the whole city of Milan will be hosting plenty of events in every corner of the city! Some are new venues some others are locations that have significantly contributed to the fame of the Milan Design Week such as the Tortona District.

Once again this year, Tortona Design Week asserts itself as one of the foremost stages on the global design scene. From April 15th to 21st, the streets of this iconic district transform into a vibrant “Walk of Design,” featuring exhibitions, installations, and workshops with the participation of internationally acclaimed designers.
From via Tortona to via Novi, and from via Savona to the spaces of Antica Fabbrica 14, locations steeped in the history of post-industrial Milan become the backdrop for unique and immersive experiences. Through the collaboration between businesses and the local community, design is seamlessly woven into the fabric of the city’s rich history and tradition, inspiring industry professionals and visitors alike.

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