The Salone del Mobile which was supposed to take place from the 21st to the 26th of April has been postponed to later this year due to the recent coronavirus outbreak in the Lombardy region.
After the cancellation of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, this is the second major event which is deeply affected by the spread of the COVID-19, the virus that originiated in mainland China.
According to Dezeen, the most influential architecture and design magazine ” the fair, which is the world’s biggest and most important furniture event, is consulting with stakeholders and the government and would make an announcement in the next few days”
This is going to be a major concern for the capital of the Lombardy region, Milan, which is also the economic hub of Italy. The impact of an event like the Salone del Mobile is huge. It usually gathers in the city more than 300.000 people who pour in Milan to visit the tradeshow and enjoy the many tourism attractions.
Other events like the MIDO, the eyewear tradeshows, have been already cancelled and the Federturismo, the associaton representing hotels and tour operators in Italy, has asked to the governement to declare the state of emergency for this specific industry.
Just recently the fashion week was particularly affected by the coronavirus. Giorgio Armani has had its show behind closed doors and chinese buyers, who are the most relevant for the milanese fashion industry, did not come to Milan and watched the shows through streaming services.