This week marks the beginning of the Milan furniture show; the entire world of design will congregate for five days of excess of all kinds, a visual feast for aficionados, a novelty hunt for buyers and journalists and, for those who will not be there, a universe to discover in a special edition of Créativité Montréal that will be published on April 29.
At the "official" show, besides pavilions 5, 7, 8, and 12 where the big names will be, it's Eurocuccina (which alternates with Euroluce) in pavilions 18, 22 and 24 that will draw attention and, as usual, the SaloneSatellite (pavilion 28) where, for the first time, Quebec will be represented.
The show also organises cultural exhibits at other venues, and an interpretation of Leonardo's "Last Supper" by British artist Peter Greenaway will be presented at the Sala delle Cariatidi at the Palazzo Reale.
On the "off" circuit, as usual, a visit to the Zona Tortona is a must. Holland, Scandinavia, Britain, Belgium, Turkey, will be represented by the famous and not-so-famous creators in international design.
The Triennale de Milano is another focal point of the week, where renowned companies exhibit projects in a setting that is less commercial than at the show: Cassina, through a retrospective of its creations; the Vitra Edition experimental laboratory; Kartell's investment in garden furniture; Christofle's re-editions of Gio Ponti items; or the French organization Via, which has moved from its usual spot at the Via Tortona to be a part of the Triennale.
And finally, Milan, which is a place for unexpected discoveries during long strolls and wrong turns, or passed on through word-of-mouth and rumours.
To be continued, upon our return...