Over 165 events, 15 new openings for a total of 196 showrooms: our selection of exhibitions, installations, maxi site-specific works of art and presentations of new collections that will animate Brera at Design Week 2024

Brera Design District 2024, one of the longest-running districts and with the highest concentration of showrooms of the FuoriSalone in Milan, returns from 15 to 21 April with the Brera Design Week, now in its fifteenth edition.

Starting from the macro theme proposed by the FuoriSalone, that is Matter Nature, Brera Design Week, curated by Studiolabo, promotes and encourages a more conscious design culture, and gives space to actors and practices capable of generating concrete and virtuous actions of change , following the principles of the circular economy.

“Brera Design District is part of the administration's broader plan to bring the liveliness and creativity of Design Week to the streets and neighborhoods of Milan”, declares Alessia Cappello, councilor for labor and economic development with responsibilities for fashion and design for the Municipality of Milan.

“The design week is a week of exhibition and meeting for operators and professionals, but also an opportunity to offer the city, its inhabitants and tourists the opportunity to discover the art of design in all its forms. And this is what the Brera district has been doing for years, offering a rich variety of events, installations and workshops that reflect the soul of a neighborhood with a unique charm and contribute to confirming Milan as the world capital of design ”.

What to see at the Brera Design District for the FuoriSalone 2024: events not to be missed (list being updated)

More than 165 events on the calendar confirmed to date (the district expects to exceed over 260 events), including exhibitions, installations, maxi site-specific works of art and product presentations, in addition to 15 new openings (from May 2023 ) for a total of 196 showrooms. Here are the events not to be missed, with all the useful addresses to mark on the map.

INTERIORS Cross vision - SunRICE - The recipe for happiness

Where: Brera Botanical Garden, via Brera 28 / via Fiori Oscuri 4

The spheres of the universes of food, energy and architecture intersect in the installation (which promises to be spectacular) INTERIORS Cross vision - SunRICE - The recipe for happiness, signed by Carlo Ratti Associati and Italo Rota , part of the rich schedule of our magazine INTERNI on the occasion of the FuoriSalone 2024.

A project on sharing the key themes of health, well-being, skills and training, tradition and innovation, central elements for Eni and for the three-starred chef Niko Romito, who supports the company in the initiative.

Emiliano Ponzi's installation for glo for art

Where: Gattinoni Hub, via Statuto 2

It is still early to draw up rankings, but we can already say that Emiliano Ponzi is certainly among the protagonists of Milan Design Week 2024. The illustrator and artist originally from Reggio Emilia, now based in New York, with his eclectic, poetic and experimental style, signature for the Salone del MobileUnder the surface, with Design Group Italia and Accurat, an underwater landscape that invites us to reflect on the impact of daily practices on one of the most precious and vital resources: water. While at the Brera Design District, Ponzi surprises us with a maxi site-specific installation, an explosion of colors that envelops us and invites us to walk through a vibrant tunnel of shapes and colors, which culminates in a great artistic work with a strong visual impact. The installation is part of the larger traveling artistic project glo for art.

The pattern of dreams by Porsche

Where: Palazzo Clerici, via Clerici 5

A monumental and engaging work of art. A suspended network, a mesh of light metal cells, like a colony of vibrating wings, on which a sort of "skin" in the form of a transparent lattice is stretched or fluidly unfolded. It isLines of flight by Numen/For Use, a collective led by Sven Jonke, Christoph Katzler and NikolaRadeljković, who for the occasion collaborated with the Croatian architect and set designer Ivana Jonke.

The team, involved by Porsche, took inspiration from the famous nugget motif that covers the interior of the legendary 356C, 911 car of the German car manufacturer.

The installation invites visitors to climb on it and explore it as "a social hammock" and a place of escape, transition, fantasy and freedom. It is part of The pattern of dreams, the new chapter focused on the theme of pattern, rhythm and repetition, of the series The art of dreams, the initiative, now in its fifth edition, to connect the open sea public with the most fruitful creative communities, through the commission of artworks inspired by the theme of dreams.

Matter in motion by Grand Seiko

Where: Casa Brera, via Formentini 10

Grand Seiko transforms Casa Brera into a birch forest, where you can experiment and practice forest bathing, that is, a saving and regenerating immersion in nature.

A sensory and natural path followed, by contrast, by an urban forest populated by vertical LED walls. A reflection on the increasingly precarious balance between man and nature.

Note for watch enthusiasts: on display will be the company's Kodo Constant-force Tourbillon.

Duo double feature design by Fenix

Where: Fenix Scenario, via Quintino Sella 1, corner Foro Buonaparte

The curator is a guarantee: Federica Sala. The protagonists are among the most interesting on the design scene: Cara\Davide, Dwa Design Studio, Martinelli Venezia, Næssi Studio, mist-o and Zanellato/Bortotto.Design duo double featureby Fenix investigates the potential of matter and surfaces starting from the concept of the double, through furnishing elements and multifaceted functions in the setup designed by Studioboom.

Architectural scenarios by Valcucine

Where: Valcucine, Corso Garibaldi 99

In the year of Eurocucina, the biennial Salone del Mobile dedicated to kitchens and furnishing and hi-tech solutions that revolve around the gourmet universe, Valcucine participates in the Brera Design District with Architectural scenarios, a collective exhibition that talks about the versatility and integration with architecture of its kitchen program, and the brand's environmental commitment. Studios involved: Arrcc, i29 and Neri&Hu.

Mining city: «Design, dismantle, disseminate» by Solferino 28

Where: Corriere della Sera, Living, Abitare, entrance from via Solferino 26

“The mining city describes the city as a possible reserve for the future”, this is how Mario Cucinella explains his project for Corriere della Sera. "According to this idea, we can imagine urban space as an ecosystem, which by deconstructing transforms itself starting from its own material as happens in nature. An idea of circularity applied to architecture in which the creative process becomes central."

A walk inside the historic courtyard will allow you to discover a "new" city designed and built with wooden fruit crates which, after having created an unprecedented urban space, will be dismantled to return to their original function.

Ronan Bouroullec solo show by Casa Mutina

Casa Mutina Milan, via Cernaia, 1/A, Spazio Cernaia, via Cernaia, 1

A single show by Ronan Bouroullec: two new collections of coverings, one for indoors and one for outdoors, together with new Editions, ceramic objects in limited edition, which will become part of the Mutina catalog from April. An exhibition that all Bouroullec enthusiasts have been waiting for, set up in the spaces of Casa Mutina Milano, in via Cernaia 1/A, and in the adjacent Spazio Cernaia.

Marsotto editions

Where: Marsotto Milano Showroom, Largo Treves 2

Great curiosity for the new line of modular kitchens, made entirely of stone, designed by the acclaimed Lebanese creatives, who work between Beirut, Milan and San Francisco, David/Nicolas for Marsotto edizioni, on display at Spazio Maiocchi. Instead, in the Marsotto showroom in Largo Treves 2, the cult objects of Marsotto edizioni are on display, available in different colored marbles.

Human made by laCividina

Where: laCividina, via Manzoni 41

LaCividina prefers the handmade by man to artificial intelligence. Objects, products or creations created by human intervention, not by machines or nature, to celebrate the importance of human work and creativity. Installation by Studio Salaris in the laCividina showroom in via Manzoni 41, within the scenographic spaces of Palazzo Borromeo D'Adda.

Pop by nature by Chiquita

Where: Chiquita House, c/o Cambi Casa d'Aste, via San Marco 22

Queues of onlookers are guaranteed. Chiquita brings the artist Romero Britto to Milan. The exponent of NeoPop and founder of the Happy Art Movement, will animate the house of the Chiquita banana with his colorful art, involving the public of the Milan Design Week in an experience high rate of fun, and, we bet, super instagrammable.

Stark Transitions

Where: Hall of the Pillars of the Sforzesco Castle, Piazza Castello

For the first time, going down into the Hall of Pillars of the Sforzesco Castle will be like entering inside matter in transition. Stark returns to the FuoriSalone - and promises to leave us speechless again this year - with Transitions, a multisensory exploration that shows sinuous and unexpected shapes, networks, morphologies and structures of matter undergoing transformation in the presence of water.

The project, in collaboration with Alice and Alex Buroni and Gloria Lisi, stages a perceptive journey, in where an unexpected trompe-l'oeil reflects matter and human being as part of the same nature.

Origin of simplicity (and other exhibitions) by ADI Design Museum

Where: ADI Design Museum, Piazza Compasso d'Oro 1

Obligatory pit stop, during the design week, at the ADI Design Museum. The museum hosts numerous exhibitions: Origin of simplicity, 20 visions of Japanese design, an unprecedented reading of Japanese design with 150 works, curated by Rossella Menegazzo, with graphic design and installation by Kenya Hara; Feeling Good – Caimi, Design for the future, an exhibition on design reformism curated by Aldo Colonetti, Valentina Fisichella, with installation by Matteo Vercelloni and multimedia project by Ex Anima; Ottchil Design - Od / Korea 옷칠디자인, exhibition on Korean design by Dbew | Design Beyond East and West; The Moment Before – Edra, exhibition of objects by Francesco Binfaré, curated by Silvana Annicchiarico. Obviously, not to be missed is the exhibition of the permanent collection of the Compasso d'Oro award.

Oasis of inclusion - Aphorisms by Antonio Giuseppe Malafarina to understand diversity

Where: Piazza della Chiesa di Santa Maria Incoronata, Corso Garibaldi 11

Five sessions of different shapes and nature and five aphorisms by Antonio Giuseppe Malafarina to talk about inclusion and Design for all. They are The oases of inclusion of Diwergo, spaces that can be configured according to use and user, designed to be safe and accessible to all. The aphorisms are suspended from the backs of the seats and can be read by dyslexic and visually impaired people.

Dolmen back to essence of Manerba

Manerba, Piazza San Simpliciano

A primordial installation, a tribute to the beauty of finishes based on two key concepts: color and material. It is Dolmen back to essenceby Federica Biasi for Manerba, monolithic blocks which in an abstract key, with the help of videos and graphics, highlight how the correct selection of a material and a color is fundamental in choosing an environment and furniture.

Visionnaire's intertwined narratives

Visionnaire Design Gallery, Piazza Cavour 3

An eclectic space, between art and design, the Wunderkammer of Visionnaire every year stages intense and seductive stories. This year it is the turn of Draga&Aurel with an intertwined and magnetic narrative: a game of role exchanges between art and design, where the power of colors and pictorial gestures illuminate the walls, guiding the path among collectible design pieces.

The new showrooms of the Brera Design District

Fifteen new showrooms make Brera one of the most attractive districts and with the highest concentration of shops and exhibition spaces, for a total of 196 showrooms.

Here are the new openings:

- Alice Ceramica, via Marsala 2

- Atelier Tapis Rouge, via Borgonuovo 26, entrance from via dell'Annunciata

- Calligaris Flagship Store, via Turati 7

- Davide Groppi, via Manzoni 38

- DePadova, via Manzoni 17

- Delvis Unlimited, via Fatebenefratelli 9

- Dornbracht, via Palermo 19A

- LaCividina, via Manzoni 41

- Ceramica Sant'Agostino, Corso Garibaldi 95

- Nic, via Maroncelli 14

- Rossin, via Lanza 4

- Schumacher, via Fiori Chiari 28

- Talenti, via Manzoni corner Andegari

- THG Paris, via Fiori Chiari 5

- Voilàp home, via Mercato 18