From the three new hubs - Lampo Milano, WAO PL7 and Stecca 3.0 - to the exhibition by Matteo Ragni and Giulio Iacchetti on the theme of dialogue: Isola's appointments and addresses at Design Week 2024 selected for you

The eighth edition of FuoriSalone in Milan, from 15 to 21 April 2024 Isola Design Festival, organized by Isola, a traveling physical and digital platform, on the road throughout the year between international design weeks and, from 2023, also a marketplace.

Over 320 international designers, studios, creatives and producers, projects from 47 countries, more than 40 locations, three new hubs, five main exhibitions.

Among the new features of Isola Design Festival 2024, the movement of the center of gravity of the event towards the eastern area of the neighborhood, which will become the new hotspot of the district.

In fact, the format arrives in three new hubs: Lampo Milano (via Valtellina 5), a mega urban redevelopment project of the historic Farini railway yard (an area of 40 thousand square metres) , the WAO PL7 co-working center (via Luigi Porro Lambertenghi 7), Stecca 3.0, a socio-cultural center at the foot of the Bosco Verticale, to which is added the Galleria Bonelli (via Luigi Porro Lambertenghi 6).

The new hubs will host the five main exhibitions, installations and a rich program of talks, workshops, live demonstrations and design shops.

The theme of Isola Design Festival 2024

The theme of Isola Design Festival 2024 is This future is currently unavailable. Gabriele Cavallaro, co-founder and CEO of Isola Design Group, explains it: “It is not a simple slogan, but food for thought and an invitation to act.

The idea was born from our multiple trips abroad to major design events, which gave us a taste of the immense potential that lies in our community. This year, Isola will be on the road again to demonstrate that design is not just about sustainability, but represents the engine for tackling real world challenges".

If this future is not currently available, with its annual call Isola invites the international creative community to imagine how design and new craftsmanship are able to shape our tomorrow and that of the Planet.

One thing is certain: "The future cannot be like the present we live in today", underlines the Isola team, which asks itself, and asks designers from all over the world: "How can we therefore make the best use of the latest technologies? How can we reduce the ever-growing problem of food and industrial waste? How can we provide a better quality of life for everyone, everywhere? How can we take advantage of cultural and thought differences? How can we raise public awareness of socio-political crises and help manage the current ones?”. The answers on display at the Isola Design Festival.

Isola, a festival that meets the world

In 2023, the global Isola community participated in various international design weeks, from the London Design Festival to the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, from Tanween to Saudi Arabia at the Dubai Design Week.

In this context of connections and exchanges, Isola Design Festival invites designers and students from all over the world to Milan, weaving collaborations with partners from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates through the Routes to Roots exhibition conceived to Tanween (Ithra Creativity Conference) and Anatolia presented for the first time at Downtown Dubai 2023.

Among the foreign presences, the Japanese and Dutch collectives supported by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Milan.

What to see at the Isola Design District for the FuoriSalone 2024: events not to be missed

The five collective exhibitions of the Isola team, led by Elif Resimoglu, creative director of Isola Design Group, and other guest curators:

At Lampo Milano, via Valtellina 5

Lampo Milano hosts numerous events, including pop-up design stores, spaces dedicated to talks, installations, including the two main ones:

- Isola Design Gallery, the showcase on collectible design, to which is added Enhance - Design for social impact, the section curated by Juan Torres for DesignWanted with projects that have a positive impact, from devices that use solar energy to generate electricity to systems that recycle waste.

- Is one life enough? with a selection of collector's items, ready for the market and made with sustainable and circular methods, with a section dedicated to Colab, the first library of materials created in the United Arab Emirates.

A WAO PL7, via Luigi Porro Lambertenghi 7

- The underground car park will be converted into an exhibition space to host Disclosure: design studios unveiled, where the studios will recreate their ateliers to tell the public the behind the scene of their products .

- In the co-working space,Architecture Hunter, the first public event of The Hunt, the immersive augmented reality experience, starring nine architecture studios, from Marcio Kogan to Kengo Kuma, who interpret the “architect's refuge”.

- Hiro creates the Hiro Design Home, a pop-up store where the finalist prototypes of the Call for ideas dedicated this year to the shoe rack will also be exhibited.

In the Bonelli Gallery, via Luigi Porro Lambertenghi 6

- Anatolia, already presented in Dubai, the exhibition inspired by the great crossroads of ancient civilisations, such as the Silk Road. An opportunity to discover Anatolian design.

- Ithra, Routes to Roots, already unveiled in Saudi Arabia during Tanween, the annual creativity conference. A journey through design from the Middle East and North Africa.

A Cue 3.0

BAM, Tree Library, via Gaetano de Castillia 26

- Local and international designers, artists, institutions and experts discuss each other in public talks and workshops on the topic ofCrafting dialogues. Participants: Nieuwe Instituut, Constructlab, ISIA Urbino Academy and IAAD. Among the numerous events we highlight Bravery Bar, of the IAAD, Accademia Italiana and SAE Institute training schools, with a dual soul: a cultural and educational event resulting from the joint work of 21 design schools and a designed meeting space by students with Fercam Echo Labs. Protagonists 150 international students selected through a contest from among the 32 thousand enrolled in 21 schools in Europe. On the top floor, the exhibition Between us by Matteo Ragni and Giulio Iacchetti, which returns to the main theme of dialogue (but also on justice, peace and equity) through design exercises, scale models and objects.

Among other addresses, we highlight:

(List being updated)

Around the table by Masquespacio
via Luigi Porro Lambertenghi, 3
Isola is a widespread event that animates and activates the entire neighborhood. Among the other protagonists, the Spanish studio Masquespacio with Around the table, an installation linked to the world of tableware and lounge design which, in the evening, transforms into an exclusive event space.

By arakawagrip by Arakawa & Co
Zone K, via Spalato 11
Three exhibitions linked to Arakawa - a brand that in 1975 invented the hook mechanism that can be adjusted along the thread with light pressure - will bring the works of 16 Japanese designers to Milan.

Urban jungle experience by Monkey 47
via Confalonieri 21
An urban cork "jungle" from the Portuguese brand Gencork, where you can experiment with the aromatic botanicals of Monkey 47 gin, play games and listen to live music.

Worth exhibition
Bottega Immagine, via Carlo Farini 60
Tellurico presents 70 projects developed within the Worth project, a European incubator dedicated to promoting transnational collaborations between designers, creatives, manufacturing and technology companies.

Unduetrestella and Tog Foundation
Tog Foundation, via Livigno 1

Can games, if well designed, cure, keep young patients company and relieve pain? The answer is yes, and the reason is tangible in the unduetrestella exhibition in the new structure inaugurated in October of TOG, the Carlo De Benedetti Foundation founded ten years ago as a center of excellence in the rehabilitation of children suffering from complex neurological pathologies. Among the projects on display: the Adada animals, designed by Véronique Lacaze and hand-sewn by artisans from Brittany, unique pieces - from the gray mouse Héctor to the fish Paul - to be personalized with cute outfits and, for the occasion, dressed in ready-made clothes tailored for TOG; the Eperfa toys by designer Anna Nóra Nagy, which are inspired by the changing beauty of the flora and fauna of the hills around Budapest and Lake Balaton, and welcome and celebrate the natural slowness of childhood; and Plantoys, Thai toys made with scraps of rubber tree wood, for TOG in the new Better Aging collection of inclusive games for children but also the elderly and people suffering from cognitive disorders.

The Secret Garden of Green Island
Atrium of Garibaldi station
Green Island returns to the Isola Design Festival with The Secret Garden, an eco-design, landscape and botany journey curated by Claudia Zanfi, where visitors will be able to take a pit-stop from the frenetic design week and regenerate in an unusual garden populated by natural elements , wax, bees and vegetation. In the center, the natural yarn rug by Matteo Cibic for Jaipur Rugs.