MATERIALL guide to Milan Design Week 2015

MATERIALL launched at 'Ventura Lambrate,' part of Milan Design Week 2015, located in the Lambrate district of Milan. Enjoy our guide to Ventura Lambrate, the Milan Design Week sections, and some Milanese bars, restaurants, shops, and galleries we love.

We will be back in Milan for Design Week 2016 !

Milan is a collision of styles. From Milano Centrale to the minimal.

Over 50 years, Milan Design Week has become the most important annual design event in the world. MDW takes place every April and, in home and furniture design, it starts the new design year internationally. The official fair 'Salone del Mobile' and associated events (with the overarching title ‘FuoriSalone’) occupy the center and reach out into the neighbourhoods of Milan. Each April, a professionals head to Milan to discover designs, to scout talent, obtain fruitful inspirations and do business.

Ventura Lambrate 2015

The first Ventura Lambrate fair launched in 2010 and Ventura Lambrate quickly established itself as a leading-edge Milan design exhibition featuring internationally acclaimed creatives. The six-day event hosts its exhibitions and pop-up restaurants in and around the collective factory halls, gallery spaces and shared courtyards that are characteristic for the Lambrate area.

Ventura Lambrate 2014, image courtesy of Dezeen.

Ventura Lambrate 2014, image courtesy of Dezeen.

From 14 – 19 April 2015 the industrial halls and galleries in the Lambrate area in North-East Milan will again be one of the main destinations during Milan Design Week / Salone del Mobile. Ventura Lambrate is an established circuit characterised by a unique atmosphere where designers, labels, institutions, collectives and other exhibitors can present their latest projects to an international audience. Ventura Lambrate aspires to exhibit cross-disciplinary collaborations; processes and experiments that make up part of the making of design projects; and fascinating conceptual ideas. In the 2015 edition, the focus is on the crossover between design and various areas of science and social progress. Ventura Lambrate is also a stage for interesting design–fashion hybrids.

Ventura Lambrate is divided in several sections. MATERIALL will be present at Ventura 14 located at Via Ventura 14 (map).

Ventura Lambrate practical information

Date & time
14 – 19 April 2015

General opening hours for Ventura Lambrate 2015
Tuesday April 14th – Saturday April 18th:   10:00 – 20:00
Sunday April 19th:                                       10:00 – 18:00
Open evening on Wednesday April 15th:    20:00 – 22.00 

Ventura Lambrate
20134 Milan, Italy

How to get around in Ventura Lambrate 
Here you can find the floorplan of Ventura Lambrate 2015. It will tell you exactly where to find your favorite exhibitors, the places to eat & drink and locations for the occasional bathroom break.

Travel to Lambrate
- Metro: Ventura Lambrate can be reached easily by metro: MM2 Green Line, exit at Lambrate FS. From Lambrate to the other key point of the Milan Design Week (via della Zecca Vecchia and also Brera, Porta Venezia, Triennale, Zona Tortona) it takes maximum 20 minutes by metro.
- Walking: Ventura Lambrate is within walking distance of the Lambrate metro station (MM2 Green Line). After exiting the metro, exit the station’s rear and follow the signs. It’s about a seven minute walk.

Ventura Lambrate official links

website, instagram, facebook, twitter, pinterest.

Ventura Lambrate 2015 map.

Ventura Lambrate 2015 map.

Exhibitions are on the following streets
Via Ventura, Via dei Canzi, Via Crespi, Via Console Flaminio, Via Massimiano, Via Conte Rosso, Via Sbodio, Via Privata Oslavia, Via Cletto Arrighi

Brands at Ventura 14 (map letter 'M')

Basematters, Becandle, Borislab, C.G.C.M., Camille Riboulleau, Cor Unum, Croatian Designers Association, Danuta Wlodarska, Enessere, Experimental Creations, Federico Peri, Grip, Malafor, Marlene Huissoud, Cecilie E., Rudolph, Ella Bulley, Mid - Made In Darmstadt, MATERIALL, Moleskine, Mr. Purim Kraiya, Orti D’azienda Onlus, Passaro Produzioni, Playn Eyewear, Pleunie Buyink, Sandro Lominashvili, Scalfi & Eghenter Ltd, Silesian Design Cluster, Storytiles, Studio 22, Studio Hanna Krüger + Santagati, Juraschek, Studio Komplekt, Taliaystudio And Super Sense, Toer, Union.

Milan Design Week

The main event in Milan is Salone del Mobile, hands down the greatest furniture fair globally. FuoriSalone is the overall term for the official event. The exhibition showcases the latest in furniture and design from countries around the world. It is considered a leading venue for the display of new products by designers of furniture, lighting and other home furnishings. The show, also known as 'Salone' and 'Milano Salone,' is held every year. 

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano was launched in 1961, with the original focus being Italian furniture. The original sponsors were furniture manufacturers from the Federelegno-Arredo trade association. The trade show grew in size over the years, allowing many of the 13,000 companies which comprised the global furniture industry to showcase their wares in a single event. The current show occupies an area of nearly 230,000 square metres (2,500,000 sq ft), and includes 2,500 companies, along with 700 young designers at the Salone Satellite, a secondary exhibit. The show's annual visitation numbers 270,000, with attendees from over 150 countries worldwide.

Milan Design Week districts.

Milan Design Week districts.

The Districts

Brera > Brera Design District
At Brera, in the heart of Milan, more than 80 permanent design stores are located, along with workshops, art galleries, stores, museums, the Fine Art Academy, the Painting Gallery, the Scala theater, and several artistic and cultural venues.

Tortona > Tortona Design
It is one of the most vivid spots of the FuoriSalone, the exhibition venues are housed inside former warehouses and industrial buildings, many of them converted to design offices and showrooms. From March 27, 2015 the area is also home of the brand new MUDEC - Museum of Cultures.

San Babila > Durini, Monforte, Quadrilatero
It is a world-famous area dedicated to fashion design.

5vie > 5 VIE art+design
From this year, the Milan Design Week has a new district, promoted by the Milan municipality. Shops, monuments, courtyards and historical palaces inside the 5Vie area will host a lively program of events, located between via Santa Marta, via Santa Maria Podone, via Santa Maria Fulcorina, via Bocchetto and via del Bollo.

Porta Venezia > Porta Venezia in Design
Since 2012, the Porta Venezia project connects design, art and Liberty architecture, the Italian version of the Art Nouveau style, typical of this neighborhood.

Sarpi > Sarpi Bridge – Oriental design week
The events programmed in the district located around via Paolo Sarpi are traditionally focused on Oriental design and aimed to connect Eastern and Western creativity, hence the title of the district: “Sarpi Bridge”.

Sant’Ambrogio > Zona Sant’Ambrogio
The district Zona Sant’Ambrogio Milan Design Week 2015 presents a series of events inside the cultural core of Milan, where the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio, the Museum of Science and Technology, the Triennale di Milano, the Achille Castiglioni and the Franco Albini foundations are located.

During the entire week, many events dedicated to design, art, culture and food will run here. Among them, the exhibition Do Ut Design in via San Vittore 49; Eat Urban Food Track Festival, an event dedicated to street food; the exhibition Arts & Foods. Ritual since 1851 and Kitchens and Invaders, the new edition of the Triennale Design Museum, both at the Palazzo della Triennale.

6 days in Milan — six bars, restaurants, shops, and galleries to visit.

Apart from the exhibits, parties, cocktails, and contacts, here are a few places you might find us when we're not at Ventura Lambrate during Milan Design Week.

Day 1: April 14, 2015

10 Corso Como, Corso Como

Old news but always a must-see. For the shop concept, first, but also for the restaurant, bookstore, and galleries.

Day 2: April 15, 2015

Zazà Ramen, Via Solferino

We have <3 for ramen, it's that simple. We discovered this place just a few months ago and — amazingly — they're the first to bring ramen to Milan. Done super well and with an Italian twist (wasabi tiramisu, people). 

Day 3: April 16, 2015

Dry Milano, Via Solferino

Some of the best cocktails in Milan in a super relaxed atmosphere.

Day 4: April 17, 2015

HangarBicocca, Bicocca

The north-eastern industrial district of Bicocca is not far from Ventura Lambrate and was occupied by the vast Pirelli complex until the mid-1980s. It's home to large scale installations.

Day 5: April 18, 2015

Fragile, Via San Damiani

A colorful repudiation of the minimalist gallery scene.

Day 6: April 19, 2015

28 Posti, Via Corsico

It’s not often that you find a local business that leverages its position in the community to help those less fortunate. Therein lies one of the reasons why beautiful little Milanese restaurant 28 Posti is so special

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