Salone del Mobile planned for 5-10 September 2021

Milanese furniture fair Salone del Mobile will go ahead as planned in September 2021: it will be held from 5 to 10 September and curated by Stefano Boeri, the fair confirms

Legendary Salone hang-out Bar Basso, as featured in the August 2007 issue of Wallpaper*
Legendary Salone hang-out Bar Basso, as featured in the August 2007 issue of Wallpaper*. Photography: Massimo Vitali
(Image credit: Massimo Vitali)

Salone del Mobile 2021 is going ahead from 5 to 10 September 2021. A note by the fair confirms the next edition of the globally renowned furniture fair will take place in September 2021, for a 59th edition ‘led by innovation and uniqueness.’

The note defines the 2021 edition of Salone del Mobile as ‘unique, iconic and innovative,’ curated by Stefano Boeri and showcasing important work carried out by the furniture companies over the past 18 months through special thematic exhibitions.

The decision comes after Salone del Mobile president Claudio Luti resigned on 23 April 2021, following a long period of uncertainty related to the September 2021 dates and support from the Italian government for the fair to go ahead. Upon receiving the news of Luti’s resignation, Milan mayor Beppe Sala made a public appeal on social media to all the furniture industry players, to come together and carry on the fair as scheduled to support the city and maintain its design capital status.

The September 2021 edition of Salone del Mobile, the note reads, was decided by an unanimous vote from members of Federlegno Arredo (the Italian timber trade organisation that owns Salone and its franchises), and follows a deep analysis of the event’s strengths, its historical and symbolic values as well as its important role in the country’s economic recovery.

The fair project will be led by a yet to be announced curator and will aim at ‘strengthening the links between the companies that are part of the Salone.Milano network.’

‘[This decision] is the result of great teamwork,’ says Federlegno Arredo president, Claudio Feltrin. ‘It will allow us to create a special edition of the fair, unique like the times we are living in. We continue in this direction, in close collaboration with the City of Milan: its institutions’ respect for the fair are the best way to recognize the hard work of the entrepreneurs that over the years have made Salone del Mobile a world-renowned event.’

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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.