Stefano Boeri will curate Salone del Mobile 2021

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has been announced as the curator of the 2021 edition of Salone del Mobile (September 5-10 2021)

Italian architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri on 5 September, 2017 at the architectural complex designed by Studio Boeri, the 'Bosco Verticale' (Vertical Forest) in the Porta Nuova area in Milan
Italian architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri on 5 September, 2017 at the architectural complex designed by Studio Boeri, the ’Bosco Verticale’ (Vertical Forest) in the Porta Nuova area in Milan.
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Salone del Mobile has announced that Stefano Boeri will serve as curator for the 2021 edition. The 59th edition, the dates of which were confirmed earlier in 2021, will be an event ‘led by innovation and uniqueness.’

A fair curated by Stefano Boeri

The Italian architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri will lead a unique edition of the design and furniture fair, in dialogue with a soon-to-be-launched digital platform. The six-day event in September will represent an important innovation hub, showcasing creative thinking and design innovation from leading design brands.

Born and based in Milan, Boeri founded his architecture studio in 1999 and has since worked on important architectural and curatorial projects globally, including the 2015 Milan expo masterplan and the city's ‘Bosco Verticale’ complex, a model of urban reforestation that has now been expanded in cities across the globe. and Boeri is also the chairman of Milan’s Triennale, and he had previously publicly announced his support to the fair by offering the Milanese institution’s spaces for the event. Boeri will be accompanied in his curatorial role by a team of internationally-acclaimed architects and design professionals.

Salone Del Mobile 2021: what to expect from the 59th edition

The core of the 2021 fair will be an immersive, scenographic display (whose title will be announced soon), where companies will be able to present their best work from the past 18 months: a unique and special moment to discover today’s design panorama.

‘We are working on what will be an unmissable event in all respects, open to both professionals and the general public,’ comments Boeri. ‘As well as the companies’ recent and most outstanding innovations, high quality design products will be displayed and available at one-off prices, responding to the desire currently being expressed by thousands of families and companies to rethink our domestic and work spaces.’

For the first time in fact, the general public will be invited to visit the fair for its whole duration, and visitors will also be able to purchase some of the brands’ creations (with the profits being donated to charity). ‘The September event will be unique and innovative and, thanks to the experience and sensitivity of the architect Stefano Boeri and the young curators working alongside him,’ comments Federlegno Arredo president, Claudio Feltrin. ‘[Salone del Mobile 2021] will provide an opportunity for visitors to explore and discover more about the current evolution in the world of furnishing and contemporary living, affirming Milan’s place as the undisputed capital of the design economy.’

Boeri concludes: ‘the 2021 edition is confirmation, yet again, of Milan’s centrality as the global capital of creative innovation and social generosity.’

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.