If we’re posting more about Milan recently than all the rest of Italy put together, that’s because everything in the dynamic Lombard capital is glowing in the limelight of Expo Milano 2015, opening on May 1st. Milano Design Week is no exception, though its promise is always bigger and headier than the previous edition.
From April 14 to 19, the serious business of the Salone del Mobile takes place at its usual Rho Exhibition Centre venue. The Fuorisalone, meanwhile, animates the city with events, temporary showrooms and parties where creativity runs amok – much more fun! What began spontaneously in the early 1980s now has established design districts, and is still creatively contaminating new spaces, new streets and whole new areas every year.
5VIE is one of the new itineraries. It actually made its debut last year. Sandwiched between Fuorisalone giants Brera and Tortona, it’s a smallish but fascinating zone taking its name from five streets that cross in the very heart of old Milan: Via Santa Maria Podone, Via Santa Maria Fulcorina, Via Bocchetto, Via del Bollo and Via Santa Marta. A kind of Milanese Marais, packed with historic hidden treasures and with a profusion of traditional and contemporary workshops, galleries and stores, bars and restaurants gathered under the umbrella of the 5VIE Art + Design marketing project.
Needless to say, there’s a full calendar of remarkable events taking place in the 5VIE during Design Week 2015, involving a host of artists and designers showing and performing in stunning venues that range from monumental palazzi to craft workshops and from small stores to leafy private courtyards. See the full programme here.
An idea of what’s going on? Well, don’t miss Exercises in Seating by Max Lamb at the post-industrial Garage Sanremo, for one. Smaller and sweeter, Funky Table tableware design store in Via Santa Marta is hosting a kind of live show entitled Natural Invasion, in which architect Marco Bay, designer Caterina Chiara Gobbi and ceramics decorator Marta Dosi are inspired by nature on and around the dining table. Then there’s the 5VIE Party, on Wednesday 15th from 6 until 10pm, with a special invitation from offbeat fashion and accessories store Wait and See, again in Via Santa Marta: there’ll be music, unknown excitement from eccentric visual artists Traslochi Emotivi and eats by Gnambox. And Piazza Affari becomes a milonga after dark, when 5VIE sponsors the spontaneous phenomenon of dancing the tango around Maurizio Cattelan‘s defiant middle finger outside the stock exchange, with street food by Carlo Cracco.
Milan is turbocharged for Design Week 2015. And for six whole months from May 1st with Expo 2015.