Salone del Mobile Milano

The project

Salone del Mobile.Milano 2016 protagonist at the XXI Triennale di Milano ROOMS. Novel living concepts


In 2016, after a twenty-year break, the International Exhibition of the Triennale di Milano comes back to life. It had started in Monza in 1923, and moved to Milan in 1933, its purpose to explore the urgent and topical issues facing society. Within the framework of the XXI Triennale, the Salone del Mobile.Milano presents the “ROOMS. Novel living concepts” exhibition curated by Beppe Finessi (Triennale di Milano, from April 2 to September 12, 2016).

Interior architecture is still the prime field of exploration, study and reflection in terms of its direct impact on people’s everyday lives. Interior architecture has a particularly special remit: to conceive and define, with shapes colours and details, the spaces and environments that will surround us, our families, our friends, by designing a “world” around these lives.

There have been scant opportunities over the last fifty years for reflections on this professional design sphere: above all in the seminal, groundbreaking MoMA exhibition, “Italy, The New Domestic Landscape”, in New York in 1972, where there was no lack of projects for “interior environments.”

Thus, even today, there would appear to be an even greater need for reflection on the work carried out by a great many architects, masters and those no longer in the first flush of youth, through a great exhibition focusing on the state of the art, showcasing the sophisticated, experimental and original work of a select group of authors as effectively as possible.

The Salone del Mobile, a place for experimentation, business, innovation and culture, has taken up the gauntlet: this exhibition is intended to underscore the particular remit of interior architecture and to provide a forward-looking vision of how living will evolve.

ROOMS. Novel living concepts”, exhibition showcases interior architecture as interpreted by 11 leading architects who have taken on the most meaningful and profound issues of contemporary society, identified by the philosopher Francesco Cataluccio and drawn from the greatest philosophical and literary works.

Umberto Riva, Alessandro Mendini, Manolo De Giorgi, Lazzarini and Pickering, Marta Laudani and Marco Romanelli, Andrea Anastasio, Fabio Novembre, Duilio Forte, Elisabetta Terragni, Carlo Ratti and Francesco Librizzi.

with pictures, drawings and models of exemplary projects from the history of Italian Interior Architecture

designed by 11 architects for different functions and projected uses, referencing philosophical horizons chosen ad hoc from themes explored by contemporary writers

Layout: Gianni Filindeu
Graphics: Leonardo Sonnoli

The XXI Triennale is a Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) recognised exhibition. The Salone del Mobile.Milano was one of the first to take part in the project consolidating the front line role of FederlegnoArredo in the Italian home furnishing sector, and its championing of the Italian System, along with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Triennale di Milano and Confindustria.


The exhibition: 21st Century. Design after Design

What design after design?
Why design after design?
Where design after design?
When design after design?

The last few decades spanning the 20th and the 21st centuries have seen the steady spread of design as a skilled added-value tool in a constantly growing global market. The role and status of designers have become increasingly recognised, both inside and outside large companies and by the general public, because of the importance of the services they have to offer. This applies even more in the case of design-driven companies, or companies that have made design one of the essential factors in their competitive tenders.

The consolidation of new communication technologies, the marked reduction in related costs, the rise in individual mobility, the presence of a common language and the presence of an alternative market thanks to the web, all allow designers to give free rein to their most ambitious and innovative solutions for themselves, free from production constraints. In this context, research becomes a circular activity encompassing different skills and cultures, art, science, philosophy, technology and design.

In choosing this theme, the Triennale is throwing down an ambitious challenge to the apparent collapse of the contemporary world, its contradictions and inconsistencies. Its aim is to determine new “cardinal points”, to explore the foundations of culture to come. Design, as the realm of the spiritual and the behavioural, is its chosen medium and the designers its agents.