Salone del Mobile 2019 – Celebrating and commemorating Leonardo Da Vinci


Salone del Mobile of 2019 has come up with a daring concept. For the 58th edition of the biggest design event in Europe, they are reminiscing their Italian roots with a homage to one of the most brilliant Italian figures that has ever existed: Leonardo da Vinci! This year, during Milan Design Week, Salone del Mobile pays tribute to his incredible mind and talent.

A view of Milan.

Salone del Mobile 2019 – Celebrating and commemorating Leonardo Da Vinci       

Furniture Fair Special Exhibitions

Salone del Mobile never ceases to amaze its own audience, so this April, while you are visiting the honourable and long awaitedfurniture fair with the most exclusive design, prepare to be completely awed by two spectacular and hugely evocative installations that will provide you with the most memorable and cultural experience.

The 2019 edition of the Salone del Mobile pays tribute to the genius of Leonardo da Vinci and the 500th anniversary of his death. Milano has chosen the Conca dell’Incoronata canal lock and the water as the protagonists  for their first exhibition of the traditional city event, AQUA, Leonardo’s Vision

Leonardo Da Vinci is the theme of Salone del Mobile 2019

The second exhibition is at the fairgrounds, in Pavilion 24, DE-SIGNO. These two exhibitions have the main goal to honor the art of the Italian design since its early roots and to pay homage to Leonardo and celebrate his work and legacy when it comes to art and design, and craftsmanship.

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The first exhibition, “AQUA” celebrates the originality and visionary mind of Da Vinci’s studies. “DE-SIGNO”, however,  explores the amazingness of the Made in Italy design products and craftsmanship. They are comparing it from the furniture made during the times of the great Master to the present day, compiling all the stunning contemporary design we’re all so used to see at Salone del Mobile.

“AQUA, Leonardo’s Vision”

Free Inspirations

5 th – 14th April, Conca dell’Incoronata, Via San Marco, 10.00 am – 10.00 pm

A poster for the AQUA exhibit at Salone del Mobile 2019


9th – 14th April, Pavilion 24 – Fiera Milano, Rho, 9.30 am – 6.30 pm

DE-SIGNO offers amazing Italian designs through the centuries.

For “AQUA, Leonardo’s Vision” you will get a site-specific immersive experience. The Conca will be covered over with an architectural insert in the form of a great expanse of water. A huge LED screen on the edge will become a window onto a future Milan. It will show a skyline that changes according to the time of day. Beneath this structure, inside the canal itself, a cutting-edge technology will create a self-contained environment for the wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosities), where visitors can experience all the beauty, energy and shape of water, enfolded in image and sound.

What we can expect for the AQUA exhibit at Salone del Mobile 2019

By the Ponte Delle Gabelle, an information foyer will provide a space where waiting visitors can discover more about the connection between this historic site and Leonard’s multifaceted genius. Salone del Mobile is more than an art fair. So come visit the place where the Italian Master created most of his memorable works and experience an unforgettable view on the life of Leonardo Da Vinci!

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