Milan isn’t just famous for its fashion; expert designers and craftsmen from every medium come to the city to showcase their designs, and the annual Furniture Fair is no exception. Read on for tips to start planning your visit to the 2014 fair next April.

Find one of a kind design pieces and furniture for your dream home at Milan’s annual furniture fair, Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Believe it or not, Milan isn’t just famous for its fashion; the city has an international reputation for design of all kinds, and is known to champion Italian craftsmen and draw in global audiences at its events.

If you’re thinking about planning a visit to the 2014 fair next April, read on to learn a little more about the history of the event and what to expect when you turn up next year…

History of the festival

Last year marked the 52nd edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, with more than 2500 exhibitors from around the world. The annual event is the largest of its kind, showcasing the latest in urban furniture and design.

First launched in 1961, each year the popular event has grown from strength to strength. What began as a small event for manufacturers focused on Italian furniture has expanded to a huge weeklong festival that last year drew some 324,093 visitors from 160 different countries worldwide.

The huge popularity of the festival also helped it expand beyond the realms of just furniture – unique and experimental home furnishings of all kinds, including lighting, and bathrooms, are also proudly displayed for buyers and manufacturers to discover.

What to expect in 2014

Next year the event is set to open once again at long time venue the FieraMilano complex, this time taking place from 8-13 April 2014. Located in Milan’s metropolitan area town of Rho and just 3km from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Milan you can see the best of Milan and immerse yourself in all the action at the trade show without hassle.

In addition to the large exhibitions and commercial offerings of the Salone, there is also a diverse range of educational events that cover everything from modern design principles to the culture of Italian industrial and furniture design and its impact around the world.

Each year the festival also chooses a thought provoking theme as the basis for a series of installations and seminars to help people reflect on the significance of interior design. Last year’s theme – interiors of tomorrow – made use of French architects Jean Nouvel’s installation ‘Project: office for living’ to capture the imagination of visitors. Nouvel depicted five unique and singular work scenarios in an effort to illustrate that a working environment should transmit creativity, inspiration and enjoyment through its design and set up.

Exploring the best of Milan

Milan is one of Italy’s most beautiful and interesting cities, so don’t miss the opportunity to explore while you’re visiting during the furniture fair. You can find an eclectic mix of art, architecture, and fashion in the city – fashionable works by modern masters like Gucci, Prada, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana stand alongside priceless pieces from da Vinci and Michelangelo.

Next, turn your attentions to the city’s stunning architecture – it’s hard to miss – and visit the famous Castello Sforzesco along with the impressive Duomo and Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio. From there, all that’s left to do is satisfy your tastebuds. Milan is as famous for its cuisine as it is its culture – try a fresh Italian coffee or savour a fresh plate of pasta made with local ingredients and local flavours. Whether you’re visiting the furniture fair for a day or a week, don’t miss out on a few of Milan’s other marvels.

Will you be visiting the furniture fair in 2014?