Salone del Mobile moves to 7-12 June !

The Salone del Mobile furniture fair this year’s event will take place in June instead of April, according to multiple sources in Milan.

The fair is now expected to take place from 7 to 12 June at the Fiera Milano fairground instead of 5 to 10 April.

Other Milan fairs have seen date changes

Transport fair Transpotec, eyewear show Mido and travel exhibition Bit have already been moved to slots later this spring.

“Fiera Milano is doing a great job managing and reorganizing the trade fair calendars for the coming months,” said Salone del Mobile president Maria Porro.

“As for Salone, the enormous interest of exhibitors in participating underline that there is a great desire to work on an essential event for the entire furniture and design community. Now it is extremely important to work the system and we confirm that we are prepared to better manage the different scenarios.”

Salone del Mobile is the world’s biggest and most important furniture fair and anchors the giant Milan design week festivities that traditionally take over the city each April.

However, the 2020 event was cancelled due to the pandemic while last year’s fair, which was scaled back and rebranded Supersalone, was moved to September.

Global shows affected by pandemic

The pandemic is now impacting events for the third year in a row, with many shows forced to change their plans. IMM Cologne has been cancelled, the January edition of Maison&Objet has been postponed to March while Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair has been moved to September.

Earlier this week Dezeen Events Guide published a guide to 25 key design fairs coming up in 2022, including many that feature revised dates due to the pandemic.

2022 – New Year, New Chances, New Support

We are happy to announce that the Merck Group Surface Solution has decided to support Donna e Mobile in its activities. We asked Dominik Eisend – Sr.Design Manager Surface Solutions | Automotive Coatings – a few questions to learn more.

Who is Dominik Eisend ?

I have a background in transportation interior design focusing on materials and CMF. Prior to my role at Merck, I have been able to work for several OEMs such as Mercedes-Benz, AMG and FORD as well as for a German-Chinese automotive start up called BORGWARD where I was leading the Color&Trim design team.

What brought you to Merck?

At the beginning of my automotive career I was invited by Merck to join a presentation about pigments in Darmstadt. I didn’t know a lot about Merck back then but I was super surprised that they handed out ice cream with an eatable effect pigment. I think I am a very curious mind and this experience with Merck definitely caught my attention. Over the years working for different design studios Merck came across my path several times and I have always loved their approach of curiosity and incredible source of expertise in all fields and materials. I love to work with all kind of materials and media and think that design has so many facets to experience – Merck is a perfect place to do so.

What is your role at Merck ?

I am the design manager at Merck Group Surface Solutions. In my role at Merck I am the
creative source for design and trends at our automotive pigments division.
I scout out for new trends and design ideas and try to implement them into our landscape of design and marketing tools. I also steer & drive Merck`s global Pull Marketing activities within surface solutions, always focusing on design & technology at automotive OEMs.

What is your | Merck’s future vision?

That’s a big question for a quick interview. I think the automotive industry is changing so much right now and CMF will be most important player and partner to tell stories, create experiences and design better products. Since I have worked in different automotive design environments I do understand what is needed by the automotive designers and I try to integrate that knowledge into my daily work to create a new level of level Merck design experience for our customers. One of the challenges is definitely to find better design solutions to bridge the gap between the digital and the physical world and certainly integrate the factor of sustainability.

Why do you | Merck support the Donna-e-Mobile foundation?

I have known the Donna-e-Mobile foundation since quite some time and I love your events. You create fantastic environments for gatherings. Design professionals can get together in a very relaxed and loose atmosphere and exchange/chat about their passion. These events are also a great way to meet young talents who are driven by curiosity. All that in combination with world famous design events like the “Dutch design week” or the “Milan design week”. We at Merck are the company behind the companies and love to exchange with creatives and support curious minds who are dedicated to progress. Donna-e-Mobile is the perfect place for that!

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Are you looking to break up your daily remote routine with a fresh boost of inspirational creativity? Save the date, June 1, and join us for a unique broadcast put together by the young minds shaping the shift towards a better future through design.

Discover the world class projects created by our graduates from the bachelor, master and research programmes as they complete their UID journey. Meet and greet students, staff and our special guests from industry during a memorable event celebrating powerful ideas in design.

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