The 53rd edition of the Milan Design Week is ready to go. From 8 to 13 April 2014, Milan city expects to host 2,400 exhibitors and attract over 300,000 visitors from 160 different countries, all interested in getting to know about the very latest furnishing and design solutions.

More than 1,400 exhibitors from Italy and around the world will be showcasing their products at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile taking place at the Rho pole fair in Milan. It will present leading national and global specialised manufacturers, and also international high-end furnishing companies such as Hästens, Kvadrat, Iittala, Tom Dixon, and upmarket fashion brands.

A major cultural event to be held at the Milan Fairgrounds, Rho entitled “Where Architects Live” will also take place. Eight leading international architect studios  -Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Bijoy Jain/Studio Mumbai - will open the doors of their “private homes” presented in the Rho fair’s pavilion 9.

The Salone, expanding its collaboration with la Rinascente, will host a special area of its Design Supermarket section in April that will provide information on the Salone and the various services and initiatives around the city.

The increasingly close collaboration between the Salone del Mobile and Milan’s City Council, will carry ahead two major initiatives designed to strengthen the promotion of Milan’s heritage and culture. The Salone del Mobile is among the sponsors of the exhibition “Bernardino Luini e i suoi figli”, a major retrospective dedicated to a key painter in the history of Renaissance art in Milan and indeed in Italy.

The Salone del Mobile has also organised free entry to Milan’s city museums: the Museum of the Twentieth Century, the Archaeological Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Sforza Castle Museums, Palazzo Morando, the Civic Aquarium, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Risorgimento Museum, giving visitors to the Salone, Milanese citizens and tourists alike a chance to view their important artistic, scientific and natural collections.