Milan, Milan, Milan…

By jesse


If you find yourself alarmingly sober during Milan design week, don’t worry.  The enablers at Design-Calendar are here to show you where you can get your fix of adult beverages.  Remember to enjoy your design responsibly!

Of course these off-site events are also open to the public all week during hours when drinking is frowned upon in polite society: a club that has repeatedly denied my application.


After you leave the fair, try to snag an invite to the cocktail party featuring the latest from Ceramiche Refin.  Designer Massimiliano Adami promises to show his interpretation of ceramic mosaics for DesignTaleStudio. The project will be exhibited at Refin Studio, Ceramiche Refin’s showroom in Milan.

  • Refin Studio- Foro Buonaparte, 68 from April 12th to 17th, 10am to 10pm.
  • Press preview 11 April – from 11am to 3 pm with Massimiliano Adami
  • Cocktail party (invitation only) featuring Massimiliano Adami: Thursday 14th April – from 7pm to 12 am
  • Brera Design Night – Friday 15th April from 7pm to 12 am


While we’re talking about getting tipsy with some Italian tile, you should also head over to Tagina Ceramiche D’Arte to check out Lifecycle.  The space will be dedicated to regeneration, durability, and vitality.  The open-air display will feature projection shows that encourage the visitor to notice the circle of life.  Created as an architectural continuum, Lifecycle is entirely made with WIRE, the ceramic system designed by Simone Micheli for Tagina.

  • Temporary Museum for New Design – c/o SuperstudioPiù – Via Tortona, 27  Booth 23B
  • Open everyday from 10 AM to 9 PM
  • Cocktail by invitation on Friday, 15th  6 PM
  • Press preview: April, 11th from 3 PM to 8 PM
  • Simone Micheli will be present on April, 11th at 4:30 PM
  • Mario Moriconi, CEO of Tagina, will be present everyday.

Tagina Ceramche d'Arte


Swiss manufacturers or modular furniture USM plans to show off their “living essentials” collection of modular furnishings at the MC Selvini showroom.  The partnership between the two European design stalwarts will be made official at cocktail party on Friday at 6.

  • The showroom itself will be open April 12-17 from 10 am to 8 pm
  • MC Selvini, Via C. Poerio 3, 20129 Milan


Do you prefer to rub elbows with some serious design heavyweights?  Have you always wanted to approach a world famous designer but need some liquid courage?  If so, head over to the launch of the Karim Sampler, an exhibit celebrating the last fifteen years of work from the ubiquitous Karim Rashid.  If there isn’t some kind of specialty pink cocktail here, they’re doing it wrong.

  • Cocktail party will be April 12th at 7, invite only, RSVP online.
  • La Triennale di Milano, Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6.
  • The event will also be open to the public April 12-17 from 10:30-10pm.


Remember to hydrate BEFORE you go to sleep.  Something with vitamin-C works best.  Hungover is no way to experience Design Week!

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