The countdown to the much awaited Milan Design Week 2022 (6-12 June) has already begun. This year, like in the previous editions, there will be a few exciting installations focusing on nature in relation to design, technology and architecture. So if you plan to attend any Milan Design Week events, here you can find my preview of green installations worth adding to your itinerary.
Green installations. What to see at Milan Design Week 2022?
The Art of Dreams
Porsche will make its debut at Milan Design Week with a dreamy installation prepared in a collaboration with Ruby Barber. The Berlin-based floral artist is famous for her poetic and ephemeral flower compositions. For this occasion she has come up with sculptural artwork that unites fragile beauty of flowers with drone technology. Check out yoga and meditation sessions that will accompany the installation each morning of the week.
Where: Palazzo Clerici, via Clerici 5
Orto Botanico di Brera, a small botanical garden in the heart of the city, has been a regular spot on Milan’s design map. A perfect location for installations that link design to art and nature. This year, it will host an installation as part of Design Re-Generation, a project that promotes multidisciplinary approach to sustainability and nature. The interactive project is called Feeling the energy and features anti-bacterial copper pipe that will invite the public to explore diverse forms of sustainable energy.
Where: via Brera 28 / via Fiori Oscuri 4
The Timberland Floating Forest
This installation, floating on the waters of the Darsena, will offer visitors a green refuge made of 610 plants that include maple, birch and malus as well as different bushes and herbs. Its creator, Stefano Boeri, is the architect who designed the famous Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) skyscraper in Milan. He conceived the Floating Forest as an independent ecosystem that promotes urban forestation and biodiversity. After the design week all the trees used in the installation will be donated to Soulfood Forestfarms Hub Italia.
Where: Viale Gabriele d’Annunzio 20
Design with Nature
Those of you who plan to visit Salone del Mobile at Rho Fiera shouldn’t miss a special installation inside the Pavilion 15. ‘Design with Nature.For new materials. For a new habitat. For a better city’ will invite you to reflect on topics such as natural supply chains, recycling and urban ecosystems. Italian architect Mario Cucinella created the installation to raise public awareness of circular economy in the future, in which cities can be a new source of raw materials.
Where: Rho Fiera, Pavilion 15
Florilegio. Ecosystem of an Interior.
Last, but not least, an installation that connects Milan’s heritage to a modern take on indoor greenery. You will be able to see it inside Milan’s historical florist’s, Fioreria Radaelli founded in 1886. The space will be transformed by Cristina Celestino, all in tune with the original interiors designed by Guglielmo Ulrich in 1945. She will present her idea of domestic greenery through the use of mirror-finish objects.
Where: Radaelli Fioraio, via Manzoni 16