Salone del Mobile, the world’s largest contemporary furniture expo, hasn’t been itself for some time. After canceling the event outright in 2020, organizers mounted a more modest iteration, paradoxically called Supersalone, in 2021. COVID fears persisted, however, and much of the design world continued to feel adrift.
With its 2022 edition, to be held in Milan from June 7 to 12, the event is reclaiming both its venue at the Fieramilano fairgrounds and its role in creating connections between designers, architects, and other industry professionals. At a press conference in mid-March, president Maria Porro celebrated Salone’s return and that of sister exhibition series Salone Satellite, which highlights newer talents. She also hinted at changes in the program direction that respond to consumer preferences, cultivated over the course of the pandemic, as well as to the growing climate crisis.