Attendance was up double-digit on recent editions
Salone del Mobile, the furniture design event widely considered the most important in the world, closed Sunday with attendance up sharply on last year.


434,509 people visited the Milan show over the six days (April 17–22), a rise of 26 percent on last year and a 16 percent advance on 2016, which is more directly comparable because it was the last exhibition to host the biennial kitchen and bathroom fairs.

The spike in visitor attendance at the event — the 57th time it has been held — indicates a likely upswing in buying intentions from the global furniture industry, with Milan viewed as the most directional of all the international trade fairs when it comes to setting the design agenda.

It was held at the Rho fairgrounds, with satellite events making the entire northern Italian city a hub for furniture buyers and design aficionados. The 2018 edition featured 1,841 exhibitors, with more than a quarter of those hailing from outside Italy, from a total of 33 other countries.

The next edition of the Milan show takes place April 9–14, 2019.