The history of Salone del Mobile dates to 1961, when a group of Italian furniture manufacturers organised the first edition of the exhibition in Milan. The aim was to promote Italian furniture design and production, and to turn northern Italian city into an important design player.
The fair was an instant success, attracting over 12,000 visitors in its first iteration alone.
In the following years, Salone del Mobile grew rapidly in size and popularity, attracting more exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. The event became a platform for designers, manufacturers, architects, and interior decorators to present their latest creations, exchange ideas, and network with industry professionals.
In 1972, the fair moved to its current location, the Fiera Milano exhibition centre in Rho, a suburb of Milan. The new venue allowed for larger exhibition spaces, more exhibitors, and a wider range of products on display.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Salone del Mobile continued to grow in size and prestige, becoming a must-attend event for anyone involved in the design industry. The exhibition expanded to include not only furniture but also lighting, textiles, and other interior design products, officially establishing Milan as a global design capital.
Fuorisalone began taking shape in the same period, starting spontaneously in the early 80s to bring design in different areas of the city, from Brera to 5Vie, as well as explore crossovers between design and art, fashion, food and tech.
In more recent decades, both events have continued to adapt and evolve, introducing new sections and exhibitions, and giving more space to the work of young and emerging designers.