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Milan Furniture Fair Reopens Doors after 2-Year Pause

Milan Furniture Fair Reopens Doors after 2-Year Pause

Wednesday, 8 September, 2021 - 06:15
A kitchen design at the Haecker stand during the six-day Salone del Mobile, the world’s largest furniture fair in Milan. Photo: AFP

In light of the recovery of the furniture industry, the Milan Furniture Fair has reopened its doors to the audience on September 5 after a two-year pause due to the pandemic.

The curators of this year's edition pledged to organize an event full of creativity despite the small scale organization and the participation of only 425 exhibitors, out of which 66 are foreigners.

Dubbed "Supersalone," the 59th edition held until September 9, "is unique and emphasizes the recovery of the industry," Maria Porro, the fair's new manager, told AFP.

"Creativity, attention to environmental impact, innovation, cultural exchange, and digital experiences are the top interests of this edition," she explained.

This impressive gathering of prominent names from the furniture design industry is the largest specialist exhibition held in Italy since the virus outbreak in February 2020.

The local authorities have allowed the organization of such events since July 1.

Last year was a tough time for the furniture business during which revenues declined by 8.9 percent, to 21.2 billion euro. However, the industry is recovering, as Italian exports jumped 43.2 percent, to 5.4 billion euros within the first five months of 2021.

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