‘The Future of Living and the Planet of the Future’ at Milan Design Week 2018

A Curated View on the Potential of Living on Mars by Stefano Boeri Architetti

Stefano Boeri Architetti is appointed curator of the third edition of space&interiors which shall be held during Milan Design Week 2018. This year’s theme, THE FUTURE OF LIVING AND THE PLANET OF THE FUTURE – Mars, materials, solutions, innovations, reveals a new perspective on future habitation and living and enable us explore the possibility to expand human colonization to another planet. According to Stefano Boeri, an imaginary constructed city on Mars can act as a catalyst for a new way of life on earth. Science fiction based concepts on living provide the framework for the latest selection of high-tech and low-tech materials and products that space&interiors presents. The Future of Living will be on display from 17 – 21 April at The Mall, Porta Nuova, Milano.

Mars: A Utopia for Future Living

In a world where climate change and rapidly advancing technological developments are becoming the order of the day, the concept of life on Mars is more relevant than expected. NASA has been exploring the possibility to settle on Mars for years. Building on these developments, Stefano Boeri Architetti presented in collaboration with the Tongji University’s Future City Lab a provocative hypothesis in which a ‘New Shanghai’ was conceptualised on the Red Planet in 2117. “Envisioning a city from scratch on another planet without restrictions, can trigger change on earth,” Boeri elaborates. The exhibition of space&interiors lays bare the parallels between these speculative concepts of homes and cities at unknown places and contemporary interior design solutions. The resultant exhibition triggers its visitors to look from at homes, cities and living in general from a whole new perspective.

Singularity, 2017

Singularity, 2017

Two-Fold Ambition

“At first sight it may seem contradictory to connect new trends and products with the future of mankind. However, interior design possesses the ability to adjust the way we live to future – and even current – needs. We can no longer ignore climate change and we should act on that”, adds Boeri. Therefore, this year’s peek into advanced materials and products presented by space&interiors places a strong emphasis on innovative solutions that contribute to how we live. Since the invention of the light bulb, lighting has been one of the most important products in our homes and cities. It is the epitome of innovation. The Italian brand Simes will present its latest outdoor lighting solution that should lighten up our streets in the near future.

Ghost Slide by Simes Pictures

Ghost Slide by Simes Pictures

Another confirmed participant, Oikos, gives home decorations a new dimension by combining eco-friendly and toxin free paint and the latest technology to ensure versatile textures that contribute to the well-being of every person making use of the space. Advanced technological surfaces to decorate, protect or for self-adhesive applications in retail interiors, hospitality or office spaces are offered by the third confirmed participant, Renolit. Boeri’s contribution to these innovative solutions is the ambition to show that Milan Design Week can in fact transcend commercial trends and novelties.” It is a platform to study the future and question our relationship with our planet.”

A Dynamic Intervention

The theme ‘The Future of Living’ redefines the trade character of the fair. An unconventional presentation model is awaiting the visitors. The state of the art selection of interior design products will be surrounded by video projections displaying a science fiction scenery directed by Davide Rapp and Giorgio Zangrandi. This allencompassing atmosphere of 360-degree projections will take visitors to a new reality and will connect artificial and far-fetched concepts to realistic possibilities. By allowing for such interplay, space&interiors will demonstrate the fact that interior solutions go hand in hand with the future of mankind. As the borders between earth and Mars are fading, so will the future be inseparably linked to the here and now.

In collaboration with Stefano Boeri Architetti, space&interiors is to host a full list of events during Milan Design Week. Daily talks, meetings, informal gatherings and discussions featuring leading figures that present the latest interior design developments, materials and ideas.

Practical in formation


Date: 17 – 21 April 2018

Opening hours: 2.30pm – 9.3 0pm

The Mall, Porta Nuova Piazza Lina Bo Bardi 1, Milan, Italy