Interni presents Material Immaterial

The much anticipated exhibition event now in its 20th year

  • From 3 to 15 April at the University of Milan, the Orto Botanico in Brera and in Corso Venezia 11
  • INTERNI confirms its market leadership in the professional living segment and the design system advertising with 55,000 copies of INTERNI. 200,000 copies of INTERNI/Panorama, 120,000 copies of INTERNI King Size and 250,000 copies of the Guida FuoriSalone

MATERIAL IMMATERIAL” is the name of the much anticipated exhibition event conceived by the monthly magazine INTERNI, which this year reaches the significant milestone of its twentieth edition.

With the patronage of the City of Milan, “MATERIAL IMMATERIAL” will run as part of the FuoriSalone from today until 15 April in the courtyards of the University of Milan, at the Orto Botanico in Brera and, for the first time, in Corso Venezia 11, where INTERNI has expanded the reach of its urban animation.

In addition to protagonists from Italy, the magazine has involved many designers from around the world, from – Japan, China, Brazil, Russia, Denmark, USA, Great Britain and Poland – in collaboration with companies, start-ups and institutions, it an attempt to create a varied mosaic of styles and vision. The designers include: Ron Arad with Illy, Alessandro and Francesco Mendini with Elegant Living, Shop Architects with NBK and Metalsigma, Simone Micheli with Valsir, Italo Rota with MR, Kat Von D and Another Space with Sephora, Michele De Lucchi with Ferragamo Parfums and Moretti Costruzioni, the studio BIG with Artemide, Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel with Marazzi, Massimo Iosa Ghini with Ceramiche Cerdisa, and many more.

“The theme of our exhibition event, now in its 20th edition, invites visitors to explore the double soul of the design: on the one hand the universe of actual production, which with materials – wood, ceramics, metals, plastics and natural fibres – constitutes the physical essence of design; and, on the other, the immaterial dimension of creation, starting from the thinking of the designer, increasingly supported by digital technologies and upcoming virtual reality, who identifies the areas of research for the near future,” explained Gilda Bojardi, editor of INTERNI. “In creating these experimental and interactive installations, we work with leading companies in the field of innovation and research, with companies representing internationally established brands and small niche producers that support entrepreneurship and creativity,” the magazine’s editor concluded.

Co-producer of the initiative is Audi, the premium brand of the Volkswagen Group, which at the Audi City Lab, in Corso Venezia 11, presents with INTERNI a series of meetings entitled the Future Needs Stories. The spaces of the former Seminario Arcivescovile, the gate to which will be illuminated by an installation created by Ingo Maurer, will host discussions about the relationship between man and artificial intelligence along with the presentation of the  installation Sonic Pendulum by Yuri Suzuki.

Also the music of R101, the official radio of “INTERNI MATERIAL IMMATERIAL”, will enliven the evening of Friday 7 April (from 9 pm) with a exclusive concert by Levante, followed a Vinyl DJ Set curated for by its music designers. The radio station will also have an interactive installation designed by Lorenzo Palmieri that will invite visitors to play the role of a DJ and select and play their own playlists in the Main Courtyard.

The INTERNI system

In April of the INTERNI integrated communication system multiplies: 4 print publications (INTERNI, INTERNI Panorama, the free sheet INTERNI King Size and the FuoriSalone Guide), a big event (“INTERNI MATERIAL IMMATERIAL”) and INTERNI online (website, apps, and social). These tools enable readers and users to be updated in real time on trends, innovations and advances in design and reaffirm the role of INTERNI as a leading information system for the world of design. In fact, the magazine is transformed from a trade into mass market media publication, an authentic guide and handbook for anyone who wants to know about and orient themselves within a unique event like the FuoriSalone.

The numbers of the INTERNI system

With this event, that gives Milan unique and exceptional visibility, INTERNI confirms its absolute leadership in the professional living segment but also in the design communication system. Further evidence can be seen from the data of the entire INTERNI ecosystem: 55,000 copies of INTERNI, 200,000 copies of INTERNI/Panorama, 120,000 copies of INTERNI King Size, 250,000 copies of the FuoriSalone Guide, a total print run of over 620,000 copies, 4,000,000 readers and 1,200 pages.

The strength of the brand is also clearly visible outdoors: in fact, for “MATERIAL IMMATERIAL” an important campaign of street advertising has been planned including banners in 15 locations in central Milan, 1,000 flags for around 500 events, 10 shuttle bus backs, as well as totems, decorated newsstands, floor-graphics, station domination (Rho and Cadorna), window display and/or LED walls (Megastore Mondadori in Piazza del Duomo and the Rizzoli Store in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele).

To find your way around the increasingly rich  landscape of events during the Milan Design Week, we could not forget the FuoriSalone® Guide – also available as a free app for iPad, iPhone and Android operating systems (tablets and smartphones) – which offers a detailed summary of over 400 events and a day by day calendar of events involving the companies, designers and architects participating in the FuoriSalone, Milano and the Zee Guide Milan (in digital form only and included with the app) with a selection of new itineraries and fashionable spaces in the city: from design to shopping, department stores to restaurants and hotels.

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