The 58th edition of Salone del Mobile.Milano, which closed on Sunday, saw growth in visitor numbers, attracting 386,236 trade professionals from 181 countries – an increase of +12% over the 2017 edition, which also featured Euroluce and Workplace3.0.

“We are closing this edition of the Salone del Mobile with a very positive feeling," says Salone del Mobile president, Claudio Luti. "We invested in quality and have demonstrated once again our desire to do even better, working closely with designers, artisans, and communication and cultural professionals to keep on producing product and process innovations and ‘narratives’ that serve to boost the value of design objects.

"Consequently, we have seen sales rise, but in particular we have seen that everyone has taken note of our enthusiasm, our ability to create a system and take things much further than just business, offering a global experience, in which ideas are what counts. The Salone del Mobile is therefore a unique event of its kind, with the power to draw in professionals and the general public with what is now a trade fair in the round, with deeply rooted ties to Milan and its institutions while also being a significant international presence.”

In all, 2418 exhibitors – 34% of them from 43 countries other than Italy – were arrayed across the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, Euroluce, Workplace3.0 and S.Project, including the 550 designers aged under 35 who took part in SaloneSatellite.

Emanuele Orsini, president of Italian trade association Federlegno Arredo Eventi, says: “Investment, creativity and enthusiasm are the words that sum up an event that has seen the entrepreneurs take on the challenge of helping to make a success of an edition which, yet again, has demonstrated the importance of a sector that can pull together to tackle the challenges of international markets."

Next year's edition will take place from 21st to 26th April.