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Getting Ready to Meet Milan

Where can you go to see the genius of Leonardo da Vinci as well as the brilliance of contemporary couture and cutting edge design?  MILAN!!!  This year I will be one of the more than two million annual visitors to Milan.  I’m excited to be a part of the Blanco team covering the Milan Furniture Fair or more properly referred to as, Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano.  


Originally an Italian furniture show, the event has grown, since 1961 into a major international happening for the design world.  Always held  in April, this year Milan Design Week runs from April 8-13th.  Besides being a major world fashion and design capital, Milan is home to the 5th largest cathedral in the world, Santa Maria delle Grazie.


Santa Maria delle Grazie

Santa Maria is home to many da Vinci paintings, including The Last Supper,  and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It has been a challenge maintaining The Last Supper. The reason is that DaVinci experimented with pigments and the results were less than successful. Bet you didn’t know that!

Naturally I will be very interested in the EuroCucina/International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition segment of the show. This, along with the International Bathroom Exhibition are a part of the big event every two years.  A little (Italian) bird tells me that this year we will continue to see an abundance of natural finishes.

Photo courtesy of iSaloni blog

Technology designed to improve the kitchen experience will be its own category and for the first time, American manufacturer SubZero Wolf will be joining the mix.

The Bathroom Exhibition’s theme is all about creating a “temple for the mind and body” with the latest products and accessories you need to create the “spa experience”.

Photo courtesy of iSaloni blog
Photo courtesy of iSaloni blog

SOOOO if you haven’t put Kitchens for Living into your regular-blog-reading-rotation, now might be a great time.  It’s so good to know what’s going on in the rest of the world and I’m so excited to share iSaloni and all my impressions of beautiful Milano.  You can  also follow me on FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.


Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.



Have a great time. Take plenty of pictures. Love the Italian kitchen.


Looking forward to reading all about your Milan experience! In bath/kitchen design, art, architecture, all of it!

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