Following the recent outbreak of coronavirus in Italy, particularly in areas surrounding Milan, the Board of Federlegno Arredo Eventi has decided to postpone the 59th edition of Milan's Salone del Mobile until June.
Initially scheduled to take place from April 21-26, the world’s largest furniture fair now will be held June 16-21 at the Rho Fiera Milano fairground.
“Confirmation of the change of date for the trade fair—strongly supported by the Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala—means that the manufacturers, in a major show of responsibility, will be able to present their finalised work to an international public that sees the annual appointment with the Salone del Mobile.Milano as a benchmark for creativity and design,” said a statement from the organisers.
Europe has been on high alert as Italy has seen the biggest surge in coronavirus. At the time of writing, Italian authorities put the death toll in the country at 11 and more than 300 confirmed cases.