Next month (April) will be the 51st anniversary of Saloni (Tuesday, April 17th., to Sunday, April 22nd.) – the largest and most important Furniture fair in the world. Every other year, as part of Saloni show, a portion of the fair is dedicated to Eurocucina – the largest and most important kitchen show (also bath and appliances) in the world. This will be the 19th. time Eurocucina is taking place and the 2nd. time it is joined by FTK – the Technology in The Kitchen section, with new technology, appliances and such.
The show organizers, Cosmit (Comitato Organizzatore del Salone del Mobile Italiano), are hoping for a big turnout this year. 2010 was the first year since the inception of Eurocucina, back in 1974, that the total number of visitors declined from the previous show (297,460, vs. 348, 452 in 2008). It was blamed on the world economy and the fact that many non-Europeans stayed home. Add to that the fact that 2010 was remembered for the Volcano eruption in Iceland, that trapped many of show attendees in Italy with no way to get back home and the declining economy in Europe and the organizers are keeping their fingers crossed…
Our sources are telling us that several brands, such as Poggenpohl and Pedini, to name a few, have pulled out of the show and are doing something else this year. Poggenpohl chose to attend KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show) in the US and Pedini are having an In-House Fair instead, celebrating the grand opening of their new showroom in the factory.
Saloni 2012 Figures
Place: Milan Fairgrounds, Rho
Date: 17th-22nd April 2012
Times: from 9.30am to 6.30pm. Open to sectoral operators only. Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April open to the public.
Salone Satellite: open to the public every day during the trade show from 9.30am to 6.30pm. Free entry.
Total exhibitors: 1.729 + 750 designers of SaloneSatellite
Net exhibition area: 209,000 square metres
Overall exhibition area: 530,000 square metres
International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition
Products on exhibit: plastic laminate kitchens, wood kitchens, metal kitchens, lacquered kitchens, brick kitchens, furnishing accessories for kitchens.
Associations and sectoral bodies, newspapers, magazines and sectorial publications.
Net exhibition area: 27,000 square metres
Press Gallery: inside the Pavilions