Lake Como Design Fair

Pushing the boundaries between fair and exhibition by bringing together design and architecture lovers through a unique event.


From September 20, 2019 until September 22, 2019
Lake Como Design Fair pushes the boundaries between fair and exhibition by bringing together design and architecture lovers through a unique event. After its successful debut, the fair will return for its second edition on September 20-22, 2019, now embracing two venues. A curated design selection will be presented at the Teatro Sociale Como and a new section – entirely dedicated to architecture – will be held at the Palazzo del Broletto. This year the focus is on colour. Designers and architects are invited to contribute to a reflection and investigation on the subject of colour with and through their submitted projects.
The ambition of the design section is to immerge the Ridotto rooms of Teatro Sociale Como in all the chromatic gradations of the most contemporary design projects. The fair will showcase around 150 works that highlight new complementarities, fresh insights and independent creative processes. By focusing on colour, the fair will engage visitors in a kind of permanent firework display and enable them to share the positivity and optimism of the selected projects. The fair will not only present the evocative power of colour and its incursions into the design world, but will also reflect the freedom of taste and aesthetics that are typical of our present times.
The fair aims to reach out to those architects who do not solely focus on their clients' briefs, but also and consistently give free rein to their ideas through the production of artefacts that reflect their particular practice. Unlike in the design section of the fair, the architects are not expected to provide design objects, but also items that have been created before, during or after the creative process accompanying their projects, whether actually built or not, or simply utopian. Besides sketches, photographs or models, we invite architects to also consider “accidental masterpieces,” where serendipity (or not) may have generated these collaterally to their designs: mock-ups, resin fragments, foam sculptures, abstract totems,… Further, we also look forward receiving submissions by architecture photographers or proposals of such work by the authors of the portrayed objects. The depiction of architecture and its materiality is as much a colour-giver as the process of its creation.
Lake Como, Italy
20 September - 22 September, 2019