The Salone del Mobile furniture fair is set to announce that this year's event will take place in June instead of April, according to multiple sources in Milan.
The fair is now expected to take place from 7 to 12 June at the Fiera Milano fairground instead of 5 to 10 April. It is thought that the move will be announced at a press conference in the next few days.
Milanese newspaper Corriere della Sera stated last week that the current dates are "under review" due to the latest Covid-19 wave, which is forcing international events in Milan to be rescheduled.
Other Milan fairs have seen date changes
Transport fair Transpotec, eyewear show Mido and travel exhibition Bit have already been moved to slots later this spring.
"Fiera Milano is doing a great job managing and reorganizing the trade fair calendars for the coming months," said Salone del Mobile president Maria Porro.
"As for Salone, the enormous interest of exhibitors in participating underline that there is a great desire to work on an essential event for the entire furniture and design community. Now it is extremely important to work the system and we confirm that we are prepared to better manage the different scenarios."
Salone del Mobile is the world's biggest and most important furniture fair and anchors the giant Milan design week festivities that traditionally take over the city each April.
However, the 2020 event was cancelled due to the pandemic while last year's fair, which was scaled back and rebranded Supersalone, was moved to September.
Global shows affected by pandemic
The pandemic is now impacting events for the third year in a row, with many shows forced to change their plans. IMM Cologne has been cancelled, the January edition of Maison&Objet has been postponed to March while Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair has been moved to September.
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