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Render of Preciosa's Crystal Beat installation for Milan design week

Dezeen teams up with Bentley, SketchUp, Grohe and more for Milan design week

Dezeen is partnering with over 10 international brands during Milan design week this year, with projects including the first of a new series of talks with Bentley, the launch of a new podcast series with SketchUp and videos for a host of brands including Grohe, Moooi and Preciosa.

Dezeen is also co-hosting events with retail marketing agency Liganova and London design studio Blond during the week and is producing videos documenting installations and new product launches for Audi, IEDOcchio and Abstracta.

Read on to find out more about what Dezeen is up to and don't forget to check out our digital guide to Milan design week on Dezeen Events Guide.

Bentley Home showroom in Milan
The first in a new series of talks exploring the future of luxury takes place at Bentley Home Atelier in Milan

Dezeen x Bentley Lighthouse Talk: rethinking luxury materials
Friday 21 April

Dezeen is teaming up with Bentley for the first in a series of Lighthouse Talks that will ask what the future of luxury holds.

Is the traditional perspective around luxury about to radically change? Will recycled materials with powerful backstories become the new aspiration? How do we embed circularity into the design process? Could a whole new generation of bio-fabricated materials emerge? And can the high-end sector help lead the way in a new era of responsible innovation?

Dezeen's editorial director Max Fraser will ask these questions to an esteemed panel of material experts including designer Ilse Crawford, Monique Zappalà, art creative director at Bentley Home, and Chris Cooke, head of Bentley design collaborations.

The talk will take place at 11:00am on Friday 21 April at Bentley Home Atelier. This is an invite-only event and places are extremely limited. If you would like to attend, please email [email protected] to express your interest.

Photo of a poster advertising Casa Blond
Dezeen is co-hosting a talk and party at Casa Blond in Milan

Dezeen x Casa Blond talk and house party
Tuesday 18 April

Dezeen has teamed up with Blond to host a talk and an after-hours house party at the London design studio's Casa Blond residency at Via Pietro Maroncelli 7 in Brera.

At 2:00pm, Dezeen's design and environment editor Jennifer Hahn will moderate a talk titled The Sustainable Home: Design and Innovation for Greener Living with panellists including James Melia, founder and creative director at Blond, Sam D'Amico, CEO at Impulse and Sam Bauer, consultant at the Ad Hoc Group. Click here to register for the talk.

The party will start at 6:00pm, with music, drinks and food available throughout the night. Click here for details of the party and to register to attend.

Climate Salon graphic
Dezeen has teamed up with SketchUp to launch a new podcast series called Climate Salon

Dezeen x SketchUp Climate Salon podcast

Dezeen has teamed up with design software company SketchUp to launch a podcast series called Climate Salon, which explores the future of architecture and interior design in relation to the climate.

The first episode, which is titled Radical Sustainable Living, is available now on all major podcast platforms for people to listen to as they travel to Milan.

Dezeen is also teaming up with SketchUp to host an exclusive dinner during Milan design week as part of the brand's sponsorship of Dezeen Awards 2023.

Every Wall is a Door 2021 by Teamlab at Superblue Miami
Every Wall is a Door 2021 by teamLab at Superblue Miami. Copyright teamLab, courtesy Pace Gallery

Dezeen x Liganova talk – Redefining Spaces: the rise of hyperphysical experiences
Wednesday 19 April

Dezeen's co-CEO Benedict Hobson will moderate a panel discussion exploring the trend in fashion, art and beyond for creating hyperphysical experiences that engage people in more immersive and meaningful ways.

Hobson will be joined by Carlota Dochao Naveira, director at immersive art gallery Superblue, and Gary Bott, managing director at eyewear brand Gentle Monster. The talk is part of retail marketing agency Liganova's annual Breakfast Club event, which last year featured a conversation with Colette co-founder Sarah Andelman. This is a private event and is strictly invitation-only.

Render of Preciosa's Crystal Beat installation for Milan design week
Dezeen will be documenting exhibitions and installations throughout Milan, including Preciosa's Crystal Beat installation

Videos documenting products and installations from across Milan

In addition to co-hosting talks and events, Dezeen will be producing videos documenting activations across Milan.

Look out for videos showcasing installations by lighting brands Preciosia and Occhio, car brand Audi, and bathroom brand Grohe, as well as an exhibition by design school IED at Alcova.

We will also be producing videos about new product launches by furniture brand Moooi and acoustics brand Abstracta.

Milan design week 2023

Milan design week takes place from 17 to 23 April 2023. See our Milan design week 2023 guide on Dezeen Events Guide for information about the many other exhibitions, installations and talks taking place throughout the week.