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RSVP Now for our Exclusive Salone del Mobile Events

RSVP Now for our Exclusive Salone del Mobile Events

The Snyder Diamond trip to Salone del Mobile is all about strengthening our community by bringing together dynamic brands that can help fill the creative wells of the designers we work with. A designer’s job can often be difficult and draining, and in addition to offering them top-quality products and outstanding service, we believe it’s part our job to encourage their creative process. The special events we’ve organized for this trip are designed to educate, uplift and inspire. 

If you’re attending Salone, we’d like to offer you a more personal experience and direct access to some of our most celebrated vendors. Salone is vast and can be overwhelming, and we hope this lineup of events will give you a sense of connection and community while you’re there.

From launch parties with Smeg and Dolce & Gabbana, to a private tour of the Fondazione Prada, plus guided walking tours and exclusive day trips—you’ll find our complete itinerary below. Best of all, you can RSVP to each event with one easy click. Make haste! Space is limited.

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MONDAY, APRIL 16

Trip to Fantini Factory and Casa Fantini

By invitation only

8:00 am Depart from Milan
10:00 am Arrive at Casa Fantini for Coffee and welcoming/meet & greet
10:30 am Factory tour 12:30 pm Lunch at Casa Fantini
2:30 pm Tour Isola San Giulio and village of Orta then return to Milan



Visit to Lago d’Orta and the Fantini compound, followed by lunch at the Piero Lissoni designed Casa Fantini boutique hotel with Daniela Fantini and Russ Diamond. The Fantini Italian design factory is a family business that was established in 1947 by brothers Giovanni and Ersilio Fantini. Combining great hand-crafting skill with industrial technology and processes, Fantini has collaborated with internationally renowned designers including Piero Lissoni, Vincent Van Duysen and Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriquez.

http://www.fantiniusa.com

 

Gessi Party in Lago Maggiore

By invitation only

7:00 pm Pick up and drop off information TBD

An exclusive event on the shores of Lago Maggiore, one hour from Milan, at the private home of Gian Luca Gessi, Founder and Chairman of Gessi. Join an audience of approximately 100 selected guests from all over the world – primarily designers, dealers and developers to celebrate the launch of the new Rilievo series, developed in collaboration with Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA). Transportation service will be offered for all guests. 

http://www.gessi.com

 

Dinner with Flexform and DesignLA

By invitation only

8:00 pm Cantina della Vetra - Via Pio IV, 3, 20123 Milano MI, Italy

Flexform LA & SF and and 33SIXTY Owner Gregory Herman and DesignLA Editor in Chief Michael Wollaeger will host an exclusive dinner at Cantina della Vetra. Flexform has been a leading innovator in the European furniture industry for the past 40 years. Known for it’s exceptional quality and comfort and it’s distinct collaborations with renowned Italian architect Antonio Citterio, Flexform creates timeless luxury furniture pieces. The recent opening of Flexform’s Los Angeles showroom marks an important addition to the the West Hollywood Design District. Published by the Los Angeles Times, DesignLA draws on the diverse landscapes and distinctive architectural traditions of Southern California. It presents the state of design in one of the world's largest creative marketplaces with an eye to the future.

https://www.flexform.it


TUESDAY, APRIL 17

Walking Tour of the Brera with Flexform’s Gregory Herman

Limited space available - RSVP required

3:00 pm Via Delio Tessa, 1 (Brera), 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Flexform LA & SF and 33SIXTY Owner Gregory Herman will lead a tour of the Brera Design District. Brera embraces some of the city’s most prestigious historic buildings, and its streets of “old Milan” are lined with more than 80 design stores, artisans’ workshops, art galleries, shops, museums, the Accademia delle Belle Arti, the Pinacoteca, the Scala, and various cultural and art centres. Flexform has been a leading innovator in the European furniture industry for the past 40 years. Known for it’s exceptional quality and comfort and it’s distinct collaborations with renowned Italian architect Antonio Citterio, Flexform creates timeless luxury furniture pieces. The recent opening of Flexform’s Los Angeles showroom marks an important addition to the the West Hollywood Design District.

https://www.flexform.it

 

Cocktails at Bulgari Hotel Milano with Flexform

Limited space available - RSVP required

5:00 pm Bulgari Hotel Garden Bar - Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7b 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Flexform will host a cocktail reception in the private garden of the Bulgari Hotel. Designed by renowned architect and Flexform collection designer Antonio Citterio, the Bulgari Hotel features Flexform products throughout the hotel. Located on a private street in downtown Milan in a tastefully renovated 18th century Milanese palazzo, the Bulgari Hotel marks the first hospitality endeavor from historic Italian jeweler Bulgari. Just steps from Teatro alla Scala and Pinacoteca di Brera, the hotel features black Zimbabwe marble, solid teak and oak rooms and suites and a private 43,000 square foot terraced garden.

https://www.flexform.it

 

SMEG + Dolce & Gabbana Launch Party

Limited space available - RSVP required

7:00 - 10:00 pm Metropol - Viale Piave, 24, 20129 Milano MI, Italy

Join SMEG and Dolce & Gabbana for the exclusive launch party of their new luxury appliance collection, Sicily is my Love. Dolce & Gabbana will be in attendance. The event venue is the Metropol, a historically significant Milanese cinema built in the late Forties, renovated in all its original splendor. The Metropol is the historic site where Maria Callas recorded Bellini’s Norma in 1954, accompanied by the La Scala Orchestra. In addition to hosting the events of Dolce & Gabbana, the multipurpose space also hosts many other cultural and social events. Cocktail attire required. SMEG appliances are snapshots of Italian style, from the retro ’50s refrigerators to steel-only cookers and are able to shape to trends and tastes and establish a rapport with the user that goes beyond practical concerns. With this philosophy in mind, the firm has embarked on projects with leading designers and architects.

http://www.smegusa.com

 

Gessi David Rockwell Launch Party

Limited space available - RSVP required

7:00 pm Gessi Milano - Via Manzoni, 16A, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Join Gessi and David Rockwell for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they unveil Inciso, their exciting new collection of fittings and accessories. David Rockwell is an American architect, designer and founder of The Rockwell Group, an award-winning, cross-disciplinary architecture and design practice based in New York City. Some of his projects include the Nobu restaurants and hotels worldwide, Neue House, The Dolby Theater and set design for numerous Broadway plays including Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Show and Kinky Boots. Gessi is an Italian company that has been designing and manufacturing exclusive bathroom and kitchen fittings and furnishings for over 20 years. Today, the Gessi brand is acknowledged worldwide for its fashionable designs in all types of living environments, including hotels, spas, yachts and private residences. Gessi’s “Made in Italy” products are manufactured with the utmost respect for the environment and the user, creating a new awareness for design.

http://www.gessi.com

 

Cocktails with Duravit

Limited space available - RSVP required

7:30 pm Duravit Milano - Via S. Gregorio, 49/51, 20124 Milano MI, Italy

Join Duravit president Tim Schroeder for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and mingling at their showroom as they celebrate their latest collections. Founded in 1817 in the heart of Germany’s Black Forest, Duravit is a leading manufacturer of designer bathrooms. Today, the company remains committed to forward-thinking, environmentally conscious products that bring the bathroom to life. Together with renowned designers including Philippe Starck, Norman Foster, sieger design, Cecillie Manz and EOOS, Duravit fuses design and function through craftsmanship and technology to create top-quality, timeless bathroom products.

https://www.duravit.in


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

Walking Tour of the Fair with Russ Diamond

Join Russ Diamond, President of Snyder Diamond, for an intimate tour of luxury European kitchen and bath manufacturer booths including Fantini, Gessi, Dornbracht, Effegibi, Kreoo, Duravit, Artelinea, Graff and Devon & Devon. Russ Diamond has been coming to Salone for over 30 years and will be sharing his close, personal relationships with guests. This is a rare opportunity to meet the personalities behind many of the brands and get your questionsanswered. Guests will also enjoy coffee, pastry, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Guests have the option to show up for one or more visit, come for the morning, afternoon or whole day schedule of vendor meetings.

 

MORNING TOUR

9:30 - 10:15 am Breakfast with GRAFF - Hall 22, Booth E28
GRAFF is globally recognized for its trend-setting products and unique vision. Supported since 1922 by extensive plumbing and hardware manufacturing experience, GRAFF has positioned itself at the forefront of design creating designer-based collections for the luxury market.

10:15 - 10:45 am Duravit - Hall 22 Booth E23/27
Founded in 1817 in the heart of Germany’s Black Forest, Duravit is a leading manufacturer of designer bathrooms. Today, the company remains committed to forward-thinking, environmentally conscious products that bring the bathroom to life.

10:45 - 11:15 am Fantini - Hall 22 Booth C23, C27
The Fantini Italian design factory is a family business established in 1947 by brothers Giovanni and Ersilio Fantini, a place that manages to combine great hand-crafting skill with industrial technology and processes.

11:15 - 11:45 am Effegibi + Milldue - Hall 22 Booth D20-D24, D23-D27
For over 25 years, Effegibi has been designing saunas and Turkish baths with state-of-the-art technology combined with elegant, craftsmanship traditions. Milldue has been operating since 1976 in designing and producing high-end bathroom furniture. Its commitment in steady product and process innovation turn out as edge cutting solutions in terms of technology and style.

11:45am - 12:15 pm Kreoo - Hall 22 Booth C28
Kreoo is the bath and living line by leading luxury marble manufacturer Decormarmi, based in Vicenza Italy. Capitalizing on Decormarmi's 50-year family tradition, Kreoo offers customizable furnishings for indoors and outdoors handcrafted by elite sculptors and stone masons in Italy.

12:15 - 12:45 pm Gessi - Hall 22 Booths H20, G31
Gessi is an Italian company that has been designing and manufacturing exclusive bathroom and kitchen fittings and furnishings for over 20 years.

 

AFTERNOON TOUR

12:45 - 1:30 pm Lunch with Artelinea - Hall 24 Booths G01, G05
Founded in Florence Italy in 1962, Artelinea specializes in exclusive glass finishes, vanity units, basins and elegant mirrors this collection. Artelinea is a Green Company in the strictest sense of the word: they have totally encompassed the model of productive economy with zero environmental impact.

1:30 - 2:00 pm Dornbracht - Hall 24 Booths G11, G19
Dornbracht is a third generation, family-run company based in Iserlohn, Germany that is a global player in the kitchen and bath industry. The brand has received numerous awards and has significantly shaped the decor, architecture and functionality of bathrooms and kitchens worldwide.

2:00 - 2:30 pm Mastella - Hall 24, Booth L21
Founded in 1984 by Antonio Mastella, who remains at the helm of the company, Mastella prides themselves on design evolution and high-quality product. Innovation and craftsmanship characterise the Mastella brand, with breathtaking pieces created in collaboration with artisans from around Italy.

2:30 - 3:00 pm Devon & Devon - Hall 22 Booth G33, G35
Operated by a family who has been in the ceramic and tiling trade since 1945, Devon & Devon transforms the bathroom into a place dedicated to private well-being. A range of timeless products inspired by the most elegant and distinguished European traditions includes bathtubs, shower enclosures, taps, consoles, vanity units and accessories.

3:00 - 3:45 pm Coffee + Biscotti with Samuel Heath - Hall 22 Booth L43
Established in 1820, Samuel Heath is an English manufacturer that has become internationally renowned for innovation and quality. The company began as a traditional brass founder but today is as a manufacturer of bathroom accessories, taps, showers and architectural hardware with a worldwide reputation for stylish design, quality and performance.

 

Aperitivo with Flexform

4:00 pm Flexform Booth - Hall 5, Stand E11-F02

Be the first to experience Flexform’s 2018 collection with special access to Flexform’s VIP booth area with Flexform LA & SF owner Gregory Herman. Apertivo and wine will be served and guests will have an opportunity to meet the owners of Flexform. Flexform has been a leading innovator in the European furniture industry for the past 40 years. Known for it’s exceptional quality and comfort and it’s distinct collaborations with renowned Italian architect Antonio Citterio, Flexform creates timeless luxury furniture pieces. The recent opening of Flexform’s Los Angeles showroom marks an important addition to the the West Hollywood Design District.

https://www.flexform.it/

 

Wellness Event with Dornbracht

7:00- 11:00 pm Ceresio 7 Gym & Spa - Via Ceresio, 7, 20154 Milano MI, Italy

Join Dornbracht as they launch their new preventative health/bath concept, LifeSpa at Salone 2018. The new Ceresio 7 Gym & Spa combines fitness, wellness and beauty at the highest level. The gym features Dornbracht fittings, shower solutions and many health-enhancing water applications. Dornbracht is a third generation, family-run company based in Iserlohn,Germany that is a global player in the kitchen and bath industry. The brand has received numerous awards and has significantly shaped the decor, architecture and functionality of bathrooms and kitchens worldwide. Dornbracht was the first European brand that Snyder Diamond owner Russ Diamond brought stateside to sell at the Santa Monica store and he has enjoyed a close relationship with son of the founder, Andreas Dornbracht, for close to thirty years.

https://www.dornbracht.com

 

Street Party in 5Vie

8:00 pm - Midnight Via Santa Marta, 14, 20123 Milano MI, Italy

A street fair in the 5Vie art + design district, which is considered the beating heart of Milan Old Town. With its enviable location near Sant’Ambrogio, Duomo and Cordusio – it’s an area rich in cultural heritage that comes alive during the Salone, offering workshops, arts, ateliers and creative shops that specialise in design and innovation.

 

Fantini Showroom Event

7 to 9pm   Via Solferino, 18, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Join Fantini for cocktails and appetizers and a preview of a new collection - AA/27 designed by Michael Anastassiades for Aboutwater. Fantini is a family business established in 1947 by brothers Giovanni and Ersilio Fantini. The company has undergone great technological advancement over the years, that has led it to create increasingly sophisticated, high quality products that have earned it widespread international acclaim. It has design collaborations with such internationally known designers as Piero Lissoni, Vincent Van Duysen and Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriquez. Russ Diamond has a close personal relationship with CEO Daniela Fantini, who will be in attendance.

http://www.fantiniusa.com


THURSDAY, APRIL 19

DAY TRIP: SMEG Factory Tour, Lunch and Wine Tasting

Limited space available - RSVP required
7:30 am Pick up location TBD

Join the team from SMEG as they demonstrate true Italian hospitality in a day long trip to their factory in Guastalla located two hours from Milan in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. Tour the Italian countryside, experience a presentation and tour of the SMEG factory and enjoy lunch at Villa Montanarini, a 17th century hotel known for its local specialities. End the day with a tour and tasting at Cà del Bosco Winery and transportation back to Milan in time for dinner.

http://www.smegusa.com

 

Private Tour of La Triennale di Milano

Limited space available - RSVP required
11:30 am Triennale Milano - Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Guided tour of Triennale Design Museum’s “Storie Design Italiano” exhibition. The eleventh edition of Triennale Design Museum is devoted to the history of Italian design from 1902 to 1998, with a selection of the most representative projects and, alongside these, with in-depth analyses of particular themes. Located in the Parco Sempione, the Triennale di Milano is a center for contemporary art, architecture and design and has a reputation for being at the forefront on all of these disciplines.

 

Lunch with Kevin Barry Fine Art

Limited space available - RSVP required
1:00 pm Location TBD

Join Kevin Barry Fine Art for an exclusive lunch in Milan. Details TBD.

 

Kreoo Family Dinner in Lake Como    

Open to 19 guests total

6:30 pm  Pick up at Rho Fiera Center - Strada Statale Sempione, 28, 20017 Rho MI

Destination: Antica Trattoria del Risorgimento on Lake Como

Pick up at restaurant: 10 pm back to Milan

Join the owners of Kreoo for a trip to Lake Como for dinner at Antica Trattoria del Risorgimento. This family-run trattoria is nestled in seclusion on the shores of Lake Como and is known for its regional specialties and local ingredients. The trip is 30 minutes there and back.  Kreoo is the bath and living line by leading luxury marble manufacturer Decormarmi, based in Vicenza Italy. Capitalizing on Decormarmi's 50-year family tradition, Kreoo offers customizable furnishings for indoors and outdoors handcrafted by elite sculptors and stone masons in Italy.

http://www.kreoo.com

 

Aperitivo in the Brera at Salvatori

Limited space available - RSVP required
7:00 pm Via Solferino, 11, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Salvatori, the Italian design company known the world over for its transformation of stone into beautiful and surprising textures, invites guests of the LA design community for an aperitivo on the terrace of their newly expanded showroom in the heart of the Brera district. Across the courtyard from the showroom, the Salvatori Apartment will also be open to visitors who want to experience an authentic Milanese design home. This year at Salone del Mobile, Salvatori will be presenting over 50 new products in beautiful, natural stone, ranging from new textures through to home accessories designed by legendary designers such as John Pawson, Piero Lissoni, Vincent Van Duysen, Elisa Ossino, Studio Charlie and Silvia Fanticelli.

 

Private Dinner with Snyder Diamond at La Libera

By invitation only
8:00 pm La Libera - Via Palermo, 21, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Dinner with Snyder Diamond at La Libera, an elegant and traditional Milanese restaurant in the Brera District. Owned by Italo Manca, a former boxer, iconoclast and close, personal friend of Vivienne Westwood.


FRIDAY, APRIL 20

Private Tour of Fondazione Prada

Limited space available - RSVP required
3:00 pm Fondazione de Prada – Largo Isarco 2, 20139 Milano MI, Italy

Guided tour of Fondazione Prada that will focus on both the architectural project of the Fondazione and on the exhibitions currently on view. For the last two decades, Fondazione Prada's activities have analyzed intentions and relevance through an evolution of projects. Located in Largo Isarco, the new Milan venue of the Fondazione, conceived by architecture firm OMA – led by Rem Koolhaas – expands the repertoire of spatial typologies in which art can be exhibited and shared with the public.

 

Cocktails with Kevin Barry Fine Art

Limited space available - RSVP required

5:00 pm Location TBD

Join Kevin Barry Fine Art for cocktails in Milan. Details TBD.

 

Dinner with Snyder Diamond at Carlo e Camilla

By invitation only

8:00 pm Carlo e Camilla - Segheria via g. meda 24, 20136 Milano MI, Italy

Join Snyder Diamond owner Russ Diamond for a private dinner at Carlo e Camilla. Housed in an artfully distressed abandoned sawmill in Segheria, Carlo e Camilla won Wallpaper's design award for best new restaurant in 2015. Chandeliers and shimmering light create a theatrical ambience for modern Italian cuisine by Michelin-star chef Carlo Cracco.

 

Armani/Privé Nightclub

By invitation only

Time TBD Via Gastone Pisoni, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Armani/Privé is a club located in the centre of Milan inside the same building that houses Armani Hotel Milan and Nobu. The design has been carried out under the creative supervision of Giorgio Armani. With its unique atmosphere, Armani/Privé successfully combines the fun of a nightclub with the intimacy of a member’s club.

 

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