In light of this news, Disegno's editorial team hosted a special podcast to discuss the significance of the decision to postpone the annual event, as well as its likely impact upon the design industry.
The event had been scheduled to take place from 21-26 April, but will now run between 16-21 June.
The move came following a recent spike in coronavirus cases in the north Italian regions of Veneto and Lombardy. As of Monday 25 February, Italy had reported more than 200 new cases and six deaths from the virus.
A statement from Salone said: "Following an extraordinary meeting[...] of the Board of Federlegno Arredo Eventi, and in view of the ongoing public health emergency, the decision has been taken to postpone the upcoming edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milan to 16th – 21st June.
"Confirmation of the change of date for the trade fair – strongly supported by the Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala – means that the manufacturers, in a major show of responsibility, will be able to present their finalised work to an international public that sees the annual appointment with the Salone del Mobile.Milano as a benchmark for creativity and design."
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