The trade fair was cancelled for the first time in its history in 2020 as a result of Covid-19. With a second wave of infections expected to last into spring 2021, the fair's organisers are reported to be considering the change to avoid further disruption.
If the shift happens, it would move Salone back to the time slot it occupied between its foundation in 1961 and 1989, after which it moved to April. The fair is currently scheduled for 14-18 April 2021.
Organisers are said to be considering shifting the dates to either June or September 2021, with September emerging as the preferred choice.
Patrizia Malfatta, a spokesperson for Salone, said: “The question about the possibility that the fair could move from April to some later months in the year, that's still open.”
Maintaining the April slot would be a risk given the likelihood of travel restrictions and physical distancing regulations. Dezeen reported that some brands were reluctant to pay non-refundable deposits for stands in April given these risks, and had been pushing for a delayed fair.
If the fair moves to September, a month in which events such as Maison & Objet, Beijing Design Week, and the London Design Festival typically take place, it will provide further complications for restructuring the annual design calendar.