Salone del Mobile is the global benchmark for the Home Furnishing Sector. An invaluable tool for the industry as well as an ongoing, quite extraordinary promotional vehicle. The Salone made its first appearance in 1961, designed to promote Italian furniture and furnishing accessories on the export market, and it has continued to do so impeccably, ensuring that the quality of Italian furniture is known to all four corners of the earth, and continues so to do, with half of all its visitors coming from around the world. After the success of the 2014 edition – attended by 285,698 trade operators, 193,024 of whom from foreign Countries; over 38,000 members of the general public and 6,578 communication operators – the Salone Internazionale del Mobile is reconfirmed as the acknowledged exclusive showcase for the latest in furnishing, with a vast range of top quality products in every conceivable style.
Cosmit – Comitato Organizzatore del Salone del Mobile Italiano – is the company that organizes Milan's Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Salone, as it's popularly known, was founded in 1961 thanks to the insight of a small group of furniture makers, who were the driving force of the trade association FederlegnoArredo. A vehicle for promoting Italian furniture exports, Salone soon became the most keenly awaited event in the world of furniture.
Besides the Salone, starting from 1998, Cosmit organizes the SaloneSatellite, that has grown to represent a launching pad for young designers and a landmark event for all manufacturers looking for new talents.
Altogether these exhibitions are called i Saloni; open to trade visitors only, they cover a net display area of nearly 230,000 square meters at the Milan Fairgrounds in Rho. The events showcase products manufactured by about 2,500 of the most dynamic and creative firms operating on the international market, and attract over 290,000 trade visitors, 0% of whom from more than 160 countries around the world. Also, catering to demands from a group of loyal exhibitors at Milan's Saloni, since 2005 Cosmit has ventured outside Italy with a winning formula: the i Saloni Worldwide show. This event takes place in Moscow in October.