Beyond the countless brands and blockbusters, design school exhibitions are easily among the more rewarding events in Milan during the Salone del Mobile. Not only do the universities and academies offer a highly visible platform for the students themselves, but the exhibitions also serve as inspiration for current and prospective students. Practicing designers, on the other hand, may appreciate the heady innocence of being in school and the excitement of showing on the world stage for the first time.
The most important point, of course, is that the school exhibitions offer a taste of the next generation of design and designers. We've already looked at HEAD Genève's "Salone Ludico"; here's a survey of several other strong showings, from the likes of Aalto University, a dark horse; ECAL, the powerhouse; Central St. Martins, an impressive pre-grad show; and the SAIC, the stateside contenders.