Each year at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, the Italian magazine Interni engages international architects and designers for temporary exhibits that become spaces for experimentation. Working off the theme "Energy for Life" of the Expo Milano 2015 (opening May 1), this year Interni presents "Energy for Creativity" at the University of Milan. Within the many courtyards of the sprawling university complex, built beginning in 1456 as a hospital, are large-scale installations by the likes of Daniel Libeskind, Alessandro Mendini, and Philippe Starck (though if you didn't know it, you'd miss his contribution—a beverage cart).
Libeskind, who has a large office in Milan, is a regular participant at the Salone. "This week in Milan is a chance to look at architecture and design in a free way," he says. "No city in the world has this type of event that's open to the public."