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The Poltrona Arabella chair at Giorgetti.Photo: Courtesy of Giorgetti

• Milan Takes Manhattan
Italian design festival I Saloni Milano, commonly known as the Milan Furniture Fair, is celebrating its golden anniversary a full four months before it officially turns 50 in April, and on a separate continent, no less. The New York leg of the festivities launches this week with Italian Design Street Walking, a twenty-showroom self-guided crawl through the city’s Italian-furniture transplants. The circuit runs from Greene Street, up through West Broadway and Lexington Avenue, stopping at stores like Scavolini, Flou, and Giorgetti, to name a few. They’ll be providing pannettonne and prosecco from Eataly, naturally (opening November 29, 6 to 9 p.m.; The celebration continues for another six weeks of cultural programs including experimental designer Robert Wilson’s “Perchance to Dream,” a series of video-portraits juxtaposing ballet with iconic pieces of Italian furniture (November 30 through December 18 at Center548, 548 W. 22nd St. nr. Twelfth Ave.; 646-398-9100), and artist Peter Greenaway’s “Leonardo’s Last Supper,” a multimedia installation reenvisioning history’s most famous meal (December 3 through January 6 at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave., nr. 67th St.; 212-616-3930).

• Still Sexy at 50
An iconic arbiter of French luxury furniture for 50 years, Roche-Bobois celebrates its half-centennial this week, rolling out some old favorites in its Madison Avenue showroom. Classics like Hans Hopfer’s 1973 Dromadaire sofa, which is flying in from Paris’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs for the event, will share space with transgressively modern pieces from Jean Paul Gaultier, who debuted his interior-design line for Roche earlier this fall (200 Madison Ave., nr. E. 35th St.; 212-889-0700)

• Airport Cobb Salad? There’s an iPad for That
Right in time to placate stranded, delayed, and otherwise weary holiday-weekend travelers, Delta Air Lines has transformed three of its gates at Kennedy airport into diner-style lounges, ditching the standard jukeboxes in favor of tableside iPads. The devices are equipped with games, Internet access, flight information, and restaurant menus developed by Andrew Carmellini and Jason Denton. The same experience will be available at La Guardia before the end of the year—hopefully in time for Christmas, when the travel misery starts all over again (Croque Madame, JFK Terminal 2, Gates 21 and 22; and Bar Brace, JFK Terminal 3, Gate 15).

• Lomex’s Last Stand
What if, in the sixties, master-planner Robert Moses had built his proposed eight-lane Lomex Highway from the Holland Tunnel through the Lower East Side and straight toward the Williamsburg Bridge? The Municipal Art Society leads a walking tour around portions of the proposed but never consummated project, exploring what could’ve been and why it thankfully wasn’t (November 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Grand and Chrystie Sts.; 212-935-3960; $15).

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