Salone del Mobile 2013 preview

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Salone del Mobile 2013 preview

At a time when every city with even the teensiest signs of an emerging design scene is declaring itself to be ‘the new Milan’, the annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile still reigns head and shoulders above them all as the mecca. Because of Salone, one week in April now marks, in many ways, the beginning and the end of the Design Year, as designers, makers, artists, commentators, and in fact anyone in need of an innovation shot is drawn like iron filings by a strange magnetic force to Italy’s industry capital to see and be seen, collecting business cards and cocktails as they go. With hundreds of events and exhibitions taking place around the city, as well as - of course - all the fun at the fairgrounds to absorb, navigating it all can be tricky. To make life easy, here’s our guide to the shows we are most looking forward to.

Writer: Henrietta Thompson


If any excuse were needed to visit the jaw droppingly elegant Villa Necchi Campiglio, this is a good one. This magnificent 1930s property in the heart of Milan was designed by the architect Piero Portaluppi, and for the Salone it will be filled with ten contemporary pieces designed by the talented Fabrica students in response to this and other FAI heritage properties such as Masino Castle in Caravino. Read more about the collection in our May issue.

10 April - 5 May; Villa Necchi Campiglio, Via Mozart 14;

Pictured: 'Centerpiece', by Daniela Mesina, inspired by Giardino della Kolymbetra, Sicily