Salone del Mobile 2013 preview

Exhibition list

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

Galleria Riccardo Crespi

One Minute Ago is an exhibition of the work of Alberto Biagetti and Laura Baldassari, fusing art and design in a wholly lovely way. Although the two creatives work independently of each other, they are linked by their design approach, which is both analytical and imaginative. Alberto Biagetti's reimagined objects of everyday use, for example his 'Vincent' rush-bottomed chairs, are otherworldly but stunning, and against Baldassari's serene and scientific landscapes, both are brought to life.

9 April - 11 May; Via Mellerio 1;

Pictured: 'Vincent' by Alberto Biagetti and 'Catalina' by Laura Baldassari