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


Tom Dixon's epic invasion of the atmospheric Museum of Science and Technology returns for a second year, and this time around all exhibitors have been challenged with the theme of 'disrupting design'. This means different things to different brands: will launch the original Warhol Brillo Box sculptures from 1964 as a pouf. Studio Job has joined forces with Lensvelt to showcase the new Job Office collection, with striking gold features. Saintluc is a new French furniture brand, which launches a collection by Jean-Marie Massaud and Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. Visitors will also have the chance to see the beautiful Japan Handmade collection.

9-14 April; Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia, Via Olona 6B;

Pictured: 'Job Office Desk' by Studio Job for Lensvelt. To open the desk, you have to stick your fingers up the nostrils of the gold nose