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

Ossessione Italiana

Italian design brand Restart has cherry picked a selection of artisans, artists and other Italian brands that they feel share their own obsession to detail, quality and craftsmanship. From boat brand Riva to shirtmaker Finolo, to the culinary skills of Triangolo dell'Olio, all will be showcased in MdP1, a historical building near to the Scala which is soon to be developed into luxury flats.

8-14 April; MdP1, Via Monte di Pietà 1;

Pictured: 'Maestro' bookshelf and 'Privato' wall desk, by Maurizio Navone