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

Salone Internazionale del Mobile

When people talk about the Salone, the chances are they mean the city-wide celebrations that transform Milan into a furniture fest like nowhere else on earth during these few days in April, but it's important to remember that it all started with the fair itself, first founded in 1961 by a group of furniture makers keen to promote Italian design as an export. Still by a long way the biggest of its kind in the world, it's the place to see and be seen for any design professional who wants to stand on the world stage. This, the 52nd edition, will feature a major project by Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel.

9-14 April; Milan fairgrounds, Rho;

Pictured: A rendering of 'Project: office for living', by Jean Nouvel