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

Spazio Rossana Orlandi

Because hosting what has consistently been one of the best exhibitions during the Salone is no longer enough, Rossana Orlandi is organising three different shows around the city this year. As well as bringing together another highly covetable collection of designers - from Formafantasma to Scholten & Baijings - she has also curated an exhibition at Museo Bagatti Valsecchi (including new works by Nacho Carbonell, Front and Studio Libertiny) and organized an installation by Hag in the Zara flagship store on Corso Vittorio Emanuele. A highlight at her own space will be an exhibition of Moritz Waldemeyer's extraordinary 'The Path of the Sword'.

9-14 April; Via Matteo Bandello 14/16;

Pictured: 'The Path of the Sword', by Moritz Waldemeyer