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

When Objects Work

The theme of the newest collection of commissions by When Objects Work is unique. As in beauty found in singularity, customisation and delicateness. Next to pieces by Colombian designer Haider Ackerman, woven from baby yak wool, there are steak knives made in the tradition of Japanese Samurai swords, designed by minimalist mastermind John Pawson. Anne Chapelle, director behind the fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester, uses linen, hand-finished and personalised in a monastery in Italy; while Studio Omerta has created a beautiful leaf-shaped vase.

9-14 April; Via Pontaccio 19;

Pictured: Steak knife by John Pawson