Salone del Mobile 2014 preview
Design pilgrims are already beginning to flock to Milan ahead of next week's Salone del Mobile (8-13 April) – the world's most important design fair and the unofficial start of the design season. This year's Salone happenings are woven into the entire fabric of the city, from the apartments of Brera to the historic buildings of the city's newly minted 5vie art and design district in central Milan, to the post-industrial warehouses that make up Ventura Lambrate – not to mention the Rho fairgrounds themselves. With so much to see, navigating it all can be tough. Here, we round up the top 25 exhibitions to see.
Words: Rosa Bertoli, Malaika Byng, JJ Martin, Ellen Himelfarb
Hermès' Milanese design debuts grow in ambition and scope each year. In the past the French fashion house has worked with architects and designers from Shigeru Ban to Philippe Nigro and this year it is focusing on lighting, with two new collections by Italian designer Michele De Lucchi and French artist Yann Kersalé. The brand will install itself at the Palazzo Serbelloni with an illuminated scene by De Lucchi himself.
8 - 13 April; Palazzo Serbelloni, Corso Venezia 16; www.hermes.com
Pictured: 'Harnais' lamp, by Michele De Lucchi. Photography: Yann Deret