Salone del Mobile 2014 preview

Exhibition list

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

Ventura Lambrate

Ventura Lambrate, in east Milan, celebrates its fifth year as a Fuori Salone design district and once again draws an impressive roster of design academies, new talent and brands to its postindustrial streets. This year's In Residence exhibition looks particularly intriguing. Desiderabilia_About Desirable Things features 25 designers, including BCXSY, Mischer'Traxler, Philippe Malouin and Lex Pott, who were each tasked with creating a personal object of desire. We expect the results to be revealing indeed.

8 - 13 April; Ventura Lambrate, Via Ventura 6;

Pictured: 'Duality', by Lex Pott