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
Nendo founder Oki Sato often surprises us with the simplicity of his designs and his latest exploration of wood grains is yet another exercise in minimalism. The forms of his six chairs at this solo show couldn't be simpler - each is composed of two squares of wood arranged on a metal frame - but his exploration of superimposed wood grains gives an unusual poetry to the material.
8 - 13 April; Via delle Erbe 2
Pictured: 'Print-chair', by Nendo. Photography: Hiroshi Iwasaki