Salone del Mobile 2016 preview

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Salone del Mobile 2016 preview

The design calendar’s most significant event is fast approaching. Assembling in Milan, devotees will be prepping to take on the city for the annual Salone del Mobile (12-17 April), marking the unofficial start to the design season. The ever-growing affair spreads itself over the Italian metropolis from pockets of Brera district travelling all the way to the Rho fairground with the vast installations, new releases and parties getting even more avant-garde and innovative each year. In all the bustle, navigating around the plethora of showcases can be tricky, so we have conveniently picked out the top 25 exhibitions that are not to be missed…

Writers: Rosa Bertoli, Sujata Burman, Sam Rogers

Nendo's 'Manga' chairs

Last year, Oki Sato presented an enormously impressive year showcase of his work. For 2016, the Japanese designer is yet again showing his ability to straddle quantity and quality with an installation of 50 chairs, inspired by Manga comics, created for Friedman Benda Gallery in New York. In similarly grid-like structures to Manga narratives, Nendo has formed these abstract steel pieces, all reflective and whimsical alterations of the original line-work frame.

12–17 April; Piazza S. Simpliciano, 7, 20100;

Photography: Kenichi Sonehara