Salone del Mobile 2016 preview

Exhibition list

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

'Before Design: Classic'

For its 55th edition, the furniture fair is taking Italian design back to where it began; with the classic. In a cinematic video by film-maker Matteo Garrone, traditional furniture acts as a 'protagonist' telling the story of historical design's elaborate grandeur (an anachronism in the age of minimalist modernisn), with pieces included by Rosenthal, Sigma L2, and Dedar, among others. Titled 'Before Design: Classic' the film is being partnered with an exhibition, inspired by the classical Palladian villa, of different classical room sets. Other highlights at the fair include the biennial EuroCucina, exploring all that is innovative in kitchen design, and the 19th edition of SaloneSatellite, celebrating emerging talent with the theme 'New Materials, New Design'.

12–17 April; Fiera Milano, Rho;

Pictured: a clip from Matteo Garrone's 'Before Design: Classic' film