The Salone del Mobile has swung into action once more. Designers, architects, makers and buyers have descended on Milan from all corners of the globe for what is indisputably the world’s best furniture fair. With the doors to the Fiera now open, the city itself has also been transformed into a shining vessel for all that’s new in design, with almost every urban inch turned into exhibition space for the duration of the Salone (9 to 14 April). Here, we bring you the highlights as they happen
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  • Galleria ProjectB

    For his first solo exhibition in Italy, the London-based Canadian designer Philippe Malouin is presenting an entirely new series of objects, especially commissioned by Emanuele Bonomi’s gallery. Among the collection is ’Slat’, a series of pieces made using standard timber slats, and ’Type Cast Chairs’ (pictured), which are sand-cast stools in iron and aluminium. Visitors will also be treated to an installation entitled ’Pendulum’ - described as ’a reflection on gravity and by contrast a speculation on ephemera’ - and ’Functional Shapes’ in hand polished black MDF.

    10 April - 16 May; Via Maroncelli 7; www.projectb.eu

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  • FLOS

    As well as having a considerable presence at Euroluce, Flos is launching a re-edition of lamps designed by Gino Sarfatti. Responsible for many of the most innovative and iconic lights of the 1950s and 60s, in 1974 Sarfatti sold his lighting company, Arteluce, as well as all rights to his designs. After the success of the exhibition at Triennale last year, FLOS’s Piero Gandini decided that it was time to pay tribute and bring some of Sarfatti’s most stunning lamps back into production.

    9-14 April; Corso Monforte 9; www.flos.com

    Pictured: Archive image of the Arteluce showroom in Milan, 1963

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  • Kvadrat

    An installation by the happily ubiquitous Patricia Urquiola with Kvadrat and Moroso, the Revolving Room is a showcase of her new collection of textiles (for the former) and her new armchair (for the latter). Kvadrat’s new fabrics are embroidered with digital images, and unveiled through the interplay of unusual triangular structures.

    10-14 April; Moroso Showroom, Via Pontaccio 8/10; www.kvadrat.dk

    Pictured: A rendering of the installation

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  • Secondome Edizioni

    Helmed by Claudia Pignatale, Secondome Gallery calls itself a ’design container’, shipping over its discoveries to destinations across the globe, including the New Museum in New York, The Grand Hornu in Belgium and the Vitra Museum in Germany. At Garage Design in Milan it will be showing the latest additions to its own label of products, Secondome Edizioni, including new pieces by Sam Baron, Nigel Coates, Alfredo Häberli and Joost Van Bleijswik.

    8-14 April; c/o Juice at Garage Design, Via Achille Maiocchi 5/7; www.secondome.eu

    Pictured: ’Le Bureau de Paolo’ by Sam Baron

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  • Wallpaper* Handmade at Leclettico

    Wallpaper* is commandeering new design gallery Leclettico for the fourth edition of Wallpaper* Handmade. We’ve tasked a star cast of international designers, craftsmen and makers to create one-off wonders, epic in scale and ambition. This year’s marvels include Naoto Fukasawa’s umbrella for life, Richard Meier’s chess set, Harry Winston’s box of tricks and a selection of woollen wonders.

    9-13 April; Leclettico, via San Gregorio 39; www.leclettico.it

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  • Nichetto = Nendo

    Salone favourites of recent years Luca Nichetto and Oki Sato of Nendo have joined forces to launch seven new products they designed together. After meeting in Stockholm for a coffee they spoke about design and collaboration between designers of the past such as Ettore Sottsass and Shiro Kuramata, and were inspired to do the same. Using a creative process from Japanese culture by which one person composes the first three lines (kami no ku) of a short poem known as a tanka, then sends them to a second person who composes the two final sentences (shimo no ku), Sato sent ideas which Nichetto concluded, and vice versa. (Nendo is also showing at Dilmos Gallery, and will certainly be worth a look.)

    9-14 April; Foro Buonaparte 48; www.nendo.jp; www.lucanichetto.com

    Pictured: Work-in-progress maquettes by Luca Nichetto and Oki Sato

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  • Euroluce

    Every two years the Rho fairgrounds plays host to Euroluce, the International Lighting Exhibition, alongside the main Salone Internazionale del Mobile fair and for 2013 it’s looking like a super-bright line up. Particularly interesting new launches will be Foscarini’s ’Lightwing’ lamp by Jean Marie Massaud, the ’Cloudy’ lamp by Mathieu Lehanneur for Fabbian, and Jake Dyson’s new CSYS task lamps.

    9-14 April; Milan fairgrounds, Rho; www.cosmit.it

    Pictured: ’Lightwing’ lamp by Jean Marie Massaud for Foscari

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  • Edit

    The relatively young Designjunction exhibition - now a fixture during the London Design Festival - is bringing a selection of brands to Milan in an exhibition titled Edit. Promising live workshops, installations, pop-up eateries and retail therapy, we can expect to see new launches from Channels, Case and Vessel Gallery, and tours of the city with Tokyobike. Brit brand Modus will be launching pieces by Arik Levy, PearsonLloyd, and Pengelly Design, as well as showcasing the designs it’s been working on with Michael Sodeau for Apartment 58.

    10-14 April; La Pelota, Via Palermo 10; www.thedesignjunction.co.uk

    Pictured: ’Gita’ sofa, by Arik Levy, for Modus

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  • Ossessione Italiana

    Italian design brand Restart has cherry picked a selection of artisans, artists and other Italian brands that they feel share their own obsession to detail, quality and craftsmanship. From boat brand Riva to shirtmaker Finolo, to the culinary skills of Triangolo dell’Olio, all will be showcased in MdP1, a historical building near to the Scala which is soon to be developed into luxury flats.

    8-14 April; MdP1, Via Monte di Pietà 1; www.restartmilano.com

    Pictured: ’Maestro’ bookshelf and ’Privato’ wall desk, by Maurizio Navone

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  • Azucena

    It may be on the cosy side but Azucena’s new one-room showroom is well worth a visit, thanks to the seductive and calming space created by Dimore Studio’s Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran. Opening during the Salone, the furniture brand’s new home is a fitting way to celebrate more than 65 years since the company was first founded in the city.

    Via Manzoni 23; www.azucena.it  

     

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  • 19 Greek Street and Marc by Marc Jacobs

    Following the success of Re-Imagine Chair, developed by Nina Tolstrup (Studio Mama) for 19 Greek Street, the designer has now extended the idea to a complete furniture collection. As with the first, the series harnesses Nina’s expertise in remaking unloved furniture into new pieces. For the Salone a limited edition range of the collection has been developed in collaboration with Marc by Marc Jacobs, upholstered using fabrics from the fashion brand’s previous collections. Read more about the Re-imagine series in our May issue - out 11 April.

    9-14 April; Marc By Marc Jacobs, Plaza del Carmine 6; www.19greekstreet.com; www.marcjacobs.com

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  • Triennale Design Museum

    Featuring a concept car by Ross Lovegrove for Renault, a showcase of Korean craft, and an exhibition of the history of Italian design, there is much to see this year in the many rooms of the Triennale. One of the highlights will be Tadao Ando’s homage to Hans J Wegner, the ’Dream Chair’ (pictured) by Carl Hansen & Sons.

    9-14 April; Viale Emilio Alemagna 6; www.triennaledesignmuseum.org

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  • Galleria Carla Sozzani

    Celebrating Angelo Mangiarotti’s 60 year career, this rather beautiful retrospective tells the story of the Italian cultural protagonist, architect, designer and sculptor through drawings, maquettes, photographs and film, as well as finished pieces. The rigorous functionalist and modernist has had a great influence on design and architecture in the 20th century, and his belief that ’Happiness comes from honesty’ is one he applied to all of his work.

    8-14 April; Corso Como 10; www.galleriacarlasozzani.org

    Pictured: A sketch and design by Angelo Mangiarotti

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  • Salone Internazionale del Mobile

    When people talk about the Salone, the chances are they mean the city-wide celebrations that transform Milan into a furniture fest like nowhere else on earth during these few days in April, but it’s important to remember that it all started with the fair itself, first founded in 1961 by a group of furniture makers keen to promote Italian design as an export. Still by a long way the biggest of its kind in the world, it’s the place to see and be seen for any design professional who wants to stand on the world stage. This, the 52nd edition, will feature a major project by Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel.

    9-14 April; Milan fairgrounds, Rho; www.cosmit.it

    Pictured: A rendering of ’Project: office for living’, by Jean Nouvel

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  • Fabrica

    If any excuse were needed to visit the jaw droppingly elegant Villa Necchi Campiglio, this is a good one. This magnificent 1930s property in the heart of Milan was designed by the architect Piero Portaluppi, and for the Salone it will be filled with ten contemporary pieces designed by the talented Fabrica students in response to this and other FAI heritage properties such as Masino Castle in Caravino. Read more about the collection in our May issue.

    10 April - 5 May; Villa Necchi Campiglio, Via Mozart 14; www.fabrica.it

    Pictured: ’Centerpiece’, by Daniela Mesina, inspired by Giardino della Kolymbetra, Sicily

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  • MOST

    Tom Dixon’s epic invasion of the atmospheric Museum of Science and Technology returns for a second year, and this time around all exhibitors have been challenged with the theme of ’disrupting design’. This means different things to different brands: FAB.com will launch the original Warhol Brillo Box sculptures from 1964 as a pouf. Studio Job has joined forces with Lensvelt to showcase the new Job Office collection, with striking gold features. Saintluc is a new French furniture brand, which launches a collection by Jean-Marie Massaud and Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. Visitors will also have the chance to see the beautiful Japan Handmade collection.

    9-14 April; Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia, Via Olona 6B; www.mostsalone.com

    Pictured: ’Job Office Desk’ by Studio Job for Lensvelt. To open the desk, you have to stick your fingers up the nostrils of the gold nose

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  • Superstudio Più

    With a somewhat all-encompassing theme of ’Global Design’, this year’s collection of brands at Superstudio Piu is a diverse bunch indeed. Particularly of note is the ’Bathing in Light’ installation, organized by Istanbul Mineral Exporters’Association (IMIB), and curated by the Turkish design company, Demirden Design, which sees designers such as Dice Kayek and Mathieu Lehanneur interpret the narrative power of Turkish natural stone.

    9-14 April; Superstudio Più, Via Tortona 27; www.superstudiogroup.com

    Pictured: ’Nebula’, by Dice Kayek

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  • Baccarat

    At Palazzo Morando all that glitters is not gold, but crystal, as one of the world’s oldest luxury brands showcases its newest creations by an impressive roll call of international designers that include Philippe Starck, Arik Levy, Philippe Nigro, Jaime Hayon, the Campana Brothers, Jean-Marc Gady and Louise Campbell (read about Campbell’s startling chandelier in our May issue - out 11 April). Five students from Swiss super school ECAL will present new projects of transversal lighting as a reinterpretation of the Harcourt Collection.

    9-14 April; Palazzo Morando, Via Sant’Andrea 6; www.baccarat.fr

    Pictured: ’Nervous’ chandelier, by Louise Campbell, for Baccarat

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  • Made In Ratio

    London-based Tasmanian designer Brodie Neill is launching his new design brand Made in Ratio with Theo Theodorou (formerly of Haunch of Venison Gallery) with five core pieces. A celebration of design on the designer’s terms, the label’s raison d’etre is to see every piece through from first sketch to finished product, allowing it to sidestep usual industry conventions and say a firm ’no’ to compromise. Look out for ’Cowrie’ (pictured), an almost impossibly simple chaise lounge in plywood. Read more about Made in Ratio in our May issue.

    8-14 April; Zonca e Zonca, Via Ciovasso 4; www.zoncaezonca.com; www.madeinratio.com

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  • When Objects Work

    The theme of the newest collection of commissions by When Objects Work is unique. As in beauty found in singularity, customisation and delicateness. Next to pieces by Colombian designer Haider Ackerman, woven from baby yak wool, there are steak knives made in the tradition of Japanese Samurai swords, designed by minimalist mastermind John Pawson. Anne Chapelle, director behind the fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester, uses linen, hand-finished and personalised in a monastery in Italy; while Studio Omerta has created a beautiful leaf-shaped vase.

    9-14 April; Via Pontaccio 19; www.whenobjectswork.com

    Pictured: Steak knife by John Pawson

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  • Discipline

    Anyone with a half-decent radar for smart new designs would have picked up on new brand Discipline by now, despite it’s only having launched this time last year. For 2013 the international producer and online retailer evolves its collection with fresh pieces from its now expanded talented design team - we’re especially looking forward to those from one of our favourite new Norwegian upstarts, Lars Beller Fjetland, as well as his Japanese counterpart, Ichiro Iwasaki. The exhibition will also feature a pop up shop designed by Arabeschi di Latte.

    9-14 April; Via Pietro Mascagni 4; http://www.discipline.eu

    Pictured: ’Bridge’ chair, by Ichiro Iwasaki

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  • Moooi

    Marcel Wanders’ is keen to put his brand Moooi on the main stage at this year’s Salone, and is taking over the vast (1,700sq m) space that is Via Savona 56 and transforming it with room sets full of new designs from the likes of Studio Job, Joost van Bleiswijk and Neri & Hu. Large scale artworks by photographer Erwin Olaf will also provide a stylish, and compellingly human, backdrop to the works.

    9-14 April; Via Savona 56; www.moooi.com

    Pictured: A rendering of a room set by Moooi

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  • Spazio Rossana Orlandi

    Because hosting what has consistently been one of the best exhibitions during the Salone is no longer enough, Rossana Orlandi is organising three different shows around the city this year. As well as bringing together another highly covetable collection of designers - from Formafantasma to Scholten & Baijings - she has also curated an exhibition at Museo Bagatti Valsecchi (including new works by Nacho Carbonell, Front and Studio Libertiny) and organized an installation by Hag in the Zara flagship store on Corso Vittorio Emanuele. A highlight at her own space will be an exhibition of Moritz Waldemeyer’s extraordinary ’The Path of the Sword’.

    9-14 April; Via Matteo Bandello 14/16; www.rossanaorlandi.com

    Pictured: ’The Path of the Sword’, by Moritz Waldemeyer

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  • Galleria Riccardo Crespi

    One Minute Ago is an exhibition of the work of Alberto Biagetti and Laura Baldassari, fusing art and design in a wholly lovely way. Although the two creatives work independently of each other, they are linked by their design approach, which is both analytical and imaginative. Alberto Biagetti’s reimagined objects of everyday use, for example his ’Vincent’ rush-bottomed chairs, are otherworldly but stunning, and against Baldassari’s serene and scientific landscapes, both are brought to life.

    9 April - 11 May; Via Mellerio 1; www.riccardocrespi.com

    Pictured: ’Vincent’ by Alberto Biagetti and ’Catalina’ by Laura Baldassari

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  • Ventura Lambrate

    Organisation in Design proudly takes over the industrial area of Northeast Milan for another year, transforming it into Ventura Lambrate, complete with 66 presentations of 135 exhibitors. From Established & Sons to Design Gallery Milano and Danish Crafts, the calibre continues to rise. Two pop-up restaurants also feature this year: Amaro’s Diesel Extravaganza & Diesel Social Cafe Club, and last year’s popular Stampiet Kaas & Drop.

    9-14 April; Ventura Lambrate; www.venturaprojects.com

    Pictured: ’Ellise’ table lamp, by Andrea Branzi at Design Gallery Milano

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