Salone del Mobile 2013 preview
At a time when every city with even the teensiest signs of an emerging design scene is declaring itself to be ‘the new Milan’, the annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile still reigns head and shoulders above them all as the mecca. Because of Salone, one week in April now marks, in many ways, the beginning and the end of the Design Year, as designers, makers, artists, commentators, and in fact anyone in need of an innovation shot is drawn like iron filings by a strange magnetic force to Italy’s industry capital to see and be seen, collecting business cards and cocktails as they go. With hundreds of events and exhibitions taking place around the city, as well as - of course - all the fun at the fairgrounds to absorb, navigating it all can be tricky. To make life easy, here’s our guide to the shows we are most looking forward to.
Writer: Henrietta Thompson
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