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
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