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
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