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
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