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
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