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
London-based Tasmanian designer Brodie Neill is launching his new design brand Made in Ratio with Theo Theodorou (formerly of Haunch of Venison Gallery) with five core pieces. A celebration of design on the designer’s terms, the label’s raison d’etre is to see every piece through from first sketch to finished product, allowing it to sidestep usual industry conventions and say a firm ’no’ to compromise. Look out for ’Cowrie’ (pictured), an almost impossibly simple chaise lounge in plywood. Read more about Made in Ratio in our May issue.
8-14 April; Zonca e Zonca, Via Ciovasso 4; www.zoncaezonca.com; www.madeinratio.com