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
Salone favourites of recent years Luca Nichetto and Oki Sato of Nendo have joined forces to launch seven new products they designed together. After meeting in Stockholm for a coffee they spoke about design and collaboration between designers of the past such as Ettore Sottsass and Shiro Kuramata, and were inspired to do the same. Using a creative process from Japanese culture by which one person composes the first three lines (kami no ku) of a short poem known as a tanka, then sends them to a second person who composes the two final sentences (shimo no ku), Sato sent ideas which Nichetto concluded, and vice versa. (Nendo is also showing at Dilmos Gallery, and will certainly be worth a look.)
9-14 April; Foro Buonaparte 48; www.nendo.jp; www.lucanichetto.com
Pictured: Work-in-progress maquettes by Luca Nichetto and Oki Sato