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
Helmed by Claudia Pignatale, Secondome Gallery calls itself a 'design container', shipping over its discoveries to destinations across the globe, including the New Museum in New York, The Grand Hornu in Belgium and the Vitra Museum in Germany. At Garage Design in Milan it will be showing the latest additions to its own label of products, Secondome Edizioni, including new pieces by Sam Baron, Nigel Coates, Alfredo Häberli and Joost Van Bleijswik.
8-14 April; c/o Juice at Garage Design, Via Achille Maiocchi 5/7; www.secondome.eu
Pictured: 'Le Bureau de Paolo' by Sam Baron