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
Organisation in Design proudly takes over the industrial area of Northeast Milan for another year, transforming it into Ventura Lambrate, complete with 66 presentations of 135 exhibitors. From Established & Sons to Design Gallery Milano and Danish Crafts, the calibre continues to rise. Two pop-up restaurants also feature this year: Amaro's Diesel Extravaganza & Diesel Social Cafe Club, and last year's popular Stampiet Kaas & Drop.
9-14 April; Ventura Lambrate; www.venturaprojects.com
Pictured: 'Ellise' table lamp, by Andrea Branzi at Design Gallery Milano