Salone del Mobile 2014 preview
Design pilgrims are already beginning to flock to Milan ahead of next week's Salone del Mobile (8-13 April) – the world's most important design fair and the unofficial start of the design season. This year's Salone happenings are woven into the entire fabric of the city, from the apartments of Brera to the historic buildings of the city's newly minted 5vie art and design district in central Milan, to the post-industrial warehouses that make up Ventura Lambrate – not to mention the Rho fairgrounds themselves. With so much to see, navigating it all can be tough. Here, we round up the top 25 exhibitions to see.
Words: Rosa Bertoli, Malaika Byng, JJ Martin, Ellen Himelfarb
Designer Alberto Biagetti and his opera-singing partner Laura Baldassari rummaged through crumbling Milanese palazzos to create their series of hexagonal tables composed of dilapidated flooring. The multi-tiered tables exhibit a medley of materials, from plastic laminate and clear glass to discarded wood, copper and brass. They form part of the gallery's Bonjour Milan! collection.
8 - 13 April; Via Pasquale Paoli 5; www.biagetti.net
Pictured: 'Petit Table de Milàn No 2/3/4', by Alberto Biagetti and Laura Baldassari