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
Italian-born, Eindhoven-based designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin are known for injecting imaginative, self-brewed materials into their conceptual designs, but this season they've outdone themselves with basalt taken from the Etna and Stromboli volcanoes. The duo milled, casted, melted, blew and even wove this dry lavic rock into an unrecognisable yet beautiful substance for stools, mirrors, clocks and tableware. The collection was named after George Bauer's scientific text, 'De Natura Fossilium'.
8 - 13 April; Gallery Libby Sellers, Palazzo Clerici, Via Clerici 5; www.formafantasma.com
Pictured: Stools by Formafantasma