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Although Poltrona Frau has been at the forefront of Italian furniture production for more than a century, the company has never dipped its toes into office furnishings. For this year’s Salone, however, the company makes its world office debut with an eight-piece collection designed by Rodolfo Dordoni. Using leather, wood and steel, Dordoni has designed three types of desks, one drawer set and four cabinets that all work on a modular level. The desks and drawer set will be presented at Poltrona Frau’s Milan boutique, along with Jean-Marie Massaud’s new Downtown leather office chairs. (The cabinets will debut at a later date.)
8 - 13 April; Via Durini 1; www.poltronafrau.com
Pictured: Furniture from the ’Jobs’ collection by Rodolfo Dordoni
The British art provocatrice Sarah Lucas will make her first foray into furniture design at the Salone. And the range is characteristically brutal, if clean in line. Inspired by Franz West, the Austrian artist who incorporated seating in his installations, Lucas has created a 14-piece collection using concrete breezeblocks inserted into MDF frames. Lucas will also exhibit a specially created piece for the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition, at Leclettico, just down the road.
9 - 13 April; Via San Gregorio 43/Via Casati 32
Pictured: A chair from the collection by Sarah Lucas. Copyright: The Artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
The little sister of the Salone, Satellite was launched in 1998 to introduce promising young designers to the industry’s bigger players. This year curator Marva Griffin has rounded up pieces by some 700 under-35s with the theme ’traditional craftsmanship’. And it looks to be one of the strongest showings in Satellite’s 16 years. We are particularly drawn to the work of German designer Milia Seyppel.
8 -13 April; Fiera Milano, Strada Statale 33 del Sempione 28; www.fieramilano.it
Pictured: Cirkel tables by Milia Seyppel. Photography: Silke Zander
Hermès’ Milanese design debuts grow in ambition and scope each year. In the past the French fashion house has worked with architects and designers from Shigeru Ban to Philippe Nigro and this year it is focusing on lighting, with two new collections by Italian designer Michele De Lucchi and French artist Yann Kersalé. The brand will install itself at the Palazzo Serbelloni with an illuminated scene by De Lucchi himself.
8 - 13 April; Palazzo Serbelloni, Corso Venezia 16; www.hermes.com
Pictured: ’Harnais’ lamp, by Michele De Lucchi. Photography: Yann Deret
Milan’s historic centre is the Salone’s latest design district, called 5Vie. One of our first stops will be Piazza degli Affari, where Seletti will expand on its collaboration with photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari and artist Maurizio Cattelan, the duo behind ToiletPaper magazine. The latest collection will offer up irreverently printed bowls, trays and kitchen towels. Seletti will also debut its new venture, Souvenir di Milano, a capsule collection of alternative souvenirs. Included are miniature versions of Cattelan’s L.O.V.E sculpture, an 11m marble hand making a fascist gesture, with all the fingers chopped off bar the middle one.
8 - 13 April; Piazza Affari; www.seletti.it
Pictured: The Souvenir di Milano collection
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
Design advisor and curator Brent Dzekciorius’s brand Dzek is debuting with a showcase of a new material he has engineered in collaboration with British designer Max Lamb. ’Marmoreal’ - a multi-use stone, used to create a six-piece, Lamb-designed furniture collection rendered entirely in the material - is just the first of many material explorations that Dzekciorius is planning to present under his new label.
8 - 13 April; Project B, Via Maroncelli 7; www.dzekdzekdzek.com
Pictured: A prototype of a ’Marmoreal’ chair, by Max Lamb. Photography: Tim Gutt
Leave it to design research group Fabrica to create a conceptual exhibition inspired by air conditioning. In collaboration with Japanese AC manufacturer Daikin, Fabrica will explore temperature variations through a range of design undertakings with multi-sensory sculptural installations.
8 - 13 April; Garage Milano, Via Achille Maiocchi 5/7
Pictured: A sketch of the installation by Fabrica
Post Design Memphis
Post Design, the Milanese gallery that exhibits key pieces from the city’s iconic Memphis design movement, also functions as the brand name for new Memphis productions. This year, they’ve lassoed Giacomo Moor, an Italian designer who specialises in artisan wood craft, to create an eight-piece collection of furniture made from old oak beams fused with cement. The gallery is also hosting an extensive historical exhibit of Memphis Milano that will be open throughout design week at Galleria Gruppo Credito Valtellinese, Refettorio delle Stelline, on Corso Magenta.
8 - 13 April; Galleria Post Design, Via della Moscova 27; www.memphis-milano.it
Pictured: ’Persepolis’, by Giacomo Moor, from the Metropolis Collection
Nina Yashar, the doyenne of Nilufar gallery, consistently herds together exceptional, eccentric rosters of young designers for Milan’s Salone. This year’s programme, entitled Even More, features a programme of gallery regulars, including Bethan Laura Wood, Martino Gamper, Massimiliano Locatelli, Flavio Favelli, Roberto Giulio Rida, Haynes Robinson and Lindsey Adelman. The latter, a New York-based lighting designer, will present Cherrybomb, a new collection of brushed-brass and handblown-glass globe lamps that resemble fruit vines climbing a wall.
8 - 13 April; Nilufar Gallery, Via della Spiga 32; www.nilufar.com
Pictured: ’Cherrybomb’, by Lindsey Adelman
Edit by Designjunction
One of The London Design Festival’s key exhibitions, Designjunction will make its second outing to Milan this year with its Edit showcase. More than twenty international brands will show their wares inside the historic Palazzo Morando, ranging from the promising young London-based studio De Allegri/Feldkamp to the more established, China-based Stellar Works.
9 - 13 April 2014; Palazzo Morando, Via Sant’ Andrea 6; www.thedesignjunction.co.uk
Pictured: ’Deck’ serving tray and ’Fold’ chair by De Allegri/Feldkamp
One of Milan’s finest design galleries, Dimore Studio is blossoming into the big leagues this year with a newly expanded showroom in Via Solferino. The space will feature fresh designs by owners Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci, from lighting and rugs to tables and seating. The new pieces will join the striking vintage collection the owners are already known for.
8 - 14 April; Via Solferino 11; www.dimorestudio.eu
Pictured: Dimore Studio’s designs fill Moran and Salci’s former apartment in Brera. Photography: Beppe Brancato
Danish textile brand Kvadrat has called on 22 creatives to reinterpret its Divina fabric, conceived in 1984 by the Danish painter and graphic artist Finn Sködt. The full-cloth textile comes in more than 100 colours. Now the likes of Werner Aisslinger, Muller van Severen, Anton Alvarez and Philippe Nigro will mark its 30th anniversary by giving it a fresh lease of life.
9 - 13 April; Arcade, Via San Gregorio 43/Via Casati 32; www.kvadrat.dk
Pictured: Divina exhibition preview. Photography: Casper Sejersen
Milan Fairgrounds, Rho
Inside the fair itself, organizer Cosmit’s flagship exhibit this year will offer a glimpse into the private spaces of eight of the world’s most celebrated architects. Curator Francesca Molteni (read more about her in our May issue) visited, filmed and photographed the architect’s homes and interviewed them to explore their vision of domestic life. From the 2014 Pritzker Prize laureate Shigeru Ban’s Tokyo abode to the Fuksas’ Parisian apartment, the installations at the Milanese fair - created in collaboration with architect and theatre designer Davide Pizzigoni - reinterpret the personal spaces into conceptual structures.
8 - 13 April; Pavilion 9, Fiera Milano, Strada Statale 33 del Sempione 28; www.fieramilano.it
Pictured: Architect Marcio Kogan, and his Brazilian home. Photography: Romulo Fialdini
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
Swedish rugmaker Henzel has enlisted some of the art world’s top dogs to create a collection of art editions. Helmut Lang and Anselm Reyle’s designs will debut in Milan, before further pieces by Linder, Richard Prince and Juergen Teller are shown in New York during Frieze Art Fair in May.
8 - 13 April; Superstudio Più, Via Tortona 27; www.byhenzel.com
Pictured: Anselm Reyle’s hand-knotted design
Designer Faye Toogood’s collaboration with British ceramics company 1882 Ltd takes the name of Indigo Storm, which sums up the mood of her designs. Cream-coloured cups, plates and bowls are lashed with a tempest of blue, giving a contemporary spin to the classic English Delftware. The swirls of pigment remind us of the painterly fabrics in Toogood’s first fashion collection with her sister Erica.
8 - 13 April; Project B, Via Maroncelli 7; www.1882ltd.com
Pictured: ’Indigo Storm’, by Faye Toogood
Ventura Lambrate, in east Milan, celebrates its fifth year as a Fuori Salone design district and once again draws an impressive roster of design academies, new talent and brands to its postindustrial streets. This year’s In Residence exhibition looks particularly intriguing. Desiderabilia_About Desirable Things features 25 designers, including BCXSY, Mischer’Traxler, Philippe Malouin and Lex Pott, who were each tasked with creating a personal object of desire. We expect the results to be revealing indeed.
8 - 13 April; Ventura Lambrate, Via Ventura 6; www.venturaprojects.com
Pictured: ’Duality’, by Lex Pott
Czech glassware brand Lasvit has teamed up with architect Daniel Libeskind and designer Maarten Baas for its Salone showing. The German architect brings a new silhouette to the traditionally soft edges of Lasvit’s hand-blown glass. The chandelier is a modular composition of geometric elements - a graphic puzzle of sorts - in which each component is different.
8 - 13 April; Officine Stendhal, Via Stendhal 35; www.lasvit.com
Pictured: ’Ice’, by Daniel Libeskind
’Works by Nendo’
Nendo founder Oki Sato often surprises us with the simplicity of his designs and his latest exploration of wood grains is yet another exercise in minimalism. The forms of his six chairs at this solo show couldn’t be simpler - each is composed of two squares of wood arranged on a metal frame - but his exploration of superimposed wood grains gives an unusual poetry to the material.
8 - 13 April; Via delle Erbe 2
Pictured: ’Print-chair’, by Nendo. Photography: Hiroshi Iwasaki
Our favourite Milanese design matriarch will once again open her cabinet of curiosities on Via Matteo Bandello, filled with works by some of the brightest creative talents. This year’s highlights will include creations by Martino Gamper and Scholten & Baijings for the new Irish crystal brand J Hill’s Standard; Sé London’s Collection III by Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc; and new pieces by Aldo Bakker for Danish silver specialist Georg Jensen. The gallery will also take over the majestic halls of Museo Bagatti Valsecchi on Via Gesù, showcasing Untold, an exhibition curated by Rossana Orlandi in partnership with Vionnet and Audemars Piguet.
8 - 13 April; Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Via Matteo Bandello 14-16; www.rossanaorlandi.com
Pictured: ’Elements’ collection by Scholten & Baijings for J Hill’s Standard
Bicycles are the inspiration for this unusual collaborative venture curated by Marie de Cossette and Francesca Montà. The duo enlisted designers and cycling enthusiasts to create a series of 25 scarves based on the joy of traveling on two wheels. The title is a playful marriage of the French word for bike, vélo, and the Italian word for veil, velo. Contributors include A+A Cooren, Érika Muller and Tomàs Alonso. The scarves will be on sale in limited editions of two. Visitors can also join bicycle tours of Milan run by the Casbah Cicloclub team, starting at the show location.
8 - 13 April; Studiofficina, Via Giordano Bruno 9; firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured: Two scarf designs by Tomàs Alonso, in collaboration with Érika Muller
Zaha Hadid Design
Architect Zaha Hadid will lend her trademark sinuous forms to a new lifestyle capsule collection, on preview during the Salone. Manufactured by Zaha Hadid Design, the range takes cues from her architectural projects and includes tableware, giftware and furniture.
8 - 11 April (by appointment only); Galleria Scacchi Giovanni, Via Rivoli 4; RSVP@zaha-hadid-design.com
Pictured: ’Aqua Tray’ in pewter, by Zaha Hadid
The Urbem collection of handcrafted lights by Christopher Jenner takes its cues from 19th-century Milanese street lamps. For its Salone debut, the South African designer will bring together the eight light designs to conjure a giant installation titled The Cloud. The work will simulate the effects of an electrical storm with wireless LEDs and a reflective stainless-steel vortex.
8 - 13 April; Area Sciesa, via Amatore Sciesa 3; www.christopher-jenner.com
Pictured: ’The Cloud’, by Christopher Jenner
Wallpaper* Handmade with Leclettico
Our annual wunderkammer of craft and creativity returns to Leclettico gallery, celebrating design derring-do and domestic adventure. On show will be hell-for-leather skis and forward-thinking skates, a very contemporary folly, a game-changing croquet set, sculptural subwoofers, a well-connected valet, a perfectly packed lunch box, as well as a wondrous set of wheels and the wonders it inspired. This year, we also return to our original Brioni location in via Gesù with a collaborative off-site installation by Michael Anastassiades and Brioni gracing the windows of the company’s new boutique.
8 - 12 April (closes at 4pm on Tuesday); Via San Gregorio 39