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
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