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
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