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
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