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
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