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 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