Salone del Mobile 2016 preview
The design calendar’s most significant event is fast approaching. Assembling in Milan, devotees will be prepping to take on the city for the annual Salone del Mobile (12-17 April), marking the unofficial start to the design season. The ever-growing affair spreads itself over the Italian metropolis from pockets of Brera district travelling all the way to the Rho fairground with the vast installations, new releases and parties getting even more avant-garde and innovative each year. In all the bustle, navigating around the plethora of showcases can be tricky, so we have conveniently picked out the top 25 exhibitions that are not to be missed…
Writers: Rosa Bertoli, Sujata Burman, Sam Rogers
Italian designer Stefano Giovannoni is turning his industrial design expertise into a new venture, gathering a group of international designers to present Qeeboo, his debut brand of furniture. Offering pieces made of plastic at an affordable price, Giovannoni has worked with a Hong Kong-based investor to unveil 25 injection-molded pieces by a diverse roster of creative minds, that best exemplify the designer-turned-entrepreneur’s eclectic design energy. The pieces include seating, tables and lamps designed by names such as Andrea Branzi, Nika Zupanc and Giovannoni himself.
11–17 April; via Stendhal 35; www.qeeboo.com
Pictured clockwise from bottom left: 'K' chair by Stefano Giovannoni. 'Pupa' chair by Andrea Branzi. 'Ribbon' chair by Nika Zupanc. 'Loops' chair by Front. 'BB' chair by Marcel Wanders. Photography: Leonardo Scotti