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  • Photography by VanMossevelde+N
  • Styling by Mr Andrea Tenerani | Words by Mr Nick Vinson, Vinson&Co

Milan's Salone del Mobile is by far the biggest and best furniture fair in the world. More than 324,000 visitors from 160 countries flock to Milan each April to see the novità or new launches from leading Italian and international furniture brands. The fair, made up of I Saloni, is held in the Mr Massimiliano Fuksas-designed fairgrounds in Rho, where 2,500 exhibitors fill more than 200,000sqm of exhibition space, and Fuorisalone, meaning outside of the fair, where 400 others show in the city itself. The fair's protagonists are the world-class architects who, when not busy building museums, factories, hotels, homes or retail cathedrals, put their talents into product design. We met up with a handful of these clever chaps during the fair and talked to them about what makes Milan a design capital, what is Italian design and what the fair means to them.

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