Once a year, the design world descends on Milan for the Salone Del Mobile, the design industry’s annual showcase of product launches, installations, exhibitions and, perhaps most ubiquitously of all, champagne receptions. Leading lights, emerging talents and established brands come out to play, exhibiting the results of months of research, development and experimentation. Founded in 1961 as a small trade show devoted to Italian furniture design, the Salone’s influence has now spread beyond its spiritual home at the Fiera Milano exhibition space to the northeast of the city. Today, the festival encompasses Milan in its entirety and its panoply of products, previews and presentations is hidden away inside the city’s palazzos, showrooms, white cube galleries and warehouses. It is impossible to see everything the Salone has to offer, but the following five events are a good starting point.
by Mr Robert Stadler for Vitra