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April 04, 2014

Highlight Reel: Salone del Mobile in Milan

By Sasha Levine | Home + Design

Salone de Mobile
Photo © Aki Furudate

Starting next week, the 53rd edition of the Salone del Mobile (April 8–13; cosmit.it)—the Frieze Art Fair of home furnishings—will take place in Milan, this year displaying the exceptional kitchen and bathroom wares of 2,400 exhibitors from 260 countries. The five-day affair is split into three categories—Classic, Modern, Design—and features a mix of high-profile first-timers (Hästens, Kvadrat, Tom Dixon) and returning favorites (Treca, Wittmann, Flötotto). Here are five things to catch when you’re there.

  • Celebrate the opening of “Seminato,” an exhibition dedicated to the beauty of the floors we walk on (and often ignore), presented by Pin–Up magazine at POMO Galerie (April 6 to May 2; Via Giuseppe Sirtori, 6; 39-02/3652-3236; galerie.thepomo.com). Afterward, drop by gallery/restaurant Il Crepaccio (Via Lazzaro Palazzi, 19) for antipasti and “Design Divas” (April 7–8), an installation of portraits of Milan’s foremost design gallerists.
  • At "SupperScene," a one-off theatrical dining event at design boutique Spazio Pontaccio, Michelin-starred chef Matias Perdomo will serve dinner to 50 guests on limited-edition tableware by Federico Pepe, Lee Broom and Alessandro Zambelli. The dinner will be staged in the store’s display windows, and the setting will be recreated and on view through April 13. April 8 (8:30 P.M.); Via Pontaccio, 18; 39-02/805-7025; spaziopontaccio.com.
  • “Where Architects Live” showcases the homes of Zaha Hadid, Massimiliano ad Doriana Fuksas (pictured) and Daniel Libeskind (among others) via video, exhibiting how the world’s leading design minds live. April 8–13 (9:30 A.M.–6:30 P.M.); Milan Fairgrounds, Rho, Pavilion 9.
  • Italian designer Martino Gamper showcases “In a State of Repair,” an exhibit that celebrates the transformation of objects that break and undergo restoration. April 8–13 (9:30 A.M.–9 P.M.); Piazza del Duomo, 3.
  • Set in the former bakeries of the XXIV Maggio military barracks, re-opened for the first time to coincide with Salone, “Urban Stories” showcases installations by internationally renowned designers including Emmanuel Babled, GamFratesi and Alvin Huang. April 8–13 (noon–10 P.M.); Via Vincenzo Monti, 16.