If anyone knows how to mark an occasion, it’s the Italians. For the 50th anniversary of the Salone del Mobile, the fair that has come to be the epicenter of the global contemporary design market, they’re turning Milan into a giant stage to display what they do best. Among the attractions will be a retrospective of Italian design, co-curated by Alberto Alessi, at the Triennale Design Museum and an eight-room installation, designed by Denis Santachiara, at the Piazza Duomo that highlights “creative potential channeled through scientific principles.” The Salone even has a smartphone app, which you can find at cosmit.it. Ultimately, though, the fair is about selling furniture, and when this year’s 2,500-plus exhibitors gather from April 12 to 17 to show off their latest innovations, that should provide excitement enough.
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