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April 5, 2013
Hello, sports fans! That's right: Milan's annual design fair happens next week, and it's big, bad, and enough of an endurance test to qualify as spring training. As you read back in February, Cosmit, the Italian organization behind Salone Internazionale del Mobile, is ensuring that 2013 will be even better than usual—including a new city and museum pass that's being incorporated into the ticket price for the fair. One thing to keep in mind (as with all design fairs worth their salt) is that the off-ground exhibitions are as exciting as what's happening on the official schedule. Click through our slideshow for a peek at what brand new furniture will debut next week, and read on below for a cheat sheet of where to go in Milan.
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  "Gardenias" collection by Jaime Hayón for BD Barcelona Design. See it at Salone in Hall 1, Stand F32.
    "Gardenias" collection by Jaime Hayón for BD Barcelona Design. See it at Salone in Hall 1, Stand F32.
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  Yoko lamp by Anderssen & Voll for Foscarini. See it at Euroluce.
    Yoko lamp by Anderssen & Voll for Foscarini. See it at Euroluce.
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  Clockwise from top left: Bridges for Islands sofa, Fish Skin on the Roof carpet, Trellis Bandaged room divider, and Shelves in a Comic (Shelf), all by Luca Nichetto and Oki Sato of Nendo. See it at Furo Bonaparte 48 in the Brera Design District.
    Clockwise from top left: Bridges for Islands sofa, Fish Skin on the Roof carpet, Trellis Bandaged room divider, and Shelves in a Comic (Shelf), all by Luca Nichetto and Oki Sato of Nendo. See it at Furo Bonaparte 48 in the Brera Design District.
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  Babylon Tower Desk by Andréason & Leibel. See it at Ventura Lambrate in the Luna building's courtyard.
    Babylon Tower Desk by Andréason & Leibel. See it at Ventura Lambrate in the Luna building's courtyard.
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  Daybed by Nina Bruun, part of MINDCRAFT 13 exhibition presented by Danish Crafts. See it at Ventura Lambrate.
    Daybed by Nina Bruun, part of MINDCRAFT 13 exhibition presented by Danish Crafts. See it at Ventura Lambrate.
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  Earthquake 5.9 marble bookcase by Patricia Urquiola for Budri. See it at Salone in Hall 24, Stand E14.
    Earthquake 5.9 marble bookcase by Patricia Urquiola for Budri. See it at Salone in Hall 24, Stand E14.
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  Servant stool by Matej Chabera (left) and Wrap tables by Lucie Koldova (right) for LUGI. See it at MOST.
    Servant stool by Matej Chabera (left) and Wrap tables by Lucie Koldova (right) for LUGI. See it at MOST.
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  Counterweight sconce by Fort Standard (left) and Stella sconce by Rosie Li (right) at Roll & Hill. See them at Euroluce.
    Counterweight sconce by Fort Standard (left) and Stella sconce by Rosie Li (right) at Roll & Hill. See them at Euroluce.
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  Xavier Mañosa and Mashallah’s Scotch Club ceramic lighting collection for Marset. See it at Euroluce.
    Xavier Mañosa and Mashallah’s Scotch Club ceramic lighting collection for Marset. See it at Euroluce.
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  Hug armchair by Claesson Kovisto Rune for Arflex. See it at Salone, Hall 7 Stand D10.
    Hug armchair by Claesson Kovisto Rune for Arflex. See it at Salone, Hall 7 Stand D10.
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  Objective table lamp by Jean Nouvel for Artemide. See it at Euroluce.
    Objective table lamp by Jean Nouvel for Artemide. See it at Euroluce.
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  Claire chair by Orlandini Design and Factory sideboard by Design Lab for Calligaris. See it at Salone in Hall 12, Stand C11 D18. Calligaris will also debut a new collection by Stephen Burks at its flagship store on Via Tivoli and Foro Bonaparte 24 (from Tuesday, April 9).
    Claire chair by Orlandini Design and Factory sideboard by Design Lab for Calligaris. See it at Salone in Hall 12, Stand C11 D18. Calligaris will also debut a new collection by Stephen Burks at its flagship store on Via Tivoli and Foro Bonaparte 24 (from Tuesday, April 9).
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  New 104 series from Uniform Wares and Pia Wüstenberg's Transformed Stacking Vessels for Uniform & Utility. See them at designjunction's Edit exhibition.
    New 104 series from Uniform Wares and Pia Wüstenberg's Transformed Stacking Vessels for Uniform & Utility. See them at designjunction's Edit exhibition.
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  Tadao Ando's Dream chair for Carl Hansen & Sons. See it at Triennale Design Museum.
    Tadao Ando's Dream chair for Carl Hansen & Sons. See it at Triennale Design Museum.
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  With Fab.com, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts introduces the foam Andy Warhol Brillo Box pouf by Quinze & Milan. See it at MOST.
    With Fab.com, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts introduces the foam Andy Warhol Brillo Box pouf by Quinze & Milan. See it at MOST.
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  Jean Prouvé's Standard chairs get an update in plastic and bright colors at Vitra.
    Jean Prouvé's Standard chairs get an update in plastic and bright colors at Vitra.
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  Dusk lighting by Brad Ascalon for Turkish company Gaia & Gino. See it at Leclettico in the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition.

Ascalon tells Dwell, "The form and the concept were inspired d by the architecture and spirit of Istanbul. We're trying to use cut crystal and metalized glass in a very modern way; using traditional materials in a modern dialect."
    Dusk lighting by Brad Ascalon for Turkish company Gaia & Gino. See it at Leclettico in the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition. Ascalon tells Dwell, "The form and the concept were inspired d by the architecture and spirit of Istanbul. We're trying to use cut crystal and metalized glass in a very modern way; using traditional materials in a modern dialect."
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  Stackable, colorful Poke stools by Kyuhyung Cho. See it at Rossana Orlandi.
    Stackable, colorful Poke stools by Kyuhyung Cho. See it at Rossana Orlandi.
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  Nina Tolstrup of Studio Mama designed the "Re-Imagined" char for her 19 Greek Street collection with designer Marc Jacobs. See it at the Marc Jacobs store at Plaza del Carmine 6.
    Nina Tolstrup of Studio Mama designed the "Re-Imagined" char for her 19 Greek Street collection with designer Marc Jacobs. See it at the Marc Jacobs store at Plaza del Carmine 6.
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New chair and ceramics furniture by Jaime Hayon for BD Barcelona at Salone del Mobile.
"Gardenias" collection by Jaime Hayón for BD Barcelona Design. See it at Salone in Hall 1, Stand F32.

A little background on the grandaddy of over-the-top design fairs: What is now a city-wide festival and logjam of design events started in 1961 with a group of furniture makers keen to promote the Italian design scene. This is its 52nd iteration; highlights include a huge installation by Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel described as an office for living. (According to Nouvel, the current office model involves "grotesque clones, standardization, totalitarianism, never the merest hint of being pleasurable to inhabit.") And do not miss Pavilions 22, 23, and 24: It's where the young guns come out to play at Salone Satellite. Milan fairgrounds, Rho, cosmit.it

Every other year, the Salone fairgrounds hosts the lighting fair Euroluce (lighting is shown during off-years in Frankfurt). Look out for new introductions from Foscarini, Artemide, FontanaArte, and even American players like RBW and Roll & Hill. Milan fairgrounds, Rho, cosmit.it/en/euroluce

The Triennale Design Museum joins the fun with an exhibition on the history of Italian design, a hot new concept car by UK designer Ross Lovegrove, and Tadao Ando's new seating for Carl Hansen & Son, a tribute to Hans Wegner. Viale Emilio Alemagna 6, triennaledesignmuseum.org

The museum is located in Parco Sempione, near the Brera design district. Other hotspots here will be the Revolving Room, presented by Kvadrat, Moroso, and Patricia Urquiola, as well as Designjunction's Edit exhibition inside the historic La Pelota. Don't miss the Luca Nichetto/Oki Sato collaboration at Foro Buonaparte 48. fuorisalone2013.breradesigndistrict.it

Tom Dixon's shindig at the Museum of Science and Technology returns for a second outing. Fab.com is a retail partner, and expect Japanese handmade goods along with plenty of Scandinavians and dose of American (Design Club, that is). In the Olona building, check out Czech company Lugiyou may recognize Matej Chabera's stool from the September 2012 issue of Dwell, when it was still in prototype form. Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia, Via Olona 6B, mostsalone.com

Behind a nondescript façade in central Milan, you’ll find one of the city's best curated design spaces, the always lovely Spazzio Rossana Orlandi. It's a destination and a personality all rolled into one. (Check out our interview with Rossana here.) This year she's taken on the Heruclean task of planning three design exhibitions (including the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi and an installation at Zara flagship store on Corso Vittorio Emanuele) in addition to kitting out her own fantastic space. Via Matteo Bandello 14/16, rossanaorlandi.com

One of the many citywide companion fairs, Ventura Lambrate is clustered in an industrial area of Northeast Milan. Presenters include Established & Sons (London) and Danish Crafts (Copenhagen). Ventura Lambrate, venturaprojects.com

Another satellite fair, Zona Tortona, has been losing a bit of steam thanks to younger upstarts, but there is still plenty to see here. Moooi will be a big presence (stay tuned for our interviews with Lorenza Bozzoli and Nika Zupanc, two designers joining the likes of Marcel Wanders, Studio Job, and Neri & Hu. Superstudio Più is another must-see; their theme of "Global Design" is right on point with Dwell's May issue, currently on newsstands. Via Tortona 37, tortonadesignweek.com

Meet My Project is one of those younguns edging into the establishment. The satellite fair began in 2010 in Paris and Milan and expanded last year to include the Stockholm Fair. This year's, comprising design pieces from emerging designers from Egypt, Japan, Switzerland, Poland, Brazil, Portugal, and more will be on view at Studio Next. Via Varese 18 (Via Francesco Crispi 5) meetmyproject.com

Last but not least, the London-born designjunction presents Edit, a roundup of British-made home goods from the likes of Uniform Wares (watches), Modus, and Case Furniture. La Pelota, Via Palermo 10, thedesignjunction.co.uk

Make sure to follow as long as scout the fair's furniture and lighting offerings and meet designers. You can catch Dwell in action on Twitter, (@dwell), Instagram (@dwellmagazine), and now even the Vine app (@dwell), plus right here on Dwell.com.

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