Art & Design
Highlights from Salone del Mobile
Milan’s annual Salone del Mobile (or furniture fair) took place last week and the city was in surprisingly fine form. Not only has Milan long been gearing—and sprucing—up for the opening of EXPO 2015, but spring was also in full bloom with wisteria blossoms the size of footballs dripping off every balcony, façade and palazzo courtyard, scenting the air and giving the Italian industrial hub an unexpected blitheness. The fair and all of its satellite design districts (of which there are at least half a dozen) offered plenty of design news, but even stars like Martino Gamper, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Patricia Urquiola and Naoto Fukasawa could not outshine Italy’s number one son, Leonardo da Vinci, who excelled as not just a painter and sculptor, but also an architect, scientist, inventor, city planner, and is the subject of the largest exhibition in Italy to date at the Palazzo Reale. Talk about a one-man show.