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My Salone: 4 designers reveal their insider tips for Salone del Mobile

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Giulia Molteni

Marketing and communications director, Molteni&C and Dada

As Salone del Mobile, the world's premier interior design fair, opens in Milan, four leading figures in the world of design tell Zöe Dickens what the event means to them...

After cutting her teeth in New York at Loro Piana, Giulia Molteni returned to Italy in 2007 to join Gruppo Molteni, the high-end interior design and furnishings firm founded by her grandparents, Angelo and Giuseppina. Currently marketing and communications director for the company’s residential brands, Molteni&C and Dada, Molteni has been attending Salone since she was a child (her grandfather was also one of the fair’s founders) and the brand has showcased at every edition since the inaugural 1961 event.

The 2018 fair will see a slew of new products from the company, including a furniture collaboration with designer Francesco Meda and a re-edition of a classic Gio Ponti table as well as a new furniture system for Molteni&C and kitchen concept for Dada by artistic director Vincent Van Duysen.

How has Salone changed over the years? It just keeps getting bigger and bigger. It’s a hugely important week for Milan thanks to the

number of global brands that host dinners and exhibitions in the city to coincide with the fair.

The unmissable event: The official opening dinner

Must visit: Rossana Orlandi gallery, a great space to see up-and-coming artists; La Triennale museum in Parco Sempione; Living Nature exhibition on sustainable design in the Piazza del Duomo.

Best Salone discovery: A few years ago I spotted lighting designer Ron Gillard and introduced him to my father. He’d never done furniture before but I loved his aesthetic and now he is one of our most prestigious designers.

Eat: After a long day I head to the Armani-designed Nobu for fine dining, or to Sibilla on Via Mercato for great pizza.

Unwind: I always take three days off and head to the seaside with my family. I won’t see my children all week so it’s lovely to have some quality time with them.

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