In Brief

There’s a great deal of expectation riding on this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. As well as being the 50th anniversary of the fair, it’s also the 150th anniversary of Italian unification.

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There’s a great deal of expectation riding on this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. As well as being the 50th anniversary of the fair, it’s also the 150th anniversary of Italian unification.

Salone 2011 is being heralded by many as the first post-recession edition. There’s also a feeling running through the industry that now is the chance to move on from the follies and failings of recent fairs – the over-sized, under-functioning excesses of 2007 and 2008 and then the brave-faced, lacklustre showcases that came in their wake.

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