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Clockwise from top: Kader Attia's Halam Tawaaf, 2008, made of 2,978 beer cans. In the Nordic Pavilion, Camille Norment's Rapture. Axel Vervoordt's Proportio installation, Palazzo Fortuny. Axel Vervoordt's Proportio installation, Palazzo Fortuny with Sandro Botticelli's Portrait of a Woman, circa 1480, juxtaposed with a 1970s monochromatic Jef Verheyen canvas. In the Palazzo Grassi, Martial Raysse's America America, 1964. TRAVEL DESIGN ART: FILIPPO AT THE FAIRS ITALIAN ART ADVISOR FILIPPO TATTONI-MARCOZZI, PAPERCITY'S DASHING FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT, HIT THE WORLD'S MOST IMPORTANT ART AND DESIGN FAIRS AND EXHIBITIONS THIS SPRING. WITH TOURS OF DUTY AT THE DALLAS-BASED GOSS-MICHAEL FOUNDATION AND PRESTIGIOUS HAMILTONS GALLERY IN LONDON, TATTONI-MARCOZZI NOW LIVES IN LONDON AND WASHINGTON, D.C., AND CONSULTS WITH PRIVATE CLIENTS ACROSS THE GLOBE. HE REPORTS BACK FOR US ON THE MOST BUZZED-ABOUT ART SCENES, FROM SHANGHAI TO MILAN AND VENICE TO NEW YORK. EDITED BY REBECCA SHERMAN DESIGN SHANGHAI If Marco Polo and the opium wars taught the West anything, it's that doing business in China is not easy. Culturally and historically, the Chinese have their mind set on exporting rather then welcoming Western products. However, Design Shanghai (which caters mainly to professionals) attempts to open a new window of opportunity for the increasingly wealthy Chinese market to enter into Western design. In late March, I stayed at the most luxurious urban resort in the JingAn District, The PuLi Hotel and Spa, which was perfectly situated near the event, held at the impressive Russian-built Shanghai Exhibition Centre just down the road. More than 300 exhibitors showcased everything from heavyweight furniture brands B&B Italia, Vitra and Driade to more unique and elegant limited-edition collections by Ingo Maurer and Francis Sultana (who presented his stunningly seductive furry Anita Capsule collection in Kidassia upholstery). I was also impressed by Kvadrat's exhibit — a contemporary tent that capitalized on the Dutch textile company's trademark simplicity, color and innovation. SALONE DEL MOBILE Milan remains the undisputed capital of design. During the Salone del Mobile in April, the city transforms itself into one massive design and furniture exhibit. This year's Salone was one of the most innovative, if not the most organized. The Milan show — which started out years ago as a trade fair for people in the design industry to showcase their goods to designers, architects and stores — has become a fashionable, trendy furniture fair for everyone. While the actual fiera is traditionally reserved for the professional crowd, the fuorisalone (outside fairs) are held throughout the city, where the fun and glamour take shape in hundreds of launches, presentations and cocktail parties held in grand palazzos, abandoned warehouses and even subway tunnels. This year, the most impressive was the Depot arranged by Nilufar gallery, a stunning presentation of historical and contemporary design exquisitely showcased in what was once the gallery's storage facility. By creating several theater-like stage sets, gallery founder Nina Yashar built a huge dollhouse experience that offered multiple views into hundreds of living possibilities, each more alluring than the last. On opening night, Yashar hosted a private dinner at the Depot for 140 guests. The menu, created by Martino Gamper with Corrado Calza, was served on Richard Ginori porcelain from the 1930s and matched with 19th- century napkins. Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2006 was poured into precious Cuttings crystal glasses by J. Hill's Standard, also designed by Gamper. A thought-provoking collaboration between Airbnb and artists and designers resulted in works based on the ever-changing notion of what makes one feel at home. Dubbed "Housewarming," the exhibit was hosted at the magnificent, privately owned 19th-century Palazzo Crespi. T Magazine also hosted a fabulous dinner at Villa Necchi Campiglio (the backdrop for Tilda Swinton's 2010 film I am Love) by creating a clever homage to the 1980s Milanese collective Memphis group. Louis Vuitton took over Palazzo Bocconi to showcase its new Objets Nomades collection of travel-inspired, foldable furnishings — lamps, stools, hammocks — from nine established and emerging design talents within a sensational jungle- like installation. Young British design star Lee Broom presented his new line of stunning lights and tables in an all-gray 1950s department-store setting, complete with doorman and personalized London cab waiting outside. VENICE BIENNALE To coincide with Salone del Mobile, this year's opening of the 56th Venice Biennale was pushed forward one month to the beginning of May, which made for a perfect spring week on the Laguna. The Biennale's curator, Okwui Enwezor, charged participants to reflect on "All The World's Futures" as a theme. The Biennale has become an incredibly important showcase for contemporary art, with thousands of collectors attending. The Biennale's exhibitions take place mainly at the Giardini and at the Arsenale in pavilions hosted this year by 11 countries. A sense of peaceful instability and romantic suspension between past and future pervaded most of the national pavilions. Japanese Pavilion artist Chiharu Shiota created a room full of red yarn unraveling from two traditional Japanese fishing boats, each strand ending with a suspended key. The sense of familiar warmth emanating from the yarn and keys, combined with the displacement of the boats, pushes the viewer to consider memories both collective and personal, transcending linguistic and cultural contexts. Camille Norment's Rapture created a similar sense of peaceful discomfort inside the Nordic Pavilion, where the tension between harmony and dissonance

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