Last fall, the editors of The Architect’s Newspaper spent a week in Venice reporting on the architecture biennale. One of our fondest Venetian memories—the few times we could afford them—was moving around La Serenissima in water taxis. As we’ve noted before, the Venetian water taxi is the world’s most elegant form of public transportation: hand-made wooden motor boats with tuck-and-rolled leather seating, customized canvas hoods, and spit-shined wooden hulls and decks. Well, the editors are headed back to Italy, this time for Milan’s Saloni di Mobile.
Known as the saloni, the famed furniture fair is a weeklong whirlwind of parties, prosecco, and over-the-top-expensive furniture. While the taxis in Milan sadly resemble their New York cousins (no romantic excursions to and from the Fiera Rho), the Riva Boat Works—the maker of most of the Venetian water taxis—is coincidentally featured in a current exhibition at the Milan triennale’s Serie Fuori Serie that highlights Italian designs from “experimental research to mass market.” Curated by Silvana Annicchiarico and Andrea Branzi, with installation design by Antonio Citterio, the show should be a knockout. And we intend to be there to reminisce about our luxurious Venetian rides of last fall.