In terms of Fabrica-at-exhibitions this last year, Sam Baron's studio has been blazing a trail in particular, doing multiple exhibits in multiple cities. Almost too many to track.
The show for Salone del Mobile was a particular highlight, continuing Fabrica's relationship with the amazing Villa Necchi in Milano, one of the most beautiful houses I've seen (it was the perfectly elegant backdrop to Tilda Swinton's Jil Sander dresses in "I Am Love", film fans.)
This show took place on Necchi's tennis court, and comprised objets designed by Sam's studio, each speaking of a particular FAI property in Italy. Each researcher was sent to a different historical property, across Italy, and had two days to understand the place, talk with locals, design an object which conjured the place, and make it, using local craft skills or artisans, and with no budget! Given that test, it's somewhat amazing that the objects that emerged from this brief are so lovely, considered and evocative. As with a Fabrica dinner on a Milano tram I will mention shortly—also organised by Sam's studio—the thoughtful reflection and delicate craft was often seen as welcome relief after the "shouting about chairs" of Salone elsewhere.
Although there were other fine exhibitions (such as Drawing Glass in Paris and From The Floor Up in London, also by Sam's studio, as well as a major Colors exhibition at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney)—and Aaron Siegel's studio is working on a major show for Rome at the moment—the other one I'll pick out is for the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, a few weeks ago. Again, Sam's studio took the lead here, though working with David Penuela from Aaron's team.