An architecture aficionado might have studied the landmark buildings created by David Chipperfield – including the America’s Cup building in Valencia and the Museum of Modern Literature in Germany – but how many know that his Berlin living room features exposed concrete walls as well as an emerald green sofa? A connoisseur might instantly recognise the signature modernist houses of Macio Kogan but who knew that his own Sao Paulo apartment is filled with music in the form of hundreds of vinyl records and a grand piano? And which of the design cognoscenti have seen 2014 Pritzker Prize-winner Shigeru Ban’s Tokyo house that wraps around individual trees in a forest?

It is this disconnect between our familiarity with the work of the world’s leading architects and our ignorance of how they choose to live personally that inspired an exhibition that is set to be one of the highlights of this year’s Salone del Mobile. Curated by Francesca Molteni, ‘Where Architects Live’ reveals exactly that. Taking place within the Rho Milan Fairground, the show sees eight architects design “rooms” that showcase their ideas for the perfect home. Photos and videos of their own residences, as well as interviews, reveal the architects’ vision for living in full. The results – sometimes surprising, sometimes a mini version of their iconic buildings – give a complete picture of their idea of domestic bliss that will be the talk of Milan.

Where Architects Live
Pavilion 9, Rho Milan Fairgrounds
April 8-13