The waiting for the much-beloved Milan Design Week 2019 is almost ending. The most spectacular week for design lovers will take place from 09-14 of April and with it comes a set of design events and exhibitions that raise the concept and future of design, such as Salone Del Mobile.
Milan Design Week features a series of events in Milan that connect luxury brands of exclusive furniture, architects, artists and interior designers from all over the world.
SALONE DEL MOBILE – A CELEBRATION OF LEONARDO DA VINCI
This year, Salone del Mobile has come up with a daring concept. The 58th edition of the biggest design event in Europe is reminiscing its Italian roots with a homage to one of the most brilliant figures that ever existed! Leonardo da Vinci is recognized nowadays as the “adopted son”, and this year, during Milan Design Week, Salone del Mobile pays tribute to his incredible mind and talent.
The 2019 edition of the Milan Furniture Fair pays tribute to the genius of Leonardo da Vinci in the 500th anniversary of his death.
Every April the world’s eyes turn to Milan and from the 6th to 14th April, Salone del Mobile, Milano has chosen the Conca dell’Incoronata canal lock and the water as the protagonists of the traditional city event, AQUA, Leonardo’s Vision.
BOCA DO LOBO AT SALONE DEL MOBILE
10 NEW DESIGN PIECES
Boca do Lobo seeks constant change and new ways of breaking boundaries throughout their luxury furniture. When attending to such a great and huge design event, the keyword is innovation and authenticity and Boca do Lobo seems to know all about it. 10 new design pieces will be presented during Salone del Mobile 2019 with the promise to amaze every single visitor.
HALL 4 E08 + D07
Drawing inspiration from Victorian era, a masterpiece suspension lamp exemplifies the contemporary dualities of art and functionality. Hanged by two chains, a striking broken pole lies as an antique fixture with four intricate edge detailing arms topped by elegant pane lanterns hand-sculpted by casting molds.
The large mirror wall lamp sculpture is made of wood folded by polished stainless steel that portrays a perfect mirror. Through the manual fitting of gold hammered brass sheet bursts an antique fixture with an intricate edge detailing arm topped by an elegant pane lantern hand-sculpted by casting mold. Born from the rich tradition of iron forging and skilled goldsmiths, this majestic mirror lamp is a soulful piece with classic distinction for outstanding private residences to the greatest contract settings.
A sculptural set composed by a large wall mirror, lamp and console lies in one arched frame made of wood folded by polished stainless steel that portrays a perfect mirror. Through the manual fitting of gold hammered brass sheet bursts an antique fixture with an intricate edge detailing arm topped by an elegant pane lantern hand-sculpted by casting mold. In the lower section, a unique console made of cast brass arises to add to this artwork piece an extra functionality.
Width 250 cm (98.4 in); Height 150 cm (59 in)
Drawing inspiration from Victorian era, this antique fixture in polished gold plated brass with an intricate edge detailing arm topped by an elegant pane glass lantern hand-sculpted by a casting mold. Born from the rich tradition of iron forging and skilled goldsmiths, this elegant wall lamp is a soulful piece with classic distinction for outstanding private residences to the greatest contract settings.
Width 30 cm (11.8 in); Depth 60 cm (23.6 in); Height 45 cm (17.7 in)
A suspension lamp composed by a set of three black pendant lights with an adjustable arrangement and hanged by a round structure. Semi-spherical brass elements of dark brass external finish pair with a precious polished brass internal coating. Different intricate decorative elements on top of each shade and on the inside. Suspended glass shades available in different silhouettes.
BIG LAMP: Width 60 cm (23.6 in); Depth 60 cm (23.6 in)
MEDIUM LAMP: Width 40 cm (15.7 in); Depth 40 cm (15.7 in)
SMALL LAMP: Width 21 cm (8.2 in): Depth 21 cm (8.2 in)
The Lapiaz round mirror takes exceptional craftsmanship and design to a new realm. Finding beauty in the most unexpected places, this contemporary design piece is inspired by authentic karst formations created by surface dissolution, freezing, or thawing of limestone or dolomite rocks.
Width 150 cm (59 in); Height 150 cm (59 in)
Playing with function and sculptural form, Pietra dining table shapes a timeless experience through its classical aura of the renaissance era and finest Estremoz white marble. Its round top gently lies in one robust marble column, conceived from a solid block hand-sculpted and turned to create different details for additional texture.
Width 140 cm (55.1 in); Depth 140 cm (55.1 in); Height 77 cm (29.9 in)
LARGE PEDESTAL BASE: Width 40 cm (15.7 in); Depth 40 cm (15.7 in); Height 71.5 cm (28.1 in)
White oval table made of white exquisite marble. Its big top gently lies in two robust marble pedestals, conceived from a solid block hand-sculpted and turned to create different details for additional texture. Ideal as an eight-seater table, the contemporary feel of Pietra is effortlessly stylish and it can be used for indoor or outdoor.
Width 220 cm (86.6 in); Depth 110 cm (43.3 in); Height 77 cm (30.3 in)
LARGE PEDESTAL BASE: Width 40 cm (15.7 in); Depth 40 cm (15.7 in); Height 71.5 cm (28.1 in)
SMALL PEDESTAL BASE: Width 27.5 cm (10.8 in); Depth 27.5 cm (10.8 in); Height 71.5 cm (28.1 in)
Contemporary office desk made in wood and enveloped in polished patina brass, with a manually engraved top that emulates the outlines of log rings, reminding the timelife of a tree. Below the expansive desktop is an elegant composition of two scaled brass tubes, each one holding two drawers and one door covered by sleek palisander veneer, and a central drawer for files between.
Width 199 cm (78.3 in); Depth 113 cm (44.5 in); Height 77 cm (30.3 in)
A round large mirror with a gold frame made from brass cords in artistic motifs, gilded in 18k gold, intricately handcrafted by one of ancient and richest jewelry making techniques known called Filigree.
The richness of Filigree Ring lies within its detailed jewelry expression. A precious piece of art that pays tribute to the finest craftsmanship, ideal for a unique and exclusive home.
Width 124 cm (48.8 in); Depth 10 cm (3.9 in); Height 124 cm (48.8 in)
Tortona district showcases the biggest names from the design industry. For 2018, they will present Base Milano, a new multifunctional venue, located at the former industrial Ansaldo complex, hosts exhibitions, and projects. Nendo presents “forms and movement”. The Japanese design studio creates a labyrinth of designs, sketches, and processes, the show is part of the Superdesign at Superstudio. The exhibition Smart City and the Superloft project, displaying the ideal house/loft for the future.
Designers Neri&Hu present their installation any/everywhere for Stellar Works, a space to play “with the concepts of context and location”, SUPERSTUDIO, the iconic place for design in Milan, is the most visited and renowned place in Tortona district. With the project SUPERDESIGN SHOW, hat continues and takes over the success of the Temporary Museum for New Design
Date: April 17-22, 2018
Address: Largo Delle Culture, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
Particularly notable this year exhibitors focus on a perception of technological processes and their impact on our daily lives, The American design studio UM Project whose “Patch” project envisages the future of smart houses and cities.
Ventura Future will host also features two projects by Patricia Urquiola, others by Mingone, Federica Biasi, Denis Guidone, Mae Engelgeer and Valerio Sommella.
The American magazine Surface to celebrate its 25th anniversary, teams up with celebrated architect David Rockwell to create “The Diner”, a modern reinterpretation of typical American restaurants the events hosts conferences and.
Date: April 17-22, 2018
Address: Via Ferrante Aporti 9, Milan, Italy
“Be Human: Designing with Empathy”, is the theme for the district 9th edition. Among the many events, 3 young Italian designers mark the presence in the design district. Cristina Celestino transforms a tram into a moving cinema under the name Corallo. Elena Salmistraro presents Dafne, a reinvention of the Timberland logo in Piazza XXV Aprile. Daniele Lago suggests a series of exhibits, meetings, and workshops in Appartamento Lago.
The Brera Design Apartment is an exhibition space located in via Palermo 1 with furnishings and upholstery from a wide variety of designers. COS invited this year the artist Phillip K Smith to imagine a sculptural installation that is inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture and the Milan sky, although respect COS’ minimalist design.
This year, the district will be marked by a strong international presence, thanks to the union of designers coming from all over the world. The theme will guide the exhibitions: “Rethinking Materials”. In fact, the organization’s goal is to showcase projects that have highlighted the adaptability of certain materials.
“LatinoAmerican Contemporary Design” a group exhibition by South-American designers working between contemporaneity and local country identities, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, and Mexico.
Date: April 17-22, 2018
Address: Via Pastrengo, 14, 20159 Milano MI, Italy
This year, the spotlight is trained on the spaces of the old Meazza hardware store – an iconic symbol of post-war Milan, which closed down two years ago. Space hosts various projects, including a tribute to the work of Nanda Vigo. The items displayed include her “Goral” totems and a wall show of her glowing tree sculptures titled “Light Trees”.
In vicolo Bagnera, most mysterious street in Milan, Portuguese artist Xena will pay tribute to Italy’s rich cultural heritage, narrative and reality, inspired by the work of Caravaggio.
Address: Via Montebello, 24 – Milano MI 20123
Art Nouveau architecture, and design, “Porta Venezia in Design” makes its sixth appearance at this year’s Fuorisalone.
Louis Vution returns to Palazzo Bocconi with its Objets Nomades. Highlights include a patchwork leather vase by Fernando & Humberto Campana and a new collaboration with Hong Kong-based designer André Fu.
Date: April 17-22, 2019
La Triennale di Milano is an international cultural institution with over 90 years of history behind that stages exhibitions, conferences and events on art, design, architecture, fashion, cinema, communication and society.
It promotes exhibitions dedicated to contemporary art, to nationally and internationally celebrated architects and designers, to fashion designers that have transformed tastes and customs.
Address: Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Italian Design Guide
Milan is the city of design, so we gathered the best of the best when it comes to it! Discover the best design brands, designs, showrooms and emerging talents that you can find in Milan!
Minotti is an Italian company with a solid reputation at an international level as an excellent expression of “Made in Italy” in the field of contemporary furniture design and ambassador of a classic-modern lifestyle in the residential and hospitality segments.
Via Larga, 4, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Moooi is a Dutch company of furniture, interior, and lighting modern design. It was founded by Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers in the Netherlands in 2001.
Via Savona, 56, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
DIMORESTUDIO crosses the boundaries between art and design, fashion and architecture. Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran invested in their individual experience with the profession and study of Design, Art and Fashion, and founded DIMORESTUDIO in 2003.
Corso Venezia, 36, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
A world leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of porcelain art creations, Lladró is a unique mix of talent, audacity, and meticulousness in the quest for excellence.
Piazza Fontana, 6, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
Nina Yashar is one of Milan’s top design dealers, having made a name for herself collecting and selling 20th-century Italian furniture.
Viale Vincenzo Lancetti, 34, 20158 Milano MI, Italy
Take a look at our cured selection of revolutionary product designers, striking interior designers, and outstanding architects which reinvent new concepts, materials and exclusive pieces that have inspired the world of design.
Paola Navone is a Milan-born architect and designer. Always on the go and looking or inspiration she has become an anthropologist of creativity. For Paola Navone, traveling signifies extending new horizons, gathering colors, scents, shapes, tastes, and mixing all that into another culture and space-time combination. Creating objects that blend magnificent design and craftsmanship
Architect and designer Gaetano Pesce’s decades-long career has been spent working on projects around the globe. Pesce has a bold approach to color in his sculptural furniture, and the unique shapes and materials in his designs showcase an affection for the abstract. In his work, he expresses his guiding attitude: “that modernism is less a style than a method for interpreting the present and hinting at the future in which individuality is preserved and celebrated.”
The Italian architect Fabio Novembre he became famous through a large series of design projects for restaurants, nightclubs and shops in Italy and abroad, as well as through his unique pieces. His approach to work is a dialogue with the body that is for him a matter of engaging passion “I cut out spaces in the vacuum by blowing air bubbles, and I make gifts of sharpened pins so as to ensure I never put on airs.”
Patricia Urquiola was born in Spain, but it was in Itlay that she developed and created her company. Her teachers were Achille Castiglioni and Vico Magistretti from which she learned unique lessons and become one of the most talented artists in the modern design world. For the designer, a chair represents a bridge between emotions and functionality: “Because the design must express the life with love. I am very curious and I love describing the everyday objects”.
Giulio Cappellini is an architect and founder design firm Cappellini, which he has transformed into one of the biggest trendsetters worldwide. The furniture brand represents has the same spirit and the goals of a continuous renewal. Once defined as a “tutti-frutti affair, with minimalism offered up alongside pop fashion, computer tech and amoebic forms”, Cappellini’s collections have included works by Marc Newson, Jasper Morrison, Alessandro Mendini, the Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec and others.
Andrea Branzi is an architect, designer, educator, and urban planner, Branzi has been on Italy’s cutting edge for half a century. He defines himself as ” a person who deals with theoretical physics and sees architecture not as the art of building but as a much more articulated form of thought.
Piero Lissoni, the internationally known architect and designer with a vision for spaces, ambiances and time. Together with Nicoletta Canesi, founded the interdisciplinary studio Lissoni Associati in Milan, concentrating on architecture as well as interior and product/light design.
Venetian Luca Nichetto began his career working for respected brands Salviati and Foscarini before launching his own design firm in 2006. Born from the deep passion for industrial manufacturing and craft, Nichetto’s practice combines both Scandinavian and Italian design culture has given Nichetto Studio worldwide recognition.
The Milan based architect and product designer, Stefano Giovannoni is known for his colorful design with a twist of humor, his work always tells a story. He created an expressive design full of symbols and metaphors. “I think nowadays you have to create emotions – something that can tell a story to the people. Therefore, I have chosen to follow a kind of narrative approach to design.”
Milan City Guide
As Milan Design Week, one of the biggest design events worldwide is getting closer, it’s really important to start planning your visit! Milan, waits for your visit from 09 to 14 April, in order to delight you with the best design experiences during Milan Design Week.
Where to Stay
When you approach this stunning luxury hotel, you’ll find a whole collection of Ferraris and Lamborghinis wrinkled outside: this is a method to get you prepped up for what you’re about to meet once you enter the sophisticated halls of this expensive hotel with a modern interior design replete with plush Italian leather furniture pieces, black marble floors so polished you can basically use them as a mirror, and windows that stretch all the way from the floor to the ceilings.
Address: Via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7b, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Phone: +39 02 805 8051
This modern hotel is trendily situated in the Montenapoleone district which is right across from La Scala Opera House, the cultural center of the city. The unique design of the hotel is tastefully and elegantly fused with Oriental aesthetics to make for a truly charming fusion of varying cultural styles. The famous hotel has been created over a building that used to be a bank in the 18th century.
Address: Via Andegari, 9, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Phone: +39 02 8731 8888
This expensive hotel embodies the fashionable spirit of the city it calls home and it has been made in a very modernist and discreet style. The entire hotel has been designed by one of the greatest fashion designers in the world, Giorgio Armani. Furthermore, this amazing luxury hotel is based in one of Milan’s most fashionable shopping streets Via Montenapoleone.
Address: Via Alessandro Manzoni, 31, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Phone: +39 02 8883 8888
This five-star hotel has been built off the fragments of a 15th-century convent, as such the architecture carries a lot of weight of the past, which is sure to be fascinating for history and architecture buffs. All the luxury suites are designed in a personalized way, each one carrying a distinct personality, replete with frescoes, painted ceilings, and wall embellishments.
Address: Via Gesù, 6/8, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Phone: +39 02 77088
The first hotel in Milan dedicated to the leisure traveler. An innovative and new location where everything is designed to combine business and leisure. An unconventional hospitality and luxury vision. A mix of innovation, luxury and simplicity, high-quality service, a relaxing atmosphere and the Italian lifestyle always at the heart of our philosophy.
Address: Via Aristotile Fioravanti, 6, 20154 Milano MI, Italy
Phone: +39 02 8001 0910
Where to Eat
Discover exquisite dining, a beautiful setting and a vibrant atmosphere in the heart of Mandarin Oriental hotel. Under the watchful eye of acclaimed chef Antonio Guida, the two Michelin-starred Italian restaurants Seta has fast become one of Milan’s most talked-about dining destinations. Updating traditional recipes with his own creative culinary techniques, chef Guida’s menu offers an exciting, contemporary take on classic Italian cuisine.
Address: Via Andegari, 9, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Phone: +39 02 8731 8888
A door opened on a floating World, where everything is designed to move your feelings, a place to live the pleasure of tasting and welcome: this is the project that leads Claudio Liu to open Iyo in 2007. Fragrant and delicious dishes come from the spectacular kitchen, led by Michele Biassoni, while from his sushi counter Master Masaki Okada creates delicious raw dishes.
Address: Via Piero della Francesca, 74, 20154 Milano MI, Italy
Phone: +39 02 4547 6898
It is in Porta Nuova Varesine district, among the New Milan skyscrapers, that chef Andrea Berton has opened his restaurant, a modern, rigorous and elegant location, reflecting an essential and balanced cuisine. “My dishes are clear, with no artifices, because they are thought to start from primary flavours: all the ingredients – and they are never many – are used in their maximum expression, in perfect balance, and they are not hidden to the palate, nor to the sight”, says the star chef. This luxury restaurant is a must for the most demanding palates.
Address: Via Mike Bongiorno, 13, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
Phone: +39 02 6707 5801
Da Vittorio is a unique culinary oasis nestled in the hills that separate the bubbling vitality of Milan from Bergamo considered to be a mecca for seafood lovers since 1960 thanks to the remarkable Cerea family. In the early days, the luxury restaurant built its reputation around their creative fish dishes, taking a gamble at a time when meat was dominant on restaurant menus. Perseverance paid off, with the first Michelin star awarded to the restaurant in 1978, the second in 1996, and the third in 2010.
Address: Via Cantalupa, 17, 24060 Brusaporto BG, Italy
Phone: +39 035 681024
The luxury restaurant is situated in the nature reserve of the Oglio Sud park in a village with 36 inhabitants, inside an elegant country house with the dining and sitting rooms encircled by the greenery of the gardens. The cuisine is overseen by Nadia and Giovanni Santini, and features both classic and avant-garde dishes.
Address: Località Runate, 15, 46013 Canneto Sull’oglio MN, Italy
Phone: +39 0376 723001
This luxury restaurant in an elegant villa on the outskirts of town is renowned for its owners’ hospitality and its fine cuisine. The menu features specialties from Brescia, and fish from the lake and the sea, all with a distinct French influence. There is also an unforgettable cheese trolley with an excellent selection of Italian varieties.
Address: Via Crosette, 34, 25062 Concesio BS, Italy
Phone: +39 030 275 1063
The D’O Restaurant, a small luxury restaurant along the main street of the village of San Pietro all’Olmo, is a cozy, simple and very welcoming environment. The cuisine is creative, offering traditional recipes revisited and lightened, with creations become famous, such as caramelized onion and light cassoulet. The D’O Restaurant, located in Cornaredo in the province of Milan, also has a very good wine cellar, with a targeted and well thought out selection of about one hundred labels.
Address: Piazza della Chiesa, 14, 20010 San Pietro all’Olmo, Cornaredo MI, Italy
Phone: +39 02 936 2209
Where to Go for Cocktails
From places serving Campari to craft beer, trendy cocktail bars to English-style pubs, Milan’s bars scene has a little something for everyone. Take a look at the best spots to drink in Lombardy’s capital. It is a city that oozes class and the famous fashion houses boast their own ultra-chic bars, restaurants, and hotels, whilst the cocktail bars are amongst the best in Europe.
Bulk mixology food bar is a place where guests can relax in a good and beautiful way, enjoy time and watch it pass. At Bulk guests can drink coffee, enjoy lunch or dinner, bite a snack and sip one of the perfectly crafted cocktails at the bar; even here the attentive and careful eye of Giancarlo Morelli can be perceived watching over the excellence and quality of all the ingredients.
Address: Via Aristotile Fioravanti 6, Milan
Phone: +39 02 800 10 910
When the weather cools, the restaurant’s unique interior design, unusual pictures on the walls, colorful chairs, and 1930s-era lamps, provides more than enough visual delight. Head chef Elio Sironi, formerly of the Bulgari Hotel in Milan and a restaurant called Madai in Porto Cervo, reinterprets traditional local cuisine with unusual combinations and ingredients.
Address: Via Ceresio, 7, Milan
Phone: +39 02 31039221
Accurate, ever-changing culinary proposals designed and created with a passion for meticulous first quality ingredients and the extreme care with dish presentation by Executive Chef Gianfranco Semenzato. A superb selection of oysters, some still unknown in Italy but appreciated by connoisseurs, along with top quality meat like Japanese Kobe Italian-style raw fish or Milan traditional dishes, such as exquisite “Ossobuco” or “Milanese”. Homemade fresh pasta and internationally inspired dishes.
Address: Piazza Cinque Giornate 1, Milan
Phone: +39 0255181969
Classified as the first fusion cocktail bar, Iter will take you every six months to discover countries all over the world. The concept is “From Italy to the World”, which only makes you want to travel, discover and experience the wonder of aromas and flavors of every corner of the world.
Guides of this trip are Nicola Scarnera and Flavio Angiolillo. Every six months they will explore a different country, returning to Milan with a baggage enriched by cultures and flavors that will be discovered through cooking and cocktail list.
Address: Via Mario Fusetti 1, Milan
Phone: +39 02 3599 9589
Phone: +39 02 33604039
Quality cocktails paired with creative tapas by the Naviglio Grande, in a restaurant that is almost an extension of the adjoining Pont de Fer restaurant. Drinks with a vintage soul go hand in hand with the care of high-quality saucers. You can have dinner or simply have an aperitif, accompanied by snacks at the table. A handful of clichés of Milanese clubs. But adopted with grace, taste and common sense. There are the usual living brick walls, the large counter in front of the entrance, the rough wooden tables. A few seats in front of the chef’s worktop.
Address: Ripa di Porta Ticinese 55, Milan
Phone: +39 02 84194720
Designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, the new shop is not unlike a prim pastry itself. Beyond the building’s stone façade, walls are clad in minty marble, floors are lined in chocolate-hued stone, and lighting glows through pristine white ceiling beams. Treats, aperitifs, and candy-color pastry boxes are placed elegantly amid wood-and-glass cases. Unlike its petite predecessor, the new spot has room for customers to linger.
Address: Via Monte Napoleone, 9, Milan
Phone: +39 02 7600 8238
If even in winter you dream of dinners in the garden, Capra and Cavoli is the one for you. Between plants and umbrellas, it seems to be “en plein air” without the risk of drafts. The Barbara Clementina Ferrario restaurant offers a wide and refined proposal of vegetarian and vegan dishes, but not only, accompanied by a wine list with exclusively organic and biodynamic Italian labels. The tasting menu costs 45 euros, drinks not included.
Address: Via Pastrengo, 18, Milan
Phone: +39 02 8706 6093
Fiorario Bianchi Caffé is a neighborhood flower shop, a bistro and a café, where flowers – personally arranged by the owner each day – contribute to creating an enchanted atmosphere. Francesca Mirigliano, who runs Fioraio Bianchi Caffé, talks about the past and present of this space.
Address: Via Montebello, 7, Milan
Phone: +39 02 29014390
The Botanical Club is a restaurant and cocktail bar in two venues. It uses all things naturally edible to realize starter size dishes to share with friends or original cocktails. The Botanical Club is also the first Italian Small Batch Gin distillery, opened in 2015 in Milan. It offers a wide variety of gin, recommended in a weekly selection.
Address: Via Pastrengo, 11 Milan
Phone: +39 02 36523846
Where to Shop
Milan might be the most under-appreciated city in Italy. But if you’re the type of person who likes to step off the well-trodden tourist path, it’s one of the most rewarding to visit. From the world-class bars to restaurants, Milan is packed with wonders.
The Corso Venezia is one of Milan’s most prestigious streets, bordered by stately buildings in a multitude of architectural styles, from Renaissance to Art Nouveau. Many upscale shops have outlets here.
Corso Buenos Aires
A real shopper’s paradise, Corso Buenos Aires offers one and a half kilometers of storefronts, with shops for all tastes and all budgets: sophisticated boutiques, alternated with trendy stores offering all types of merchandise and numerous bars for a quick snack. Its side streets abound in restaurants, many of which are ethnic. A Saturday afternoon favorite with Milanese shoppers of all ages.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
Stroll along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the most popular shopping street in the city, for the widest selection of drop-dead gorgeous clothes, shoes, and accessories, window shopping here is the stuff of dreams. Named after the great Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy, the boulevard is a traffic-free zone buzzing with shoppers, buskers, and oh-so-trendy locals.
Corso di Porta Ticinese
Although it’s within walking distance of the city’s cathedral and Navigli neighborhood, Corso di Porta Ticinese has been likened to Portobello Road in London and is characterized by unique clothing, record and food stores. An alternative to the designer labels of the Via Montenapoleone, it specializes in offbeat fashion brands and is a great destination for denim – Levis, Diesel, and Carhartt all have footholds here, as do Vans and Camper.
As part of the Quadrilatero d’Oro – Milan’s golden quadrilateral – Via Montenapoleone is an essential destination for luxury shopping in the city. Often considered to be the key shopping street in Milan, it is home to many big designer brands, from Gucci to Prada to Valentino. With brands including Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo and Fendi all on the same street, Via Montenapoleone is an irresistible place to indulge in some luxury leather accessories from world-class Italian designers.
Art Galleries and Museums
Milan is an exciting hub and a privileged city to observe the inspiring and moving scene of design, and art. Having been known as one of the world’s premier cities for fashion, opera and art, spoiled with touristic attractions and it is no wonder why Milan has a great deal to offer in the way of museums, art galleries, and design showrooms.
Fondazione Prada Milan is an exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art and culture. It is housed in a complex that for many years functioned as a distillery, but that has been changed by OMA – the architecture firm co-founded by Rem Koolhaas – into a collection of modern spaces.
Address: Largo Isarco, 2, 20139 Milano MI, Italy
The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is a historic house museum that is born from the extraordinary collecting experience of Barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi at the end of the 19th century. The Museum is one of Europe’s best-preserved historic house museums and one of the first grand expressions of Milanese design.
Address: Via Gesù, 5, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
The Gallery of Modern Art, GAM, is one of the most agreeable art galleries in Milan. Located in the Villa Reale, a sumptuous palazzo where Napoleon once resided. The gallery displays works by Lombards and other Italian painters including Modigliani, Boccioni, and Previati and non-Italian modernists such as Gauguin, Cézanne, Picasso, Van Gogh and Manet.
Address: Villa Reale, Via Palestro, 16, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Museo delle Culture (Museum of Cultures), or MUDEC, is the latest addition to the museum landscape of Milan. It is dedicated to interdisciplinary research on the cultures of the world and focuses on the relationship of these cultures with the city of Milan. The cutting-edge museum is designed by the British architect Sir David Chipperfield.
Address: Via Tortona, 56, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
Museo D’arte Antica is an art museum in the Castello Sforzesco of Milan. It has a large collection of sculpture from the late antiquity, Mediaeval and Renaissance periods.
Address: Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Museo del Duomo (Duomo Museum) is the museum of Milan’s outstanding cathedral and relates to and reveals its history and art. Established in 1387, by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, with the aim to design, build and preserve the Milanese cathedral, an activity that is still on-going today.
Address: Piazza del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
Silos is Giorgio Armani’s own museum, dedicated to his fashion designs of the last 40 years, displaying around 600 of his works. The digital archive can be accessed through workstations and holds a collection of photos, sketches, technical drawings and illustrations.
Address: Via Bergognone, 40, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
The Pinacoteca di Brera houses one of the main art collections of Renaissance art in Italy with over 500 works dating from the 14th- 20th century. Amongst the collection are masterpieces by Bellini, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, and Veronese.
Address: Via Brera, 28, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
The Museum of the 20th century is located right in the heart of Milan near the Duomo. The museum curated selection is a real gem for those fascinated by this period. There are paintings by Picasso, Modigliani Mondrian, Kandinsky and Boccioni to name a few.
Address: Via Guglielmo Marconi, 1, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
Galleria Rossana Orlandi has been forecasting along the years new and upcoming designers and establishing the premise as one of the most revered platforms for avant-garde Design and Lifestyle. And one of the most sought-after during Milan Design Week
Address: Via Matteo Bandello, 14/16, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
The Nilufar Gallery knew how to cut out its own space and become the reference point to lovers of historical design as well as to people following the evolution of contemporary design, above all within that more learned, poetic and visionary area shifting between production and contemporary art.
Address: Via della Spiga, 32, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Gió Marconi gallery started in 1990 under the initiative of Gió Marconi who created the Studio Marconi 17, an experimental space for young artists and art critics. Gió Marconi gallery mainly focuses on contemporary positions and, at the same time.
Address: Via Tadino 20I-20124 Milano Italy
The Bianconi Gallery in Milan in “Brera” district, with the commitment to develop an accurate work of research in the second half of 20th Century Italian Arts sphere. The aim is to review the artwork of strong artistic personalities, but still with a close relationship with the social reality and artistic dynamics of the time.
Address: Via Lecco, 20, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
Pirelli HangarBicocca is a non-profit foundation, which has converted a former industrial plant in Milan into an institution for producing and promoting contemporary art. This dynamic center for experimentation and discovery covers presents major solo shows every year by Italian and international artists.
Address: Via Chiese, 2, 20126 Milano MI, Italy
The Best Showrooms
Design Showrooms and Concept Stores play an essential element for interior designers. Take a look at the most coveted shops and showrooms in the city with the best home design products, as well as amazing store interiors.
Bredaquaranta presents its collection to customers who are searching for design articles, proposed by the main design brands in the market. The bredaquaranta the ideal shop to create the optimal living place, combining taste and practical needs of those who will live in it.
Address: Via Fatebenefratelli, 10, 20121 Milan, Italy
SAG’80 Group is a leading player which operates in the sectors of design and furnishing in Milan through its four showrooms.In each of our showroom, you will find an exclusive selection of the best Italian and international design brands.
Address: Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 4, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
Lladró showroom presents a unique concept and exhibiting their exclusive collections of sculptures, High Porcelain, lighting, home décor and fashion accessories, the boutique also highlights the brand’s close bonds with art, crafts, and design.
Address: Piazza Fontana, 6, 20122 Milan, Italy
Interni has been focusing design and decoration of homes and offices. Interni Group has carried its brand name with the most eminent Italian and International brands of furniture and design.
Address: Via Filippo Turati, 8, 20121 Milan, Italy
Spotti Milano has been selecting and showcasing the best interior design solutions for a complete and tailored project. A great furniture and accessories selection of the best Italian and international brands that will help you to create a space that reflects your personality.
Address: Viale Piave, 27, 20129 Milan, Italy
The Flagship Store Febal Casa Brera epitomizes the retail concept of the brand and, alongside kitchen displays, also has areas dedicated to night-time and living room décor, to wholly embrace the brand’s offer of a total look.
Address: Via Fatebenefratelli, 18, 20121 Milan, Italy
Il Piccolo carries this hand-craft soul made of high-quality materials. In Brera, they opened the brand’s first showroom with furniture articles and objects signed by important international designers, then by collaborating with architects.
Address: Via Delio Tessa, 1 ( Brera ) 20121 Milan, Italy
The Corso Europa showroom has been the reference window for the best design and furnishing companies, in Italy and all over the world. Designed by the architect and designer Vincent Van Duysen, the showroom is one-of-a-kind in the city of Milan and elegance, class and quality are its keywords
Adress: Corso Europa, 20122 Milan, Italy
For more than fifteen years Moooi has inspired and seduced the world with sparkling and innovative designs. The Showroom presents a unique and iconic mix of lighting, furniture, and accessories, which endure everyday interiors.
Address: Via Savona, 56, 20144 Milan, Italy
Cappellini’s showroom is dedicated to the professionals of architecture and interior design industry, the products displayed are designed by several international designers. In a private environment, that reproduces the atmosphere of a private loft, defining the vision of living by Cappellini.
Address: Bastioni di Porta Nuova, 9, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Magis Showroom success is based on the wish to provide users with access to highly functional and technological quality products for the home, developed in partnership with major international product designers, with a vision of the resulting products that are ethical and poetic as well as aesthetic.
Address: Corso Garibaldi, 77 20121 Milan, Italy
Top Sights and Landmarks
Milan has more than its share of attractions, not to mention history. For all its workaholic reputation as the money and business center of Italy, it’s a city with an influential past and a rich cultural heritage, sights and landmarks. All this history, not to mention the considerable wealth generated by its favored commercial position, has left the city with an abundance of art, cultural, and architectural treasures for you to enjoy.
The Duomo, besides being an artistic monument, is a privileged place of prayer. The Cathedral is strongly linked to memory and to the Magisterium of the Bishops who have succeeded to the Throne of St. Ambrose and to the history of the millions of faithful who collect their thoughts there each year to celebrate the Sacred Mysteries.
Address: Piazza del Duomo, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
The Castle, one of the most representative and popular monuments in the city, has undergone over the centuries various and complex transformations; it has been defense fortress, military barracks, private residence and center of cultural institutions and museums. Because of its evident defensive structure, it underwent sieges, demolitions and reconstructions of some parts of it during French, Spanish and Austrian domination.
Address: Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
The Galleria, a place of transit for busy managers or a stop for enchanted and curious tourists, expresses the various faces of the city through its many facets. As soon as it was finished, the Galleria became immediately famous for its large size, extraordinary for the time and sign of a new era.
Address: Piazza del Duomo, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
Teatro alla Scala, one of the world’s greatest opera houses, has hosted some of Italy’s most famous opera and other performances. Located in downtown, this 18th-century theater and cultural landmark, magnificently restored in 2004, seats many of its 2,000 spectators in elegant boxes adorned with gold leaf and red velvet.
Address: Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
The Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery) houses one of the main art collections of Renaissance art in Italy with over 500 works dating from the 14th- 20th century. Opened to the public in 1809, it is situated in a beautiful 17th-century building alongside the Accademia di Belli Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) in the Palazzo di Brera.
Address: Via Brera, 28, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
The Palazzo Reale, a former royal palace with its large halls, refined furnishings, and sweeping staircase, is today an important exhibition venue and cultural center. With a space of 7,000 square meters, it regularly displays modern and contemporary artworks including many famous collections from around the world in collaboration with renowned museums and cultural institutions.
Address: Piazza del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
St Ambrose, the city patron saint, and one-time superstar bishop, is buried in the crypt of this red-brick cathedral. It’s a fitting legacy, built and rebuilt with a purposeful simplicity that is truly uplifting: the seminal Lombard Romanesque basilica. Shimmering altar mosaics and a biographical golden altarpiece, which once served as the cladding for the saint’s sarcophagus, light up the shadowy vaulted interior.
Address: Piazza Sant’Ambrogio, 15, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
Via Monte Napoleone
The beautiful Via Monte Napoleone traces the old city walls built by Roman Emperor Maximian. In the first half of the 19th century, the street was reconstructed almost entirely in a neoclassical style and lined with the palaces of Milan’s highest aristocracy. As World War II came to a close, Via Monte Napoleone was transformed into Milan’s most sought-after fashion destination. Important buildings in the precinct include the Palazzo Melzi di Cusano, the Casa Carcassola and the Palazzetta Tarverna.
Built at the close of the 4th century, this church is one of the oldest in the city, rebuilt several times after fires in the 11th and 12th centuries and the collapse of the cupola in 1573. In front of the church is the Colonne di San Lorenzo, 16 Corinthian columns dating back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries, thought to have been moved here from a pagan temple in the 300s. In the center of the courtyard, Emporer Constantine stands in bronze, a tribute to his Edict of Milan in 313, which ended Christian persecution within the Roman Empire.
Address: Corso di Porta Ticinese, 35, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
The Triennale di Milano is a center for contemporary art, architecture, and design and has a reputation for being at the forefront on all of these disciplines. Rather than being a museum in the classical sense – one with a fixed collection – it is a space with continuously changing exhibitions.
Address: Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Milan Public Transport:
Metro, Buses, and Trams
There are 4 underground lines, called Metropolitana. They run from 6 to 12.30 a.m., about every 2 mins or so in peak hour, less frequently (every 5-7 mins) during the rest of the day and at weekends. The metro is a great way to travel in Milan.
Single tickets are €1.50 and are valid for 90 minutes. Within the 90 mins, you can do one journey on the underground and unlimited trips on buses and trams. Tickets are sold at electronic ticket machines in the station, or at tobacconists and newsstands. You can download the free ATM app for network maps and timetables.
Tickets & Passes
One-day ticket Valid for 24 hours; €4.50
Two-day ticket Valid for 48 hours; €8.25
Carnet of 10 tickets Valid for 90 minutes each; €13.80
Evening ticket Valid from 8 pm until the end of service; €3
Wherever the Metro doesn’t go, at least one bus will. There are over 100 bus lines connecting the city and the suburbs. Buses run from 5 to 1 a.m, but some may finish earlier or start later, especially at weekends, and you can’t buy tickets on board.
Milan also has numerous trams crisscrossing town. Some still use the old ‘Carrelli’ streetcars, built in the 1920s, making them the longest continuously-running public transport vehicles in use. Same as buses, you can’t buy tickets from the driver. Trams usually run longer than buses, from 5 to 1.30-2 a.m. A trip on a Carrelli tram is a great and affordable sightseeing experience. Lines 1, 5, 19 and 33 always use vintage streetcars.
Taxis cannot be signaled but must be picked up at assigned places, usually outside train stations, large hotels and in major piazze. You can call a cab on 02 40 40, 02 69 69, 02 85 85 or 02 77 77.