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Events During Milan Design Week
Salone del MobileSalone del Mobile, the most recognized design fair in the world, reunites in just one week more than three hundred thousand designers, architects, critics and trend hunters for a week, innovation, design, technology and attractions to make from this event, one of the best global experiences for professionals This year Salone presents a city-based project Living Nature. La Natura dell’Abitare developed with the Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) international design and innovation studio, will be in Piazza del Duomo. The Salone del Mobile ponders the possible reconciliation of man and nature with an emotive installation that enters into the debate on the value of sustainable living. SaloneSatellite was the first event to focus on young designers, instantly becoming the unusual place for interface with manufacturers, talent scouts and the most promising young designers, and since 1998 runs again concurrently with the Salone del Mobile. Date: April 17-22, 2018 Address: Fiera Milano, S. S. del Sempione 28, 20017 Rho, Milan Twitter: @iSaloniofficial Instagram: @isaloniofficial
FuorisaloneDuring the Fuorisalone, many locations often become a co-protagonist of the event. many important brands located in the design districts introduce their new collections and host special events with live music and entertainment. See what can expect from some of the important design districts in the city. Date: April 17-22, 2018 Twitter: @fuorisalone Instagram:@fuorisalone
Tortona Design DistrictTortona 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 Instagram: @tortonadesignweek
Ventura Centrale DistrictParticularly 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 Instagram: @venturaprojects
Brera Design District“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. Date: April 17-22, 2018 Address: Via Palermo, 1, 20121 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 3663 8150 Twitter: @Brera_District Instagram: @breradesigndistrict
Isola Design DistrictThis 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 Instagram: @isoladesigndistrict
“5 Vie” DistrictThis 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 Instagram: @5vie_milano
Porta VeneziaArt 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, 2018 Instagram: @porta_venezia_in_design
TriennaleLa 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 Instagram: @latriennale
Boca Do Lobo’s Tale of Art, Design & Craft at Salone Del MobileSoulful Design and artful Craftsmanship sets a spectacular scene for all the lovers of unexpected design at Boca do Lobo’s mystic scenario in Milano, Salone del Mobile 2018. While the main stage absorbs the crowd’s applause, behind the curtains unveils a tale of utmost beauty with reinvented masterpieces and unfiltered new design pieces. A play to see from 17 until 22 of April, Stand D06 of Pavilion 1. Boca do Lobo lifts the veil to this spectacular and rich backstage colored in tones of Grey and Gold, striving to unveil new novelties through the most unique and traditional craftsmanship. Always matching the true design language, but so different in the concept of the spectacular behind the scenes art show reflecting dramatic lines and curves, soft textiles with neutral colors and handmade techniques, provoking bittersweet emotions and evoking intimate feelings of belonging. An explosion of creativity, capturing the imagination of those who look forward to freeing their minds and crave to see new and iconic pieces playing the main role at the tradeshow. Projected to be the jewel in the crown of the Portuguese brand Boca do Lobo, the Diamond Sideboard is a reflection of the furniture jeweler’s expertise and quintessence, undoubtedly deserving its title. This opulent object, full of resources and desire, has two carefully sculpted doors that reveal a lined interior with shelves and two drawers. Inspired by the Swan Lake Op. 20, ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Odette Sofa tells the story of a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. Its sweeping silhouette is accentuated with a polished brass structure and an asymmetric back offers a sophisticated design and timeless appeal.
This exceptional mirror offers a tribute to the historical city of “Angra do Heroismo” in Azores, Portugal. The seductive and elegant mirror, its outstanding in its shape and curved design. The polished brass creates a superb accent providing a glamorous design.Soleil Sofa is a synthesis of styles and senses. Inspired by the spirit and mission of the famous Cirque de Soleil, the purpose is to invoke, provoke and evoke. Soft, sultry curves gently embrace the sitter in this elegant vintage and contemporary style sofa. Except for the supreme levels of comfort, the sofa through the brass details perfectly complements the elegant lines of a timeless piece.
This piece promises to elevate your living space to the next level. The metallic hues make an elegant contrast while beautifully combine and pay tribute to the Neolithic and Bronze Age.
Finding inspiration in the prehistoric monument Stonehenge, positioned asymmetrically and composed of a striking variety of finishes and materials – brass and marble.
Imperfectio Sofa is the expression of imperfect aesthetic, the appeal of that which is authentic art that is truer to life. The enormous success of the Metamorphosis Series gave birth yet to another unique creation – Metamorphosis Center Table. While in the ceiling we have Supernova Chandelier. Supernova was born from the cataclysmic explosion of a massive star. The instant of a bright starburst that was suspended into a fascinating lighting design.
Newton Suspension lamp is a handcrafted piece that has something unique about it. Newton Lamp is a monumental piece which authenticates Boca do Lobo designers and artisans’ work.
Minimal Maximalism is the reflection of a harmonious symbiosis between different concepts of beauty, styles, and inspirations.The designs come to be eclectic but also Minimal; bold but always elegant;
Italian Design GuideMilan 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!
MinottiA new generation is already gaining the formal and practical education that will continue the company’s evolution. The true alchemy, though, comes from a balance between two seemingly opposite concepts, modern and traditional. Anywhere in the world, people who want to invest money into creating a beautiful house with beautiful decoration value, and expect, timelessness – timeless elegance, quality, and service.
BaxterA union among old handcraft traditions, experience and creative energy that has developed and grown up in time, nourished by an endless passion for what is beautiful, well done, thought and carried out in order to convey emotions. Baxter furnishings are chosen carefully and with regard to long-term trends. Their combinations convey natural color variations and provide a harmony of tones. The company looks back at years of collaborations with internationally renowned designers like Paola Navone, Piero Lissoni, Roberto Lazzeroni and many more.
Fendi CasaThe highest class materials and artisanal expertise and know-how allow Fendi Casa furniture to develop their luxury furniture. The Fendi Casa collections include Contemporary, Live, Dine, Sleep and Relax. These sophisticated collections are ideal for elegant collections made up of luxury tables, chairs, armchairs, sofas and beds that have finesse and class.
Perhaps the most definitive part of Roberto Cavalli Home is designs themselves. Translating design flourishes such as animal print and white leather into a whole new medium, the home pieces take the spirit of the fashion collections and then build upon them as a foundation, morphing them and giving them a new lease of life as fine furniture, wallpaper and soft furnishings so that your home can be every bit as innovative as your wardrobe.
Visionnaire Home PhilosophyAll the way from Milan to Manchester, Visionnaire can be found in the Elite of showrooms. Uniqueness, modern style and a vocation for Made in Italy are the founding values of the Visionnaire brand, which has been able to rapidly gain leadership on the international luxury design scene, no longer understood as merely a furnishing project, but rather as the offer of a “total look” customized in every detail.
Edra SpaEdra Spa makes expert use of the skills which are present in the area and succeeds in developing innovatory products, revolutionizing in some instances the traditional production of padded furniture. The continuous, close dialogue between Valerio Mazzei, his “interface” Massimo Morozzi and the designers have produced some emblematic pieces which have become icons of contemporary design. Welsh Ross Lovegrove, Peter Traag, and of architecture, such as Zaha Hadid.
Gianfranco Ferré HomeGianfranco Ferré Home, a style that goes beyond trends, where elegance is always the protagonist, in a perfect combination of classic taste and contemporary appeal. Among endless inspirations and unexpected interpretations, Gianfranco Ferrè Home collection pieces give life to unique settings with a rarefied and sophisticated atmosphere.
LonghiLonghi is a company whose core focus is contemporary living. While mindful of changes in taste, its manufacturing roots run deep. The variety of items it offers furnishing accessories, sliding glass room dividers, doors for interiors, sofas, is the result of a consistent global, corporate strategy that influences every aspect of the production process.
Molteni & CMolteni & C furnishings incorporate a wisdom gained from a long artisan tradition and an innovative technological quality that is practical without being ostentatious. When we talk of Molteni & C we speak of a hidden quality; that is, the technical and functional quality of the materials that are present, though often invisible, in its furniture.
Mascheroni SrlA brand that is internationally recognized for the high quality of its upholstering. Special products and full suits of furniture for its demanding customers, people that were looking for luxury products.
PoliformThe Poliform collections designed both for the day and night areas are known for being comfortable to use, elegant in terms of form and created with meticulous attention to detail. They decorate interiors with style and interpret contemporary living using words such as comfort, discretion, elegance.
ImperfettolabThe objects that Il Laboratorio dell’Imperfetto designs and creates in its workshop in Italy are both unique and exclusive, characters which are implied by the brand name’s allusion to the imperfect. Fiberglass is the main material they have chosen for the creation of these works because it is light and resistant to any weather conditions, so suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
QeebooA next-generation design brand that aims at producing affordable, injection molded plastic furniture and objects. Known for his best-selling products, Stefanoo Giovannoni asked well-known creatives Andrea Branzi, Gabriele Chiave of Marcel Wanders studio, Richard Hutten, Nika Zupanc, and front to contribute with their designs — from chairs to lighting to vases.
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SelettiOver the years, the company has enlisted a range of designers, among them Studio Job, Alessandra Baldereschi, and Diesel Living. Their bold images of, say, a toad in a hamburger bun, or a bar of soap with a bite taken out of it—are emblazoned on everything from tabletop items to tea towels, with vibrant background colors.
BD BarcelonaThe BD Barcelona range includes pieces designed by some of the most widely recognized designers in the world, including contemporary designers. BD Barcelona valorizes the sublime, the unique and the intensely beautiful. They pay homage to the old masters and the new and have helped to propel the careers of canonical designers such as Jamie Hayon and Doshi Levien.
Interior DesignersTake 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 NavonePaola 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
Gaetano PesceArchitect 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.”
Dimore StudioFounders Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci create exclusive design signature that blends classic principles with contemporary styling. Their work crosses and interlink design, history, art, and architecture. “A timeless visual and emotional pathway. A language inspired by a set of emotional alchemies made of unexpected choices, preservation, inventions, appreciation of prints, lights, lacquers, and oxidations.”
Fabio NovembreThe 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 UrquiolaPatricia 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 CappelliniGiulio 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 BranziAndrea 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 LissoniPiero 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.
Luca NichettoVenetian 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.
Address: Via Pastrengo, 11 Milan Phone: +39 02 36523846
Address: Via Pastrengo, 18, Milan Phone: +39 02 8706 6093
Fioraio Bianchi CaffèFiorario 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
Botanical ClubThe 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.
Where to ShopMilan 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.
Corso VeneziaThe 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 AiresA 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 IIStroll 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 TicineseAlthough 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.
Via MontenapoleoneAs 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 MuseumsMilan 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 PradaFondazione 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
Bagatti Valsecchi MuseumThe 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
Galleria D’Arte ModernaThe 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
MUDECMuseo 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 AnticaMuseo 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
Museum of the Milan CathedralMuseo 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
Armani SilosSilos 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
Pinacoteca di BreraThe 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
Museo del NovecentoThe 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 OrlandiGalleria 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
Nilufar GalleryThe 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
Gio Marconi Gallery
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Buses/TrolleybusesWherever 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.
TramsMilan 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.