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10 must-see places at Milan Design Week 2019

 

Will you attend Italy's design capital for the Milan Furniture Fair in 2019? Find inspiration for your itinerary with this handy list of 10 must-see places in Milan. It's a mix of popular spots as well as under-the-radar options. Perhaps you're skipping the Furniture Fair this year. No worries, the list works year-round!

 

1. Triennale Design Museum

Photo credit: La Triennale di Milano by Gianluca di Ioia

La Triennale has been a source of support for Italian artists, designers and architects since 1923. Visit Triennale Design Museum during Milan Design Week 2019 for an exclusive look at the historic building and current exhibition. On the occasion of the XXII Triennale Milano, the theme and exhibition is Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, curated by Paola Antonelli, director of architecture and design at MoMA. This will take form not only as an exhibition, available from 1 March - 1 September 2019, but also through public programs ranging from conferences to workshops and performances, which serve the museum's mission.

The design Museum's president, Stefano Boeri, recently stated "Our aim to change the definition of what it is to be a cultural centre; the Triennale will be a place of reflection and debate, connected with the contemporary culture in a dynamic way that offers a new point of view on topics that lie at the very core of our glocal society."

Bonus: Another design museum will be moving in soon. The ADI compasso d'Oro Design Museum will be located near Monumentale, between via Ceresio and via Bramante, which is a great spot to grab Italian aperitivo. Stay tuned for more news on this exciting opening!

Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, 20121 Milan

 

2. Fondazione Achille Castiglioni

Whether you are familiar with Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002), one of the greatest Italian design masters, or not, it would be a shame to miss this inspiring studio of the late designer. His children co-founded Fondazione Achille Castiglioni in his former atelier, which is still full of his iconic pieces, designs, and archives. Take a tour of his workshop and you may catch a glimpse into the genius that was Achille. It would be a great addition to your Milan Design Week 2019 tour.

 

Piazza Castello, 27, 20121 Milan

 

3. Galleria Rossana Orlandi

rossana orlandi green wall outside

 

Rossana Orlandi traded the world of fashion for Italian design and opened Galleria Rossana Orlandi in 2002. It has become a unique space that plays many different parts: as a showroom, an office, a retail store, an event space, and a courtyard filled with greenery.

 

rossana orlandi interiors gallery minimalistic

 

There’s always something exciting and influential happening here, as it’s personally curated by Rossana. Don’t miss her gallery during Milan Design Week, as its always hosting Fuorisalone events.

Via Matteo Bandello, 14/16, 20123 Milan

 

4. Sag80

Sag80 interiors

 

The most historic design showroom in Milano has been setting trends and sharing Made in Italy since 1981. The ever-stylish Milanese society insiders have long considered Sag80 their exclusive entryway to home design and Italian furniture. Patricia Urquiola used to design the showroom layouts, an important task now elegantly handled by local architect Rachele Pellegatta. Made in Italy is not simply furniture, but a lifestyle here. Explore Italian interiors and design in the heart of the city. On the occasion of Milan Design Week, this year Sag80 will feature Vitra furniture and products.

 

Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 4, 20123 Milan

 

5. Carlo Apollo Atelier

carlo apollo atelier interiors workshop

 

Are you obsessed with parquet and intricate wood workings? If so, a tour of Carlo Apollo’s Atelier might be the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Milan. You can see his creative work at the historic bookstore Libreria Bocca 1775 inside Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Carlo Apollo is a true artist, who will share his process and workshop with you. 

 

apollo staircase

 

Prepare to leave with plans to renovate your interiors with his bespoke parquet floors. Made in Italy is not only a product, but a process. Italian culture is embedded into these crafts, materials, and certainly the makers. Support artisanal products with an exclusive tour with Carlo Apollo.

Contact to reserve an appointment +39 320 907 77 47 6 / carloapollodesigner@gmail.com

 

6. Nilufar Gallery

nilufar gallery

 

The manifesto of this creative space is “Discovering. Crossing. Creating.” Nilufar Gallery was founded by Nina Yashar in the late-90’s with the open-ended intention of selling a limited selection of antique carpets on one of the most fashionable streets in Milan. Today, she displays a surprising mix of vintage and contemporary designs in this gallery. If you’re curious to check something out on a grand scale, wander to the Nilufar Depot.

Nilufar Gallery: Via della Spiga, 32, 20121 Milan
Nilufar Depot: Viale Vincenzo Lancetti, 34, 20158 Milan

 

7. Boffi Solferino

Fans of the Boffi Singapore studio will love this iconic Italian brand’s Milano showroom, which opened in 1998. Boffi Solferino features kitchens, bathrooms, and wardrobes with interior architecture support by Piero Lissoni. Boffi and De Padova continue to expand internationally. The Boffi Soho New York opening, Boffi Chelsea in London, and certainly the Boffi Singapore studio are great options to inspire you before your visit to Milano. Stop by to see what Fuorisalone installations this special brand has in store.

Via Solferino, 11, 20121 Milan

 

8. DOME Milano Interior

Located in Brera, Memphis Milano Showroom shares the history of one of the most important Italian design movements, named for the Bob Dylan song “Stuck Inside of Mobile (with the Memphis Blues Again).” Memphis Group was founded by Italian design master Ettore Sottsass and debuted at the 1981 Salone del Mobile in Milan. Collectors of Memphis designs include David Bowie and the late Karl Lagerfeld. This showroom will be hosting exciting Milan Design Week 2019 exhibitions and events.

Via S. Marco, 1, 20121 Milan

 

9. Memphis Milano Showroom / Galleria Post Design

Located in Brera, Memphis Milano Showroom shares the history of one of the most important Italian design movements, named for the Bob Dylan song “Stuck Inside of Mobile (with the Memphis Blues Again).” Memphis Group was founded by Italian design master Ettore Sottsass and debuted at the 1981 Salone del Mobile in Milan. Collectors of Memphis designs include David Bowie and the late Karl Lagerfeld. This showroom will be hosting exciting Milan Design Week 2019 exhibitions and events.

Contact postdesign@memphis-milano.it or call +39 02 6554731 to make an appointment
Largo Claudio Treves, 5, 20121 Milan

 

10. Casa TILLA by Mutaforma

boffi solferino studio milan showroom

 

TILLA® is an original technology created by Mutaforma, an Italian brand that produces the smallest glass tiles in the world. Their invention is an augmented smart material, which uses nanotechnology to enhance the unique qualities of the tiles in a variety of ways including color, brightness, and light.
Casa TILLA is the concept house that showcases this innovative material in application to interiors. Its home environment is a reflection of the extensive experimentation and research. During Milan Design Week 2019, this location will feature “Light Sculptures”, which is a project that was created in collaboration with architect Giorgio Colombo.

Via Aminto Caretto, 6, 20124 Milan

 

If you enjoyed this selection of locations, contact Esperiri. Their Italian professionals can plan a unique furniture shopping tour in Milan or complete an Italian interior design project online.

 

This list of must-see places in Milan was prepared by our local Milanese partner, Esperiri, an Italian interior design studio that organises Italian Furniture Shopping Tours and Online Interior Design services.

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