by Janet Morais
Milan City Guide
EXPLORE THE CITY
This is the basis of what you can expect from Salone Del Mobile 2022, but Milan has a lot more to offer. You can enjoy these events, but you should also enjoy the city and that’s why we want you to present a complete Milan City Guide for your enjoyment!
To celebrate Tom Dixon’s 20th anniversary, the British design brand will host ‘TWENTY’, an unprecedented exhibition in Milan to coincide with Salone. From the 7th – 12th June, new and iconic collections will be shown for the first time in not just one but two locations: Palazzo Serbelloni and The Manzoni, the brand’s hub in Milan.
TWENTY AT PALAZZO SERBELLONI
TWENTY, an exhibition celebrating 20 years of design and innovation will be hosted at Palazzo Serbelloni, a neoclassical palace where Sotheby’s – the world’s largest marketplace for art and luxury – has its Milan galleries and offices. The event will focus on innovation and materiality with 20 unseen creations on display.
Visitors will be invited to explore a thoughtfully curated selection of designs: some inspired by Tom Dixon’s most recognized collections such as MIRROR BALL, MELT, and FAT, some upgraded, and some in embryonic experiment-mode, providing a reflective yet future-thinking overview of Tom’s prolific portfolio and journey to becoming one of Britain’s most celebrated designers.
‘You will find us tucked away in a historic palazzo in the center of Milan where the British auction institution Sotheby’s has its Italian headquarters. There could not have been a better platform to show TWENTY objects that explain some of the history, some of the processes of manufacture but also some of the new developments that describe the future of the brand. All of this coincides with Sotheby’s first Italian design sale, where the central position of Milan as the global capital for creativity is reaffirmed.’
– Tom Dixon
Palazzo Serbelloni, Sotheby’s Milan, Corso Venezia, 16, 20121 Milano:
- Open Daily
- 7th – 12th June
- 10am – 7pm
While Palazzo Serbelloni will host the TWENTY exhibitions, The Manzoni (the brand’s hub in Milan since 2019) will be used as a ‘business center’ by the Tom Dixon International Sales Teams. The whole range of Tom Dixon’s best-sellers will be on display for new and existing customers to see.
The Manzoni, Via Alessandro Manzoni, 5, 20121 Milano – Opening Hours:
- Tuesday 7th June: 10am – 6pm
- Weds 8th June: 10am – 6pm
- Thursday 9th June: 10am – 6pm
The Aldo Rossi Exhibition Design 1960-1997 at the Museo Del Novecento included the Molteni Group as a major sponsor will happen between 29 April – 02 October 2022. 350 artifacts, including furnishings, sketches, paintings, and models, are on display in an unusual exhibition that explores and reconstructs one of the twentieth century’s masters of architecture’s extremely imaginative world of design. The Molteni&C|UniFor pieces on show are from the permanent collection of the Molteni Museum.
RoGUILTLESSPLASTIC, an international project developed and directed by Rossana Orlandi and Nicoletta Orlandi Brugnoni, aims to involve the Designer and Creative Communities in investigating the unlimited possibilities of transformation for Plastic Waste and other types of Waste.
The Ro Plastic Prize is RoGUILTLESSPLASTIC’s international award, and it aims to engage a wider audience by challenging global communities of designers, innovators, entrepreneurs, startuppers, changemakers, creators, scientists, researchers, developers, and communication experts who are passionate about making an extraordinary impact by proposing re-Waste-related projects.
If you want to put yourself to the test, use your skills to participate in this challenge by completing practical projects with added value for contributing to an effective solution for our environmental impact, as well as changing the way we approach and manage the re-Waste subject.
TOP DESIGN DISTRICTS
BRERA DESIGN DISTRICT
This is the district that houses a Pinacoteca and art Academy famed throughout the world. This artsy neighborhood with its narrow, cobbled streets boasting a dense concentration of antique shops, galleries, showrooms, and prestigious locations, exudes a truly alluring, bohemian aura year-round. During the Fuorisalone, Brera offers a high-profile events calendar, featuring several of the world’s most prestigious brands, and focuses on attracting a design-savvy, culturally oriented public. Brera Design District is a territorial marketing project promoting excellence and commercial real estate development.
VENTURA CENTRALE DESIGN DISTRICT
The formerly abandoned 9 spaces of the Magazzini Raccordati via Ferrante Aporti, once home to important local warehouses, provide visitors with a visually evocative experience. Under the rough tracks and characteristic vaults of Milan’s Stazione Centrale creativity – a specific focus on design from the Netherlands and Belgium – takes center stage featuring an eclectic mix of contemporary design by showcasing both emerging as well as established brands. Projects in the area are curated and powered by the international design organization Ventura together with local association Centrale District, spread over the core areas of Centrale Railway Station and the nearby area of Repubblica.
VENTURA FUTURE DESIGN DISTRICT
Ventura Future is an exhibition area highlighting the original, cutting-edge, and impactful design, of both emerging talents and established brands.
TORTONA DESIGN DISTRICT
Although Tortona is the name of a single street, during the Fuorisalone the events in its neighboring area – namely the one lying behind the Navigli, known for its “vibey” atmosphere – multiply. The area, home to former warehouses and factories, becomes a major display platform featuring a slew of futuristic, original, and experimental events targeted, according to the organizers, at creating a truly knockout effect. Big names and loads of emerging talents create an urban workshop of contemporary design. Design Week in Tortona promotes various events spread over some of the most important hotels and recently renowned open spaces. It’s at Tortona that we find the SUPERSTUDIO, the iconic place of design in Milan, the pioneer of the Fuorisalone phenomenon in the district, the most visited and sought-after place in the Tortona District since 2000. With the SUPER DESIGN SHOW project, according to the original format “less fair and more museum”, Superstudio pursues its mission of quality, excellence, and research. The next edition of Gisella Borioli‘s project with the art director Giulio Cappellini follows the usual ONLY THE BEST mission with particular attention to the TECH&GREEN theme.
5 VIE ART DESIGN DISTRICT
Aptly named 5vie after the “five streets” that form the area, the district is simultaneously one of the city’s oldest but also emerging districts. The area spans from the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, up to the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio and the church of San Satiro, where Bramante worked. One of Milan’s least touristy and best-kept secrets, the area participates officially in Design Week with a triple circuit consisting of showrooms displaying the latest in design, old artisan workshops where you can admire traditional handicrafts (in particular in via San Maurillio and via Santa Marta) and a cultural itinerary featuring museums, churches, cloisters, archaeological sites, and breathtaking inner courtyards. 5vie District involves a cultural and territorial marketing project to promote Milan’s Old Town.
TOP HOTELS TO STAY IN
BVLGARI HOTEL – Settled in an 18th-century edifice, the Bulgari hotel will make you feel right at home in the heart of Milan. It’s impossible not to fall under the charm of the ideal setting. The friendly staff will give you the impression of being welcomed in a luxury private residence. All rooms and suites are so elegant and combine modern design, polished lines, and luxurious details. The centerpiece of the Bulgari hotel is probably their private garden, an oasis of tranquillity. A perfect place to enjoy an aperitif alla milanese. For some downtime away from the hustle and bustle, guests can retreat to the stunning spa for a swim.
MANDARIN ORIENTAL MILAN – Mandarin Oriental Milan offers luxury accommodation a short walk from the fashionable Milan fashion boutiques. The property features a restaurant on-site with 2 Michelin stars and meeting facilities. Set in a complex of 5 connected 18th-century buildings, all rooms and suites are air-conditioned and designed by Antonio Citterio, modern décor, and taco floors. They offer views of the courtyard or the street, and some offer views of Milan’s Cathedral.
PARK HYATT MILANO – In all of its 81 rooms and 25 suites, the Park Hyatt Milano offers luxury and serenity in the form of clean design and quiet comfort. Park deluxe executive king rooms feature fruit baskets and your choice of mineral waters, while a Park terrace suite boasts gorgeous views of Milan from a private terrace. You’ll never go hungry with mouth-watering, on-site dining options like Michelin-starred Restaurant VUN, where you can enjoy a multicourse tasting menu unlike any you’ve ever tried. For breakfast, La Cupola features daily selections of croissants and fresh juices.
PALAZZO PARIGI HOTEL AND GRAND SPA – From the outside, Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa looks like any of Milan’s modern office buildings — glassy windows, metal frame, business style. Just take a deep breath and walk inside. If the magnificent Murano glass chandelier doesn’t blow your mind, then the “I wanna wear a ballgown and traipse down this luscious marble staircase” will. Palazzo Parigi is neoclassical luxe with a French twist throughout its ten floors. Its vibe is cosmopolitan and stylish, shown off by its staff, a well-heeled team of polyglots straight from the runway. Location is key: Turn the corner, and you’re in the Fashion Quadrangle, the very epicenter of Milan’s finest.
HOTEL PRINCIPE DE SAVOIA – With a rooftop spa and spacious rooms with classic design and luxurious furnishings, Hotel Principe Di Savoia is located 100 meters from Milan’s Repubblica Metro and Railway Station. Rooms at Hotel Principe Di Savoia are decorated with traditional dark wood furnishings and luxurious fabrics. The spa has a sauna, a hammam, and a pool with frescoes. Principe Di Savoia’s attentive staff can book tickets and provide free limousine service to the city center. The ideal place to stay during the Milan Design Week 2018.
TOP RESTAURANTS & BARS
RISTORANTE BISTROT MARTINI DOLCE&GABANNA – This luxury location owned by the popular fashion brand Dolce & Gabanna is the perfect spot to have a fine dining experience. It’s also the place to relax and become aware of the latest interior design trends.
BAR LUCE – This restaurant interior was designed by director Wes Anderson. With green as the base color, it includes stunning patterned wallpaper prints, Formica chairs, terrazzo floors, and pinball machines that create an atmosphere with a quirky, retro feel.
T’A – This restaurant was designed by local architect Vincenzo de Cotiis who gave the space a 1960s retro Italian flair mixed with the designer’s signature edge. It has a mix of white and black marble on the floor, sophisticated upholstery, and modern suspension lights. The food is just as good as the decor!
CERESIO 7 – Ceresio is located on the rooftop of fashion label Dsquared2’s Headquarters and it has a stunning view over Milan. The restaurant, designed by Dimore Studio, has a polished, clean-lined design that almost feels like being transported to midcentury Palm Springs with an Italian twist.
GIACOMO ARENGARIO – Envisioned by design firm Studio Peregalli, this Art Deco Bar & Restaurant is located on the top floor of the Museo del Novecento and overlooks the stunning Piazza del Duomo. This gleaming cocktail bar is surrounded by 1930s decorative touches and walls covered with geometric patterns that provide a stunning bar vibe.
TOP GALLERIES & MUSEUMS TO VISIT
GALLERIA CARLA SOZZANI – The gallery is located in a former industrial building, typical of Milanese architecture. Since its opening, Galleria Carla Sozzani has established itself as one of the most important photography galleries in Italy. Over 200 exhibitions have been shown in the presence of famous photographers, often presenting works that had never been shown in Italy before: Helmut Newton, Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, Bert Stern, Sarah Moon, Paolo Roversi, David Bailey, Hiro, David LaChapelle, amongst others.
PAC – PAC’s exhibitions are often a source of interest and debate in Milan because they highlight issues of great social importance (for example Regina José Galindo’s 2014 “Estoy Viva” show addressed the female condition, while the 2013 “Rise and Fall of Apartheid” exhibition gave insight into life before, during and after apartheid).
MUSEO DEL NOVECENTO – The Museo del Novecento was established on 6 December 2010 with the goal of spreading knowledge of 20th-century art and offering a more comprehensive insight into the collections that the city of Milan has inherited over time. Besides its core exhibition activity, the Museum is active in the conservation, investigation, and promotion of 20th-century Italian cultural and artistic heritage with the final aim of reaching an ever wider audience.
HANGAR BICOCCA – If you love art, design, and getting out of the city center, you’ll love Hangar Bicocca. Housed in a converted industrial building in an up-and-coming area outside the city center, Hangar Bicocca attracts artsy types with its cutting-edge exhibitions and workshops. This place is famous for its site-specific installations (similar to those at London’s Tate Modern) that over the years have included giant balloons and rooms set at -30 °C.
MUDEC – In line with constant efforts on the part of the municipal authorities to preserve the memory of the economic and social processes that have shaped the city’s identity, the Milan City Council took steps in 1990 to buy the old Ansaldo industrial plant at Porta Genova and use it for cultural services. The disused factories, and authentic monuments of industrial archaeology, have been converted into studios, workshops, and new creative spaces.
LEONARDO DAVINCI SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM – After seeing the last supper of DaVinci at the Santa Maria Delle Grazie, you should visit the Museo Nazionale Della Scienza e Della Technologia Leonardo da Vinci where you can find more of his original drawings and numerous models of his scientific innovations. Moreover, it has interactive labs, a submarine exhibit, and a section devoted to science for young children.
MIART – The international fair of modern and contemporary art has just announced its 24th edition, organized by Fiera Milano and held from April 5 to 7 at Pavilion 3 of Fiera Milano City in Milan. Under the artistic directorship of Alessandro Rabottini, 186 international galleries from 19 countries will exhibit works by modern masters, established contemporary artists, emerging talents, and experimental designers divided into seven different sections. Many international galleries will return from previous editions, including A Arte Invernizzi, Alfonso Artiaco, Bortolami, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Campoli Presti, ChertLüdde, Clearing, Galleria Continua, Raffaella Cortese, Thomas Dane Gallery, Massimo De Carlo, Dvir Gallery, Rodolphe Janssen, Kalfayan Galleries, Gladstone Gallery, Kaufmann Repetto, Peter Kilchmann, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Lelong & Co, Magazzino, Mai 36, Giò Marconi, Massimo Minini, Office Baroque, P420, Gregor Podnar, Almine Rech, Lia Rumma, Sprovieri, and Zero. A strong selection of galleries active in the promotion of historical positions and post-war art will include: Cardi, Casoli De Luca, Cortesi, Galleria dello Scudo, Mazzoleni, Montrasio Arte, Repetto Gallery, Robilant + Voena, Richard Saltoun, Gian Enzo Sperone, Studio Marconi ‘65, Tega, and Tornabuoni Arte.
You can’t visit Milan without visiting the Duomo di Milano. It’s like visiting Paris without going to the Eiffel Tour or the Sacre Coeur. Is hard not to know anything about Duomo di Milano, not only because it’s the fourth largest cathedral in the world, but mainly because it’s Milan’s main tourist and cultural attraction. Even though it was started in the 14th century, the final touches were made during the reign of Napoleon. Through the centuries this church has been the scene of countless social cultural and religious events. The Duomo is a place of history, religion, art, and Italian power. If you prefer to do some shopping, but still want to visit a historic place, then why not mix both in the same place? If you want to do that, then you can visit the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It’s one of the most popular shopping destinations as well as one of the most beautiful galleries in the world.
Besides Design Events and Luxury Hotels, Milan’s also the home to the Centuries of History. To experience Art and History, you must pay a visit to some of the hundreds of museums, cathedrals, shops, gardens, historic places, and art galleries of Milan. One of the top museums in Milan is also one of the Most Historical Buildings of the City: The historical Castello Sforzesco. It’s in the Pinacoteca of this castle that you can find Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pieta, one of these legendary most recognized works of art!
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