The Milan Design Week 2019 is about to begin. From the 9th to the 14th of April, it will be a busy short week to discover new trends in interior design, furnishings and style. In the occasion of the Salone and Fuorisalone, events in the city will be many, although Milan remains throughout the year a point of reference for those who love design.
One in particular is located in the heart of Milan: the Rinascente Design Supermarket in Piazza Duomo where you can buy the iconic creations of cult designers – from Patricia Urquiola to Vico Magistretti – and those of emerging talents selected for you among the most interesting names in the contemporary design scene. Discover all the events organised for the Design Week on www.rinascente.it.
Moving towards Parco Sempione, you will find the Triennale Design Museum (Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6), the first museum of Italian design. You will reach it by walking along the iconic bridge designed by Michele De Lucchi, which has now become a landmark. Inside, take a sit at the Design Café, featuring an eclectic collection of chairs by the greatest modern and contemporary designers. From April this year, a selection of cult pieces of Italian design will also be exhibited, a permanent collection of over 1,600 objects; one more reason to visit it and maybe see one of its many temporary exhibitions.
A few steps away, visit the Achille Castiglioni Studio Museum (Piazza Castello, 27) where you can book a guided tour with Irma and Giovanna Castiglioni, wife and daughter of the designer who won 8 Compasso d’Oro awards, in the spaces where he designed his creations, from the iconic Arco floor lamp in the 1960s to the Pitagora coffee machine.
Also the Isola district is worth a visit between Piazza Gae Aulenti and the green skyscrapers of Bosco Verticale. You will have to wait until October to see the highly anticipated landscape design masterpiece: the Tree Library, an over 10-hectare botanical garden, where you will be able to linger between architectural geometries and circular paths and forests designed by Dutch landscape architect Petra Blaisse.
Just outside Milan, don’t miss the Kartell Museum (Via delle Industrie, 1/3, Santa Corinna di Noviglio), the company’s cultural archive created in 1949 by industrial chemist Giulio Castelli, a great expert in plastic materials with a passion for design. Throughout its twenty rooms, the creations of the brand’s history, designed among others by Philippe Starck, Gae Aulenti, Ettore Sottsass and Marco Zanuso, are on display. At the entrance you will be welcomed by the “Brevetto Pirelli” ski carrier, the first made by Kartell in the early fifties.