Milan design capital

Milan design capital

Milan and design

Milan design capital is not a common saying!
While Milan Design Week is one of the most important and yet fun event of the year, design in Milan is much more than this. The relation between this city and the history of design itself is long and fascinating, and has its roots in the small manufacturing companies which inherited the great Italian craft tradition since the end of Wold War Two. Traces of this history are easy to be found in the city and literally make Milan a design capital.

A Design Museum to start with

Well, in a city that, more than any other in Italy, represents the essence of design driven ambitions, Triennale Design Museum is the ideal start of every itinerary. It showcases the history of Italian design with continuously updated exhibitions of objects and crafts that make it unique in the panorama of Italian museums. Furthermore, located in the historical Palazzo dell’Arte, conceived by architect Giovanni Muzio in the early Thirties as an innovative multifunctional space, the museum is immersed in the peaceful Parco Sempione, ideal for a walk or an ‘aperitivo’ overlooking the verdant landscape of the park.

Milan Design Week headquarters

Also Zona Tortona, former industrial area now turned into the heart of Milanese design week,  is a place not to miss.  Crazy during the Design Week every mid April, it is lively all year round. The makeover involved international architects and designers like Mario Cucinella for the Deloitte headquarters, Matteo Thun for Tortona 37 office building and others.
Not least in this innovative context is MUDEC, Museum of Cultures, designed by David Chipperfield and established in 2015.

Our suggestion: if you are a design addict and you are planning a trip to Milan…do come in April!

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