Design is an integral part of the culture of Milano and Lombardy. A dense network of public and company museums, studios and private archives testify to its historical contribution to the city’s heritage.
Our itinerary starts from a new museum inaugurated in May 2021 at 7, via Ceresio, quite close to Cimitero Monumentale. ADI Design Museum Compasso d'Oro effectively combines the past and the future, thanks to a substantial exhibition of objects awarded with the ADI Compasso D'Oro - the most prestigious Italian design award. It is also home to temporary exhibitions, lectures, labs, and a bookshop.
Continue to the Achille Castiglioni Studio Museum in Piazza Castello. Not far, in Viale Alemagna, stands the Triennale building, where since April 9, 2019, the Museum of Italian Design displays a selection of the most iconic and representative items of Italian design in a permanent setting. On towards Pagano, in via Telesio, the Franco Albini Foundation houses the craftman architect’s archive.
The Kartell Museum is located in Noviglio, about twenty kilometers from Milano, while north of the city it is possible to visit the Busnelli Historical Collection in Misinto and the Giovanni Sacchi Archive in Sesto San Giovanni, within Museo dell’Industria e del Lavoro (Museum of Industry and Labour).
Definitely not to be missed the annual Milano Design Week. On the occasion of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, a world must for everything house, furniture and lighting, the whole Milano area is filled with hundreds of initiatives and events connected to creativity and design.
The exhibition opens to the city and involves non-insiders as well. The Fuorisalone includes itineraries, exhibitions in the most charming locations unbeknownst in the city, events in very special places, cocktails in shops and showrooms, open air celebrations and meetings with architects and designers in bookshops.