Design is an integral part of the culture of Milano and Lombardy. A dense network of public museums and enterprises, studios and private archives testify to its historical contribution to the city’s heritage.

 

Our itinerary begins in a special location, the Achille Castiglioni studio museum in Piazza Castello. Not far away in Viale Alemagna stands the Triennale building where the Museum of Italian Design presents for the first time in a permanent exhibition a selection of the most iconic and representative pieces of Italian design. Continuing towards Pagano, in via Telesio, the Fondazione Franco Albini hosts the archive of this "artisan" architect. In Via Bramante, at the Fondazione Adi visitors can admire the historical collection of the Compasso d'Oro awards, the most prestigious Italian design trophy. Noviglio  - about twenty kilometres outside Milano - is home to the Kartell Museum, while to the north of the city you can visit the historical Busnelli collection in Misinto and the Giovanni Sacchi Archive in Sesto San Giovanni, at the Museo dell’Industria e del Lavoro.

Studio Museo Achille Castiglioni

Within these large luminous rooms the designer Achille Castiglioni’s ideas and projects were conceived and nurtured. Now open to the public, the studio has remained unchanged since the designer passed away in 2002 and, thanks to an agreement between the Castiglioni family and the Triennale, the projects, models, drawings, photographs and objects that testify to the designer’s sixty years of activity have all been catalogued and stored.

The Museum of Italian Design

From 9 April 2019 at the Triennale di Milano, the Museum of Italian Design directed by Joseph Grima presents for the first time in a permanent exhibition a selection of the most iconic and representative pieces of Italian design, part of the 1,600 objects in the Triennale Collection.

Fondazione Franco Albini

Established thirty years after the death of the architect Franco Albini, the foundation has been awarded national heritage status by the Italian State. It brings together more than twenty thousand drawings, an endless photographic archive, as well as letters, writings, models and important works of design.

The historical collection of the Compasso d'Oro awards

The historical collection of the Compasso d'Oro awards, owned by the Fondazione ADI, brings together over 650 pieces that represent the excellence of Italian design, objects that are all very different in types of use, materials and technologies that have been granted the Compasso d'Oro design award, established in 1954 and endorsed by an international jury. The new museum will be ready in 2020.

Fabbrica del Vapore

Recreated on a renovated industrial area the Fabbrica del Vapore is now synonymous with creativity and culture: a workshop of experiences, new languages, verbal and graphic expressions and cutting-edge technologies.

Museo Kartell

The Kartell museum can be found a little more than twenty kilometres south of Milano at the eponymous headquarters and is designed by Ignazio Gardella and Anna Castelli Ferrieri. Here visitors can trace the history of the company’s production in more than a thousand design objects produced from 1949 to date.

Collezione storica Busnelli

At about 40 kilometers from Milano the historical Busnelli collection has regrouped the most important and most representative products, including sofas and armchairs, made by the Busnelli industrial group since 1950. Some pieces that narrate the history of Italian design are shown in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

MIL - Archivio Giovanni Sacchi

A model-making workshop for industrial design and architecture. For years this was an important location in the history of project design in Italy and is now available to students and enthusiasts within the Museo dell’Industria e del Lavoro in Sesto San Giovanni.

Museo Alessi

“An archive of archives” is the description that has been given to the collection. Over the years, Alessi’s constant product development work has generated an extensive and fascinating series of prototypes, and these, along with the company’s historical products and a wide range of objects collected from all over the world over the decades, offer a valuable overview of the history of design.

Galleria Campari

A visit to the Galleria Campari offers a unique and exclusive experience focused on the worlds of art, communications and photography that made the Campari brand distinctive and admired worldwide. It means entering a laboratory of images and emotions in which the brand history – made up of brilliant insights, sophisticated advertising campaigns, a cutting-edge communications strategy – continues to project the brand into the future. 

Museo Branca

The headquarters of the Distillerie Fratelli Branca in via Resegone, one of the few factories still active in Milano, is the home of the Branca Museum exhibition space. Here, the company tells about its 170 years of history, with the aromas of the spices, the tools that innovated a traditional process, and the visual support of its advertising campaigns.