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 special location, the Achille Castiglioni studio museum in Piazza Castello. Not far away in Viale Alemagna stands the Triennale building where since April 9th, 2019 the Museum of Italian Design has been hosting, 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 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.
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 also non-insiders. 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.