Milano design top locations

Galleries, museums and houses where to find the best of design in Milano

It would be complex to indicate a real design itinerary in Milano, because the city is full of design spots, but in a completely different sense from what is meant in the rest of the world. Indeed the idea of design expressed by cool bars and stores - like in London, Holland or LA - is different from what we can find in Milano. Here, design is associated more with history than with contemporary interiors: it includes a vitality of design culture linked to the happiest period of manufacturing industry, belonging to the post-war period, when companies resources cooperated in order to innovate.

From Triennale to Villa Necchi

Thus the story of extraordinary inventions can be observed at the Triennale Design Museum, but also in Durini and Brera streets classy shops, or in galleries like Nilufar, Dimore Gallery or Antonia Jannone, or even in monumental villas (Villa Necchi above all), sometimes even in private homes.

The foundations

Great architects and designers - such as Castiglioni, Albini, Magistretti, Portaluppi - constituted several foundations around the city, but there are also spaces like Torre Velasca or Pirellone entrance halls, Massimo De Carlo Gallery in Lombardia streets, Villa Corbellini-Wassermann realised by Portaluppi himself, and innumerable entrances of palaces built between the 30s and 60s of the twentieth century.


The research sites

Certainly, in the city of Design Week there is also a contemporary dimension of research: the main references are Rossana Orlandi in a corner of San Vittore street, Luisa Delle Piane in Sarpi area, Subalterno1 in Lambrate district, Salvatore Lanteri in NoLo, Camp Design Gallery placed in Navigli, and then creative spaces such as MakersHub at Bovisa or WeMake in Gorla, in addition these fundamental schools: Bovisa Polytechnic, the IED, the Naba and the Domus Academy.