Hello, Triennale!

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Just in time for New York Design Week/ICFF fever, the Triennale di Milano has announced plans to open its New York branch, the Triennale di Milano New York, in September 2010.  Since we last brought you news about the Triennale NYC in January, the museum has come a long way. A home to art and design and harbinger of Italian culture and creativity, the multi-disciplinary space’s core use will be devoted to the main collection — encompassing Italian art, sculpture, furniture design, product design, and fashion — and exhibition wings. The museum will also include a restaurant, a bookstore, a shop, and an espresso bar in design plans. As we reported to you last time, the Triennale NYC will open with an exhibition dedicated to Gio Ponti, the 20th century Italian architect and furniture designer famous for incorporating industrial design methods into many of his projects — one of the first in the business.  Titled The Expression of Gio Ponti, the exhibition is the product of the Triennale and curator Germano Celant.  With such a spectacular lineup on the museum’s cultural menu, it comes as no surprise that the Triennale’s restaurant will be as well-curated as the rest of the museum’s offerings. Chefs from throughout Italy will be enlisted to “guest-curate” the cuisine, in an attempt to highlight the richness and diversity of Italy’s regional dishes.

We certainly look forward to the opening. If the Triennale’s presence at this year’s Salone del Mobile is any indication, they certainly know how to throw a good party!

Stay tuned for more Design-Calendar from Milan with guest blogger Sherri Donghia.

Triennale di Milano New York, located at 40 West 53rd Street (between 5th and 6th avenues). General admission: $10. For more information, visit their website, www.triennale.it/newyork

Exterior view, Triennale NYC

Interior view, Triennale NYC

Bookstore view, Triennale NYC

Atrium view from Stairs, Triennale NYC

Restaurant view, Triennale NYC

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