When Milan–the design capital of the world–hosts its annual, highly-acclaimed Design Week, the whole world takes notice. Milan Design Week (aka Salone Internazionale del Mobile) is a week long event featuring 2,400+ exhibitors and over 1,000 events all over the city.
The fuorisalone–the events surrounding the famed Milan Design Week–gives visitors a chance to sip fine Italian wine and waltz about places that usually are not open to the public. We reported back about a few of our favorites.
One of our first stops upon touching down in Milan was to see the restorations that Lasvit made to 4 chandeliers in the historic Palazzo Serbelloni. Lasvit, a Czech company famous for their bespoke bohemian glass, lit up the Napoleonic floor of Palazzo Serbelloni with innovative lighting, precious pendants, and the original chandeliers of the building renovated just for Salone del Mobile. Famous international designers Arik Levy, Daniel Libeskind, Patricia Urquiola, and the Campana Brothers are among those who choose Lasvit and stand behind its mission: to transform glass into breathtaking light and design experiences.
Also mixing the old with the new, The Masterly-The Dutch organization has a contemporary Dutch exhibition at Palazzo Turati. The palace has on display a wide array of Dutch design pieces–the first Dutch pavilion in 55 years hosted in a historical building.
Next on our list was Palazzo Crespi. The best and brightest in the design and art fields came out to Palazzo Crespi for the New York Times T magazine party to start the week of Salone del Mobile. T was honoring the late architect and set designer, Renzo Mongiardino, who would’ve been turning 100. Mongiardino designed the Palazzo Crespi, so it was fitting that the celebration take place there. Though the party is over, visitors are still free to tour Palazzo Crespi.
The Italian architect, Pietro Portaluppi, is known for his beautiful restorations of Palazzo Crespi and Casa degli Atellani as well as his design of Villa Necchi. All three are a must-see. Be sure to check out the 15th century garden of Casa degli Atellani where you can find a small house that had been built for Leonardo Da Vinci as his residence during the works at Santa Maria delle Grazie. Movie buffs and design lovers alike will find it interesting to know that the Golden Globe winning movie, Io sono l’Amore, starring Tilda Swinton, was filmed at Villa Necchi.
We’d highly recommend planning a tour among the Portaluppi works or any of the other magical, hidden gems of Milan that are brought to the forefront during Salone del Mobile.