We bring you a high dosage of Milanese High Design. This is our editors’ picks of the top design destinations in Milan.
BassamFellows at Exits Gallery Our cover photo celebrates Connecticut-based designers Scott Fellow and Craig Bassam who’ve set up their first Milan gallery shop dedicated to their modern vision of timberwood. Here you’ll find their signature tractor stools as well as footwear and eyewear for men. Metal objects, lighting and intriguing glassware produced by Produzione Privata, the niche label from their architect neighbor Michele de Lucchi.
Via Varese 14 +39 02 36 79 91 06 3 www.bassamfellows.com
Dimore Studio Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci are the creme designers of the Milan interiors scene. Everything they touch—from highly collectible mid-century furniture by Gio Ponti and Albini to their own furniture, lighting and carpet designs—comes to brilliant life in their former apartment-turned-design-gallery in the heart of Brera. It’s easy to forget this is a place of business, but everything you see or sit on is for sale.
Via Solferino 11 +39 02 36 53 70 88 www.dimorestudio.eu
Memphis Post Design Gallery This shop is brimming with brilliantly colored glass pieces from super designer and Memphis leader Ettore Sottsass as well as blindingly bright furniture from his contemporaries. It feels like a playground but design aficionados will appreciate the extent to which important pieces like the Carlton table and Rivolo chair are celebrated here as re-editions.
Via della Moscova 27 +39 02 65 54 47 31 www.memphis-milano.it
Raimondo Garau Antique, vintage and modern furnishings come together in a large, bright showroom that will inspire even ardent feng shui believers to re-do their entire home or office in the stile Italiano. Owner Garau presents jumbles of mixed-style chairs, tables, lamps and carpets in intriguing tableaux.
Via Varese 20 +39 02 65 99 91 3 www.raimondogarau.com
Il Valore Aggiunto Managed by two chic Italian sisters, this loft conversion opens onto a quintessentially Milanese courtyard and is full of seductive antique and modern furniture, lamps and decorative objects. It is more private lounge than dusty, over-crowded shop, and the vast selection of textiles could easily keep you busy shopping for the entire day
Via Mameli 3 +39 02 74 40 76 www.ilvaloreaggiunto.it
Azucena Founded in 1947 by mid-century architectural purveyors Ignazio Gardella and Luigi Caccia Dominioni, this sophisticated little shop carries re-editions of classic pieces from the ’50s and ’60s. Known for iconic pieces from crescent-shaped velvet side chairs to simple brass doorknobs that populate top Milanese homes, Azucena is a humble altar for some of Italy’s most coveted design objects.
Via Manzoni 23 +39 02 78 19 26 www.azucena.it
Fornasetti Fornasetti is stuffed with re-edition design objects from the surreal designer’s glittering mid-century career as well as newly designed items from his son Barnaba. There is pattern and product everywhere you look—from the swirling cloud wallpaper to the butterfly covered tables to the trompe l’oeil umbrella stands.
Corso Giacomo Matteotti 1/A +39 02 89 65 80 40 www.fornasetti.com