BIG reveals visuals of gateway building for Milan’s CityLife district

BIG has unveiled visuals of The Portico that will mark the entrance to CityLife, a district in Milan that has buildings deigned by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Arata Isozaki. Distinguished by its giant sweeping rooftop, The Portico will fill the final two plots of the residential and commercial development that is located on the site […]

Marcante-Testa uses marble to merge living spaces in Teorema Milanese apartment

Veiny slabs of green and grey marble help visually tie together living spaces within this Milan apartment, which has been overhauled by design studio Marcante-Testa. Previously described as a “typical bourgeois home”, Teorema Milanese has been redesigned by Turin-based Marcante-Testa to feature a rich mix of materials and colours. The studio was keen to maintain […]

Cc-tapis’ latest rugs are made to resemble Faye Toogood’s doodles

Scribbles and paint-like splotches appear on this range of rugs that designer Faye Toogood has created in collaboration with Cc-tapis, currently being presented within the brand’s new Milan showroom. The Doodles collection by Cc-tapis is comprised of six rugs, each crafted to resemble textural artworks that Faye Toogood has created over the past 18 months. […]

Marazzi designs Milan showroom as cabinet of curiosity

Dezeen promotion: Italian ceramics manufacturer Marazzi has opened a new showroom in Milan, which architects Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel have made to resemble a collector’s library. The Marazzi showroom is situated at the heart of the city’s Durini design district. It has been designed by Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel, who together run Milan-based […]

Untitled Architecture completes overhaul of attic apartment in Milan

A metal beam, cylindrical staircase and narrow partitions are the simple solutions that Untitled Architecture has used to configure this small apartment in Milan. Occupying the attic of a residential building, the apartment’s formerly dark and cramped interior has been rationalised by Untitled Architecture to feature just a couple of structural elements. “The project was […]

John Pawson completes gallery-style interiors for Milan’s Valextra store

Simple plaster surfaces and grey stone floors help create a gallery-like setting inside the Valextra store in Milan, which has been overhauled by British designer John Pawson. One of several high-end fashion boutiques on Via Manzoni, the Valextra store is designed by Pawson to merge “minimalism, clean elegance and restrained luxury”. “The space appears rigorous, monumental; […]

Tom Dixon’s The Manzoni is a restaurant where “everything is for sale”

Diners can shop from their table at The Manzoni, a new Milan restaurant by Tom Dixon that doubles as a furniture showroom and the designer’s European headquarters. The opening of The Manzoni follows Tom Dixon’s move last year from west London to the Coal Office in King’s Cross, where the brand’s main offices are situated, along with a […]

OMA and Laboratorio Permanente to transform two Milanese railway yards into “ecological filters”

OMA and Laboratorio Permanente’s Agenti Climatici masterplan will turn two abandoned goods yards in Milan into public parks to filter the city’s air and water pollution. The Agenti Climatic masterplan will see the transformation of the Scalo Farini and Scalo San Cristoforo railway yards on the outskirts of the Italian city. OMA and Laboratorio Permanente plan to turn the former […]

The Sister Hotel in Milan sits inside an ancient convent

A former nunnery in Milan‘s city centre is now home to The Sister Hotel, which creatives Samuele Savio, David Lopez Quincoces and Fanny Bauer Grung have completed with eclectic interiors. Occupying a 16th-century building that once served as a convent, The Sister Hotel has been decadently dressed with a mix of old and new furnishings […]

Delta Light’s Milan showroom designed to be “laboratory of ideas”

Delta Light‘s first Italian showroom in Milan will educate visitors on architectural lighting says the Belgian lighting brand’s manager for Italy Gianluca D’Avino in this movie produced by Dezeen. The showroom based in Milan’s Tortona district opened to the public during Milan design week. D’Avino told Dezeen that along with showcasing Delta Light products, the space […]

Kelly Jazvac presents “beautiful and horrific” plastiglomerate objects at Milan Triennale

Kelly Jazvac is showing pieces of plastiglomerate at the Milan Triennale, a “warning sign” material that is a mix of molten plastic debris and beach sediment. Plastiglomerate is the result of plastic litter melting and merging with the surrounding rocks, shells, sand and other debris to form a lumpen solid sediment flecked with colour. The rock-plastic hybrid […]

Formafantasma and Dzek create collection of volcanic-ash-glazed tiles

Amsterdam-based duo Formafantasma and architectural materials brand Dzek collected volcanic ash from Mount Etna in Italy to glaze this “totally 1970s” collection of surface tiles. Presented at Milan design week, which took place between 9 and 14 April, the ExCincere collection of volcanic ash-glazed porcelain tiles are rectangular and feature yellow-brown tones. “Generally we are never retro […]

Linda Tegg fills Jil Sander HQ in Milan with “spontaneous plants”

Australian artist Linda Tegg has created a living installation inside Jil Sander‘s headquarters in Milan, using plants gathered from around the city. Tegg worked alongside the fashion brand’s joint creative directors, Lucie and Luke Meier, to develop the Adjacent Fields installation, on show for the duration of Milan design week. The Melbourne-based artist explored some of Milan’s abandoned […]

Note Design Studio champions closed-loop sustainability with Formations installation

Note Design Studio has installed geometric totem poles inside a historic Milanese building to showcase the potential of Tarkett’s IQ Surface, a new material that can be continuously recycled. Located in Circolo Filologico for the duration of Milan design week, Formations is an exhibition of the latest product from vinyl flooring manufacturer Tarkett. IQ Surface is […]

Pezo von Ellrichshausen turns baroque palazzo upside down with “magic open box” installation

Chilean architecture duo Pezo von Ellrichshausen has installed a mirrored structure within Milan’s Palazzo Litta, creating disorientating reflections of its baroque architecture. Described by studio founders Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen as a “magic open box”, Echo Pavilion offers two types of reflection – some are the right way up, while the others are upside […]

Todd Bracher’s installation for Humanscale captures “essence of human movement”

Ergonomic office furniture brand Humanscale’s installation at Milan design week mimics the movements of its visitors, says its designer Todd Bracher in this movie filmed by Dezeen.  The New York designer has created an interactive light sculpture for the manufacturer of ergonomic workplace products. Entitled Bodies in Motion, the installation was designed by Bracher in collaboration with […]

Caffè Populaire is an “anti-digital” pop-up bistro that encourages you to put away your phone

Montreal design studio Lambert & Fils has worked with Milanese DWA Design Studio on a six-day pop-up cafe for Milan design week, with the aim of sparking dynamic conversations over food. Based in the Alcova exhibition, which launched at Milan design week last year, Caffè Populaire will host dinners throughout the week. Against the backdrop of the industrial venue […]

Alex Chinneck unzips a building in Milan’s Tortona district

British artist Alex Chinneck has unveiled an installation that sees an old Milanese building ripped open by giant zips. On show on Via Tortona for the duration of Milan design week, the installation sees one of the building’s 17-metre-wide facades peeling back, and also creates openings in its interior walls and floor. Chinneck created the work […]

Milan travel guide for architects and designers

This month the entire design community flocks to Milan for the biggest event in the industry calendar. Whether you’re visiting for the design week, or planning a separate trip, here’s a travel guide to the city’s best hotels, restaurants, cafes and shops. Photo by Michele Nastasi Cafe: Caffè Fernanda A 17th-century painting is aptly the […]

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