Salone del Mobile Milano – Design Week Milan

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A little something for us all to get excited for! From the 4th – 9th of April Milan is hosting its 56th annual Design Fair. With a mix between three sections, so that we aren’t all overwhelmed with by the immensity of the fair, Classic, Design and xLux. The latter will combine timeless luxury and contemporary components and was newly introduced last year. So whilst this artistic offering will be fully fledged and design focused, you must also think innovation and technology will be on display. At the fair you can visit talks and also the trend research room (which will be on the “Shared House, Co-Housing”).

So… as this impressive event pretty much speaks for itself, how about a few tips for places to visit to feed your eyes? It’s in Milan which already screams design, fashion and Italian craftsmanship so it is essential to go explore one of the worlds artistic epicenters!

First timers in Milan it goes without saying but you HAVE to visit the Duomo, no question, even if you do not go inside (queues!) this massive Gothic Cathedral is really one for the books that every design conscious creature must witness. Opposite the Duomo, is the Italian department store La Rinascente, (Winner of The World’s Best Department Store, 2016) and is currently collaborating with Milan Palazzo Reale to host a Keith Harring exhibit, until June 18th. The Pantone store in Milan is worth a visit too, particularly if minimalism is more your style.

10 Corso Como – opened in 1991 so its paid its dues and rightly so this really is the place, with stores in Seoul, New York and Shanghai to boot (now if that doesn’t say cool!). You enter through a quintessential Italian courtyard, on the ground floor there is the store and café and the Sozanni Gallery is located on the first floor.

Tearose – Yes to Flowers, Yes to Design, Yes to Shopping, Yes to Tea! All rolled into one perfect combination of a store set out over four floors. If the word femininity was explained by a boutique, it would be Tearose!

Nonsante Marras – This is a shabby chic boutique, which also encompasses a café filled with Sardinian desserts. It is styled with enveloping leather armchairs, ceramics, vintage books and antique furniture.

Villa Necchi Campiglio – A heritage museum in Milan, filled with art and impressive architecture built between 1932 -1935. The villa houses collections of artworks and was donated in 2001 and opened to the public in 2008.