Design, Brera Design District 2022 – Begin the tour at Palazzo Clerici [via Clerici 5, Map]. Here, Porsche debuts at Milan Design Week with The Art of Dreams immersive installation. Floral artist Ruby Barber explores the relationship between nature and technology with bouquets and drone performances. At the Circolo Filologico Milanese [Via Clerici 10, Map] Design Variations by MoscaPartners artist Olimpia Zagnoli created the site-specific installation Cariatidi Contemporanee. Architect Maria Laura Rossiello/Studio Irvine has redeveloped the existing BAR creating a contemporary space that respects the palace’s history.
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Knock the door at CASA LAGO [Via San Tommaso 6, Map] and visit a 400 sqm apartment showcasing the ultimate collections by Lago. In via dell’Orso 16 [Map], ECAL Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne presents its innovative teaching method with a book and an exhibition in collaboration with renowned publishing company Phaidon. On show also the result of a partnership with Yamaha. ECAL students created new types of music players to meet new requirements related to listening to music.
In the heart of Brera is the Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense, Italian fashion brand Prada hosts Prada [Frames], a multidisciplinary symposium curated by Formafantasma on the complex relationship between the natural environment and design [June 6-8 at – Via Brera 28, Map]. Cross the Brera Academy of Arts and visit the historic botanical orchard [Map]. Here, architecture firm Carlo Ratti Associati and Italo Rota use 500 meters of anti-bacterial copper pipe to create a path where people can discover multiple forms of sustainable energy and play with it.
Cheer and try unconventional ‘foam cocktails’ at the Inspired in Barcelona concept bar in Via della Madonnina 12 [Map]. On show also quirky design objects designed for eating, containing, cooking or showcasing the food.
In Via Pontaccio 8/A [Map], Moroso launches the Square collection of soft seats by American designer Jonathan Olivares in collaboration with Kvadrat. “Square Chair derives its formal language from the basic square unit that makes up the warp and weft of a woven textile. Enlarged and abstracted, the chair’s shape represents the textile used to make it: the chair is square on a micro and macro level. As textiles are some of the most flexible products, the chair is also conceived as an adaptable object”, says Olivares.
From there, walk to the nearby Brera Pavilion [Piazza Paolo VI-Via Cavalieri del Santo Sepolcro, Map] in the cloister of San Simpliciano. Here, the design platform EDIT Napoli showcases the winners of its award dedicated to rising talents. Discover the ultimate collections by New Zealand brand Resident as well as British brands CASE Furniture, Isokon Plus, SCP and Very Good & Proper. In Piazza Simpliciano [Map], Manerba presents its new office furniture collections, while luxury carpet manufacturer Tai Ping presents a floral collection by French designer Sam Baron.
In via Palermo 10 [Map], inside La Pelota Jai Alai and indoor sports center, Hermès presents its ultimate furniture collections – this year with a particular focus on textiles – under monumental water towers. British designer Lee Broom unveils six ethereal lighting collections inspired by Brutalist places of worship [Via Palermo 11, Map] on the other side of the street. At the end of the street, where Largo Treves square corners via Solferino, is a buzzy courtyard with the showrooms of Boffi, De Padova and Cor, the boutique of design label Paola C and the HQs and gallery of DimoreStudio [Map]. Discover Jean Nouvel-designed bathroom furniture collection at Agape’s showroom [Via Statuto 12, Map].
Make sure to walk along Corso Garibaldi [Map]. At the n.71, USM modular furniture takes over the historic bike-shop Rossignoli with a pink explosion [n. 71] and feel playful at Magis showroom [n. 77]. Joaquin Morodo presents his collection of NFTs blending art, fashion and design within a XVII century convent [n. 95].
At the end of Corso Garibaldi, kitchen company Valcucine presents its ultimate high-tech innovation with LEED technology. Walk a few minutes to via di Porta Tenaglia [Map], where you can find the showroom of innovative bathroom design company Antonio Lupi and the flagship store of Pianca & Partners.
At Milan’s Aquarium [Viale Gladio 2, Map], Italian lighting design company Stark presents an interactive installation bringing together two visions of time, scientific time and the time of human life as we perceive it. In via Manzoni 16 [Map], Cristina Celestino takes over the historic Fioraio Radaelli. The Florilegio exhibition reinterprets the spaces designed by Guglielmo Ulrich in 1945 with sustainable furniture to establish a fertile harmony between an idea of design and domesticated nature [Via Manzoni 16, Map].