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Milan @ mdw24

issue #39: Exploration: milan @ mdw24

What remains of Milan Design Week after Milan Design Week? Memorable encounters, places to visit, links to read at your leisure, brands or designers to follow, galleries to keep an eye on, restaurants to try, graphics to archive as references, social profiles to incorporate into our visual research routine. This is what we at Caleido have done with this exploration: exploring far and wide across Milan (and its surroundings) to gather lasting inspirations.

Milan @ mdw24
Milan @ mdw24
[1/9] MEMORABLE PEOPLE: FINEMATERIA

We meet Gianluca Sigismondi and Stefano Bassan seated on a charming bench in Parco Trotter (Via Giacosa, Milano), near a turret that once served as the Ex Casa dell’Acqua (Water tower). The duo, aka @finemateria, aims to create intense ideas, emotions, and memories linked to materials, just as they have done with “Bagno Diurno”: their site-specific installation. The project celebrates body care and collective life by reinterpreting the Milanese tradition of nineteenth-century baths. The building, reopened for the occasion, becomes a new public space that allows reflection on the individual and collective relationship with the body, bringing gestures and rituals back to the center of well-being.

Milan @ mdw24
Milan @ mdw24
Milan @ mdw24

“Bagno Diurno” by @finemateria @studio.latte.studio. Ph. @filippoballico @gianbellomo @riccardodevecchi.photo

Sound and Performance: @martadelgrandi

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[2/9] MUST-VISIT PLACE: VILLA BAGATTI VALSECCHI

@villabagattivalsecchi in Varedo (a village reachable from Milan by train), opened by @alcova.milano – the travelling project co-founded by @valentinaciuffi  and @josephgrima – to host projects by designers, galleries, companies, and institutions in dialogue with extraordinary architectural works: an approach that has not changed for years, but which produces new and surprising results every year. Construction of the Villa began in 1882, on a 17th-century residence, by brothers Giuseppe and Fausto Bagatti Valsecchi, descendants of a noble Milanese family who moved to the country in 1523 to escape the plague. The style is eclectic, with elements of neo-Baroque and neo-Renaissance taste. The loggia at the top of the villa is made from the remains of the bell tower of the S. Erasmo convent in Milan.

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@alcova.milano in @villabagattivalsecchi. Ph. @piergiorgiosorgetti 

Milan @ mdw24

@alcova.milano in @villabagattivalsecchi. Ph. @piergiorgiosorgetti

Milan @ mdw24
[3/9] EXCITING SCOUTING BRAND: SUPAFORM

In one of the rooms of Villa Borsani in Varedo (@alcova.milano), we encounter the avant-garde office concept proposed by @supaform: a creative studio founded by the artist and designer @maxim_scherbakov. Positioned at the intersection of art and design, the studio constructs its avant-garde imaginary worlds with a visionary perspective, utilizing painting and 3D graphics as design methods through which it creates distinctive artistic and design pieces. “We intricately weave nostalgic references to architectural and design legacies with avant-garde ideas and unconventional solutions that resonate with contemporary essence,” they tell us.

Milan @ mdw24
Milan @ mdw24

@supaform at Villa Borsani @alcova.milano. Ph. @seandavidson

Milan @ mdw24
[4/9] CURATED TEMPORARY: UNNO GALLERY

We step into the temporary space of @unno.gallery: a Latin American contemporary art and collectible design gallery. The exhibition ‘Origen,’ – set up for the occasion in a temporary space on Via Palermo in Milan -showcases the latest works by American designer @markgrattan, alongside the new collections by @estudiopersona, @andrea_vargas_dieppa and @habitacion116. Unno is a platform specialized in Latin American pieces, whose aesthetic concept portrays the junction of strong poetic statements and profound life experiences with fresh ideas that constantly challenge the status quo and renew forms and materials.

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“Origen” by @unno.gallery. Ph. @alejandro_ramoroz

Milan @ mdw24
Milan @ mdw24
Milan @ mdw24

“Origen” by @unno.gallery. Ph. @alejandro_ramoroz

Milan @ mdw24
[5/9] COOL BRAND: RUBELLI

Among the various presences at design week of the @rubelli_group, the one that stands out is that as textile patner of “La Casa dentro”: the personal exhibition by @formafantasma [read our interview here], curated by @_albertosalvadorii at the @ica_milano, which constituted a delicate reflection around the idea of the home, explored as a physical space and as a complex set of human relationships and themes linked to personal identity and collective memory. Starting from memories linked to their childhood homes, populated by decorative elements and handmade objects, Formafantasma imposed a critical reading of the ideological dogmas inherited from Modernism, which identified rationality and sobriety as components to be promoted, as opposed to ornamental tensions. The ICA Milan Foundation’s investigations continue, discover the programme on the website.

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“La Casa Dentro” by @formafantasma at @ica_milano, curated by @_albertosalvadorii. Ph. @andrea_rossetti_archive

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[6/9] KALEIDOSCOPIC IDEAS: MIU MIU LITERARY CLUB

Taking inspiration from the tradition of European literary salons and artistic collectives, @miumiu organized its first “Literary Club” titled “Writing Life”. The event, presented as a program of roundtable discussions, readings, and performances curated by researcher and writer Olga Campofreda @thecoldfield at @circolofilologicomilanese – via Clerici 10, Milan – , allowed us to rediscover two great classics of Italian literature: “Una Donna” by Sibilla Aleramo (1906) and Quaderno proibito by Alba De Céspedes (1952). These books explore the power of writing as a creative medium through which women, over the centuries, have been able to express their ideas and desires, asserting their independence and leaving their reflections as a legacy to future generations. Among the names involved: Jhumpa Luhiri @lahirijhumpa, Sheila Heti @womeninclothes, @violadigrado, Selby Wynn Schwartz, Xiaolu Guo, @loustoppard, @miss_zing.

Milan @ mdw24
Milan @ mdw24

“Writing Life” by @miumiu. Ph. Valerio Nico @dawlissh.

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[7/9] EXTRAORDINARY OBJECT: ANALOGIA PROJECT

We visit Nilufar Depot – @nilufargallery the gallery by @ninayashar [read our interview here] in Viale Lancetti 34, Milan – and are captivated by @_andrea_mancuso marble table from @analogiaproject. Behind each piece of furniture lies a magnificent journey of transformation, hidden from the viewer’s eyes. Bringing the unknown to light, Andrea Mancuso presents his new exclusive solo exhibition rooted in the artistic concept of “Pentimenti”: a reflection on the creative process, where abstract lines and concepts take shape from a blank canvas, which in this case is marble.

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@_andrea_mancuso website

Milan @ mdw24
Milan @ mdw24
Milan @ mdw24

@_andrea_mancuso website

Milan @ mdw24
[8/9] UNFORGETTABLE EXHIBITION: RE/CREATION DI LASVIT

Known for expanding the boundaries of handcrafted glass, the Czech brand @lasvitdesign made an impact with “Re/Creation”: a monumental installation in molten glass aimed at redefining the relationship between glass and architecture. Aside from the site-specific installation, the theme explored by artistic director @maximvelcovsky will continue to be investigated in every expression of the brand.

Milan @ mdw24
Milan @ mdw24
Milan @ mdw24

Re/Creation at the Palazzo Isimbardi. The centerpiece “Porta” by @maximvelcovsky

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[9/9] FINE DINING: CIUMBIA BY DIMORE STUDIO

Dinner in the Brera area at the @trattoriadelciumbia (Via Fiori Chiari 32, Milan) designed by @dimorestudio. An authentic and consistent style, from the menu to the interiors, conceived by @emilianosalci and @brittmoranmilano with the aim of transforming tradition into the future. Inspired by the typical venues in Brera once frequented by representatives of Milan’s artistic avant-garde of the sixties, who gathered at the famous Bar Jamaica: Piero Manzoni, Nanda Vigo, Enrico Castellani. A conceptual vision that has driven them to reinterpret some of the most characteristic elements of those places, with references that extend to the eighties.

Milan @ mdw24
Milan @ mdw24

@trattoriadelciumbia by @dimorestudio

Milan @ mdw24

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