LUCA CIPELLETTI

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Mi­lan’s overnight trans­for­ma­tion has been a long time com­ing, and ar­chi­tect Luca Cipelletti (the de­signer of Martin’s Mi­lan show­room) knows this bet­ter than al­most any­one. Cipelletti is an Ital­ian anom­aly in many ways, a born-and-bred Mi­lanese who, in­stead of glo­ri­fy­ing its few ex­am­ples of Baroque or Ro­coco, is a devo­tee of the Bru­tal­ism and Mod­ernism that once earned it the ti­tle of Italy’s ‘ugly city’. In­ter­ested in pub­lic spa­ces “where art and ar­chi­tec­ture are in con­ver­sa­tion”, the ar­chi­tect has de­signed some of the more provoca­tive and ac­claimed spa­ces to open in the city in re­cent years. This in­cludes his reimag­in­ing of the new wing of Mi­lan’s Na­tional Mu­seum of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, where he con­verted sta­bles into a ver­sa­tile ex­hi­bi­tion space of ex­posed brick flooded with panels of ex­te­rior light. For some­one so adept at ex­hi­bi­tion de­sign, it fol­lows that Cipelletti’s own apart­ment has a mu­seum-like feel and has be­come some­thing of an ex­hi­bi­tion space it­self. The build­ing dates from the 1920s, with moulded ceil­ings, ex­quis­ite par­quetry floor­ing and glass-pan­elled in­ter­nal doors that were all pre­served from the orig­i­nal era.

clock­wise: Luca Cipelletti at Mi­lan’s Na­tional Mu­seum of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, where he con­verted sta­bles into ex­hi­bi­tion space. The Mu­seum of An­cient Art in Castello Sforzesco houses more than 400 art­works. Con­tem­po­rary art space Pirelli Han­garBic­occa. An­other piece in the Mu­seum of An­cient Art.

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