De­signed in Italy

In re­cent years, Milan has risen to be­come one of the world’s de­sign cap­i­tals—and 2016 her­alds the ex­cit­ing re­turn of the Milan tri­en­nale. this year’s theme is the 21st cen­tury: De­sign Af­ter De­sign. the show­case will be held from 21 Fe­bru­ary for three mon

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Prada’s mag­nif­i­cent cul­tural cen­tre, which was de­signed by renowned Dutch ar­chi­tect Rem Kool­haas and boasts a Wes An­der­son-de­signed cafe­te­ria, opened in May. It uses in­no­va­tive meth­ods to ex­plore themes in art, science, phi­los­o­phy, cin­ema, lit­er­a­ture and mu­sic. In An In­tro­duc­tion, which runs un­til Jan­uary 10, Miuccia Prada and art his­to­rian and cu­ra­tor Germano Ce­lant in­ter­twine el­e­ments of the artis­tic di­a­logue that led to the open­ing of the cen­tre. fon­dazioneprada.org

Villa nec­chi Lo­cated in the cen­tre of Milan, Villa Nec­chi was once the home of a wealthy fam­ily and is now the property of the Ital­ian Na­tional Trust. It was de­signed by lo­cal ar­chi­tect Piero Por­taluppi and built be­tween 1932 and 1935. It’s a win­dow on the fam­ily’s life­style and the de­sign trends of both the 1930s and the 1950s, when the house was ren­o­vated to in­clude some 19th-cen­tury de­sign el­e­ments. Guided tours take about 50 min­utes and start ev­ery half hour. case­museomi­lano.it

entratalibera Twenty-year in­te­rior de­sign vet­eran Bruno Rainaldi, who has worked with lead­ing Ital­ian fur­ni­ture com­pa­nies, opened this 8,500sqft space in cen­tral Milan to dis­play de­sign ob­jects and ex­pres­sions of con­tem­po­rary art that sug­gest new ways of liv­ing. Along with a pro­gramme of spe­cial events, it pro­vides a far-from-con­ven­tional point of view on life­style. entratalibera.mi.it

Spazio Ros­sana or­landi This is the place to go to check out the work of up-and-com­ing de­sign­ers from around the world and shop for con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture pieces. The for­mer fac­tory was turned into a cre­ative re­tail space in 2002, along with a gallery to show­case art and de­sign pieces. There’s also a charm­ing court­yard cafe dec­o­rated with an eclec­tic col­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture. rossanaor­landi.com

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