Galleria Carla Sozzani
Fashion concept store Corso Como 10 may have lost its original lustre but it’s still home to Galleria Carla Sozzani which, 27 years on, remains true to its original ethos: to raise the profile of photography talent, both new and established. Black-and-white photography, montage and nudes from greats Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Annie Leibovitz and many others line the gallery’s stark white walls. Carla Sozzani, a former fashion editor, is the brains behind the enterprise and her refined tastes aren’t confined to art. Next to the gallery, the bookshop features new and classic publications on art, architecture, design, graphics and fashion. You’ll also find a fashion boutique and a leafy courtyard café on the premises.
Corso Como 10, 20154 (0039 02 653531; galleriacarlasozzani.org)
Spazio Rossana Orlandi
Occupying a former tie factory, Spazio Rosanna Orlandi remains a Milan secret owing to its slightly out-ofthe-way location and discreet entrance. After all these years of exploring, it is still my favourite gallery in Milan. It teems with life, from the buzzing courtyard café to the labyrinthine rooms in the 19,000ft design gallery filled to the brim with curios, objects and furniture – some functional, others just plain bonkers. The pièce de résistance is of course Rossana Orlandi herself, whom you might glimpse in the café or at Marta, the restaurant next door.
Via Matteo Bandello 14/16 (00 39 02 467 4471; rossanaorlandi.com)