Essential destinations for design shopping in the city.
10 Corso Como
A unique and ever-expanding mix of selling spaces grouped around a beautiful courtyard in Corso Como's pedestrian area. Worth particular note are the Galleria Carla Sozzani, a book store stocking design books, boutiques, must-have luxury goods, a café and a restaurant. Open Mon-Tues-Fri-SatSun 10.30am-7.30pm; Wed-Thurs 10.30am-9pm. www.10corsocomo.com. Corso Como, 10. T: 02 653531. M2-M5 Garibaldi FS. Map F2
An “art factory” which offers utensils and accessories signed by some of the most renowned names in international design. Open Mon-Sun 10am-70pm. www.alessi.com. Via A. Manzoni, 14/16. T: 02 795726. M3 Montenapoleone. Map F4
In the many years since its lauch, Armani/Casa has established a pure, modern tradition where pragmatism becomes poetry. A precise aesthetic sense pervades every collection by Giorgio Armani. Open Mon-Sat 10am-19pm. www.armanicasa.com. Corso Venezia, 14. T: 02 76260230. M1 San Babila. Map G4
Located close to the historic Palazzo Poldi Pezzoli, the shop is given over entirely to lighting. Lamps and light systems boasting cutting-edge technology plus a design consultancy service. Open Mon 3pm-7pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7pm. www.artemide.com. Via A. Manzoni, 12. T: 02 778712201. M3 Montenapoleone. Map F4 ‘Alessini’ by ALESSI is a table set for children designed by Alessandro Mendini: a great way to introduce kids to the pleasures of dining.
Home furnishings, books, perfumes, candles, carpets and a sector dedicated to tropical plants. An exotic open space reconverted from a famous Milanese industrial factory but also a cultural centre hosting discussions on art, food, music and games. Open Mon-Sun 10.30am-7.30pm. www.cargomilano.it. Via A. Meucci, 43. T: 02 2722131. M2 Crescenzago. Off Map
An elegant, sophisticated space, located in the highly central Via Durini, for a brand that boasts over 80 years in the industry. Open Mon 2.30pm- 7pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7pm. www.cassina.com. Via Durini, 16. T: 02 76020745. M1 San Babila. Map G4
Christofle evokes innovative modern design and the elegance of times gone by with its beautifully crafted silver cutlery, tableware, crystal jewellery and gift objects. Open Mon 3pm-7pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7pm. www.christofle.com. Corso Venezia, 6. T: 02 781948. M1 San Babila. Map G4 Assembled on a leather-covered wooden base, the ‘Nardo’ wooden puzzle pieces by ARMANI/CASA are an invitation to recompose the brand’s logo.
A small shop, with a vaguely understated air, for one of Italy's legendary design brands. Open Mon 3pm-7pm; Tues-Sat 10am-1.30pm/2.30pm-7pm. www.danesemilano.com. Piazza San Nazaro in Brolo, 15. T: 02 58304150. M3 Missori, M3 Crocetta. Map F5
A cult store for the globally design-addicted offering furniture, objets d'art and accessories designed by some of the biggest names on the international design scene. Located in the heart of Milan, it is spread over an area of about 500 square meters on three levels and with a beautiful outdoor area. The store embodies the spirit of the Driade world: a 360-degree view on the world of living which combines poetry and rigor and translates them into a timeless, elegant, and joyful product. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm. www.driade.com. Via Borgogna, 8. T: 02 799957. M1 San Babila. Map G4
A domestic place integrated with the Boffi brand, where architecture, design and interior design are together in an innovative dimension, with the usual style. It cannot be seen from the street, but the inside experience – moving between the two levels of 1100 square metres in total, in the outside/inside connection – recalls the relationship with the city and its industriousness. Open Mon 10am-6pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7pm. www. depadova.com. Via Santa Cecilia, 7. T: 02 777201. M1 San Babila. Map G4
A hallmark symbol of design applied to lighting. Since the Sixties, it has offered elegant light collections resulting from collaboration with the best international designers. Open Mon 3pm-7pm; Tues- Sat 10am-7pm. www.flos.com. Corso Monforte, 9. T: 02 87011080. M1 San Babila. Map G4
Top designers, quality of manufacture and flexibility in product design, make Flou one of the world-leaders in bedroom systems. Open Mon 3pm-7pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7pm. www.flou.it. Viale Regina Margherita, 10/12. T: 02 654245. M3 Crocetta. Map H5
The protagonists of this Italian luxury lighting brand are its lamps, crafted mainly from steel and glass, based on an idea of discreet, functional elegance. Open TuesSat 10am-1pm/2pm-7pm. www.fontanaarte.it. Corso Monforte, 13. T: 02 871213872. Map G4
Galleria Rossana Orlandi
Opened in 2002 in a former tie Factory in the Magenta neighbor, it has been forecasting along the years new and upcoming designers and establishing the premise as one of the most revered platform for avant-garde Design and Lifestyle. The space is articulated in a not traditional way mixing together, showroom, a retail store, offices and a courtyard for events and meeting. Galleria Rossana Orlandi has also revolutionized the way to present design art pieces, showing them always in real ambiances. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm. www.rossanaorlandi. com. Via M. Bandello, 14/16. T: 02 4674471. M2 Sant'Ambrogio. Map D5
At the only Italian store of the British furnishing and design brand, in addition to contemporary items for the home, office and garden, customers can also find design accessories, padded furniture, lighting, decorations and fabrics. The store also houses Café Habitat, the ideal spot for a quick lunch break, with a view over the towers of CityLife. Open daily 9am-9pm. www.habitat-italia. com. CityLife Shopping District-Galleria Ferrieri 2. Viale Boezio. T: 02 4815411. M5 Tre Torri. Map C2
A large multi-space emporium selling sofas, bookshelves, fragrances, notebooks, lamps, kitchenware but also ethnic furniture and fashion accessories. Original, innovative home furnishings at affordable prices. Open Mon 1.30pm-7.30pm; Tues-Sun 10.30am-7.30pm. www.cargomilano.it. Piazza XXV Aprile, 12. T: 02 6241101. M2 Moscova, M2-M5 Garibaldi. Map F2
The most iconic pieces from the Kartell brand, plus a vast offer of furnishing accessories and colourful, whimsical lighting. Plastic becomes a star player thanks to this historical Italian brand which entrusts its creative process to a roster of internationally renowned designers. Open Mon 3pm-7pm; TuesSat 10am-7pm. www.kartell.com. Via F. Turati, 5. T: 02 6597916. M3 Turati. Map F3
Established with the idea of reviving the elegant notebooks used by artists and intellectuals, Moleskine now offers customers a full range of paper and other objects. Ranging from sketchbooks to bags, travel accessories and writing instruments, Moleskine is a brand that tells a story and creates connections to a heritage of art, literature, culture and photography. Several locations (CityLife Shopping District, Corso Vercelli, Porta Garibaldi FS, Central Station, Corso Buenos Aires). Open daily 10am-8pm. it.moleskine.com. Via Dante, 15. T: 02 89092219. M1 Cairoli. Map E4
A Milanese company of longstanding tradition, boasting over 80 years of experience in the production of high quality plastic materials. It offers a wide assortment of home and office equipment, original gift ideas and customized solutions. Delivers all over the world. Open Mon 3pm-7pm; Tues-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 10.30am-7pm. www.moronigomma.it. Corso G. Matteotti, 14. T: 02 796220. M1 San Babila. Map G4
Distinguished by its minimalist design and ecofriendly approach, this store is a part of the famous chain of “Made-in-Japan” furniture, clothing and high-tech items, with 3 stores in the city (via Torino, corso Buenos Aires, corso Vercelli). Muji's strategy is based on low-key design and functionalism at affordable prices. Open Mon 11.30am-8pm; TuesSat 10am-8pm; Sun 11am-7.30pm. www.muji.eu. Via Torino, 51. T: 02 809441. M1-M3 Duomo. • Open Sun and Mon 11am-7.30pm; Tues-Sat 10am8pm; Sun 10am-7.30pm. Corso Buenos Aires, 36. T: 02 74281169. M1 Lima. Map F5
The showroom is located in the courtyard of via Solferino 11 and hosts a tableware collection based on a youthful yet refined interpretation. The Paola C. collections of objects made using a variety of materials are created by Italian and foreign designers and artists under the art direction of Aldo Cibic. His items are also available at
(Tortona district), where you can buy vintage and contemporary design objects. The hall of the hotel is a real gallery of art. Open Mon-Fri 10am1pm/3pm-7pm. Saturday by appointment only. www.paolac.com. Via Solferino, 11. T: 02 862409. M2 Moscova. Map F3
Sawaya & Moroni
The showroom is located in a building late '800 with windows on the central via Manzoni and extends over three floors connected by a double flight of stairs. It offers furniture and, in particular, chairs, distinguished by an eclectic, ultra-contemporary style. The exhibition of the ground floor is a particular container that contrasts the modernity of the pieces of Sawaya&Moroni collection, designed by the most discussed figures and - at the same time - the most revered in the world of architecture and design. Open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm. www.sawayamoroni.com. Via A. Manzoni, 11. T: 02 86395218. M3 Montenapoleone. Map F4
The art of glassmaking. The new collections and the historic pieces of this brand founded in 1921 are showcased against a neutral, minimalist background. Via Montenapoleone, 10. Open Mon-Sat 10am-2pm/3pm-7pm. www.venini.com. T: 02 76000539. M1 San Babila. Map F4
Villeroy & Boch
The company boasts years of experience in the field of product design and interior design. Open Tues-Sat 10am-7pm. www.villeroy-boch.com. Via Montebello, 35. T: 02 65584928. M3 Turati. Map F3
Designed by Elisa Ossino, the new modular ‘Erei’ sofa becomes the focal point of any room. A unique piece that blends perfectly with all of DE PADOVA’s furnishing accessories.
VENINI’s new ‘Where Are My Glasses’ collection is based on an original idea by Ron Arad. Pictured here: ‘Under’ in the red shaded crystal version.