Experience authentic design in the ME Milan Il Duca.
Milan has become one of the coolest cities in Europe, and its cultural events in the worlds of fashion, architecture and design take up a spot in ever yone's diar y.The ME Milan Il Duca hotel continues to be the ideal base, as well as a continuation of these events and a fantastic place to make new contacts.
Milan has been transforming over the past few years—a truly exceptional feat for a European city. This momentum began with the Expo 2015, and continues today through significant, forward-looking development programmes.
The fields of design and architecture are two of the most visible and important driving forces behind this transformation. Architects like Stefano Boeri and Michele De Lucchi, along with those from outside of Italy like Herzog & de Meuron, Rem Koolhaas and Chipperfield, have created endowments and constructed new museums, concert halls, houses and office buildings that have transformed the very core of the city, even extending to its skyline.
Without question, the city continues to be one of the international capitals of fashion and, consequently, of design. Little by little, it’s becoming a magnet for contemporary art, with new galleries, exhibition centres like the HangarBiccoca and foundations such as the Fondazione Prada sprouting up around the city.
The cultural calendar covers the entire year, and can even be a little overwhelming. In recent years, the levels of tourism related to shopping and culture in the city have doubled. Visitors are drawn to new and evolving culinary ventures, classical music at La Scala and other prestigious institutions and the city ’s fundamental pillars: its fashion weeks and the Salone fair, dedicated to interior design, furniture and lighting.
ME MILAN IL DUCA, A CENTRE OF OPERATIONS
The Me Milan Il Duca is a local point of reference, having established itself as a kind of launch pad in Milan. Here you can remain immersed in the world of design as you plan out your schedule, and its exceptional location makes it easy to access all the city ’s events.
Its location in the Piazza della Repubblica, next to the Brera neighbourhood, is within walking distance of all the central spots. The views from the rooftop terrace are spectacular. Enjoy Milan’s best cocktails at the Radio Rooftop Bar, and admire the city ’s new architectural style in the nearby Garibaldi district.
The hotel first opened as a result of the Expo 2015, and soon became a local institution as well as an icon of architecture and design. Alvaro Sans, who carried out the remodelling, proposed a project that honoured the original design, which was the work of the great Italian architect Aldo Rossi.
Rossi, born in 1931, won a Pritzker Prize in 1990 for his influential career in architecture. Often described as ‘a poet who also happens to be an architect’, Rossi was also an industrial designer who developed interesting pieces of furniture for Artémide and Molteni & C.
Since opening, the hotel has been likened to a veritable museum of the history of Italian design. Each floor is dedicated to a designer and features some of their pieces; examples include Aldo Rossi, Gio Ponti, Caccia Dominioni, Achille
Castiglioni, Franco Albini, Ignazio Gardella, Vico Magistretti, Joe Colombo, Marco Zanuso and Guglielmo Ulrich.
Today, design is related to life experiences, and the creation and planning of new ways to encounter spaces. In this sense, the ME Milan Il Duca is a revolutionary institution. For those determined to experience Milan’s events to the fullest, the hotel offers a pleasantly surprising haven of peace. An Aura Manager is tasked with ensuring the rest and relaxation of all guests. Through different initiatives, the space promotes various ways to relax and unwind, which gives you an idea of the importance the hotel places on well-being.
‘It’s a much-needed, serene outlook on the experience, with the hectic pace of events and the many circuits of business, cultural and commercial activities that Milan hosts throughout the year ’, says Francesco Costa, Aura Manager at the ME Milan Il Duca.
The international press has described the ME Milan Il Duca as a new way to experience luxury; the design magazine Wallpaper has called it ‘a new luxury design and architecture lifestyle hotel in Milan’.
One of the hotel’s crowning moments was its collaboration with the Salone del Mobile, currently the most important event in the world of design, in April of this year. Salone 2018 demonstrated the fair ’s continued growth; the event now encompasses the fair at Rho, several exhibitions at venues across the city, the Fuorisalone circuit and the various streets and districts that join the effort each year. The press exalted the event; from April 17th to 22nd,
Milan saw an influx of 434,509 visitors from 188 countries. This was a 26% increase compared to last year ’s fair.
At the 57th edition of the Salone del Mobile di Milano, Claudio Luti—in his new role as president—shocked the crowd by sharing a statement of intentions in the form of a manifesto for good design. This year ’s bottom line indicates the objective and intention for next year ’s event: to place the utmost importance on the quality and diversity of all proposals, especially those related to innovation.
SALONE AT THE ME MILAN IL DUCA
One of the most alluring attractions of Fuorisalone is the Rossana Orlandi Studio, which over the years has become an essential place to visit in Milan. In this edition of the Salone, the hotel’s gallery and shop expanded into a neighbouring garden, where talks and meetings between designers took place, along with another novelty: the extension of their exhibitions in the ME Milan Il Duca hotel’s common areas. The exhibition was curated by Rossana Orlandi herself. 'Design in Design' was a project promoted by the hotel to display works by artists and designers such as Fernando Mastrangelo, Nacho Carbonell, the Von Pelt atelier, Christel Sadde, Uufie, Sé Collection, Damiano Spelta, Germans Ermičs and the Matt Gagnon Studio.
From the lobby’s bar to the library and the Il Giardino del Duca restaurant with its terrace, the ME Milan Il Duca’s guests and visitors were taken on an extraordinary journey through stunning pieces created by some of the most brilliant figures in the modern world of design. This exceptional collaboration with the ME Milan Il Duca offered hotel guests and visitors an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy, up close and personal, the works selected by the indisputable leader of Italian design, Rossana Orlandi. Along with Meliá’s ME Il Duca, she epitomises the new vision of Milan in which creativity knows no bounds.
This public success and critical acclaim has only strengthened the commitment and mission of ME by Meliá in Milan: to support excellence, international talent and new arrivals in the world of design.
On the right, above, views of the RadioRooftop Milan from the hotel’s tenth floor. Below, lobbydecor. On the opposite page, morear t from the lobby and STK Milan, a cross between a steakhouseand an elegant lounge with a DJ.
The entire hotel boasts an atmosphere of ar t and design. Below, the Interconnecting Chic Suite, 90m², offers the perfect mix of glamour and elegance. On the opposite page,the hotel’s signature furniture design details,and the reception.
This year, the ME Milan transformed into an extension of the Salone del Mobile di Milano exhibition.The prestigious Rossana Orlandi studio organised ar t showings at the hotel.