Milan City Break part 2  – Design

So this is Milan City Break part 2 (to read part 1 click here).

Part 1 was more like about the city and the architecture of Milan city. Part 2 is going to be a bit more focused on  the details and the design.

One of the best places to visit if you are interested in design  is 10 Corso Como.

10 Corso Como is an amazing design shop and cafe – restaurant. It is like a hidden paradise, an oasis in an urban jungle. The entrance on the street is very simple and it does not indicate what you are going to see inside. After we found the entrance, we walked through a dark corridor. Then we saw the green atrium full of beautiful scents and birds chirping.

On the ground floor you will find the cafe – restaurant and the clothing store. What impressed me was not just the design in clothes, shoes, accessories. But the design of the whole store. You can see amazing chandeliers and lighting, but also very beautiful display units and dividers.

You can also find some amazing furniture pieces which you could usually see in museums.

Attica by Studio 65, (Franco Audrito and Piero Gatti)

The design store is located on the top floor of the building.

In the photograph below you can see the staircase which leads to the design store. This sculpture, piece of art, visually connects all the different levels.

The design shop.

On the top floor in the design store, you can find many amazing things.

Like for example, books but not only that! You can find these amazing marble jars. You couldn’t buy them from any convenience or a department store.

Lorenza Bozzoli, marble jars

Here is another example of “museum” objects. These are called Memphis by Ettore Sottsass.  The Lamp on the background is the one that you’ll find in the Stedelijk Museum. (see my post about the Stedelijk Museum here).  The difference between a museum and corso como is that at 10 Corso Como you can actually buy all these pieces of art.

Memphis by Ettore Sottsass

Another example of buy – able  pieces of art are these animal like objects. Called “The Pop Will Eat Himself” by Massimo Giacon.

The Pop Will Eat Himself by Massimo Giacon

Lastly, the one unique object that I would really love to buy is this cloudy shaped light. It’s called “Tutti Designers” and it’s by the one and only Michaelangelo Pistoletto. He is one of the most interesting  artists living today and my favorite.

“Tutti Designers” wall light, designed by Michelangelo Pistoletto

This was the 10 Corso Como design store. Again, if you are interested in design is a must place to visit. And even if you are not interested in design. It is an amazing place to have lunch, or just coffee or tea.

Anyway, Milan is the capital of design. Every corner, every street, everything has some sort of design applied to them.

The photo below is from the Artemide store in Milan. I think the lighting and sofas are a huge design thing in Milan.

Ameluna, Artemide and Mercedez-Benz

Skydro by Ross Lovegrove

La Rinascente Milano

La Rinascente Milano is an amazing department store, like House of Fraser, Debenhams, John Lewis, Selfridges etc. The big difference is that La Rinascente actually sells things for the house which are from huge names like Tom Dixon, Kartell etc.

By Seletti



Another multi – storey store full of  amazing designs by Fornasetti. For some strange reason you are not allowed to take pictures. Even if in the beginning they allowed me to take some photos when we went on the upper floors they didn’t allow me to photograph anything. Anyway the shop in simply amazing. If you would like to see how the shop looks like, you can search on Instagram. A lot of people have uploaded hundreds of photos.

This dome was one of my favourite pieces. It’s like a micro –  urban – o – graphy of a city with an irony hidden behind the glass.

Milan City Design

As I said Milan is the capital of Design. Fashion Design, Interior Design, Furniture Design, Architecture and Jewelry Design.  You can walk in the old part of the city and you can find some true gems of design.

And last but not least, the amazing Facade design at the Maison Margiela Store in Milan.

I am going to post 2 more parts. So stay tuned as amazing things will follow…


‘Till then, have fun!