Milan Design Week 2021: must see (part 3)

And here we are with the third and last part of the Milan Design Week 2021 guide! (click here for the first part of the guide and here for the second!)

In this part I point out the most interesting events in the downtown area, between DuriniQuadrilateroMonforte, and some very interesting new locations off the beaten track!



Durini and Monforte are the streets of the great design and lighting showrooms so Milan Design Week is an excellent opportunity to come and visit them and see all the news! And you can’t miss a tour of Corso Venezia: the installations are made inside historic buildings usually closed to the public, a combination of art and design not to be missed!

1 – AQUAArtemest celebrates water with an exhibition of unpublished pieces inspired by the theme of water and handmade by Italian artisans. The exhibition will be in the central courtyard and in the atrium of the prestigious Senato Hotel in Milan: the court of the Senate is covered by a mirror of water, a tribute to the Naviglio Grande that in the past flowed in front of the building. The pieces are sold exclusively on Artemest.

Hotel Senato, Via Senato, 22, Milano



2 – Doppia Firma. Dialoghi tra pensiero progettuale e alto artigianato. An exhibition that involves designers from different European countries and Italian master craftsmen.

Palazzo Morando, via Sant’Andrea 6

3 – La casa fluidaThe Elle Decor exhibition-installation, with the set up by Elisa Ossino Studio, celebrates the metamorphosis of the post-pandemic domestic space.

Palazzo Bovara , Corso Venezia, 51

4 – Il Salotto di Milano. The rooms are cladded with the eco-sustainable Walldesign collection by Simone Guidarelli, created in collaboration with Officinarkitettura.

Corso Venezia 7

5 – Flos  celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Parentesi lamp, designed by Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzù in 1971, and presents the new Oplight lamp designed by Jasper Morrison.

Corso Monforte 9

6 – CC-Tapis. presents the 2021 novelties designed by Patricia Urquiola, Muller Van Severen and Edoardo Piermattei. Santo Stefano 10

7 –Amini Carpets. The showroom is renewed with the new RD Gris setting by Rodolfo Dordoni

via Borgogna 7, Milan

8 –Tom DixonDouble appointment: in his space The Manzoni with the Luminosity exhibition and in the Valextra boutique next door with the Black Light installation inspired by the archives of Gio Ponti, Ettore Sottsass and Achille Castiglioni.

via Manzoni 5


9 – Mythological Rennaissance. Luca Nichetto will animate the windows of the Hermès store, which has just reopened after the renovations. The store will now also feature home collections with furniture and porcelain. For the windows, Luca Nichetto drew inspiration from classical mythology, in line with this year’s theme of Hermès The Human Odyssey by Hermès.

via Montenapoleone 14




10 – Very Simple Kitchen Tekla Edition. From the collaboration with the Swedish designer Tekla Evelina Severin two entirely handmade and sustainable Made in Italy products were born, inspired by the exchange of cultures starting from a deep reflection on the history of Italian and Swedish architecture.

via della Chiusa 10, c/o Design Republic

11 – Interni Creative ConnectionsIn the cloisters and courtyards of the University of Milan, Interni organizes an exhibition event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the FuoriSalone, born in 1990: 30 installations and exhibitions curated by the most illustrious names in Italian and international design.

Via Festa del Perdono, 7



1 – ALCOVA. The location that I am most curious to see, a former Military Hospital now abandoned. Many designers will propose their installations. Do not miss the installation DE RERUM NATURAE by designer Gupica for Visionnaire

via Saint Bon 1, zona Inganni


2 – MOHD – Officina Milano. To inaugurate the new Officina Milano space, Mohd called Studiopepe. The studio designed the Collective Botanical exhibition, “an ideal ecosystem where each element contributes to the creation of a harmonic plurality, a space of dynamic equilibrium in which objects, nature and visitors meet in an exclusive dialogue”.

via Mauro Macchi 82.

3 – TEATRO ARCIMBOLDI. In my opinion one of the most interesting projects of this Salone. With “Forbidden to enter, The secret places where magic is born”, the dressing rooms of the Arcimboldi Theater will be reinterpreted by seventeen studios: Atelierzero, BDGS and Daniela Volpi, Calvi Ceschia Viganò Architetti Associati, DAP Studio, Enrico Scaramellini Architect, Francesco Rota Architettura , Galante Menichini Architetti, Gio Latis Studio, Lupettatelier, Monica Baio Nicola Quadri, NM Nick Maltese, Paolo Volpato and Caterina Steiner, Park Associati, RGA studio, Studio Cagnato, SenseLab, studio wok and KÄRLANDRÆ

Teatro Arcimboldi, viale dell’Innovazione 20



4- LOM – Locanda Officina Monumentale a brand new project by Andrea Borri, Michele Borri, Stefano Micelli and Alfredo Trotta will be a new space created to “favor and accelerate the concrete encounter between 4.0 technologies and the supply chain of small artisan businesses”. It is also an interesting urban recovery project.

Via Galileo Ferraris 1

5Michael Anastassiades’ personal exhibition at the ICA Foundation (Contemporary Institute for the Arts). Cheerfully Optimistic About the Future is the highly anticipated first Italian solo show by designer Michael Anastassiades, not to be missed.

Via Orobia, 26

6 – LaFeltrinelli Piazza Piemonte will be transformed into Interior D.200.The project, curated by Victor Vasilev, is inspired by the masterpieces of Dostoevskji to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Piazza Piemonte


I very much hope that these three guides can help you find your way around the myriad events of Milan Design Week 2021. The guides will be constantly updated, surely in my tours I will discover some gems to add to the lists! 


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