Europe’s largest Design Museum is opening in Milan - Santalucia

Europe’s largest Design Museum is opening in Milan

12 November 2019

For those of you who, like us, love design, 2020 has something new to offer: the Compasso d’Oro ADI Design Museum, coming soon.
According to the official press release, this space will be home to a permanent exhibition displaying the objects that have won the award from 1954 through to the present day. It will also welcome thematic exhibitions, and provide meeting rooms and a space for public events.

It is set to be an important reference point for design and all related activities not only nationally but also internationally. Located in the former industrial part of Milan between Via Ceresio and Via Bramante, it covers some 5,135 square metres, of which 3,000 are to be occupied by the exhibition spaces.In addition to the museum, the centre will also include the offices of the ADI (Industrial Design Association) and the ADI Foundation, meeting rooms, a library, the ADI historical archives, a bookshop and a café.

The project took off in 2011 and has taken form over time, thanks to the hard work and cooperation of various authorities including the Milan city council, the regional administration in Lombardy, national government and the Compasso d’Oro Collection of the Italian ADI Foundation.

The museum project is based on a design by architects Ico Migliore, Mara Servetto and Italo Lupi, and is inspired by the idea of a “narrated museum”. This cultural centre will be open to the general public. You are invited to rediscover design by following interactive itineraries that use digital tools to put the visitor at the heart of the experience. The aim is also to use the museum as a place to train students from local schools.

Milan has again confirmed itself as the “City of Design”, firmly positioned at the centre of the Italian cultural scene. With all of its zeal on display, the city is tied particularly to the world of furniture and design.

While no official opening date has been released as yet, the Design Museum is definitely ready to wow us with a wealth of new input for 2020 (some sources suggest it will open in April). We at Santalucia Mobili are preparing with the same level of enthusiasm for another big event in Milan: the Salone del Mobile 2020 trade fair. We cannot reveal anything just yet, but we can assure you that you are guaranteed to see something new. Keep following us to find out more.

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