Every year at Milan Design Week, contemporary design events take over venues across the city, from private homes to grand palazzos and forgotten spaces. This time out, much of the hype was focused around exhibitions staged in a series of historic Milanese residential interiors. Among the highlights was ‘Ladies & Gentlemen’, a collaboration between PS• and Secondome, at Via Cesare Correnti in the 5vie Art+Design district. Staged inside a grand apartment, each room was occupied by a different designer, exhibiting work that visually and physically interacted with the period fabric.
On Via Solferino in Brera, meanwhile, Dimore Studio’s exhibition surprised us with its colour-blocked interiors, atmospheric lighting and glamorous vintage furniture, contrasted with contemporary design pieces to create an inspiring, eclectic language.
But our favourite was Studiopepe’s 'The Visit' , housed on the third floor of a 19th century building on nearby Via Palermo. Key injections of colour, fabric and texture were juxtaposed against the apartment’s high ceilings, large windows and herringbone parquet floor. A succession of individual rooms followed the building’s original layout, meanwhile, subtly refined to create new spaces that respected the old, and occupied with carefully-chosen furniture pieces by the likes of Gio Ponti and Jean Prouvé.