Facade of Casa Galimberti, Milano

DESIGN is in the air! . . . and so is spring. It seems that spring brings not only the awakening of the vegetation in Milan with beautiful flowering trees and bushes, and budding trees but it brings the city to life again after a sleepy winter.

Even if you don’t know it, you will certainly see the change, especially next week as the city is “invaded” by the design aficionados of the world. Over 300,000 people are expected to arrive in Milan, so it will be very busy. The main attraction is of course the “Salone del Mobile” – Milan’s famous furniture fair which will take place officially on the Rho Fiera grounds. Apart from this site, the city will host pockets of design events in a series of areas of the town. The most famous area, which started more than 10 years ago is the TORTONA design area. just over the bridge from the Porta Genova station. Other areas of the city to see are: the LAMBRATE area, the BRERA/GARIBALDI area, the BOVISA area around the Politecnico University, the city center between DUOMO/SAN BABILA, the PORTA ROMANA area and the new PORTA VENEZIA area.

This newly added circuit brings together the contemporary aspects of design and art with the architectonic and decorative heritage of the Art Dèco period called “Liberty” in Italy. Rich in period architecture, this area can juxtapose showrooms, shops and companies that show the latest design and art news with the architectural elements of the buildings with a focus on the Art Dèco style.

Whether you are a design “professional” or not, you will be delighted to see the new trends in furniture, lighting, kitchens, and accessories presented in the various showrooms and other “temporary” exhibit spaces throughout the city. Gaze at the new technological products hosted in the many historical settings of the city and if you like the Art Dèco style, don’t miss the magnificent details of the wrought iron balconies, the mosaics and the colored glass.

Something else is growing and blossoming in Milan – the Porta Nuova area. The other day, in occasion of the planting of the first tree on the “BOSCO VERTICALE” (Vertical Forest) designed by Studio Boeri, we were invited to the construction site to see the first apartment and a special contemporary art exhibit organized by Flash Art on the 22nd floor. (see blog enry - April 10, 2012)

The idea behind the Bosco Verticale is to contribute to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city. This first example of a Bosco Verticale is composed of two residential towers of 110 and 76 meters high. When completed, they will host 900 trees, a wide range of shrubs and floral plants. The Bosco Verticale is a system that optimizes, recuperates and produces energy. It aids in the creation of a microclimate and in filtering the dust particles contained in the urban environment. The diversity of the plants and their characteristics produce humidity, absorb CO2 and dust particles, producing oxygen and protect from radiation and acoustic pollution, improving the quality of living spaces and saving energy. Plant irrigation will be produced to great extent through the filtering and reuse of the grey waters produced by the building.

Here is a photo of the first tree planted on a terrace on the 3rd floor.

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This temporary restaurant, perched on the rooftop of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Piazza Duomo in Milan is going to be closed soon. If you are willing to spend a pretty penny for an “exclusive” lunch or dinner in a tiny restaurant perched high above the square, then make your reservations now!

The dinning experience is due to close on April 26th, 2012.

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FARE LUME - Candles between Art & Design

This is a great opportunity to visit the fine family art collection of the Poldi Pezzoli’s along with this modern exhibition dedicated to “Making light” (FARE LUME).
The exhibition was curated by Beppe Finessi and promoted by the lighting company Foscarini. More than 50 design objects (candles and chandeliers) are displayed in three different rooms of the museum.

Via Manzoni 12, Milano
until May 21, 2012
open from 10 am - 6 pm
closed on Tuesdays


Have you been to PAC - the Pavilion of Contemporary Art in Via Palestro 14, just in front of the Public Gardens? The current exhibit is an interactive one in which the public can become part of the exhibit themselves.

Marina Abramovic’ is present in another of her observations on human behavior and the body. If you are willing to dedicate 2 hours of your time, go and be a part of the exhibit.

Let us know your thoughts on the experience!

(see blog entry April 10, 2012)


Tiziano was one of the first Italian artists to experiment with adding natural landscapes in his paintings. This exhibition is a collection of 50 paintings by the artist focused on the landscapes he paints in the background of his masterpieces.

The Palazzo Reale, just to the side of the Duomo Cathedral, offers a rich calendar of exhibits throughout the year, so try to make the effort to visit these impressive exhibits.

Need a coffee break? Stop at the new coffee shop and bar called Caffè Giacomo on the ground floor where you can relax in a “retro” atmosphere, while sipping your cappuccino and browsing the web on their WIFI connection.


The Triennale di Milano is opening their 5th “Grand” exhibit in the Permanent Design Collection area. This time the focus is on Italian Graphic Design. Italy is rich in graphic design history and as technology has evolved over the years, so have the elements of graphic design.

While at the Triennale, take a look at the other exhibits as well as visit the design library and archives in the basement. The bookshop is a great place to browse for books and magazines on art, architecture, design and graphics or to pick up a creative gift.

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The My-Milano Team has been traveling on short weekend trips to bring you the most exciting places to visit just a few hours from Milan.


As you know, during the month of October 2011 due to unusual heavy rains, the area of Italy along the Ligurian coast, from Genoa both east and west, was severely damaged by flooding and mud landslides.

The Cinque Terre is one of the Unesco World Heritage sites and is also a national park. The residents of the Cinque Terre along with volunteers have worked for months since that disaster and are hoping that this tragic event will not slow down tourism to this area in the coming months. Give them a hand by visiting the area and promoting tourism to this “one of a kind” jewel on the sea.

The “5 lands” is composed of 5 small villages (from north to south) Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia and Riomaggiore. Whichever way you visit them, north to south or south to north, by sea or by train or on foot hiking from one village to the next, they are sure to impress you.

Let’s help the villagers get back on their feet by bringing in tourists. There are a variety of hotels, B&B’s and small apartments to rent, but it is advisable to book ahead.

The Cinque Terre represent one of the best preserved natural and semi-natural areas of the Mediterranean; this is mainly due to historical and geomorphologic reasons which have forbidden excessive housing development and the creation of major roadways. Automobile traffic is limited to the first and last village only, and not between the towns. Human activity and especially viticulture, have contributed to create a unique landscape in which development of the typical stonewalls and terraces along the slopes of the hills.

You must try their local white wine. You can “taste” the sun and sea in it!

Looking forward to hearing from you!