e saw it first during last year’s Salone del Mobile at Palazzo Mezzanotte (headquarters of the Italian stock exchange). And now, the Museo del Design 1880-1980 has reopened in Milan in via Borsi 9, in the vibrant Navigli neighborhood. Museo del Design 1880-1980 was established by the newly created Musei Italiani association, which, after their latest April success, once again, shines a spotlight on the works of some of the most renowned Italian artists and designers. This is possibly one of the most important design collections in Europe.
Developed from an original concept by founder Raffaello Biagetti, Museo del Design 1880-1980 is now sponsored by Expo in Città, the city of Milan and the Lombardy region. This year’s exhibition, an Extraordinary Journey, takes us through 100 years of contemporary design with well-known names like: Joseph Hoffman, Gio Ponti, Arne Jacobsen, Achille e Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Gae Aulenti, Antonì Gaudì, Gaetano Pesce, Ettore Sottsass, Vico Magistretti, Bruno Munari and many more besides… And these are the same names, which fill the rest of the space and indeed the stage of this “theatre-museum”. Chairs, tables, furniture and decorations, which come together in intertwining stories and anectodotes; this is what makes up the history of design.
This is a real gem; a story, which, until now, was scattered around the world and described in many books. And now, it has a home for life in its new location in the Milan Design Districtit. We are ready to start our journey through time. In fact, the tour starts with the Art Nouveau design movement, passing through the Viennese school, the Bauhaus, the Fifties with works by French, Scandinavian and American designers, to then reach the Italian economic boom of the Sixties.
At the end of this exhibition: none other than radicalism and Alchimia and Mephis modern art and design movements. Indeed, these last movements have revolutionized international design, leading us to the new aesthetic and functional principles of today.
The location is clearly something not to be missed. Without fail, there’s even a store with many designer pieces and many unmissable events; all this to help you develop your creativity.
MUSEO DEL DESIGN 1880-1980
An Extraordinary Journey
Via Borsi, 9