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Bottega Ghianda, 9 via Formentini, Milan, Italy

| Designbest editorial staff


ottega Ghianda is a traditional joinery tucked away in the Brera district, Milan, a stone’s throw away from San Carpoforo square. In fact, a couple of days ago, Bottega Ghianda, an iconic joinery renowned all around Italy, opened its new store.

Set up in 1889 by Iginio Ghianda, Bottega Ghianda has built a solid reputation for bringing together an ancient craft with top names in contemporary architecture and interior design like Gae Aulenti, Cini Boeri, the Castiglioni brothers and Michele De Lucchi. Michele De Lucchi, the brand’s creative director, also designed the 90 sqm store in via Formentini.

Bottega Ghianda has two store fronts lit with mood lighting; this lets passersby catch a glimpse of a minimalist interior with grey walls and light parquet flooring. The perfect backdrop for displaying Bottega Ghianda’s dramatic pieces.

Trays, writing desks and coffee tables take centre stage. Light captures the sophisticated beauty of these handmade pieces, which look like real works of art. This space feels like an art gallery or an exclusive boutique with small objects, pieces of furniture and stylish accessories, made from different types of wood.

Entirely handmade, each piece is a bespoke design and its velvety surface makes us want to touch everything on display. This ancient tradition fills the space with the sweet scent of times gone by.

Plus, the vibe of the surrounding Brera district is what adds the finishing touch. Bottega Ghianda is the perfect place to look for your Christmas presents, or simply to stop for a second to learn about this ancient tradition.


Where: Bottega Ghianda, 9 via Formentini, Milan, Italy


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