olé Italian Design Label’s new flagship store is housed in a period building, right in the heart of Milan. Lunched during the 2011 Salone del Mobile, Milan, Colé Italian Design Label was set up by Matteo De Ponti and Laura Macagno.
An air of clean-cut sophistication fills the space. The Colé showroom is a magical world, a place where warm materials and exotic colours meet, and where visitors go back in time, looking at Scandinavian design, the Bauhaus movement and the fifties.
The store is warm and rich in history: iconic seating like Tria and Vienna, flagship products like the Aline chest of drawers and the Sushi Kart trolley, plus the building itself constructed in 1870 by architect Paolo Ortelli (who taught drawing at the Brera academy). Here, every single detail enhances personal memory and creativity.
Years ago, various illustrious artists, the calibre of Lucio Fontana, Medardo Rosso and Marcello Nizzoli, used to exhibit on the north side of the building. Nowadays, it shines a light on Colé’s magical world with a mesmerizing selection of pieces in constant rotation.
Alongside the brand’s most popular products, we have its latest designs, which we’ve just seen at the 2017 Salone del Mobile, Milan. We couldn’t hold back any longer, so we went in to take a look. Here, we were drawn to the Libra shelf, which brings to mind old leather book straps. And what about the Bokken Chair? The Bokken Chair was inspired by Japanese swords traditionally used for Aikido and Kendo. This piece is really unique, especially if you take into account the juxtaposition of the timber and its colourful back.
This is what’s caught our eye: coffee tables fitted with several shelves, armchairs in optical patterns, desks in clean lines and two-tone sideboards, as well as the new Badmington Chair, inspired by traditional armchairs in metal and woven rope. One thing is clear, pieces by Colé Italian Design Label have a real handmade quality, inspired by the past. Plus, a homely vibe fills the air; this is what makes Italian style truly timeless.
Where: 3 via Rossini, Milan, Italy