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The Ultimate Guide to Milan Design Week

The best parties and design-centric resources right this way.

Following last year’s success, we’re starting Salone celebrations a night early with an exclusive garden party at the Bulgari Hotel. Join us, and party co-hosts Kneedler Fauchère, for a relaxed evening in a spectacular location. The five-star hotel is situated on a private street just steps from Teatro alla Scala and Pinacoteca di Brera, and is set within an 18th century palazzo. Inside, it features the work of renowned architect and Flexform collection designer Antonio Citterio. Outside, the large garden abuts the Brera Botanical Garden—an oasis that has somehow remained something of a secret. The entire setting—the hotel and its terraced garden—is must-see for any design enthusiast. You’ll immediately see why it’s our dream venue. There’s still time to join us! Below are a few photos from our 2018 event.

From top: Guests arrive at the Bulgari Hotel party; it’s not a party without bubbly; Ginna Christensen of CG Collaborative, Gina DeWitt of Kneedler Fauchère, and designer Rodrigo Vargas; the sweetest of small bites; the hotel’s bar overlooks the terraced garden

Your Guide to the Best of Milan

To help our guests and fellow Salone-goers, we’re sharing a few of our favorite destinations for design lovers. Below are three gorgeous recommendations from La Double J. Milan Insider’s Guide, plus additional links to more best-of city lists. While you’re planning, why not download a couple of GPS-enabled walking tour apps? We like Cities Talking and GPSmyCity.

Palazzo Clerici, Via Clerici, 5

To ogle the best ceiling frescoes in town, swing into this magnificent 18th-century palazzo that sits quietly on a narrow cobble-stone street in the city center. Painted by Tiepolo in 1740, the trompe l’oeil effects on the ceilings are totally mesmerizing.

Villa Necchi, Via Mozart, 14

Although every design lover in the world is overly-acquainted with 1920s home museum, thanks to the movie “I am Love,” we would feel remiss not to include it. Come see what a classic Milanese residence- designed by the quintessential Milanese architect Piero Porta Lupi– looks like in its buttercup yellow flesh. The green veranda room, with its steel sliding doors and glass walled planters, is alone worth the trip.

Museo del Design, Via Giosuè Borsi 9

As with many of Milan’s prized destinations, this temple of design requires a schlepp that will be duly rewarded. A total of 100 iconic design pieces from Italian and international masters tell the story of the last century, with important works from such icons as Achille Castiglioni, Arne Jacobsen and Charles Eames, and spanning movements from Art Nouveau to Memphis and Bauhaus.

More Great Guides to the City

Curbed’s Design Lovers Milan

BDE’s 2019 Salone Restaurant Guide

Goop Milan

Wallpaper magazine’s Top Milan Restaurants

Camron Milan Pack 2019

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