If you’re planning on visit Milan, then you need to follow this design guide that My Design Agenda prepare for you. From Salone del Mobile to the Milan Fashion Weeks and the HOMI Design Event, this Guide is your ultimate tool to discover what’s worth a visit in Milan and includes Top Events, Milan Design Week 2018, Fashion Week, Hotels and Places to Visit. Enjoy our Milan Design Guide!
The Salone Internazionale del Mobile or ISaloni is held concurrently with the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, the EuroCucina /FTK (Technology For the Kitchen) and the International Bathroom Exhibition. This event will also be held during the Milan Design Week or “Fuorisalone”.
Later in the year, Milan will host another major design event, the HOMI Milano. This event is held twice a year and the next showing will take place from the 14th to the 17th of September of 2018. This popular showcase event of home décor trends has been gaining popularity in Italy and in Europe and although it’s not as popular as ISaloni, it’s still considered a major design event with sections dedicated to every single aspect of house décor and accessories. That’s why you can’t miss it!
Hotels in Milan
Mandarin Oriental Milan
As one of the main cities of Italy and has one of the most popular Tourist Destinations of Europe, Milan has also a whole variety of luxury hotels for you to stay at. One of those is the Mandarin Oriental Milan. This hotel offers luxury accommodation a short walk from the fashionable Milan’s fashion boutiques. The property features a restaurant on-site with 2 Michelin stars and meeting facilities. Set in a complex of 5 connected 18th-century buildings, all rooms and suites are air-conditioned and designed by Antonio Citterio, modern décor, and taco floors. They offer views of the courtyard or the street, and some offer views of Milan’s Cathedral.
Park Hyatt Milan
The five-star luxury hotel Park Hyatt Milan is also an important part of the Hospitality Industry. This hotel is located in the heart of Milan’s financial and fashion district. Traced in a palatial classical building, the hotel is just a few steps away from Piazza del Duomo, Teatro alla Scala Opera House, and the Stock Exchange. It provides a series of luxurious accommodations that will delight any and every guest.
Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa
You can also stay at the Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa. This hotel looks like any of Milan’s modern office buildings: glassy windows, metal frame, business style. Just take a deep breath and walk inside. If the magnificent Murano glass chandelier doesn’t blow your mind, then the “I wanna wear a ballgown and traipse down this luscious marble staircase” will. Palazzo Parigi is neoclassical luxe with a French twist throughout its ten floors. Its vibe is cosmopolitan and stylish, shown off by its staff, a well-heeled team of polyglots straight from the runway. Location is key: Turn the corner, and you’re in the Fashion Quadrangle, the very epicenter of Milan’s finest.
Hotel Principe Di Savoia
One of the most iconic Hotels in Milan is the Hotel Principe Di Savoia. With a rooftop spa and spacious rooms with classic design and luxurious furnishings, Hotel Principe Di Savoia is located 100 meters from Milan’s Repubblica Metro and Railway Station. Rooms at Hotel Principe Di Savoia are decorated with traditional dark wood furnishings and luxurious fabrics. The spa has a sauna, a hammam and a pool with frescoes. Principe Di Savoia’s attentive staff can book tickets and provide a free limousine service to the city center.
BULGARI Hotel Milano
In terms of luxury and powerful hotels, we can also highlight the elegant and swanky Bulgari Hotel Milano. In terms of elegance, we can stand out the Armani Hotel Milano that is simply amazing and powerful. An elegance symbol of Milanese Hospitality Design.
Hotel Room Mate Giulia
Hotel Room Mate Giulia, located in the famous Piazza del Duomo has just the right balance of colors that are so pertinent to the Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. With 85 guest rooms, the hotel has furniture made-to-measure from Cassina, never leaving the works of various local artists.
Where to eat in Milan
Located on 5 Via Alessandro Manzoni, Tom Dixon’s first showroom and restaurant in Europe will be the center stage of the launch of three product ranges of the designer. The Manzoni space aims to offer a special occasion for shopping for its customers in Europe.
Carlo and Camilla
In Via Giuseppe Meda 24, Carlo and Camilla by Tanja Solci is the restaurant to stop by. Headed by Neapolitan chef Luca Pedata, the menu is changeable according to ingredients in season. An Italian restaurant that has the aura of the old fashioned Italian soul with all the novelties of the world of design.
On Via 28, you’ll find the right spot for a coffee break. Caffè Fernanda is the focal point in Pinacoteca di Brera art gallery, serving sweet cakes, coffee and evening cocktails. With astounding decor, this amazing place features, sweet teal blue walls, veiny marble walls, and furnishings by Italian brand Pedrali.
What to see in Milan
Besides Design Events and Luxury Hotels, Milan is also the home of centuries of history. To experience Art and History, you must pay a visit to some of the hundreds of museums, cathedrals, shops, gardens, historic places and art galleries of Milan. One of the top museums of Milan is the historical Castello Sforzesco. It’s in the Pinacoteca of this castle that you can find Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pieta, one of this legend top works of art!
At Milan, you can find a number of other museums, including a Museum of Ancient Art, a Museum of Musical Instruments and the Archeological Museum. You should also pay a visit to the Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum. If after seeing the last supper of DaVinci at the Santa Maria delle Grazie your desired to see Leonardo da Vinci’s art became even bigger, you should visit the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Technologia Leonardo da Vinci. Here you can find more of his original drawings and numerous models of his scientific innovations. Moreover, it has interactive labs, a submarine exhibit, and a section devoted to science for young children.
You can’t visit Milan without visiting the Duomo di Milano. It’s like visiting Paris without going to the Eiffel Tour or the Sacre Coeur. It is hard not to know anything about Duomo di Milano, not only because it is the fourth largest cathedral in the world, but mainly because it’s Milan’s main touristic and cultural attraction. Even though it was started in 14th century, the final touches were made during the reign of Napoleon. Through the centuries this church has been the scene of countless social cultural and religious events. It’s a place of history, religion, art and Italian power.
Gallery Palermo Uno
A contemporary design gallery in the heart of the Brera district is waiting for you. Gallery Palermo Uno by Sophie Wannenes is going to be open until July and the space itself will mesmerize you. Richly tones walls, antiques, and contemporary design blend together like no other.
Designed by the Milanese duo Cameranesi Pompili, SEM Showroom is young but shines bright like no other. Making its debut on Milan Design Week 2018, the showroom has all the right decor elements to be a success. Simple yet impressive “terracotta tile floors and swathes of colored Kvadrat fabric suspended from the ceiling, to serve as backdrops to collections on display. “
If you prefer to do some shopping, but still want to visit a historic place, then why not mix both in the same place? For that, you can do that if you visit the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It’s one of the most popular shopping destinations as well as one of the most beautiful galleries in the world. It was completed in 1867 and was meant to represent the union between the church and the state, after the revolution of 1848. Even though two days before the inauguration, designer Giuseppe Mangoni felt to his death from the top of the steel and glass roof, it didn’t affect its popularity at all.
If you are a football fan you simply can’t miss a football game of the two Top Clubs of Milan: AC Milan and Inter Milan. They play their home games at the San Siro, a stunning stadium that’s an architectural wonder.
So if you are planning a visit to Milan and are a design aficionado, then you should take some hints from this guide. We hope you enjoyed it.