Design gets ‘enchanted’ by the estates of the past. Palazzo Serbelloni, Palazzo Crespi, Palazzo Bocconi: these are a few of the Milanese gems of neoclassical architecture where contemporary design decided to offer the audience of the FuoriSalone its new developments (including experiments in progress). A fascinating voyage through venerable homes, usually closed to visitors, where past and present interact and contaminate each other.
Let’s start with Palazzo Serbelloni, one of the first patrician estates built on the elegant ‘avenue of carriages’ – as Corso Venezia was called by the nobles of Milan – where Caesarstone explored the quality and versatility of quartz surfaces. Including a new collection of planters based on an innovative process of experimental workmanship, joined by the playful installation ‘Swing’ composed of eight swings (the seats offer a preview of the new materials of the 2015 collection).
A few meters away there is the home of Airbnb, the leading portal for the sharing of private apartments, which transformed the historic Palazzo Crespi into an exceptional abode where 19 international creative talents explored the various ways to welcome guests (silver, precious ceramics, masterpieces by Canaletto).
In another exceptional palazzo, a special home was on stage: the ‘portable’ house imagined in 1934 by Charlotte Perriand and produced by Louis Vuitton, which in the inner spaces of the palace Bocconi presented its new ‘Nomadic Objects’ between design and fine crafts. The voyage continued in the spaces of the elegant showrooms where design Made in Italy is right at home.
by Laura Ragazzola – photos by David Zanardi