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The Invisible Collectionista must-dos during il Salone del Mobile


The Invisible Collectionista must-dos during il Salone del Mobile

It’s that time of the year when anyone who’s anyone in the world of design heads to Milano: bookings are made, meetings are set, and luggage is packed. Here are a few vital suggestions to enjoy (and survive) the five-day design-fest:


Viva l’Aperitivo!

First apologize to your liver and then just enjoy the unsurpassed variety of aperitivi shaken and stirred everywhere in the city. Forget not: Milano is the spiritual capital of a very special approach to cocktails. With that in mind, it’s with the attitude of the devoted pilgrim visiting a holy site that we will go to Bar Bassoand ask for a Negroni Sbagliato. This bar has been serving cocktails since 1947, and now proudly offers a selection of 500 – repeat five hundred! – highly creative drinks. The other bar we want to try is the brand new Cracco in Galleria: renowned chef Carlo Cracco has renovated an entire building inside the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with a different venue on each floor. If you’re lucky, after an aperitivo downstairs, you might even get a table at the restaurant on the first floor, or enjoy some wine tasting in their fantastic wine cellar. If that fails, just head to Dry, the best spot for cocktails & pizza.


Detox or not Detox?

Your liver did not accept the apologies… switch to plan B and get into detox-mode. Every joint in the city is now offering a healthy choice of drinks. We like V3Rawand its variety of cold pressed juices, and we like even better VitaminChic, kale juice kingdom! The bad news is they close at 6pm; the good news is that it leaves you enough time to get to Bar Bassofor the 7pm aperitivo.


Comfort Food

Apologize – again! – to your liver, and indulge yourself in some traditional cuisine: Risotto allo zafferano, Cotoletta alla Milanese, Ossobuco… in other words: everything that screams calories. Still, it’s delicious and irresistible. For those who love meat the go-to place is La Cantinetta, a very traditional trattoria who serves the best tagliata in town. We can’t resist checking out the brand new Aimo and Nadia BistRo: in the kitchen two stellar chefs, in the main room wallpaper and tapestry designed by Etro complimenting a selection of vintage furniture. If you are too busy and don’t want to sit down you can still get some delicious food at EAT Urban FoodTruck Festival, the real culinary experience during Salone…


Proud to be designers

Finally, the perfect excuse to sport our beloved Prada platforms! We are joining the Design Pride… yes, right now there are very few things we should be proud of, and design is definitely one of them! Full disclosure, this is only the third edition, and we don’t know how cool this parade in the 5VIE district is going to be. But, when you know that one of the organizers is none other than ToiletPaper’s creative team (Maurizio Cattelan anyone?) we can safely assume we will not regret it. There will be music, dancing and … sashaying! The meeting point is Piazza Castello at 6PM on the 18th.


Don’t stop ‘til you drop….

Can you hear the beat? That’s the sound of the disco queen inside you screaming and stomping to be let out… and out we go: after dark the clubbing starts, with pop-up clubs all over the city…. Too many to mention, but here is the full list…


…and then chill out

Two options to rest your feet: you either drop by Chez Nina, an ephemeral club staged by India Mahdavi inside Nilufar gallery, for a quiet moment of meditation (maybe not that quiet: everybody will be there) or you just go for the exclusive Opera Of The Soulmassage at the spa in the Mandarin Oriental…  On second thoughts: why choose when you can have both?



Chez Nina by India Mahdavi at Nilufar-Via Della Spiga 32


EAT Urban FoodTruck Festival-S. Ambrogio Design District, Via San Vittore

Aimo e Nadia BistRo-Via Bandello, 14


Bar Basso – Via Plinio, 39


Ristorante Cracco-Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II


Dry-Via Solferino, 33


La Cantinetta-Via Ripamonti, 19


3VRAW-Via Spallanzani angolo Regina Giovanna


VitaminChic-Via Fara, 12


Mandarin Oriental-Via Andegari, 9





Open Air – Design Week 2018 by NUL –Santambrogio Headquarter in Via San Vittore 49


Design Pride 2018 by Seletti – Piazza Affari


Polifonic Festival Preview: Dj Koze – Teatro Principe

Release Party #uvic: M¥SS KETA – Magazzini Generali

WhoMadeWho – Tunnel


Crew Love Showcase at Inhabits 2018 – Piazza Castello

Dixon + Yanik Park – VOLT

DOGS Design Week 2018 – Via Giovanni Cena

Modeselektion by Modeselektor  – Magazzini Generali

Marcel Dettmann all night long – Dude

Rollover: Red Axes – Apollo Club

Fatboy Slim – Fabrique


Le Cannibale meets Santeria with Erol Alkan | Design Week 2018 – Santeria

Radar Festival Launch Party w/ SOHN – Base

Macklemore Live – Fabrique

Agoria + Pisetzky – VOLT

Claptone – Armani Privē

Dimitri From Paris • Club Haus 80’s w/ Blue Marlin Ibiza – Club Hous 80’s

Desire Week: Complex Layers + Garden Re-opening – Macao

Design Week Clash! We Riddim vs RRRiot: Ramriddlz + Nan Kolè – Apollo

Selekta: Outlook Festival Official Milan Launch Party 2018 – Love



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