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The new Fondazione Prada tower Milan

The new Fondazione Prada tower_Milan

The new Fondazione Prada tower Milan When in Milan for our annual visit to the Salone di Mobile, it’s always good to spare some time for a quick (or long) visit to the always interesting Fondazione Prada. This year we absolutely wanted to check out the brand new tower designed by OMA.  The ‘tower’ pré-opened the 20th of April 2018 with a real über-VIP evening with all star artists like Damien Hirst, Carsten Höller, Francesco Vezzoli, and Luc Tuymans, DJ Ricardo Villalobos, architects India Mahdavi, David Adjaye, Rem Koolhaas and Alejandro Aravena; curators Paola Antonelli and Deyan Sudjic and gallerists Jay Jopling and Nazanin Yashar and off course hosts Miuccia Prada and husband Patrizio Bertelli. Quite impressive, so how cool was this we were in Milan that exact week? April 21 st 2018 So we went to visit the tower the very FIRST DAY the museum was open. This report is really a first hand view on a brand new star project. The epic inaugural show “Atlas” was conceived by Miuccia Prada with Germano Celant, the veteran Italian curator, and features …

Bar Luce at Fondazione Prada_Milan

Each year we head to Milan for ‘Il Salone del Mobile’. Besides a shit load of design, great food and interesting talks we always visit the wonderful Fondazione Prada.  Always , really always there are good & surprising expo’s to discover while strolling around in-between the buildings and posing in front of the shiny gold leaf wall. Rem Koolhaas, of OMA, was the star architect working together with Miuccia Prada on this special project. Bar Luce Milan But the most important place to visit is the magical, unique pastel painted Bar Luce. Don’t be mistaken: this is not an evening bar but a breakfast/lunch & apero venue straight from the world of Mary Poppins. To set things right straight away: this is not a fairytale but a creation by cineast & movie director Wes Anderson, famous for movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel and my fav The Royal Tenenbaums. Imagine: color-blocked Formica tables, whimsical wallpaper, a perfectly modish WC, and there’s even a Steve Zissou–themed pinball machine. In the counter & bar only very Italian drinks_think campari, espresso …

Milan Design Week 2017_Nonostante Marras pop up restaurant

Besides the fact that Antonio Marras has a superb poetic fashion store in Brera, his Nonostante Marras space is also consecrated as a venue for multidisciplinary experiments: gallery, atelier, library, garden, shop, showroom, restaurant. A place designed by Marras to his own measure, Marras significantly identifies the places he belongs to, Alghero and Sardinia, with the essence of an aesthetic made up of light, wind, clouds and sunbeams shimmering on the sea. The breathtaking, magical pop-up restaurant at Nonostante Marras was setup specially for Milan Design Week 2017. We just walked in before it was open, so we could stroll around and enjoy the delicate flower, glass and candle decorations. What I loved about it, is the fact that it was not announced as ‘pop up restaurant’ or even worse ‘a concept restaurant’. No, Marras just opens a beautiful styled and decorated restaurant, a place to enjoy the food in a fairytale like setting. Simple and honest. Like you walked in a glass house of an old ant, who prepares a lunch for her friends. …

Milan shopping_Antonio Marras

As you all know I visit every year Milan Design Week to sense the new vibes, not only on design & art level but also the new shops, the international crowd, the food, the resto’s… Enfin a yearly energy boost. I also check out with friends, get together and by doing so you sometimes arrive in a hidden gem that’s worth talking about to you guys. Leen Hilde is a friend who lives in Milan for several years, has a Milan boyfriend and kids there, so we can say she’s a local. We wanted to see each other so we agreed to have coffee at NONOSTANTEMARRAS, the flagship & headquarters of artist & fashion designer Antonio Marras. Not your average shop, not a mainstream collection. But what a great garden (with flower shop and lunch terrace), and what a great poetic shop. Check it out for yourself. The images speak for themselves. When in Milan, Antonio Marras NONOSTANTEMARRAS shop is a must go. For Milan Design Week, the Nonostante Marras space hosted a light installation, the outcome …