What are you looking forward to seeing at Milan Design Week?
Our own first one-off design project: we will present it at Fragile Design Gallery. It’s a special collection of one-off pieces designed by Studiopepe that explores unexpected combinations between form and materials and investigates the interaction with the senses. Then we worked on an extensive design collection for Redaelli at the fair.
Where will you definitely dine while in Milan?
Fioraio bianchi, Poporoya, Dry, The Small. Another great address for quality and price is Wang Jiao on Felice Casati street.
Best place for an espresso/quick bite?
Pavè for sweets or Bar Basso, because it’s close to our studio. But if we meet Maurizio (the owner) a quick bite turns into a great break from the everyday rush!
What are some of the highlights of Design Week, in your opinion?
We haven’t actually made a map of things to see actually. But apart from design, (that to tell you the truth we have plenty of) the best thing about Design Week is the possibility to discover secret places, usually close to the public. Milano is a secret city after all and its beauty is not under everyone’s eyes.
Which particular events will you be attending during Design Week?
We still don’t know but we are preparing a big list…a sort of bible!
WHERE WILL YOU BE STAYING? OR WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HOTEL IN MILAN
We live in Milano, but they opened up a lot of nice bed and breakfasts such as Maison Borella or Antica Locanda Solferino that we think are a good solution to the classic hotel. Unfortunately in Milano we don’t have hotels like Standard or Ace that are our kind of place.
Can you recommend some of your favorite shops, places to see while in Milan?
Shops there are plenty of … We prefer to recommend a long walk in the city center looking up. You will discover beautiful architecture, where modernity mixes up with ancient medieval architecture and neoclassical with rationalism all close to each other because Milano is a very post modern city!
“We have many fascinations that we investigate and filter in our own peculiar way. At the moment our vision is a mix between the memphis movement for the study of archetypical shapes with a fascination about raw materials and antiquity”
One piece of advice for a first time goer.
Take a bus like 94 from Trienniale to Paolo Sarpi, and circumnavigate the city. Then jump off when you see something nice. Loose yourself in the Brera area. Accademia Delle Belle Arti is a special place and the Pinacoteca, a must see. But of course our favorite shopping area is Antonia.
Favorite design movement or trend at the moment?
We have many fascinations that we investigate and filter in our own peculiar way. At the moment our vision is a mix between the memphis movement for the study of archetypical shapes with a fascination about raw materials and antiquity. Our Ossimori project really reflects our recent vision.
Any up and coming designers we should get to know?
We are pretty about discovering designers from the past. It may sound posh but we think their teachings are still unparalleled. Think Vignelli. Less famous but still beautiful…The tables for examples are amazing and so inspiring…