The historical neighborhood of Brera is full of high-end furniture showrooms, boutique shops and galleries, with tiny picturesque streets and hidden courtyards embodying everything you would imagine a design destination in Italy to be. We headed straight to Via Palermo, home to some of the most sophisticated and well-curated group exhibitions seen in Milan this year.
Our favorite show in this year was presented in a small Milanese apartment by Japanese manufacturer Karimoku New Standard. For drama, the Austrian Design show, staged in a jai alai stadium, was filled with trees that were grown and then trucked on site specifically for the exhibition. Right across the street, the restrained exhibition design for Japan Creative’s Craft and Design collaborations created a stark contrast—we especially loved Jasper Morrison’s cast iron collaboration with 160-year-old Oigen Foundary. Other Brera district highlights include a crazy basket-making machine that we saw last year at Art Basel Miami, a minimal pendant lamp by French designer Florent Degourc, and Inner Design, a new design network that presented the winners of their Eco-Creative contest in historic bike shop, Rossignoli’s.