Milan the Italian – and European – capital of design.
Appropriately timed for this year’s Design Week, a brand-new Museum of Design has been inaugurated in Milan’s Triennale.
Visitors can admire, in chronological order from 1946 to 1981, the iconic objects which made the world sit up and take notice of Italy’s creative innovations, from the Brionvega radio set to the Moon Boot, from Alessandro Mendini’s Proust armchair to the Grillo telephone (pictured) and the Olivetti typewriter.
The long wall of the ground-floor space in the Triennale premises in Viale Emilio Alemagna 6, hosts the display, in many cases alongside their wooden manufacturing models. The objects are interspersed with displays relating them to a timeline of significant events, from the first Moon landing to the kidnapping of Christian Democrat leader Aldo Moro by the Red Brigades terrorists.
The exhibit is deliberately simple and linear, curator Joseph Grima told media, in order “to let the objects speak for themselves.”
And as the exhibition title “Episode 1” hints, the current 200 objects form the nucleus of an ever-expanding collection, planned to be updated by 2020.
Milan’s Triennale is an international institution founded in 1923 which organises exhibitions and events about design, architecture, visual arts and theatre.
Full entry price is €18, with many categories of discount. Price structures and entry times on the Triennale website.