At this moment at the main stage of iSaloni, Rho Fairground, all the exhibitors are making their best to provide you a great furniture and design show and to excel your expectations regarding Milan Design Week 2014. So, if you’re already heading to Milan, the capital of design for a week, from 8th to 13th April, we challenge you to something that gathers fun and amusement: you have 24 hours untill isaloni opening day. What will you do? Milan Design Agenda reveal’s you today the essential spots to live and experience the real “la dolce vita”, from the must-have local fashion label to the best cappuccino in town. Are you ready?
What: An exquisitely designed luxury spa streched over 800 square meters in the former wine cellar underneath the Four Seasons Hotel
Where: Vua Gesu 8, +39 02 77 088
Who: Designed entirely by celebrated and awarded local architect Patricia Urquiola, who used laser grooved wooden panels, dark glass accents and sculptural lamps to create a contemporary cocoon that feels far away from urban life.
What: These 3 private suites are where top editors retreat to after a day at the Milan Shows
Who: Collaboration between 10 Corso Como founder Carla Sozanni and Azzedine Alaia
Where: 10 Corso Como, +39 02 2900 2674
What: A concept restaurant where every detail has been selected for its Made in Italy stamp: from the chef’s equipment and the cutlery to the chocolate that comes with the coffee.
Who: Collaboration between high-end italian brands from different industries, including Ca’ del Bosco, IllyCafe, Versace and MK Consulting.
Where: Via Manzoni 5, +39 02 8909 6950
What: One of the Milan’s most respected design galleries, specialising in furniture, design-art and carpets. Nilufar is a regular at international fairs including Design Miami.
Where: Via della Spiga 32, +39 02 780 193
Who: Founder Nina Yashar has an eye for undiscovered talent
What: The must-have local fashion label that is so hotly tipped by italian fashionistas that LVMH recently purchased a minority stake.
Where: Via della Spiga 4, +39 02 7600 3186
Who: Marco de Vincenzo is the former right hand man to Silvia Venturini Fendi.
What: When it opened, it was the first hotel from the Rome-based jeweler and is still considered to be one of the best city hotels in the world.
Where: Via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7b, Milan, +39 02 805 8051
Who: Everything from the airy, elegant architecture to the chic contemporary interiors was designed by the brilliant Antonio Citterio.
What: “The Hermes of Italy”, Valextra is a leather goods house that defines the notion of stealth wealth.
Where: Via A.Manzoni 3, +39 02 997 86060
Who: The work of new design director Alvaro Gonzalez means Valextra won’t remain a secret much longer.
What: The quintessential traditional Italian pasticceria-that one you’ve been looking for in Milan!
Where: Via Borgogna 5, +33 02 76 317065
Why: “The best cappuccino in town”, says all Milan Design Agenda collaborators.
What: A fashion hotel infused with the whimsical and surreal.
Where: Viale Monte Grappa 12b, +39 02 2900 9858
Why: This boutique, excels with thouches of couture (light installations, fabrics, upholstery, an unusual breakfast…
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