We’ve previously talked about the collaboration between Carlo Donati and the luxury mid-century brand Essential Home! Today, Milan Design Agenda is going to show this designers’ exclusive mid-century collection and we hope that you’ll be inspired by his unique ideas and his incredible sense of elegance and style. One thing we can […]
Luxury brands Essential Home and DelightFULL have some amazing novelties featuring two amazing Italian designers: Studiopepe and Carlo Donati! We’ve previously talked about the collaboration between the two Mid-Century Furniture Giants and the two Italian Interior Design Giants and, today, we’ll present some specifics of the collections that Studiopepe and […]
They say first impressions matters, especially in Milan. The new book Ingressi di Milano (Entryways of Milan) by Karl Kolbitz and Taschen is a documentation of how Milanese entryways stand as fine examples of midcentury modernism, also using colour, form and design to generate emotional responses and a dramatic sense of arrival. One of the best italian design book we have seen so far!
The 384-page tome features photography by Matthew Billings, Delfino Sisto Legnani and Paola Pansini, who took photos of the finest entryways and captured their architectural beauty as well as their timeless allure.
In this unprecedented photographic journey, editor Karl Kolbitz opens the door to 144 of the city’s most sumptuous entrance halls, captivating in their diversity and splendor. These vibrant Milanese entryways, until now hidden away behind often restrained façades, are revealed as dazzling examples of Italian modernism, mediating public and private space with vivid configurations of color and form, from floors of juxtaposed stones to murals of minimalist geometry.
The collection spans buildings from 1920 to 1970 and showcases the work of some of the city’s most illustrious architects and designers, including Giovanni Muzio, Gio Ponti, Piero Portaluppi, and Luigi Caccia Dominioni, as well as non-pedigreed architecture of equal impact and interest.
The photographs for the publication were exclusively created by Delfino Sisto Legnani, Paola Pansini, and Matthew Billings, each evoking the entryways with individual sensibility and a stylistic interplay of detail shots—such as stones, door handles, and handrails—with larger architectural views.
The images are accompanied by outstanding written contributions from Penny Sparke, Fabrizio Ballabio, Lisa Hockemeyer, Daniel Sherer, Brian Kish, and Grazia Signori, together bringing a wealth of architecture, design, and natural stone expertise to guide the reader through the applied materials and fittings as well as the art-historical and social implications of each of the ingressi.
As much an architectural city guide as an aesthetic study, the book provides the exact address and an annotated Milan map for all featured entryways, as well as the architect name and date of construction.
In the well-documented realm of 20th-century Italian design, Kolbitz has stepped over the threshold and delivered a brand new area of inquiry in Milanese modernism. With the rigor of its multifaceted research, poised photography, and breadth of its featured hallways, this is an invigorating new reference work and an inside look at the city’s design DNA across high to low architecture.