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Corso Matteotti
Corso Matteotti
#The Design Street of Milan

Corso Giacomo Matteotti is the design center of the city. Although there are quite a few well-known fashion stores and international brands of clothing, footwear and bags, the center of interest here is the leading design stores and brands in Europe and the world.

Here, you will find design and lighting fixture shops of Elsie, Fornasetti, Zara Home and others. Next to them you will find luxury car dealerships and the world's most expensive cars. Here you will find almost every prestigious design in the world, along with many of the popular designs sold in droves.

Giacomo Matteotti, after whom the street was named, was a socialist leader in Italy, who was murdered by the fascists at the beginning of their rule, in 1924. He was a strong opponent of Benito Mussolini and the Fascist Party and the Italian nation is grateful to him to this day. Matteotti was one of the first to recognize the monster, who was about to turn Italy into Hitler's ally. Therefore, he was assassinated by the tyrant's emissaries.
Barcelona Pavilion
Barcelona Pavilion
#About the Pavilion that Was a Modernist Architectural Breakthrough

The German pavilion that was established for the World Expo of Barcelona in 1929 is considered a breakthrough in the history of Modernist architecture. It was designed by the German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who is considered one of the founding fathers of the Modernism style in architecture, with the international founders. He is one of the most influential architects of the 20th century.

The purpose of the building was for the display at the Expo, and so the design was purposefully simplified. The real breakthrough came through its use of space, the use of building materials and minimalist design. With that, the Barcelona Pavilion was built using expensive materials, like marble and Trenton stone,

The German pavilion stands on a wide and flat podium. It has a roof that is supported by 8 thin metal columns. Near the pavilion is a pool, and inside the architect actualized the idea of flowing space, with walls that do not connect to one another, or glass walls.

Especially for this pavilion, the architect designed one of the most known chairs in the world of design, a chair that was given the name, "Barcelona Chair." These chairs were used by the Royal Spanish couple, and today this chair is still very successful and considered an icon worldwide. Today it is also sold by the thousands each year.

With the end of the Expo, the pavilion was taken apart, and its pieces were sent on a train to Germany. However, during transportation, many of the pieces were lost. For its great importance, the pavilion was reconstructed, using the exact same materials. For this purpose, the reconstructors collected and analyzed hundreds of photos of the old pavilion, and it was completely reconstructed, apart from the Classical columns that stood at the entrance. From 1986 visitors could come and see the reconstructed pavilion, that was opened for the general public.

#What is the Story with the Barcelona Chair?

The Barcelona Chair is a chair known especially, that was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich for the German Pavilion, during the World Expo of Barcelona in 1929. The industrial-Modernist style of the chair has had a big impact on Modernist furniture design. Usually, the chair has a matching footstool.

Ludwig Mies was educated and especially broad-minded. So he took inspiration, for the planning of the chair, from folding chairs from the ancient Roman period. The result is known: the chair became a real icon, and it is among the most celebrated and loved Modernist furnitures, until today.

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Muse Cognacq-Jay
Cognacq-Jay Museum
#About the Museum

The Cognacq-Jay Museum (Musée Cognacq-Jay) is a museum of decorative art items.

The museum was once a private collection of the couple Marie-Louise and Ernest Cognacq. Ernest Cognacq has founded many shops and commercial centers in the city, including La Samaritan, which is characterized by the metal architecture of the new Art Deco wave. They carefully collected the furniture and artifacts from 1900 till 1925. After their death, the collection was handed over to the Paris municipality who presents it to the general public.

The museum is located in the Dunoon House - one of the Mare district villas. The district was built in the late 16th century and was specially renovated for the museum. Hotel Dunoon, impressive in itself is added to the long list of houses and places worth visiting in "Mara" in particular, and Paris in general.

The museum contains an extraordinary collection of decorative art items, about 1,200 items in total, with an emphasis on 18th century France, from European and Chinese ceramics, jewelry and snuff boxes, through paintings by Louis-Leopold Baui, Francois Boucher and sculptures and furniture. The 17th century is also represented, especially in Rembrandt's paintings. The 19th century is represented by the works of Camille Coro, Paul Cezanne and Edgar Degas.

The paintings of Mila are especially exciting, which are displayed on the second floor. They accurately describe the life of the Parisian bourgeoisie in the days of King Louis the 16th and the gardens in which the bourgeoisie spent much of their time. You can also see the furniture and artifacts used by the bourgeoisie during the Age of Enlightenment.

The museum manages to recreate the spirit of the times and that's what makes the visit so special.

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Museu del Disseny de Barcelona
Design Museum of Barcelona
#About the Museum

The Design Museum of Barcelona operates for the good of the design world as a museum and lab. In the wonderful museum there is a focus on 4 departments: interior design, product design, information design, and fashion. The museum was built by Arquitectes MBM, and you can find collections that combine exhibits from different museums: Museum of Decorative Arts, Museum for Ceramics, Textile and Clothing Museum, and the Museum of Graphic Arts.

The history of Barcelona has always been tied to design, and there were a few museums where one could learn about the world of design. In 2000 it was decided to combine all the museums and build one center, that will enable the public to study and understand design in a much deeper experience. The building of the museum began in 2009. In 2013 construction was completed, and the museum was opened to visitors in 2014. All the collections having to do with the world of design were brought here and the museum was built in the building in Plaça de les Glòries Square.

The new building succeeds in creating ideal conditions for preserving, renovating and showing exhibits. The building is made of two parts - a basement level and a level at the height of 14.5 meters above ground.

Notice the special design and the angles of the building, especially from the outside. In building the exterior, two main elements were used: stone, and glass. The museum is a meeting point for people from the design industry. Its main purpose is to encourage research and financial activities having to do with design.

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Muse des Arts dcoratifs
Museum of Decorative Arts
#About the Museum

The Museum of Decorative Arts (Musée des Arts Décoratifs) presents useful art, from the Middle Ages to the present. It is located near the Louvre Museum and actually includes four museums:

The Museum of Design - displays products from the Roman age until today.

The Museum of Antique Furniture - presents furniture from different historical times.

The Museum of Textile and Fashion - includes costumes from the 14th century and displays French fashion over the years.

The Museum of Advertising - presents more than 20,000 posters from the 30's to today.

Every year the exhibits are renewed with more than 2,000 items, and alternating exhibitions are held.

The museum, which was founded in 1877, is very large and contains tens of thousands of items that tell the development story of various fashions, tastes and preferences of people in the different times, as reflected in their houses and daily objects. The museum also offers guided tours and lectures on various subjects.

Among the exhibits you can find glassware and ceramics, works of art, jewelry, furniture, wall coverings, paintings, ornaments, pictures and decoration, toys and in general - beds and beddings from different periods, blankets and pillows, cupboards, tools and lampshades. In fact, you can find in the museum all the usual things a home needs, with an emphasis on design and decoration.

The modern part of the display is not as large as the older parts, but new items are added to it all the time. At the moment you can find for example, works by 20th century designers such as designer bedrooms, an Art Deco style apartment, or a decorated living room by George Honchel. On the third floor you will find toys.

The museum also has a large library on a separate floor with books and many materials on the subject of design. As usual, there is also a shop with design items and things designed for sale.

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Geffrye Museum
Geffrye Museum
#About the Museum

The Geffrye Museum building was constructed in 1714 with the
generous contribution of Sir Robert Geffrye, who was the Mayor of London at that time. Initially the building served as a shelter and only later became a museum. One of the historical wings that served as the shelter was restored.

The museum consists of 11 rooms, each one featuring a salon from another time period. Medieval styled furniture is on display as well as modern interior design. The tour demonstrates the life of the British nobility in the Middle Age; what attire women wore, and which fabrics and styles were preferred. However, the museum also emphasizes the furniture and designs used by the middle class. The tour is easy and pleasant, creating a truly nostalgic atmosphere.

The museum also set up seasonal demo and herbal gardens. This particular building is preserved due to its architectural importance.
Triennale Design Museum
#The Museum of Design, Art and Architecture

Even if now it has a lot of competition around the world, many see the city of Milan as the design capital of Italy and perhaps of all of Europe. So, it is only natural that its design museum will be particularly impressive.

Indeed, the Triennale Museum of Design and Architecture is one of the world's most regarded museums for design, art and contemporary architecture. Its main goal is to present the Italian design that has become famous around the world. An innovative and contrasted design whose flourishing period started at the beginning of the 20th century and carries out to this today.

There are plenty of impressive displays from the best contemporary artists and Italian designers from the past and present, along with superior furniture designers from around the world.
From the museum collection, you will learn about the diversity and innovation that has characterized Italian design throughout the generations. There is a clear illustration of the field of design as a fascinating combination of art, industry, aesthetics and usability, and how Milan and Italy have become so successful in the global and modern design scene.

You can wander through the permanent exhibits in Triennale. But here, throughout the year, temporary exhibitions of design, art and architecture are also held alongside various events in those worlds.
Give yourselves a few minutes to drink coffee in the museum' s designer café, on chairs that are iconic in the history of the design world. Do not miss out on the museum's shop, with its range of designer products, along with design books, architecture and modern art. A visit to Triennale is a must for all lovers of design in general and the glorious Italian design in particular.


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