Visited the multifunctional concept store 10 Corso Como, dedicated to art, fashion, music, design, cuisine and culture. it was founded in 1990 in Milan, Italy by gallerist and publisher Carla Sozzani, whose famous sister is Italian Vogue editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani.
How wild is this? I met the darling Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia. AMAZING!
10 Corso Como has been described as “a so-called concept store, a mini lifestyle emporium”, and has been identified as an inspiration for stores in both London and Paris. The store is large, with two full floors worth of goods. The first floor features a selection of luxury designer goods by the top brands in the fashion industry. The second floor is an entire bookstore filled with literature on art and fashion journals and a section with trendy music.
It was hard to leave without anything in my hands, so I purchased their Best Of CD and a lovely box which I might use as a sort of jewelry box for my growing collection of accessories. Great for my dormroom!
Stopped by La Triennale di Milano, the design museum, which hosts exhibitions and events that highlight contemporary Italian design, urban planning, architecture, music, and media arts, emphasizing the relationship between art and industry. An exhibition which I really wanted to see was their latest addition China New Design. After having lived in Beijing for four years, I wanted to revisit my home away from home. I felt at peace immediately, recognizing the sleek modern Asian styles that I love and know. A highlight was definitely this wood and steel bench as seen above, it would absolutely work in my future home!
China New Design was sponsored by Beijing’s UCCA and curated by Jerome Sans.
I might not have visited Egypt yet, however, luckily there are still ways in which I can do so without physically setting foot here. At the Musei Civici di Milano, I visited the Museo Archeological which feature several artifacts from ancient Egypt.
There’s always such a mysterious feel when entering these exhibitions on powerful ancient societies. A common element or rather fascination is the incredible craftmanship present at those times. Amazing, the detailing is so fine considering how tiny the trinkets are.
Imagine writing these beautiful Egyptian hieroglyphics and the time and skill it must have taken.
Whilst walking the streets of Firenze, this adorable little shop caught my attention. Il Papiro is a small boutique that specializes in hand decorated paper with techniques inspired by the tradition of Tuscany. Their items are produced following methods and procedures in the best tradition of Italian craftsmanship. I am so glad that I found this because I now have the loveliest monogrammed papers and cards with my initials. It gives an exclusive air, a total must have!
The classic hat company known particularly for its fedoras also stocks a wide variety of products.
The company has expanded to include ties, clothing, watches, perfumes and even old fashioned bicycles. The company strives to keep all the charm and class from last century’s fashion.
The store was located in the poplular Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a covered double arcade. The arcade is formed of two glass-vaulted arcades at right angles intersecting in an octagon, and is prominently sited on the northern side of the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, and connects to the Piazza della Scala.
Lago di Como (Lake Como) is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy. It has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, with many villas and palaces located there now.
Many celebrities have homes on the shores of Lake Como, including stars like George Clooney, Madonna, and many more. The lake is also widely regarded as being one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy.
Unfortunately, the weather was not exactly on my side when visiting the shore as it was raining and rather foggy. The villages around Lake Como was however, still extremely beautiful and the villas absolutely breathtaking. It felt very intimate.
Located in Florence, the museum’s shoe collection documents the entire span of Salvatore Ferragamo’s career, from his return to Italy in 1927 to 1960, the year he died.
It highlights his technical and artistic skills which, through his color choices, the creativity of the designs and use of innovative materials made a fundamental contribution to the growth and establishment of Made in Italy.
The exhibition documents his continuous quest for the perfect fit and the invention of special constructions and materials, from the famous cork wedge patented in 1936 and immediately imitated all over the world, to the raffia or cellophane vamps, and candy-wrapper paper used during World War II.
There are the shoes that are famous because they were made for Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo and Audrey Hepburn. Truly a century of history told by gorgeous shoes! A total must see! While there, don’t forget to observe the incredibly small and delicate shoe sizes, as a reference to the recently reported increase in women’s shoe sizes, only since 2008.
Had such a Ripley’s Believe It or Not moment when seeing The Leaning Tower of Pisa. Crazy but, apparently all the buildings of the Campo dei Miracoli lean because of their shallow foundations and sandy silt subsoil. Surreal! Prior to restoration work performed between 1990 and 2001, the tower leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees, but the tower now leans at about 3.99 degrees. This means that the top of the tower is displaced horizontally 3.9 meters from where it would be if the structure were perfectly vertical!