10 Corso Como

2011-08-13 @ 11:22:11

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!

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La Triennale di Milano

2011-08-13 @ 11:18:37

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.

Musei Civici di Milano

2011-08-13 @ 11:08:27

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.

Il Papiro

2011-08-13 @ 11:02:41

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!

Borsalino

2011-08-10 @ 10:48:22

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.

Teatro alla Scala

2011-08-10 @ 10:45:39

Teatro alla Scala is the world renowned opera house here in Milan, Italy. Therefore, I decided to get the grand tour of the glamorous opera house and the museum halls.

Elaborate period piece costumes were on show, including intricately decorated masks.

Masquerade…

I truly wish that I had enough time to see an Italian opera, however, it’s vacation time here in Milan and many establishments are closed.