From music and art to architecture, Milanese designers draw inspiration from a variety of sources. Here are a few of their favorite things.
An architecture graduate, Lucio Vanotti shares his Milanese favorite buildings.
“My favorite architectural periods are Renaissance and rationalist. It is here that Milan gives its best, especially its residential buildings, which are private and show the hidden and discrete Milan.”
1. Villa Figini: “It is a rationalist style villa of the Thirties designed by Figini that is inside the Villaggio dei Giornalisti, a residential neighborhood in the northern part of the city.”
2. Casa Rustici: “This is a rationalist palace designed by Giuseppe Terragni in Corso Sempione.”
3. Chiesa di San Maurizio: “It’s a Renaissance church in Corso Magenta with Bernardino Luini’s frescoes.”
4. Casa Bagatti Valsecchi: “This is a Renaissance palazzo developed on Via del Gesù.”
5. Casa Rasini: “It’s an elegant palace built in the Thirties by Gio Ponti in the Porta Venezia district.”
A longtime collaborator with Japanese footwear label Onitsuka Tiger, Andrea Pompilio travels frequently to Tokyo. Here, his guide of the best spots in town.
1. Tsutaya Bookstore, Daikanyama 150-0033 Tokyo, Sarugakucho, 17−5
“Even though it is called ‘Tsutaya Bookstore,’ this place is so much more: here you can find a great archive of music, old and new magazines, newspapers and stationery. Can’t find that rare Vogue issue from 1988 you’ve been searching for so badly? Rest assured you will find it here, and guess what, you can also sip a cappuccino or have dinner while you browse.”
2. J’Antique, Nakameguro 153-0051 Tokyo, Meguro, Kamimeguro, 2 Chome − 37−7 25-13
“Everytime I am in town I pay a visit to this lovely vintage shop — it’s one of the best in the whole world, no joke. It is actually my favorite.”
3. Okura Hotel, Minato 2 Chome-10-4 Toranomon, Minato, Tokyo 105-0001, Giappone
“The iconic Okura Hotel is famous for being one of Tokyo’s landmarks: many celebrities have stayed here as well as important personalities such as U.S. presidents Obama and Nixon. Jump back into the past and lose yourself in Japanese culture by visiting this hotel — before it’s too late.”
4. Mr. Gentleman, Minato 107-0061 Tokyo, Minato, 3-12-14
“Mr. Gentleman is a well-established Japanese fashion brand and I love to go to its flagship for a fast lunch when I’m in Tokyo. The atmosphere is cool, young and easygoing — on top of that, they also happen to have the best ice cream in town.”
5. Tatemichiya, Shibuya 150-0033 Tokyo, Shibuya, Sarugakucho, 30−8, B1
“I love going to Tatemichiya for dinner. I don’t know if it’s the great food or the punk-rock atmosphere matched with the Japanese tapas bar concept, but this place is a real gem in the heart of Daikanyama district.”
Obsessed with contemporary culture, from music to art, MSGM and Emilio Pucci creative director Massimo Giorgetti reveals the artwork wish list of his dreams.
1. Brian Calvin, ”Group Smoke,” 2010, oil on canvas
2. Jim Lambie, ”Metal Box,” 2013, aluminum sheeting
3. Alighiero Boetti, ”Pisciarsi in Bocca,” 1979, textile
4. Wolfang Tillmans, ”Arms and Legs,” 2014, photo
5. Elizabeth Peyton, ”Kurt,” 1994, oil on board