Museo del Design 1880-1980, Milan

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After the success of its preview during Milan Design Week in collaboration with Borsa Italiana, Museo del Design 1880-1980 is now opening its door once again in the new location of Via Borsi 9 conveniently situated between the metro stations of Porta Genova and Romolo in the Navigli District of Milan.

The museum was originally founded in Ravenna in 1988 by Raffaello Biagetti and co-curated by Giovanni Klaus Koenig, Filippo Alison and Giuseppe Chigiotti with the clear goal of telling the story of the birth and evolution of one of the most important cultural and social phenomena of the last century: Design.

MUSEO DEL DESIGN 1880-1980 aims to represent the most crucial moments of the evolution of Italian and International industrial product design, highlighting nuances and contrasts through the different experiences that have generated contemporary design. The collection, was put together and curated with the clear aim of creating a sound didactic tool to teach the history and development of the sector and to guide the visitor on an imaginary voyage through the evolution of creativity applied to objects. The efforts of the founder and co-curators were strengthened by the help and vision of great names such as Dino Gavina, Ettore Sottsass, Ignazio Gardella and many other authors, who contributed to the realization of a “theatrical museum” where every stage is a scene, a chapter in a book, able to generate a consistent and unbiased vision, chronological and accurate in its references to the most important protagonists of world design.

Now, thanks to the vision of Musei Italiani, this collection has been brought to Milan for the duration of EXPO 2015 so that the greater public, both Italian and International can appreciate and learn from this unique museum experience.
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  • We saw a very good exposition on migration here. It was an eye opener from different perspectives of immigration. The design part was less spectacular but a nice walkthrough though.  more »
  • It takes some nerve to call it a museum. Are crammed into a single operating chairs, tables, armchairs. By design, of course, but presented without captions, no explanations, no context. Routes, ripped, remember jumping off the padding, dusty tables. It might be a waste of a furniture store, warehouse or the swap meet. And they also pay 8 euro!! A shame.
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  • A museum with some pieces for the main movements of 900. A large room Still has an idea
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