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Museo Del Design 1880-1980, Milan

(1.9/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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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  • Surely the exhibits have made the history of design, but are really insufficient to represent 100 years of style! Chairs, armchairs, some table and little else: for a city that has been one of the icons of world design is really too little: it would greatly expand the collection. The exhibition is in my opinion dramatically edited.
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  • They have amazing objects, but I think that 10€ is too steep for what you get. I actually paid 8€, no idea why, but there was a discount on a Friday. Still 5€ would be a fair price for what you get. Not a lot of information about the objects, just about the movements and periods in time.
  • this is not really a museum. don't expect anything more than a room with a collection of design chairs (many of which you will have seen before and are not that rare), not all is great shape either. would be a nice visit if it'd just be open to the public, celebrating design, but instead the 10 euro fee leaves you unstatisfied and disappointed.
  • I am passionate about design and this place is like the design Hall of Fame! I found the exhibition extremely moving - you can really feel the historical importance of the pieces and imagine the lives lived around them. Near the metro in the canal district so good for an after-museum drink or nibble. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Assortment of some of the furniture that they changed the conception of living worldwide from Thonet to Murphy
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  • Almost non-existent collection yet stated on 6 floors on their site while it is composed from a room off the furniture fair. € 10 per person for a Museum without interest, a scam.
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