Guide To: Porta Nuova Isola & Brera

Each of these districts: Porta Nuova, Isola and Brera, offer insight into just how much Milan has developed in recent decades. 

by Ife Adedeji

The most obvious starting point in this area is Brera. Here you can trace back the history and essence of Italy’s financial capital, which often appears closed off and hidden behind grand arched doorways and narrow paths. You’ll discover that the traditional paved stones set a free-flowing trail via Porta Nuova, which flourishes with character and zeal absorbing the influences of the old – yet the quarter has its sights firmly set on the new, inspired by the futuristic gleaming towers and the habitable vertical forests. Isola is just a stone’s throw away across the railway tracks, and it is one of the fastest-developing areas of chic in the city. Follow LUXOS to the addresses you won't want to miss.

Design Venues

Moroso

Never one to be outdone during Salone, Moroso’s offerings always require your full attention, and this year is no different. Partnering up with one of its collaborators, Moroso’s showroom turns into a fantastical world of form and finesse with a blend of intriguing and immersive installations, plus new and established designs.

Moroso
Via Pontaccio 8 20121 Milan
Tel. +39 02 7201 6336
www.moroso.it 
 
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Dimore Gallery

Set over multiple floors this gallery, owned by architectduo Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran, hosts a wonderful collection of furnishings that dramatically fuse design, fashion and architecture.

Dimore Gallery
Via Solferino 11 20121 Milan
Tel. +39 02 3656 3420
www.dimorestudio.eu
 

Statuto 13

Known for displaying original works of contemporary art, this year Statuto 13 will host Alexander Lamont, who invites you to dive into his new collection, which draws inspiration from his travels from East to West.

Statuto 13
Via Statuto 13 20121 Milan
Tel. 02 3655 9443
www.statuto13.it 

 

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Golran

Step into a world of opulence and let your senses be enveloped by Golran’s impressive collection of lavish rugs. The newly-opened flagship store displays wall-hung rugs designed by Inga Sempé and Dimore Studio. These practical works of art merge different eras of splendour to offer comfort underfoot.

Golran
Via Pontaccio 8 20121 Milan
Tel. +39 02 3658 0860
www.golran.com
 

Pinacoteca di Brera

Each year the Pinacoteca di Brera plays host to a diverse range of installations by crafty designers who plant their classic and contemporary creations in one of the city’s most frequented and iconic venues.

Pinacoteca di Brera
Via Brera 28 20121 Milan
Tel. +39 02 722 631
www.pinacotecabrera.org 
 
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Rubelli

Venetian experts in fine fabrics for interiors and furniture, also including wall coverings, Rubelli will be launching their new Donghia and Rubelli Casa furniture collections at their Milan showroom during Salone del Mobile. 

Rubelli
Via Fatebenefratelli 9 20121 Milan
Tel. +39 02 7209 3665
www.rubelli.com 
 

Foscarini Spazio

Illuminate your senses on a journey through the world of lighting. Here you’ll find fixtures and fittings that will brighten up your interiors and fill your home with warmth and just a touch more character.

Foscarini Spazio
Via Fiori Chiari 28 20121 Milan
Tel. +39 02 8707 1320
www.foscarini.com 
 

Showroom Vergari

You’ll be inspired to establish your own sanctuary within minutes of stepping into this showroom. Dedicated to the bathroom, this space will enable you to start visualising and perhaps even creating your own spa-like oasis at home.

Showroom Vergari
Via Lovania 5 20121 Milan
Tel. 02 3653 2805
www.vergarishowroom.net 
 
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Fabbrica del Vapore

This open air space is a short distance west of the Isola district, and it often plays host to fresh concepts by experimental thinkers. Drink in a vibrant atmosphere of innovation and take inspiration from these rising stars.

Fabbrica del Vapore
Via Giulio Cesare Procaccini 4 20154 Milan
Tel. +39 02 8844 0785
www.fabbricadelvapore.org 
 

Fantini

Fantini’s Milan showroom is elegant and sleek; dark marble walls highlight their range of exquisite designs. Known for their refined brassware and bathroom fittings, this is the perfect time to explore the company’s latest offerings.

Fantini
Via Solferino 18 20121 Milan
Tel. +39 02 8995 2201
www.fantini.it 
 

10 Corso Como

Aside from its famous Milanese Ringhiera, plus the exquisite café and restaurant, 10 Corso Como is also home to Galleria Carla Sozzani. This location is a delight for lovers of architecture, food, drink and design, with a wide range of books published in Italy and internationally.

10 Corso Como
Corso Como 10 20154 Milan
www.10corsocomo.com 
 

Artful refreshment

God Save the Food

Whether you’re in need of an energising pick-me-up, or are craving a full meal, the juices and dishes at God Save the Food will taste heaven-sent after a day at Salone del Mobile. And they serve food all day long. The pared-back and low-key setting offer a well-deserved moment of repose in one of Milan’s most attractive piazzas.

God Save the Food
Piazza del Carmine 1, 20121 Milan 
Tel. +39 02 2222 9440
www.godsavethefood.it 
 
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Berberé

Only the best ingredients will do at Pizzeria Berberé, where gastronomic excellence is executed to perfection and appears in the form of delicious slices of pizza. There’s no other way to enjoy one of Italy’s favourite dishes.

Berberé
Via Sebenico 21 20124 Milan
Tel. +39 02 3670 7820
www.berberepizza.it 
 
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Les Pommes

Les Pommes Breakfast here might just be the perfect way to start a design-filled day in Milan. With its effortlessly stylish modern interior, this inviting eatery has a list of offerings that will delight the taste buds while the décor teases the senses.

Les Pommes
Via Pastrengo 7 20159 Milan
Tel. +39 02 8707 4765
www.lespommes.it 
 

Ceresio 7

Granted, the view from the restaurant alone is impressive, and the interior design by Dimore, too. But at Ceresio 7 it’s actually all about the chef. Elio Sironi specialises in art gourmand to present a menu that’s experimental and absolutely delectable.

Ceresio 7
Via Ceresio 7 20154 Milan
Tel. +39 02 3103 9221
www.ceresio7.com 
 

Cafe Napoli

Already an institution in Naples, Caffè Napoli brings the pulsing heart of the south to the northern Italian city, plus the cool design and chic clientele. Refresh with a quick 'Caffè corretto' and one of their fresh pastries. Such a wonderful spot to take in the city vibe and the locals' laid-back energy.

Caffè Napoli
Largo la Foppa 1, 20121 Milan
Tel. +39 02 659 5809 
www.caffenapoli.com  
 
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STK

Slightly off the beaten path but well worth the detour is this cocktail lounge and restaurant. The famous American steak specialist offers a cosmopolitan dining experience unlike any other venue in the area.

STK
Piazza della Repubblica 13 20124 Milan
Tel. +39 02 8422 0110
www.togrp.com/brand/stk 
 
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