District Guide: Navigli, Porta Genova & Tortona

Discover Milan's booming design quarter that is Navigli, Porta Genova and Tortona.

by LUXOS Editorial

Tortona is where the seeds of Fuorisalone first sprouted. Decades ago, it was an entirely industrial stretch of the city, home to factories like General Electric, Nestlé and Ansaldo. When Superstudio opened in the mid-eighties, it was the first photo studio in an abandoned warehouse in Milan; it was a deadzone on the wrong side of the tracks from Porta Genova station. Decades later, after a lot of elbow grease and imagination, it has become a bustling creative centre, home to more fashion and design headquarters than any other area of the city. Tortona and the Navigli are a great place to start a design tour of Milan — the only hard part will be seeing it all in one day.

Following a 2015 renovation by British architect David Chipperfield, the new Mudec has become one of Milan’s most interesting examples of contemporary architecture.

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Tortona-based cultural centre BASE is 6000 sqm of pure innovation, featuring exhibition spaces, a co-working office, a theatre and cafe (plus way more).


Atelier Biagetti
The brainchild of Alberto Biagetti and Laura Baldassari, this notable atelier creates unique architectural objects as well as art and design installations.

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MOOOI Showroom
Dutch brand MOOOI’s Salone installations are not to be missed, highlighting pieces from hip designers. Something is bound to capture your attention.

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La DoubleJ
Veteran design journalist JJ Martin’s lifestyle brand La DoubleJ boasts one of the most vibrant Salone setups in the city, from clothing to homeware.

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