District Special: Nilufar Gallery

The Fashion District’s Destination for Design.

by Laura May Todd 18 April 2018

Nilufar Gallery has been setting the agenda for Milan’s design scene since the nineties. With a prime spot on the achingly posh Via della Spiga, this fashion district destination is the go-to gallery for Milan’s chicest denizens when they need to bedeck their sky-high penthouses and seaside villas. The curation, which masterfully mixes museum worthy mid-century design with the city’s deep pool of sparkling up-and-coming talent, makes it a magnet for design aficionados all year long, and not just during Salone del Mobile. Expect to see great design by local talent, like seating by Cristina Celestino and chandeliers by Bethan Laura Wood, alongside rigorously researched vintage pieces like 1950’s bookshelves by Brazilian designer Joaquim Tenreiro and Gio Ponti’s famous writing desks.

Helmed by gallerist Nina Yashar, who has been described by the New York Times as ‘The Queen of Design’, the Tehran-born curator’s fastidious eye consistently lands her squarely ahead of any incoming design trend, making her one of the most influential design dealers working today.

Indeed, she was among the first to anticipate the popularity of mid-century design and showed the now ubiquitous furniture long before it caught on like wild fire in the early aughts. Coupled with a penchant for flamboyant dressing – she’s rarely seen without a pair of sky-high Prada flat form sandals and colourful silk scarf wrapped around her head – Nina Yashar has created an almost cult-like following of devoted fans.

Salone del Mobile runs from 17 to 22 April 2018 and Rho Fieramilano showground. Trade Visitors Only: 17-20 April, General Public: 21-22 April. For more info on Nilfur Gallery, you can visit their website here.

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