From fashion boutiques to wallpaper, Storage Milano progresses the design conversation

Portland design and style reporter Damon Johnstun will cover the 60th version of Salone del Cell, the prestigious furnishing and design and style show, June 7-12 at Fiera Milano Rho in Milan, Italy. The trends and goods that debuted in the course of Milan Design and style Week previous year are showing up in showrooms. Below is a designer highlight:

On the suggestion of a buddy during Milan Design 7 days 2019, I attended an function by the Swiss company Geberit, which would make wall-hung rest room fixtures. I was struck by the inventive show. Tubes made an enclosure that could quickly have been a forgettable set up. Competing with the incredibly ideal style in the globe, this humble use of components not only elevated the knowledge but was memorable yrs after looking at it.

The creators of the exhibition are the founders of the architecture, inside and product style and design business Storage Milano. Due to the fact 2002, the organization has earned an extraordinary reputation by creating boutiques for key luxurious fashion brand names these types of as Bulgari, Dolce & Gabbana, Tod’s and Alberta Ferretti as effectively as corporate and residential spaces.

Storage Milano founders Barbara Ghidoni, Marco Donati and Michele Pasini use their information and refinement to blend normal hues and materials in unforeseen ways. They just take inspiration from designers Gio Ponti, Jean Prouve and other individuals, and present modernize, newsworthy areas.

Storage Milano designed the Antonioli hangar in Ibiza.Storage Milano

Often they leave the encompassing environment just about raw, when building jewel box-like constructions within just the house as noticed in the Bally showroom in Milan and Antonioli hangar in Ibiza. Other periods, every single inch of a venture is lavished with fantastic elements these as at the Spazio Pritelli boutique in Vicenza where hundreds of sq. feet of diamond-matched slabs of marble generate a kaleidoscopic wonderland.

The innovative use of curves with angles is reminiscent of nautical themes at the entrance to Dsquared2 in Milan and the Giuseppe Zanotti shop in Hong Kong. Ghidoni, Donati and Pasini display mastery of practically brutal minimalism in outlets for Neil Barrett, Aquasalata and Golran.

During Milan Style and design Week 2021, I stopped by the Storage Milano business in the vicinity of Piazza Venezia, the place I entered from a quiet road and was buzzed into the setting up. I was fulfilled in the courtyard by Donati, one particular of the associates.

Donati described Storage Milano’s approach to reinterpret the DNA of a brand name. If the clientele are inquiring for a thing moody based on the 1940s–1950s, they do it. “We do it in our way, but we regard the shopper,” reported he. One particular task was impressed by the Novecento Italiano art movement of the 1920s.

Storage Milano designed the Dolce & Gabbana boutique.

Storage Milano made the Dolce & Gabbana boutique.Storage Milano

On a new job, Donati sees his function in the theoretical and architectural arena as Ghidoni excels at details and decoration — she took the guide on the Dolce & Gabbana boutique — even though Pasini bridges concerning both equally realms.

Donati considers condition, variety and architecture to select materials for each individual project. “If I see a little something that is not a satisfying condition, no make a difference what the material, I will not like it,” he stated.

Whilst the company is recognized for considerable use of brass, Donati individually leans towards normal wooden and stone. He at present favors colors in a purely natural or neutral palette these as gentle brown as properly as blacks and grays. He employs dazzling shades only as accents.

He estimates that 50 percent of the firm’s operate is for retail, 30 % is for offices and dining establishments, and 20 per cent is household.

Storage Milano designed the Bulgari boutique.

Storage Milano created the Bulgari boutique.Storage Milano

They are at the moment doing work on the design and style of numerous personal houses, hotels, a cafe in Mykonos and one in Milan, a flagship style shop and energy-successful workplaces for Bally in Switzerland. They are also close to completion of the style for Italian eyewear conglomerate Luxottica’s headquarters in Milan’s Tortona district.

Acting as “architects loaned to inside design initiatives,” they will also renovate far more than 20,000 square feet for on the net market Archiproducts’ headquarters in Bari, Italy.

In addition to architecture and interior style, they have numerous Industrial layout jobs for tiles, lamps, armchairs, taps and wallpaper.

“One of the essential strategies of our good results is we listen to the client. If we assume anything is completely wrong, we get started a discussion and the discussion usually tends to make the job greater,” Donati mentioned. Very good design “is a harmony among operate and type.”

— Damon Johnstun

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