Rossana Orlandi, ourtyards and designers
In the Spazio Rossana Orlandi design awaits you under a rain of ivy. The entrance to the famous Milan gallery – in via Matteo Bandello, near the Basilica of Saint Ambrose – is preceded by a leafy courtyard that changes color from season to season.
Opened in 2002 by Mrs Orlandi in what was once a tie factory, the two-story shop brims with imaginative lines and colors, and has showcased the works of numerous emerging and established artists. The well-orchestrated confusion has given a place to blossom to credenza-buffets of a postmodern Arcimboldo, table lamps with the zigzagging profile of a blinded butterfly, kaleidoscopic chests-of-drawers with enough static movement to illuminate the surrounding space…
Here inventions by Manuela Crotti, Alvar Aalto Shay Alkalay, Jean Louis Domeq, James Plumb, Nacho Carbonell and tens of other designers have found an unusual way to live together, as close as possible, without blurring into each other, and in fact enhancing one another.
Young talents have had their first moment in the spotlight thanks to the hospitality of the creative circle revolving around the high-spirited Mrs Orlandi. Who loves good food as well, and thus has set up a café-restaurant next to the gallery. Another creative space, of course, where the decor changes periodically.
A bit like every season changes the color of that rain of ivy that welcomes you at the entrance.