Once it opens, Milan’s Design Museum will be the largest structure dedicated to design in all of Europe. Stemming from the synergy between industrial design association ADI and the ADI Compasso d’Oro Collection Foundation, with Regione Lombardia and Comune di Milano, it will count on approximately ten million euros in funding from the Italian government (as announced by Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Alberto Bonisoli at Milan’s last Salone del Mobile).
The museum will open in a former industrial area between Via Bramante and Via Ceresio in the Paolo Sarpi district, extending over 3,000 square meters. Planned to inaugurate in 2020, it will be named ADI Compasso d’Oro Museum and will be mostly digitized. The setup by Ico Migliore and Mara Servetto will support storytelling. The structure will also include a bookshop, library, meeting room, food court and, most importantly, ADI’s historical archive – a treasure chest of sixty years of Italian design. The museum is meant to provide design students and professionals with a hub that is not only specific to their interests but also open, allowing them to discover and study the interactions between society and the iconic pieces of Italy’s industrial production.