From the outside there’s nothing but an unassuming black door. Step inside its charming courtyard of wicker chairs, tropical plants and twisting vines, and you’ve discovered a piece of old Milan. This is the city’s elegant new design space Six, a gallery, florist and bistro that seamlessly combines the old and the new.
Brainchild of entrepreneur Mauro Orlandelli, the project has involved the collaborated efforts of art director Samuele Savio, and the architects David Lopez Quincoces and Fanny Bauer Grung. Together they’ve breathed life into what was once an abandoned 16th-century monastery.
According to Bauer Grung ‘We wanted everything, from the furniture to the plants, to look like they had been here forever’. To this end they’ve retained many of the building’s original features, such as the parquet floor, arched windows and underlying brick, matching these elements with muted colours and soft industrial touches.
Built around a sun-filled courtyard the centrepiece of this space is its gallery. Curated by Quincoces and Bauer Grung, it has a unique mix of both collectible items by the likes of Gió Ponti and Le Corbusier, along with vintage pieces by unknown designers.
The gallery is flanked on both sides with a bistro offering simple seasonal food, and a green design store by Irene Cuzzaniti, who’s responsible for the artful green touches throughout.
Featured this April in the Fuorisalone design festival, the space has been officially open to the public since September and adds another great design haunt to the city’s growing list.
By Stephanie Ong