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Milan 2013: Spazio Rosanna Orlandi

Very few people in this world deserve the label of a true innovator. is definitely one of those people. Her eponymous Spazio, a former tie factory, has been a must-see destination on the Milan Design Week circuit since it’s inception in the early 2000s.

Orlandi is best known for her ability to scoop up exclusive lines from small designers with big talent. Her gallery and retail space are much more than a showcase for her highly eclectic collection ranging from one off art pieces and designer furniture, to plastic forks and beautiful stationery.

There is a series of rooms and spaces within this magical design wonderland, where each room contains something new to be discovered. All of the spaces are linked with a beautiful central courtyard where food and drinks are served most of the day. This is the sort of place where you can expect to see Rosanna herself on most days, alongside the biggest names in the design business today. At the same time, equal attention is given to young talent and fresh graduates, which is precisely what gives this place it’s true charm. is a true laboratory of ideas for both established and emerging talent.

Here are a few photos of some of my favourite moments and products discovered during my recent visit.

Via Matteo Bandello 14/16

20123 Milan, Italy

Photography: Nick Hughes

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