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HOME OF DESIGN
What better space than Villa Reale’s stunning Belvedere to admire a Permanent Collection of Italian Design featuring over 200 iconic pieces – dating from the 1950s to the present day – from the Triennale di Milano? Indeed, the fact that the Brianza design district is now a thriving community made up of 2,700 companies and boasting overall revenue of €2bn can be traced back to the grandiose residence, which was commissioned by Empress Maria Teresa of Austria. Between 1777 and 1780, the best carpenters, glassmakers, decorators, upholsters, marble workers and engineers were employed to create Villa Reale’s sumptuous interiors. This band of craftspeople and creatives sparked a tradition that has now grown into the jewel in the crown of Italy’s manufacturing sector. In addition to the famous “Arco” lamp by the Castiglioni brothers and a truly glorious creation by Fabio Novembre, works by the likes of Gio Ponti, Bruno Munari, Lorenzo Damiani and Martino Gamper are also on show in the Belvedere. The layout itself is the work of renowned architect Michele De Lucchi, with the pieces from the collection – which are accompanied by innovative digital captions – taking visitors on a chronological journey through the history and evolution of Italian design. One definite date for the diary is Monza Design Week, which will be held in Villa Reale during Milan Furniture Fair in April.