Milan is no doubt a global capital, tuned to the city's major industries and the visitors they attract from the worlds of business, design and fashion.
We took a peek beyond the gothic Duomo di Milano with the effortlessly cool architect duo behind Six Gallery, one of three spaces located in Milan's bohemian Navigli district that acts as a contemporary cross between a museum, concept store and speakeasy. Armed with insider knowledge, design lovers Fanny and David give us their tips on the Lombard capital's best haunts.
If you could sum up Milan in three words, what would they be?
Surprising, creative, generous.
What would you say is the most quintessential aspect of Milan?
Milan is living a special renaissance as a creative hub, there is room for young creatives to work and express themselves and this is pushing a huge wave of interesting work forward.
If you could choose just one museum or art gallery to visit, which one would it be?
It would have to be Fondazione Prada.
Your gallery stocks some remarkable blue-chip works. Could you tell us a couple of places for rare furniture/product finds in Milan?
Six is located in Milan’s Navigli district – known for its artsy vibe – what would you say is the neighbourhood’s highlights?
Six is located just up the road from Milan’s port district of Darsena, right between the very traditional Sant Ambrogio district and the bohemian Navigli. On one end you have historic cafés like Pasticceria Cucchi, which dates back to 1936 and right across the street from us, a punk clothing shop – we love this mix!
Where and what is your go-to place on a Friday night?
This might sound biased but we love Sixieme, the bistro we designed next to our galley. It faces our courtyard which looks a bit like a Moroccan riad, a special place to spend a warm summer night.
Best place to stay in Milan?
Name three addresses from your little black book.
La Latteria – (via San Marco, 24) for the best lunch in town.
Fioraio Bianchi Caffè – for a traditional aperitivo.
Sixieme – for a special evening!
Favourite spot if you want to escape the city?
Bagni Sillo Sori (via Capo Pino, 8) in Genova for a warm day by the sea.