This well-known silversmith and jeweler stocks original and interesting pieces.
Designer Idarica Gazzoni has an incredible eye for colors and patterns, and her printed fabrics can be found in stylish homes all over the world. Her Milan shop is the only place where you can see the entire range. Pillows and a few objects are for sale; otherwise, all textiles are made to order.
ASAP (as sustainable as possible)
In Milan’s forest of mega-brands, it’s refreshing to find one that combines fashion and sustainability. ASAP uses recycled yarn and knit, i.e. top-quality materials that otherwise would go to waste. Quantities are small and include limited editions of cashmere, merino and jersey. The D collection, by designer Delfina Capuzzo, is a beautiful example of slow-wear: research, recycle, reduce, reuse.
Even more avant-garde than Spazio Rossana Orlandi is Dilmos, a design gallery that has the most exciting shows during the annual International Furniture Fair.
Since 1881 Pettinaroli Stationers have been in the printing business. Today, they also have original prints and gift ideas as well as paper stocks, cards and stationery.
A modern Italian stationery store with contemporary leather goods, bags, wallets, notebooks, pens and lovely original paper products, this is a great place for gifts.
On the last Sunday of each month, Milanese flock to the outdoor Flea Market, called the Mercatone dell’ Antiquariato, located along the waterway in the canal area near the Porta Genova train station. Il Naviglio Grande, the charming surrounding neighborhood, is home to vintage shops, cafés and ateliers. With its two canals (planned in part by Leonardo da Vinci), it is reminiscent of Venice. At the market you’ll find hundreds of vendors selling a jumble of paintings, Venetian goblets, vintage jewelry and old books.
A labyrinth of original objects, furniture and clothing (from perfume to kitchenware) from around the world.
This ceramic laboratory, set in a tiny courtyard, is a special oasis where Costanza Paravicini has been hand-painting thin ceramic dishes, tea sets and vases for more than 25 years. She and her daughter, Benedetta Medici, create collections every year for the Salone dei Mobile, but the majority of the ceramics produced here are for custom orders. Dinner sets may be created around a family crest, monogram or image of residence or landscape. Each piece is painted by hand and can take up to 10 hours to make, but the focus is on decorative and functional settings, so the ceramics are thin but not too formal or fussy.
Stock up on the handmade pastas, rich olive oils and northern Italian cheeses at this gourmand’s paradise, which is the Dean & DeLuca of Milan; items here make great gifts and souvenirs. Note that Peck products are in the duty free shops of Milan’s airports so if you need last-minute gifts, you will find a variety of pasta, sauces and olive oils to purchase.
San Marco Market
The San Marco Market – it’s the high-end outdoor market catering to the well-heeled families of Brera. Every Monday and Thursday morning, get a taste of a typical Italian outdoor market in this genteel neighborhood.
Sawaya & Moroni
The brainchild of William Sawaya and Paolo Moroni, this showroom was founded in 1984 as a temple of contemporary design. It features the work of such celebrity designers as Michael Graves, Charles Jenks, Zaha Hadid and Antonio Citterio, among many others. There are sleek furniture pieces, home accessories and sterling silver, many of which showcase industrial materials and techniques. My favorite during a recent trip was a coffee set by Zaha Hadid, a true work of tabletop architecture.
Silva has the widest selection of original fabrics and wallpapers for interior design buffs.
Barnaba Fornasetti, son of beloved Italian artist and designer Piero Fornasetti, has a shop devoted to his father’s crafts. You can find fantastical Fornasetti furniture and house wares, which include original pieces and new twists with his trademark look.
Spazio Rossana Orlandi
More of a gallery than a shop, Spazio Rossana Orlandi offers a constantly changing stock of contemporary-design objects, ranging from furniture by Piet Hein Eek to porcelain from Studio Job.