When in Milano for the design week Rossana Orlandi at via Matteo Bandello 14 is a must. At the entrance of the delightfully dilapitated backyard, former tie factory, the gigantic letters RO greets you.
Since ro means peaceful in swedish but here naturally stands for Rossana Orlandi which both is a Iris Apfel look alike (or the other way around) and the female force behind this revered avant-garde design & lifestyle gallery, café and now garden its a lot to take in.
The space is articulated in a not traditional way mixing togher, showroom, a retail store, offices and at a courtyard for events along with the latest feature filling the garden with design and art.
The garden was previously just something you saw through the well kept industrial windows.
|Chicken wire sculptures by Benedetta Mori Ubaldini in the garden at RO.|
Another must during the Milano Design week and luckily at RO is to have time to see, smell and enjoy the abundance of wisteria/blåregn that is in full bloom at this time.
Rossana Orlandi is nowadays a family business and employ a big staff during the high season. When it started her activity focused on the rising dutch design wave with designers such as Piet Hein Eek, Marten Baas and Nacho Carbonell and has since moved widely around the world.
Some designers are now a constant part of the exhibit and store and in the basement a influx of new talent is showcased every season.
|Before the beginning by Marcantonio|
A Instagram favorite this season at RO was Italian Marcantonio´s lamps
|What a boar by Marc Antoio|
Jeroen van Kesteren flying phenomena of art in the series called Orphanage for Lost Adventures made me stop and stare for a very long time.
|Piet Hein Eek|
Constant part of Rossana Orlandi situated at the top of the building right next to the shop is Piet Hein Eek. You have probably seen the scrap wood meticulously lacquered tables but you might not have seen his art&decoration.
|Piet Hein Eek|
When at Rossana Orlandi take a walk around the neighborhood that has so much architectural beauty to offer.
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