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  • 07.14.10

Milan Gallery: The Closest Thing on Earth to Outer Space

With an interior by the architect Simone Micheli, the publishing house and bookstore L’Archivolto spreads–and spaces–out.

Milan Gallery: The Closest Thing on Earth to Outer Space

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The Italian architect Simone Micheli unveiled a splashy new exhibition and events gallery in Milan recently. As the press materials tell it, the place is meant to offer a “journey into the world of art, graphic design, photography, culture…” And, apparently, outer space.

L’Archivolto Events has that studiously intergalactic look that only the Italians, with their Atomic-Age design cred and faint nostalgia for Futurism, can pull off. Most galleries nowadays try to take a backseat to the art. That explains why every wall is painted don’t-touch white. Not this one. With its lightsaber-like ceiling lights, ubiquitous LCD screens, and steely spaceship detailing, the art is probably the last thing you want to look at. The architect explains his vision: It is “a pure emotional cell capable to excite and get exited.”

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And how! Even the structural columns are tricked up:

The loo:

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The gallery is an extension of L’Archivolto, a Milanese publishing house and bookstore specializing in architecture. It opened during Milan Design Week last spring.

Here’s the entrance. Next stop: The final frontier!

[Images by Alberto Ferrero, courtesy of Simone Micheli]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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