What's a Trippy?

It's a short visual trip to places of architectural or design importance.

Where are we going?

Milan, Italy

What's to see?

Everywhere you look in this great northern Italian city, you'll find a design and fashion bent - witness the boxwood-and-begonia flowerbox in front of the Gucci Cafe in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping plaze (top photo). The people's stylish clothes, the architecture, the reverence for current design, and art happenings that bring the world together, from Fashion Week to Salone del Mobile. In this Wallpaper* video, British artist Stuart Semple released happy-faced bubble clouds into the air in front of the La Scala opera house and the entrance to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in the Piazza della Scala. Following the video are some photos from a recent Design2Share visit to this design-mad location.


Fashion temple, the original Prada store, at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II


Floor details from 1878's Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a forerunner of the shopping center


Dolce & Gabana video cube on the Piazza della Scala


Black infinity pools outside the main Armani store; Milan is Armani's home base


Vintage glass chandelier in a Golden Triangle district store


Whimsical drapery swag chair in Versace Home


There's nothing to be fond of with facism - except the grand scale of the architecture


Granite details in a Lombardy office building


Milan's marble Duomo, seen from the La Rinascente department store rooftop restaurant


Elegant architecuture of the multi-storied Ristorante Cracco, Milan's premiere foodie shrine


Ristorante Cracco - dried fruit slices accompanied the most delicious breadsticks we've ever eaten


Pure food science gimmickry, Ristorante Cracco's famous contact lenses made entirely of coffee


Opening night at a performance of Faustus at La Scalla (the tenor was booed)

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