Gallery Housed in a Renovated 16th Century Monastery

By on May 8, 2018 Inspiration

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Located a few minutes walk from Milan’s docklands, the Darsena, behind a large, unassuming doorway on Via Scaldasole, SIX was conceived by entrepreneur Mauro Orlandelli as “a holistic container, where the result is superior to the sum of its parts.”

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The collective opened its doors on September 2017, bringing together a design gallery, a green boutique, and a bistro, as well an architecture studio and a design consultancy agency, in a multipurpose venue of timeless elegance.

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The project was developed in collaboration with architects David Lopez Quincoces and Fanny Bauer Grung, whose studio, Quincoces-Dragò & Partners, was relocated next to the gallery, and art director Samuele Savio, who among other things coined the project’s name, six being “the smallest perfect number, a positive integer that is equal to the sum of its proper”.

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Housed in a renovated 16th-century monastery, the various spaces are centered around an old Milanese courtyard that welcomes visitors with an earthy color palette, wide arches and balconies, and a plethora of climbing plants and large planters that harmoniously fuse a classical with a colonial aesthetic. As the architects succinctly describe their approach, “we wanted everything, from the furniture to the plants, to look like they had been here forever.” Photo by Alberto Strada.

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