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Taschen’s first store in Italy opens this week in the historic centre of Milan at Via Meravigli, 17. Covering an area of 120 square metres over two floors, the store will present the complete Taschen programme, with the first floor exclusively dedicated to Limited Editions and the exhibition of art prints.
True to Taschen’s international scope and its commitment to classical and contemporary art, the store will combine traditional craftsmanship with new design, and showcase talent from across the world, from Australia to Italy to the USA.
Designer Marc Newson has created large glass-top cabinets to present Taschen’s Collector’s Editions and Art Editions as well as custom bookshelves on the ground floor, crafted from welded, double-polished, coated, and varnished steel modules with yellow Corian inlays. US artist Jonas Woodhas designed a terrazzo flooring delineating shimmering Californian flora and fauna in blues, greens, and yellows. A spiralling staircase by Salvatore Licitra connects the ground and first floor in a gradation of colors, with an alcove intended for quiet reading and wall art from Graphic Thought Facility, which gives the vibrant bookworms of the pop-up store a new, golden incarnation.
Taschen Store Milan will also celebrate Italian design from the 1950s with pieces from the personal collection of Benedikt Taschen. An imposing chandelier on the ground floor is a Gio Ponti design commissioned by the Hotel Parco dei Principe. On the first floor, a 1954 lamp by Flavio Poli for Archimede Seguso illuminates the exhibition space, currently displaying a series of Julius Shulman photographs.
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