Triennale Design Museum

Reggia di Monza

The spaces of the Belvedere of the the Villa Reale present  La Bellezza quotidiana, a selection of over 200 iconic pieces from the permanent collection of the Triennale of Milan, testimony of the innovations, the experiments and the heterogeneous history of Italian design.
The display is organized chronologically, ranging from the fifties to the present day, alternating the works of great masters (Gio Ponti, Piero Fornasetti, Franco Albini, Bruno Munari, Alessandro Mendini and Andrea Branzi) with those of new and young designers (Lorenzo Damiani Martino Gamper, Fabio Novembre and Formafantasma).

On show a selection of the most representative pieces in terms of formal and technological innovation applied to the product: from the Alessi’s Bombé series of 1945 to Olivetti’s Lettera 22 made by Marcello Nizzoli in 1950, and from Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni’s Arco of 1962 to Francesco Faccin’s Carry-on wheelbarrow of 2013.

The exhibition design made by Michele De Lucchi, author of the restoration of the spaces of the Belvedere and the architect of the restoration project of the Triennale and permanent spaces of the Triennale Design Museum, is of great formal simplicity: the bases for the objects are made by natural wood packing cases producing a harmonious dialogue between the objects and the pre-existing architecture.
All the works exhibited are provided with an innovative digital captioning system. By scanning the QR code label or framing the work with the smartphone, visitors access to real-time content about the work they are looking at. In this way, information on designers, their products and companies, are immediately available along with the possibility to share and save the images you prefer.

The presence of the Triennale Design Museum in Monza restores and strengthens the historical link with the Triennale of Milan. Infact, the Biennale of Decorative Arts first editions took place every two years in the Villa Reale of Monza since 1923. The last edition in Monza took place in 1930, after which the event moved to Milan in Giovanni Muzio’s Palazzo dell'Arte, and since then it takes place every three years (Triennale).