Via Bocchetto, via Santa Maria Fulcorina, Via del Bollo, via Santa Marta and Piazza Borromeo: five streets that mark a district flourishing with initiatives. In the heart of the city, a short walk from the Duomo: once dwelled only by aristocratic families, it is now full of boutiques and design galleries.
Cinque Vie is one of the oldest districts in Milan, reduced to rubble during World War II and rebuilt brick by brick by its family, the noblest of the entire city. As happened for the Isola neighbourhood, this one too saw a revival period, in which the project 5vie art + design was born, with the aim of repositioning it as design district.
The project inaugurated with the 2014 Fuori Salone and was promoted by Emanuele Tessarolo, Alessia Corona Borgia and Andrea Clementi. The project name refers to its essence, made of history, art and design. “5vie”, say its creators “play a strong card: that of Milan’s identity, industriousness and understatement”.
And these values are shown in the boutiques and galleries that populate its sidewalks.
(photo: Alberto Levi)
Initially, Cinque vie was where the fabric merchants of the city met and had their stores. Today, there’s still one of them: Alberto Levi, who shape and sell carpets in his gallery. After the crisis, he decided to experiment, to follow the international fashion trends, always using high quality raw materials.
His collection of carpets reveals the sign of contamination between contemporary design and the meticulous observation of natural elements. Levi first draws his ideas with watercolours, and then shapes the carpets, true works of art.
The gallery is open from Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 19.00.
(photo: Antichità Sacco Giovannino)
The sobriety of Levi carpets are in contrasts with the Antichità Sacco Giovannino’s sumptuous pieces of furniture. In via Santa Marta, at the number 21, there’s a store selling antique furniture, china and wood wardrobes. It treasures objects dating back from the 1500 and the 1800, realized by important Italian and international artists and characterized by sophisticated details.
Open on Monday from 15:30 to 19:30, and from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 to 12.30 and from 15.30 to 19.30.
(foto Wait & See)
SIn Via Santa Marta again, but at the number 14, there is another place not to be missed. It’s called Wait and See and it is something halfway between a boutique, a concept store and an art gallery. The name suggests its intent: there is no hurry; you have to take your time to wonder among the shelves, to watch and capture the essence of emerging designers and clothes and accessories of international brands.
Open on Mondays from 15:30 to 19:30, and from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30 to 19.30.
In addition to boutiques and galleries, the 5vie project is also packed with events.
The next is an exhibition investigating new authors and creators of contemporary design. Edited by Federica Sala, the exhibition will present the new project Raw Edges: Herringbones.
The Israeli duo Raw Edges is famous for its ability to reverse the outlook and re-interpret them in a modern way. Their works will occupy the streets of the neighbourhood by presenting a live performance in which the protagonists are the objects chosen by designers for their particularities of shapes, colours and details.
The exhibition will be part of the Design Week that finds in 5vie its natural environment: the edition of 2016 will be held in April, from 12 to 17. Write it down on your agenda and get ready for an explosion of colours and shapes.
5 Vie website: www.5vie.it