A veteran of the fair, the designer was looking for a new space – somewhere integrated into the urban fabric, open to the city and surrounded by greenery. “I wanted a lively place that made people feel good,” she says, adding, “and was a positive oasis for Milan.” This led the designer to a former industrial building just outside the city centre.
In an abandoned state, the space reflects the tension between past and present – something Paola has become increasingly fascinated with since launching her brand in 1994. She considers this year, 2023, to be a fork in the road, whereas a designer, one can either choose to respectfully reinterpret the past or maintain a strong creative impulse towards the future. In pursuit of the latter, she consistently looks for sustainable ways to manufacture her pieces, particularly for outdoor spaces.
Produced in partnership with Dedece