SIX Project, Milan
Tucked away in a central pocket of Milan, down the Via Scaldasole, lies a design lover’s mecca – SIX Project.
Just when you thought Milan had plenty to offer the design world, a new collaboration between entrepreneur Mauro Orlandelli, architects David Lopez Quincoces and Fanny Bauer Grung, musician Sergio Carnevale, art director Samuele Savio and landscape architect Irene Cuzzaniti has produced a communal space, Six Project.
The result is an exotic and intimate architectural masterpiece that houses a gallery, bistro, florist and office space for Quincoces-Drago & Partners.
The historical building dates back to the 16th Century and was previously used as a monastery. Lopez Quincoces and Bauer Grung used the building’s history as a reference for the interior, which is evocative of the past whilst remaining focused on the future.
Exposed brick walls, pipes, arches and concrete tiling are juxtaposed with modern design features such as steel-framed doors, grid windows and open skylights. The space is moody, mysterious and engaging, with subtle details ready to be discovered by discerning eyes.
Bauer Grung explains, “we wanted everything, from the furniture to the plants, to look like they had been here forever. The overall mood is the result of a play with contrasts: the smoky grey walls, furniture featuring classic design, and the attention to details.”
The space is, quite literally, a concrete jungle, with vines, ferns, palms and flower beds growing alongside concrete and brickwork. The heart of the building is a large courtyard, from which you are able to explore the various rooms, each showcasing a diverse collection of vintage and contemporary furniture, lighting, and objects.
Safari chairs by Kaare Klint, PK22 lounge chairs, and Gabriella Crespi side tables sit alongside vintage rattan chairs, lamps and mirrors as well as furniture designed by David Lopez Quincoces exclusively for SIX Gallery.
The intrigue of SIX Project is that it is truly a collaborative effort, combining the individual skills and personalities of a group of skilled creatives to create a space that is as interesting as it is inspiring.
Photography: Alberto Strada