I can’t remember ever being excited about the prospect of visiting a shopping mall, no matter how large or small it might have been. Looking forward to a shopping spree, yes, being interested in a mall’s architecture, possibly, but that’s about it. These days, when giving a choice, I try to avoid busy places with too many people, too much noise, too much of everything. I have secretly discovered the joy of quiet, space and reflection (even if […]
In light of my husband’s imminent move to Copenhagen, I can’t help but increasingly glance at Denmark and its Nordic neighbours for…well, everything really: food, design, shopping, restaurants, jobs, real estate, kids activities, museums, schools…you name it, I have checked it out. During one of those, let’s call them “research sessions”, I was looking for some inspiration as to where in Scandinavia we could spend our holidays in the coming years and I came across […]
I am currently spending a few days in my all-time favourite German city, Berlin. I studied here in the 90s and have, since then, visited once a year…until we had children, and from then on I deeply neglected this love of mine on the river Spree. I was here last summer, with our then eight year old daughter, but that was of course a bit of a different experience. In no way less nice by any measure, just different. Well, I am […]
There is one more thing about Milan I need to write about: Villa Necchi Campiglio. We visited this beautiful residence of the middle-class industrialists Gigina Necchi, her husband Angelo Campiglio, and her sister Nedda on our first day. The villa was built between 1932 and 1935 by the Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi, and is a real treasure of Rationalism and Art deco style hidden behind high walls right in the centre of Milan.
I am currently in Milan with our daughter for a (we think) well-deserved girls-only weekend. We started this tradition two years ago with Paris, then Berlin last year and now it is the Italian capital of fashion and design. I couldn’t make the Salone del Mobile 2015, which I regret, but Milan remained on my radar since then so I just had to visit it before the year comes to an end. And here we […]