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Made in ItalyFashion and Design in Milan and Como

May 31 - Jun 8, 2014
Tour some of Italy's most renowned areas of applied arts on this new tour to Milan's trendy design districts
Starting at $6,495
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Italy has long been a trendsetter in fashion and automobile design. When you add architecture, furniture, and interior spaces to the already rich creative tableau, you have the hottest, most sought-after design in the world. "Made in Italy" is not just a label, but a statement of where function meets fine art.

Join us for an exclusive look at some of Italy's most renowned areas of applied arts on this new tour to Milan's trendy design districts and Como, located in the stunning Lake District. You'll explore Italy's world of fashion on visits to Missoni and Dolce & Gabbana, yet discover interior spaces and furnishings at the showrooms of Artemide (lighting), Alessi (utensils), and Boffi (kitchens and baths). Come to understand the sweeping designs of aerodynamically inspired racing cars at the Zagato headquarters. At the Triennale Design Museum you'll learn about the history of Italian design and see the most significant objects from across all design fields. Our Smithsonian expert, plus industry professionals and artists in Italy, will guide our explorations, discussing the evolution of post-modern Italian design.

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May 31 — US, Milan, Italy

Depart the U.S for Milan, Italy.

June 1 — Milan, Italy
Arrive in Milan this morning and take a private coach to your hotel. This evening meet fellow design enthusiasts at a welcome reception and dinner. Château Monfort (R,D)

June 2 — Artemide Lighting Designers, Dolce & Gabbana
Our explorations of Italian design begin at the headquarters of Artemide, world-renowned designers of lighting. During an exclusive tour with an Artemide designer, learn about the company’s “Human Light” philosophy, a revolutionary concept that views illumination as a way to improve quality of life. Signature Artemide lamps not only cater to peoples’ practical needs but are works of art found in museums in New York, London, and Rome. Next, visit clothing and accessories designers Dolce & Gabbana and view their exquisite exhibition space, Metropol, formerly a cinema circa 1940s. Sixty-foot arches and a balcony of black glass dramatically accentuate D & G’s fashion shows, which are among some of Milan’s most exquisite. (B)

June 3 — Missoni Designer House, Zagato Headquarters
Founded by Ottavio and Rosita Missoni in 1953, the Missoni label is characterized by its colorful knitwear in a combination of fabrics that incorporate geometric, floral, and striped patterns. With a Missoni guide, tour the Milan showroom and learn how designers riff on everything from classic styles to costume wear to create contemporary eye-turning fashions. From fashion we move to auto design at Zagato, since 1919 creators of some of the world’s most beautiful and stylish racing cars. On a tour of their headquarters, discover how founder Ugo Zagato used his background in aeronautics to design light-bodied, aerodynamic racing machines. See some of Zagato’s dazzling designs and learn about the birth of such models as Lancia Flaminia Sports and Flavias, the Alpha Romeo Giulia TZ, and the Maserati Spider. (B)

June 4 — Italy’s Lake District, Alessi, B&B Italia
Italy’s Lake District glitters in the shadow of the magnificent Italian Alps, perhaps lending natural inspiration to the region’s designers. At the headquarters of Alessi, visit the market leaders in innovative kitchen utensils. Learn how the company expanded from creating their own designs in the 1930s to enlisting such notables as Philippe Starke and Michael Graves to blend art with functionality under the Alessi label. Tour the archives and visit with an Alessi representative for a sneak peek at emerging products. Following lunch on the shores of Lake Orta, head to Como to the home office of B&B Italia, supreme designers of contemporary furniture and home accessories. The building itself was designed by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano. View their latest creations and discover how their research and development center collaborates with international designers to create distinctive furnishings. (B,D)

June 5 — Town of Monza, Boffi Headquarters & Showroom
This morning visit the Boffi headquarters just outside Monza. Designers of premier kitchens and bathrooms, Boffi transforms living spaces into artistic expressions of function. On a guided tour discover how their approach to design and architecture has evolved since the company's founding in 1934. Stop in the town of Monza to explore Monza Park and the gardens of the Royal Villa. The walled park, commissioned by Napoleon's stepson, is a serene outdoor space of woodlands and lawn sliced by the Lambro River. The 18th-century Royal Villa, built for Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, has a front row view of Monza Park. Enjoy a wine tasting before returning to Milan. Back in Milan visit the exquisite Boffi showroom, designed by Piero Lissoni, makes use of a beautifully restored building in Milan's historic Brera Quarter. (B)

June 6 — Triennale Design Museum, Duomo, La Scala Opera House, Quadrilatero
Milan’s Triennale Design Museum captures the essence of Italian made, with exhibits on architecture, urban design, media arts, music, and more. Your guide discusses the most significant objects of Italian design and the artists who created them. Here, shoes share space with wine bottles, cars with furniture. Even the museum’s café displays a hundred different designs of chairs, and the spectacular Michele De Lucchi bridge of bamboo, steel, and crystal will leave you breathless, if not dizzy! On an afternoon walking tour explore some of Milan’s architectural gems, with stops at the gothic Duomo, the classical Scala Opera House, and the Quadrilatero District, home to boutiques of Italy’s major fashion houses. (B)

June 7 — Milan’s Chiesa Rossa District, Villa Necchi Campiglio
Once home to factory workers, Chiesa Rossa now houses Milan’s burgeoning arts and design district. Stop by Superstudio, a complex of former warehouses and the brainchild of publisher and art director Flavio Lucchini and photographer Fabrizio Ferri. Together, the men created numerous studios for both seasoned and aspiring fashion photographers, which today draw photo artists from around the world. At the gallery Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, view works of contemporary sculpture by international artists. After lunch at La Forma - formerly a tramway warehouse the space has been turned into an international center for photography, the first of its kind in Milan to offer a print lab, exhibition space, a school, bookshop and restaurant.
Later, head to Villa Necchi Campiglio for an insider’s view of the style, design, and life of an upper middle class Lombardy family. Explore the villa, built in the 1930s by Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi, both inside and out. The villa’s architecture beautifully showcases the assortment of decorative arts and furnishings, as well as special collections of early 20th-century art and 18th-century paintings and decorative arts. Tonight, celebrate your Italian design tour with a three-course dinner in a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

June 8 — Milan, US
Transfer to Milan Airport for the return flight to US. (B)