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The Molteni Museum was inaugurated in 2015 to celebrate the Molteni Group’s 80th anniversary. The aim was to highlight the company’s history, identity and core values by telling the extraordinary stories of men and women who invented, produced and built objects, work and social relations.
In 2021 the museum has new premises, in the Glass Cube set in the park of the Giussano Compound, and with a new art direction re-designed by Ron Gilad. A space devoted to the history of the company – products, prototypes, stories and images – told with a glance at the present and at the future through a select programme of initiatives.
Inside the pavillion, the new layout is dictated by the angular and specular walls that give rise to two distinct exhibition spaces devoted to showpiecing a range of objects: centrally a gallery, mostly within the skylight and suitable for items that can be exhibited on the wall; in the rest of the pavillion there are broader spaces in which to exhibit large artworks.
The transparency of the pavillion is one of the architectural features that the project exploits to the full: the new interior distribution, designed on orthogonal axes, suggests viewpoints and perspectives on the outside and creates surprise movement in the interior pathway. The only exception to the perimetric transparency is an angular courtyard which, closed from the outside and glazed inside, completes the rectangular floorplan. This space, a sculpture garden, is delimited by two walls which, thanks to a hidden structure, float on white gravel, without ever touching the ground.
The museum is a dynamic place which fosters research and memory while stimulating dialogue and exchanges of ideas.
The Spazio QallaM, a game of perspectival enlargement of the leg of the Diamond table, is a place that represents the theme of Quality. It was designed in 2006 by Patricia Urquiola and has received the Menzione d’onore of the XXIII Premio Compasso d’Oro ADI as well as the Premio Nazionale per l’Innovazione ADI / Presidenza della Repubblica Italiana.
A dynamic and constantly changing space, a place of vision and contamination for whoever shares the innate values of design culture. It is the knowledge hub, which hosts, among other things, theme workshops, conferences and presentations. Thanks to the innovative multimedia system, it offers a broad catalogue of films and videos about designers and architects and about technologies linked to the search for perfect quality.
A large transparent screen hosts a kaleidoscope of images, along with environmental sounds and music composed ad hoc, which amplify the power of the promenade architetturale.
QallaM is thus a multimedia space representing Quality, its processes and its protagonists, and also intended as a training center.
The Giussano Compound stretches over a surface of 170,000 sq m, approximately 60,000 of which covered and destined for production work and for the R&D Centre. It is here that, since 1934, the whole Molteni&C furniture production cycle, from veneering to the end product, has taken place. Manufacturing 100% Made in Italy, guaranteed by strict controls at every stage of the production process for global quality acknowledged in over 80 countries in the world.
The Museum is a member of Museimpresa – Associazione Italiana Archivi e Musei d’Impresa – promoted by Assolombarda and Confindustria; MuseoCity, an association that develops the museum culture in Lombardy; MU-DE Circuito Lombardo Musei di Design which groups together design museums and archives.
Via Rossini, 50 Giussano (MB)
Information and guided visits available by appointment:
Monday - Friday 10am-4pm