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The déco Pearl of Milan: Villa Necchi Campiglio

There is a place near the famous “Quadrilatero della Moda” (‘four sides of fashion’) in Milan situated on Mozart Street that holds some history of architectural art: Villa Necchi Campiglio.

Built between 1932 and 1935 by Piero Portaluppi, famous Italian architect, it is organized into four floors and it’s surrounded by an ample garden, improved with pool and tennis court.

The house reflects the taste and style of the high industrial middle class families.

In 1938, the Necchi Campiglio family (owner of the abode) commissioned the architect Tommaso Buzzi to design some rooms in eighteenth-century style, most harmonious with the déco style, which distinguishes the house.

In 2001, the last of the Campiglio’s sisters, gave the house to FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano).

After a renovation, Villa Necchi Campiglio was opened to the public in 2008.

In the basement we can see the kitchen and the servant’s dining room, assigned the conference room today. Also, there is a photo exposition about the house’s history.

The raised groud floor is the day area. Marbles and Buzzi’s decorations make the setting for the splendid veranda where green jade sofas and enormous windows open to the garden are situated.

On the fifth floor, there are main apartments with two private bathrooms and two private dressing rooms.

We can visit the “Prince’s room,” which hosted Enrico d’Assia, and the “Princess’ room,” which hosted Maria Gabriella of Savoia.

On the second floor, there are the servant rooms, used today for expositions and conferences.

Villa Necchi Campiglio hosts the Claudia Gian Ferrari’s art collection (including artworks by Boccioni and De Chirico) and De Micheli’s collection, whichg combines Baroque paintings, french furniture, and Chinese ceramics.

In 2009 the house was the set for “I Am Love,” an Italian film by Luca Guadagnino (Academy Award for the best costumes and winner of Golden Globe for the best foreign film in 2011).

Villa Necchi Campiglio is a treasure chest that we have to open for enjoying the historical, artistic and architectural treasure that is contained in it.

By Davide Corsini.

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