Walking Through Milan Bookshops – While we’ve covered international events before, my friend Eleanora is our first ever international Guest contributor! Hooray! Eleanora lives in Italy and she recently has created Spazi di Lusso a blog through Italian design world. This month she will be reporting back from her month at Milan Design Week 2013. It is going to be a brilliant month – trust me, you will love every single day!
We want to begin suggesting you the most amazing book shops in Italy, have a look:
10 CORSO COMO Adjacent to Galleria Carla Sozzani, the bookshop opened in 1991. New and classic publications on art, architecture, literature, design, graphics and fashion, with a strong emphasis on photography and a selection of music from all over the world can be found here. Browsing is encouraged. Via Rosales, 5
DESIGN LIBRARY is a bookshop entirely dedicated to Italian design. Located in the Tortona area and designed by James Irvine. It is a design buff’s dream: a white room lined with back issues of design bibles ”Domus”, ”Abitare” and ”Ottogono”; Phaidon design monographs; company catalogues and more. There is a cafe inside. Via Savona 11
L’ARCHIVOLTO The shop specializes in books on architecture, town planning, landscaping, design, decorative arts, local history and offers the widest selection in Europe of books published in Italy and abroad on these subjects, together with assembly kits, posters, drawings, prints, curios and an important section on rare books. In addition to supplying direct to professionals, libraries, institutes, universities, and businesses, the bookshop also provides a mail-order service for Italy and overseas. Since its foundation the bookshop has kept an ongoing database of its entire stock of new and rare books, from which it periodically extracts and prints an Yearbook detailing the most important titles published in Italy and abroad. Via Marsala 2 20121 Milano
MILANO LIBRI Is one of my favourite bookstores. I spent hours and hours on the couch at the second floor dedicated to interior design, fashion an graphic. Also, rumour has it that Milan fashion’s finest come here for inspiration. There’s also an extensive range of photography and fine art catalogues. Via Verdi 2, at piazza della Scala, Centre
BOOKS IMPORT is specialized on illustrated books. The last friday of every month, books import, organize a cocktail between books: read and drink. 11, Achille Maiocchi street.
HOEPLI this bookshop is a monument to reading, for sure the largest bookshop in Milan. They mostly sell italian books but have a great selection of art, graphic and design books all in english. 5, Hoepli street.
LIBRI E CAFFÈ has been the first bookstore in Milan where I’ve enjoyed the pleasure of reading sitting in an armchair surrounded by coffee’s aroma and background music. This bookshop is mainly focused on rare volumes and little know publishing houses. 1, Pietro Maestri street.