Mendini’s new gallery Fragile is anything but the minimal Milanese norm

Mendini’s new gallery Fragile is anything but the minimal Milanese norm

When Fragile opened the doors to its pink and sea-foam green walled space just prior to the holidays, the discreet restraint of Milan’s minimal design gallery scene went up in smoke. The fire was stoked by Alessandro and Francesco Mendini of Atelier Mendini, who in collaboration with Studio Pepe, lavished this new space in fantastic colour and pattern.

Frosted with an ornate white lattice railing and a giant, multi-coloured puzzle painted floor, both designed by the architect Alessandro Mendini, the two-storey gallery shakes with vibrancy and levity. Yet despite the lighthearted surroundings, Fragile is a gallery brimming with some very serious design.  

Sitting just two blocks from Milan’s Piazza San Babila, the gallery features rare pieces from Italian mid-century darlings such as Giò Ponti, Gino Sarfatti, Franco Albini and BBPR, as well as an unconventional mix of brash contemporary designs and vintage jewellery. Though Fragile has operated under the scenes by its owner Alessandro Padoan for several years, this is the first bold 200 square meter store front for the gallery in Milan.

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