Last month I attended Milan Design Week for the first time. I trekked through Salone del Mobile, which is the enormous furniture fair, and scurried from showroom to showroom of established brands in the city. It was important to me to also take in the indie scene. Alcova topped the list.
Alcova 2023 was held in the former Porta Vittoria abattoir on Via Molise. It’s an abandoned, decaying site replete with graffiti. I adored it. I may have taken more photographs of the buildings and grounds than the art and furniture, but it was all truly fabulous.
I was very proud of myself for having found my way via a public bus. (The metro doesn’t really reach that area, which is just east of the city.) I was 40 minutes early and there was a line. I spent the time talking with a two guys, one from Milan involved in the art scene, and his friend, a Belgian from Paris who is a designer. A perk of traveling solo.
Scroll through my favorite photos from Alcova during Milan Design Week 2023.