Work for the Triennale Design Museum began in 2004 with the building of the Design Library, the Historical Archive and the Documentation Centre. They then continued with the restoration of the Museum site until 2007, when the Museum was officially opened by the deadline and without interrupting even for one day the cultural events and exhibitions of La Triennale di Milano.

The architectural design for the restoration of the building and its conversion into a Museum is by Michele De Lucchi. All the exhibition areas of La Triennale have been adapted to meet international museum standards, including air conditioning in the Salone d’Onore. In particular, the most innovative architectural feature of Triennale Design Museum is the entrance via a bridge, so that the Museum is both inside the Triennale and also an independent body, visible as such. The scientific director of the Design Museum is Andrea Branzi. The Museum of La Triennale aims at being deeply innovative. Usually one goes to a museum just once or twice. The purpose, the challenge made by La Triennale is to have visitors come back twice a year. A scientific as well as emotional Museum that offers visitors an intriguing experience which makes them want to repeat it again.

On the one side, wide-spread scientific research portrays the history of Italian design from different perspectives, through different stories, interpretations, approaches, addressing the question “What is Italian design?”, from an idea of Italo Rota with Silvana Annicchiarico and Andrea Branzi. Italo Rota has been called as Museum Exhibition Designer. The history of Italian Design will be presented not only through a scene of domestic objects but also through a film-architectural contribution by Peter Greenaway (Ouverture. Blow your trumpet! 2000 year of Italian design) and Italian directors who will interpret the obsessions of Italian Design:


Antonio Capuano

The Light of the Spirit

Lamps, beams, immaterial realities from the Baroque to the present;


Pappi Corsicato


Problematic elaboration of the popular comfort;


Davide Ferrario


From the Futurists to the modern quest for instability, speed and the precarious;


Daniele Luchetti

Stackable Democracy

Seeking the serial, the stackable, the washable;


Mario Martone

The Theatre of Animism

From Pompei to the objects of contemporary theatre;


Ermanno Olmi

The Great and the Simple

From the early Christians to the current search for archetypes;


Silvio Soldini

The Great Middle Classes and the Sanctity of Luxury

The initial basis of a social consensus surrounding Italian design and its reference to the sacred luxury of the Byzantines.