Designer Domenico Orefice for the objects of superior craftsmanship of his concept Man de Milan was inspired by 20th century architectures and social Milanese imagery

Man de Milan fabrics featuring the stylized façades of Milan’s best known rationalist buildings

The Man de Milan project conceived by designer Domenico Orefice contains the essence of the most authentic Milan. This collection of furnishings and fabrics, created in collaboration with Milanese and Lombard craftsmen, explores materials, history and icons that belong to the identity of the city. It was displayed at the Salone Satellite during the Salone del Mobile.Milano 2018.

Domenico Orefice, designer of Man de Milan [Photo Paolo Belletti]

It is no coincidence that Man de Milan was born in the Curti furnace, an ancient site in the Lombard capital. The Sforza family commissioned nobleman Giosuè Curti for friezes, tiles and bricks in red clay for Ospedale Maggiore (Ca’ Granda), designed by Filarete. Now that the headquarters have moved to the outskirts, the spaces of the furnace are occupied by artisans and artists who, working in synergy with turners and sculptors, have made a unique creative hotbed, almost suspended in time. Here Orefice creates his collection of versatile objects suitable for any room, embodying the visual models and crafts that have been shaping the dynamic metropolis.

Starting from the traditional clay working in the furnace, Domenico Orefice designed Curti, a collection of diamond-shaped tiles that can be used to compose a complete urban landscape since it consists of nine tiles, all in decorated red clay, representing the archetypes of architecture – door, window and column – and two solid color tiles.

Curti tiles by Man de Milan, for free architectural compositions

In collaboration with Lecco-based D3 Wood digital joiner’s workshop that uses zero mile wood, Domenico Orefice designed Ringhiera, solid oak and laser-cut iron cabinet. The starting point for this project was the reinterpretation of the typical Milanese houses (‘case di ringhiera’) with shared courtyard, characterized by a shared balcony and wrought iron parapet to access the apartments. The stylized railing, used both as a handle and as a shelf, becomes the distinctive feature of this refined cabinet with door.

Man de Milan cabinets with functional decorations inspired by old Milanese houses

The reinterpretation of the typical Milan mood can also be perceived in the Nebbia carpet. In the pattern of the fabric, you can see how much fog has been changing over the last decades. In fact, you can find autumns and winters from 1973 to 2017 vertically represented, showing a radical intensity decrease over time. Looking at the other side of the drawing, the fog becomes more evanescent thanks to the cotton and viscose of which the carpet is made.

The Nebbia carpet by Man de Milan reflects the climate change in Milan during the last decades

The other Man de Milan collection (see first picture) originates from some of the most popular and beloved buildings of Milan: Dezza, Ca’ Brutta and Sant’Ambrogio give their name to the digital prints made on cloth created by the young designer. Orefice pays tribute to the architecture of Giovanni Muzio, Gio Ponti and Luigi Caccia Dominioni, transforming the façades of the buildings into compositions that decorate fabrics used as towels or, even, to cover pieces of furniture and large surfaces. [Text Elviro Di Meo – Photo D+O Studio]

For further information, you can read ‘The Identity of Innovation’ by Elviro Di Meo, DDB#87

Work in progress of a Man de Milan piece