Read this: Inside Milan’s splendid hallways

Given the extent of the tile-and-terrazzo revival happening in the interiors universe, new book Ingressi di Milano curated by Karl Kolbitz should be sold out by the time you reach the end of this post. Anyone who pounded the streets for the city’s annual furniture fair last month can confirm that Milan is full of beautiful buildings whose entrance halls beg to be peered into should a door or gate be ajar. This book unveils 144 such entryways to buildings both private and public. They date from 1920 to 1970 and are designed by some of the city’s finest architects – Gio Ponti included. Marble seems to be as pedestrian a choice for the Milanese as plasterboard is to the rest of us, so you can browse page upon page of splendid colour, geometry and form in the modernist, minimalist and futuristic halls featured. With lingering shots of the details – handles, handrails and stairs – plus contributions from writers specialising in architecture, design and natural stone, you nerd out or dip into this book as much as you want. It even includes an annotated map of the city with addresses for all hallways featured so you can plan your next city break.



Ingressi di Milano is published by Taschen.



Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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