Design lovers flock to Milan every year for the storied Salone del Mobile furniture fair, taking place this week from 17–22 April. Whether it’s your first time to the city or your 57th to see one of the most talked about design trade fairs in the world, Milan is always a compelling place to fall in love with all things artful and historical.
One such frequent visitor to the world’s Fashion Capital during design week is Ed Ng, co-founder and principal of Hong Kong design duo AB Concept. Prized around the globe for their exceptional storytelling through their spaces, the firm — co-founded by Ng and Terence Ngan — boast an impressive international CV under their belt with completed projects such as the new Rosewood Sanya, the revamped Bo Innovation, Conrad Guangzhou, Su Yan at the W Suzhou and many more. Works in progress include the W Algarve in Portugal, Macau’s MGM Cotai Hotel, and the harbourfront revitalisation project Victoria Dockside at Tsim Sha Tsui.
In time for Salone del Mobile, the pair has just finished up work on the new flagship outlet of Paper Moon Giardino in Milan — the legendary Milanese restaurant currently expanding all over the world, from Istanbul to Portugal to Hong Kong (ours is located just on the waterfront in TST).
With an obvious eye for art and design, as well as genuine enjoyment and appreciation for the finer things in life, we consulted Ng for a list of his favourite places for design lovers to visit in Milan. See his picks below.