Set up in 2015, the Molteni Museum has been recently moved to the Glass Cube, an exhibition space located in the Industrial Compound gardens in Giussano, at the company headquarters, and entirely redesigned by Ron Gilad. The designer had already worked in 2014 on the pavilion, a 400 square metre gallery, whose pre-existing structure he had re-imagined.
The museum celebrates the history of the company and recounts its values through a permanent collection of more than 50 original products and prototypes designed by the group companies (Molteni&C, Dada, UniFor and Citterio). The exhibition is also an opportunity to explore the history of the Italian company founded in 1934 by Angelo and Giuseppina Molteni, which over the years has collaborated with leading names in architecture and design such as Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Aldo Rossi, Foster + Partners, Jean Nouvel, Patricia Urquiola, Vincent Van Duysen, Álvaro Siza and Michele De Lucchi.
The pavilion, characterised by flexible spaces, hosts temporary exhibitions and events, also accessible through digital platforms. There are two display areas: a central gallery topped by a skylight, dedicated to wall-mounted graphics, posters and photographs, and wider spaces for large-format objects. Gilad’s new interior layout is based on orthogonal axes and conceals a sculpture garden surrounded by floating walls.
Along with the museum, the Molteni Compound has also been renovated: the company’s production centre offers visits to the showroom and factory, activities linked to the historical archive and films on designers, architects and technologies at QallaM, a project by Patricia Urquiola re-imagined as a multimedia space.
- Molteni Museum
- Giussano, MB, Italy
- Exhibition space
- Ron Gilad
- The Museum is a member of:
- Museimpresa – Associazione Italiana Archivi e Musei d’Impresa – promoted by Assolombarda and Confindustria; MuseoCity, an association that develops the museum culture in Lombardy; MU-DE Circuito Lombardo Musei di Design
- 400 sqm