The most beautiful foyers and entrance halls of Milan
First impressions count - especially in Milan. Karl Kolbitz has documented 144 of Milan's most impressive entrance halls and shows what architectural surprises may be waiting behind often inconspicuous facades. In this intermediate realm between public and private space, between inside and outside, some of the most impressive and elegant examples of Italian modernism have survived.
In the thoroughly well-documented terrain of 20th-century Italian design and Milanese modernism, Kolbitz pushes open the door to a whole new field of research with this volume. Covering buildings from 1920 to 1970, the collection includes work by the city's famous architects, such as Giovanni Muzio, Gio Ponti, Piero Portaluppi, and Luigi Caccia Dominioni, as well as works by lesser-known building artists that are equally perfect in form. Detail shots of tiles, mosaics, handrails, and doorknobs alternate with overall views that perfectly capture the special flair and individual character of each foyer. In their accompanying texts, Penny Sparke, Fabrizio Ballabio, Lisa Hockemeyer, Daniel Sherer, Brain Kish, and Grazia Signori explain the art-historical and architectural details of these ingressi, name materials and furnishings, and reveal the social-historical background. The book, which can be read as much as an architectural city guide as it is a study in architectural history, includes a map of Milan in which all the properties depicted are entered, as well as all the addresses, architects' names, and the respective years of construction.
Penetrating Milanese modernism across its entire spectrum, this invigorating reference work offers illuminating new insights into the city's design heritage.