Epic Architecture of Fiera Milano

Peau de Chagrin at LineaPelle World Trade Fair

September is the month of leather trade fairs where artisans and leading industry participants prepare the new collections.  We decided to visit Milan and go to Lineapelle to meet our Belgian tanners and explore possibilities for our next bag.

It was also the occasion to experience the amazing architecture of Fiera Milano designed by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas with work beginning in 2005 with it opening its doors 27 months later.

From the train tracks, the urban landscape turns from early twentieth century industrial buildings partially covered by luxuriant vines to a giant music sheet: the flat expanse is now punctuated by simple geometrical forms: small pyramids, pillars, rectangular arches on both side of a crystalline spine. Fuksas dealt with the expansiveness of the 8 separate structures by orienting them inwards towards the central spine covered with a glass canopy that functions akin to that of a central street.

The project of the New Milan Trade Fair is characterised by the great central axis: the great transparent coverage modifies spaces and represents the continuity of the vision. The service centre, the offices, the convention area, are the fulcrum of the entire system: transition from honour “entrance” to central axis. Massimiliano Fuksas

Futuristic, dynamic, harmonious and elegant, I was impressed by this feat of architecture which inspired our very busy day of meetings with tanneries specialised in Chrome free leather and to high tech textile manufacturers conscious of the importance of sustainability.

Photos by Allan Griffiths. Copyright Peau de Chagrin 2016.