Located a few minutes walk from Milan’s docklands, the Darsena, behind a large, unassuming doorway on Via Scaldasole, SIX was conceived by entrepreneur Mauro Orlandelli as “a holistic container, where the result is superior to the sum of its parts.”
The collective opened its doors on September 2017, bringing together a design gallery, a green boutique, and a bistro, as well an architecture studio and a design consultancy agency, in a multipurpose venue of timeless elegance.
The project was developed in collaboration with architects David Lopez Quincoces and Fanny Bauer Grung, whose studio, Quincoces-Dragò & Partners, was relocated next to the gallery, and art director Samuele Savio, who among other things coined the project’s name, six being “the smallest perfect number, a positive integer that is equal to the sum of its proper”.
Housed in a renovated 16th-century monastery, the various spaces are centered around an old Milanese courtyard that welcomes visitors with an earthy color palette, wide arches and balconies, and a plethora of climbing plants and large planters that harmoniously fuse a classical with a colonial aesthetic. As the architects succinctly describe their approach, “we wanted everything, from the furniture to the plants, to look like they had been here forever.” Photo by Alberto Strada.