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6-12 JUNE 2022


Circolo Filologico Milanese
Via Clerici, 10

Palazzo Visconti
Via Cino del Duca, 8

Facade illustrations by

With the aim of re-interpreting an architectural element of classical culture from a contemporary perspective, Olimpia Zagnoli creates: the Contemporary Caryatids

A decorative element will cover the two palaces, integrating with the underlying architecture, as if these figures support the palace itself.

Olimpia Zagnoli’s pop imagery, dense with charged and bright colors, gives life to an installation with contemporary and lively lines and abstract shapes inspired by the raw materials used to give life to the objects and furnishings that characterize Design Week.


Olimpia Zagnoli began her career in 2008 with the publication of her first illustrations in Italian and international publications. Zagnoli, who takes inspiration from Futurism and the Beatles, creates a personal style made of soft shapes and saturated colors. In 2019, she signed her first cover for The New Yorker. Her vibrant images have been the backdrop for campaigns for clients such as Google, Apple, Barilla, and Air France. Her most recent collaborations in the fashion world are with brands such as Swatch, Dior, Marella, and Prada. Parallel to her commissioned work, Zagnoli pursues her own personal artistic research, made up of visual experiments such as music videos, designed objects, and moving sculptures.

The design and makeover of
“Cafè del Circolo” by

“Just as the DNA of the Circolo Filologico is to promote cultures through a melting pot of foreign languages, so our intervention for the bar area of the Circolo will consist of respecting the space through a melting pot of materials and timeless objects. The desire is to create a reassuring space through different areas:a bar, a reading area, a lounge, and an indoor garden, while respecting the history of the place.”

The essence of the Art Nouveau decor that characterizes the palace is translated into a material intervention: natural clay by Matteo Brioni on surfaces treated with different textures, finishes made with 3M films, and Talkett linoleum that matches  Thonet furnitures and Foscarini lights. 


Studio Irvine, led by Marialaura Rossiello Irvine, was invited by Moscapartners. 

Studio Irvine, which has been conducting research on space, objects, and materials for years, is distinguished by a distinct sensitivity to the design of material surfaces and is, therefore, an ideal choice for this delicate project due to its sophisticated yet respectful approach to the genius loci.

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Two buildings,
one goal

For the 2022 edition, DESIGN VARIATION aims to promote design culture and the development of innovative thinking as well as encourage relationships between professionals, brands and design enthusiasts. 

Moscapartners hosts the works of Moscapartners hosts the works of the most important players in the world of design, including exclusive European design schools, emerging talents, international architects and designers. This time, however, in a new location, featuring two buildings.



The Circolo Filologico Milanese is the city’s oldest association, founded to spread culture and foreign languages and civilizations. Still led today by the same international fellowship, it represents for us the ideal place to promote design culture.




It is one of the most elaborate examples of Milanese Rococo, featuring richly decorated rooms and magnificent frescoes. It was built in the 17th century and, after several changes of ownership, it was purchased in the 19th century by the Visconti family, which restored the palace to its original natural nobility.


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