For one day only, in the packed calendar of events at the Salone, it was possible to visit the apartment of designer Gabriella Crespi in Via dell’ Annunciata, one year on from her death. The apartment itself is untouched, as if she still lived there, with the casual untidiness of a home that is lived in and not a museum. Overlooking a flourishing secret garden, the apartment is testament to the talent of a designer able to anticipate the trends; a lover of luxury, of the exotic, and of contaminations, and a master in working with metal. It is curated by Valentina Tosoni and Fulvio Ravagnani, careful custodians of Gabriella’s artistic heritage, and set out by Chiara Colombo to show the collected works, furniture items and designs of the designer. Born in Milan in 1922, Gabriella can be seen here as one of the most eccentric and yet faithful interpreters of the Milanese spirit, which she was able to express with her own personal flair, open to a wide variety of contaminations, ranging from the historic lesson of Bugatti, through to the formal rigour of modernism and industrial design.