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Raw in Milan, a Cabinet of Curiosities

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Raw in Milan, a Cabinet of Curiosities

Julie Carlson January 22, 2015

With two locations in Milan (the first at Corso Magento and the newest at Via Palermo in the Brera design district), Raw has the city’s distressed/vintage market cornered. Paul Badesco, a designer, and Constantine Affuso, an architect, travel around Europe and the US in search of “the unusual and the poetic,” as they say. Their wares range from salvaged architectural pieces and plumbing fixtures to ceramics and accessories from NYC’s John Derian, Paris’s Astier de Villatte, and Berlin’s Kuhn Keramik. 

Above: Badesco and Affuso are constantly tweaking their two shops; in its current kitchen incarnation, the Via Palermo location features blue-black walls and dashes of red.

Above: Vintage cookware and plates on offer.

Above: The Corso Magento shop interior as it looked a while back.

Above: A black-painted ceiling and door frames.

Above: Piles of vintage steamer trunks and walls papered in maps.

Above: The cabinet of curiosities lives on.

Above: A deconstructed upholstered chair with a pillow by Boston-based artist Don Carney of Patch NYC.

Above: The exterior at 1 Via Palermo in the Brera design district. Go to Raw for more information.

Consult our Milan City Guide for more of our finds, including the World’s Biggest Vertical Garden and the ASAP (As Sustainable As Possible) Shop.

For Antiques & Vintage closer to home, see Editor’s Picks: 10 Favorite Sources for Bargain Vintage Furniture

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