Housed within the grand Fascist-era Palazzo dell’Arte and modern design museum Triennale, Triennale Design- Cafe opened in April 2008, timing its inauguration to coincide with the city’s annual Salone del Mobile. Created through a partnership between master chef Carlo Cracco and Italian roadside chain Autogrill (echoed in 2009 by Heston Blumenthal’s work with Little Chef), a large open kitchen offers visual access to the culinary creation in action. The DesignCafe – a large minimalist cube of white, grey and glass – continues to honour its heritage with a working exhibition of iconic 20th-century chairs, including pieces by the likes of Charles and Ray Eames, Jasper Morrison, Gi`o Ponti and Michele De Lucchi (the architect of Triennale DesignCafe). Everything under Coffee Design’s custody is sublimely stylish – from the (excellent) modern Italian food on chic crockery to an au courant crowd of Lenin- bearded architect types, en masse at its superb Sunday brunches. Newcomers to the scene might like to accessorize with Vogue Casa from the bookshop next door.