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A selection of appointments in Como to get the best out of your time during the weekend of Lake Como Design Fair. Exhibitions, guided tours and more to add to your agenda.


Guided Tours: Rationalist Tour of the City

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September. The first tour of Fisionomie Lariane is designed and promoted by the Order of Architects of Como in collaboration with the Cattaneo Archives. Experts will guide the participants to visit a selection of Rationalist Architectures identified in the research Fisionomie Lariane, with interiors and exteriors of works such as the Casa del Fascio, the Novocomum, the War Memorial and the Canottieri Lario (rowing club). Through these guided tours we intend to make known and promote the local architectural heritage by introducing new reflections about its value in the context of the Como territory. All these guided tour are for free. Book your tour!

Saturday 21 September
from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday 22 September
from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
and from 4:30 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.

Meeting Point
Broletto, Piazza del Duomo, Como. 20 minutes before the tour begins.
Italian / English
2 hours 
Preregistration through iM@teria for architects belonging to OAPPC Como or at the ticket office of the Lake Como Design Fair (Palazzo del Broletto, piazza Duomo) from Friday 20 September. You may also book it writing an email to Book. Participants need to register their names and personal IDs in advance to have access to the Guardia di Finanza barracks.
Number of participants 
from a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 15 
Waiver of Liability Form
Each participant will be asked to sign a Waiver of Liability Form


Fisionomie Lariane

Novocomum, via Sinigaglia 1, Como. From 20 to 22 Sep, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The Order of Architects of Como is pleased to announce the opening, on the occasion of the Lake Como Design Fair, of the photographic exhibition Fisionomie Lariane: a research project designed and curated by the Culture Committee between 2014 and 2019 with the purpose of exploring the character and the identity of the territory of the Como region. A display of 90 photographic portraits in postcard size brings together a selection of exemplary architectures. Natural and artificial landscapes establish a connection between well-known sites and forgotten ones and between places identitarian places with anonymous ones. Fisionomie Lariane is also a photographic archive of the Province of Como based on the subjective and unique perspective of each professional photographer involved in the research. The catalogue of the project will also be available on the occasion.


Design by Night

Sale dei Ridotto Teatro Sociale Como, via Bellini 1. Saturday, September 21st form 7.30 to 10 pm. Don't miss the chance to experience the Lake Como Design Fair in the sunset light, along with contemporary sounds and never tasted before drinks, by Fresco Cocktail bar. Entrance 20 euro including the first drink. Tickets available at reception of the fair from September 20th.



Accademia Aldo Galli, via Francesco Petrarca 9, Como. From Thursday 19th until Sunday 22nd, from 9 am to 6 pm. On the occasion of the second edition of Lake Como Design Fair the Furniture Design Course at the Academy of fine arts Aldo Galli inaugurates the exhibition on its educational activity: DOWNLOAD ME, I’m Yours. Have you ever noticed how many catalogs, flyers and stickers we carry with us every time we go to a design fair? Sometimes we fall in love with an object seen at an exhibition but we can't (obviously) take it away with us. DMIY is a series of objects, on display for the Lake Como Design Fair, which allows them to be easily transported given their extremely light weight: 0 grams and a few kilobytes. The files that allow auto-production of the lamps on display are shared online and can be downloaded and reproduced using a 3D printer (or ordered if you do not have one). Developed by the students of the Furniture Design course together with the designer Filippo Mambretti , the first lamps that are part of this project are exhibited in the spaces of the Academy. Discovering its spaces the visitors will also find QR codes of the objects that will give you more information on the projects on display and on the courses of the academy.


Mario Radice: the artist and the architects. The collaboration with Cesare Cattaneo, Giuseppe Terragni, Ico Parisi

Pinacoteca Civica di Como, via Armando Diaz 84. Until November 24th 2019. Edited by Roberta Lietti and Paolo Brambilla. The exhibition, divided into three sections, is an accurate investigation into the vast pictorial and plastic work of Mario Radice ( Como, 1898 – 1987 ), one of the most complex figures among the first Italian abstractionists: a designer, theorist, critic of art, exhibition curator and essayist, aiming above all to reconstruct what was lost in his art. His carreer is not limited to pictorial production, but is enriched with new design experiences, above all through the collaboration with his architect friends, including Giuseppe Terragni, Cesare Cattaneo and Ico Parisi.