Since its opening, Galleria Michela Cattai has focused on the study, research and selection of works of Modern and Contemporary Art and Design by some of the most important artists and designers of the twentieth century and brought them together under one roof.

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Guglielmo Ulrich


Guglielmo Ulrich, architect, project manager and designer came from a noble family of Danish descent. During the years of his training, he was influenced by writer and architect Arrigo Boito; an important figure in Italian culture at the time, with a strong interest in the conservation of historical buildings. Guglielmo Ulrichthen studied at the Accademia Brera and graduated in achitecture at the Politecnico di Milano in 1928. His works represent one of the highest contributors in the Milanese architectural culture and in the birth of Italian design. His work is distinguished by a continuous referral to tradition, with inspirations close to modernism. In 1930, together with Attilio Scaglia and Renato Wild, he founded theARCA (Arrendamento Casa) society for which he was the project manager. The furniture, furnishings and accessories of Guglielmo Ulrich are characterised by the use of various materials, with leather, fur and prestigious wood inserts. In these years Guglielmo Ulrich bonded with a group which gravitated together with the magazine Domus and was particularly appreciated by Gio Ponti. After the distribution of the ARCA studio during the world, the architecture continued to collaborate with designers and artists, such as Gustavo Pulitzer, with whom he created the interiors of many shops and spaces. Appreciated on an international level for his sought-after style, he received the commission for the interior of the cruise ships Andrea Doria and Cristoforo Colombo in the 1950s. Following this came the furnishing projects of Raffaello and Leonardo Da Vinci. As an architect, together with Piero Bottoni, he created some important buildings, among which is il Palazzo Argentina in Corso Buenos Aires in Milan, one of the most relevant works after the war. In the 1950s, Guglielmo Ulrich participated in numerous Triennaliand in 1961 he won the first prize at the Fiera Internazionale di Trieste, for his seat ‘Trieste’.