Nilufar Depot

“I was dreaming of a big space, but not this big. Nilufar Depot was conceived as a warehouse, dominated by an almost industrial infrastructure, with technical details such as detachable railings for allowing forklifts to move through.”
Nina Yashar

In 2015, in a building that once housed a silverware factory, Nina Yashar opened Nilufar Depot. This wide space – arranged over three levels with a layout inspired by the Teatro alla Scala in Milan – has since seated part of Yashar’s extensive design collection, in an atmosphere allowing contemporary design to find a harmonious connection with iconic pieces of historical design.

Yashar partnered with architect Massimiliano Locatelli to create a space characterized by imposing metallic structures able to give a framework and regularity to the Gallerist’s very peculiar and eclectic aesthetic sense.During the years, Nilufar Depot has presented a number of acclaimed exhibitions, including Lina Bo Bardi Giancarlo Palanti Studio d’Arte Palma 1948 – 1951 (2018), a homage to one of the most revolutionary figures of modern architecture realized with the patronage and scientific collaboration of Instituto Bardi / Casa de Vidro – San Paolo, and FAR (2019), dominated by Space Caviar’s archetypical installation evoking the Oase #7 by Hans-Rucker-Co presented at Documenta 5 (1972).

Different from the ordinary Gallery setting, Nilufar Depot aims at being a space for experimentations and original encounters, a hotspot for Milan fervent and dynamic design scenes, where Nina Yashar’s peculiar curatorial view meets and merges with emerging talents, historical icons and the city itself.