Abet Laminati has opened a museum in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Situated at the company’s Bra factory near Milan, displays are organised chronologically to take the visitor on a historical tour of laminates in design.

The museum sprung from the desire to create a refined collection of laminate styles, colours and shapes for what Gio Ponti once described as “an extraordinary material for architecture developed by man”. Designed by architect, Matteo Scalise, the structure spans 600m² and contains over 137 pieces of art.

Visitors are able to study the ways in which the dialogue between manufacturer and designer have evolved over time and, as the tour progresses, how these designs have become more imaginative and intricate. It also displays information about Abet Laminati’s culture of research, innovative experimentation and creative concepts.

In keeping with the theme of the museum, its pale blue facade and the multi-coloured bridge that connects the two main galleries are both clad in MEG panels – a self-sustaining, high-pressure decorative laminate designed for exteriors. The entry hallway, meanwhile, features laminated walls printed with the names of the many designers and design companies that have worked with Abet’s products.