The Italian Design Team Inspiring Our Fall Color Palette
From Art Deco to the 1980s, Milan’s Dimore Studio draws on a lavish mix of brilliant colors to create singular designs.
Published Oct 4, 2017 1:20 PM
“Nothing inspires us more than the patina of time,” says Emiliano Salci, who along with Britt Moran founded Dimore Studio in 2003. The name means both “dwellings” and “mansions” in Italian, conjuring up visions of grand tiled halls and fading frescoes.
Maximalist comes close to describing Dimore’s inspired juxtapositions of modernist classics, dreamy palettes, and retro-chic prints and patterns. Over the past decade, the duo has pioneered an instantly recognizable aesthetic from diverse references and across various industries—they’ve designed residences, hotels, shops, furniture, textiles, and art exhibitions.
[In the lead image: Hotel Saint-Marc in Paris offers a cinematic spot to sit.]
The common thread is their visionary use of color—peacock blues, vermilion reds, yellow ochres, desaturated pinks, and celadon greens—a glamorous mix of “rich, dusty hues,” says Moran. At this spring’s Salone del Mobile, they blended 1980s-style tubular pink chairs, Orientalist faded floral lanterns, and moody blue walls and floors in one of the event’s most Instagrammed installations.
[In this image: Seeing red (in the best way possible) at a Dimore-designed home.]
Their play on color is most extravagant in their textiles line, such as a geometric print that evokes a hard-edged Frank Stella painting or a new upholstery pattern featuring poppies in vivid citrine and gold. “We have always been attracted to color in defining a specific room, a mood, an atmosphere we wish to create and convey,” explains Salci.
[In this image: The Boglioli shop in New York features the duo’s signature mood-setting palette.]
is the darling of the design world. The Future Perfect founder David Alhadeff is a fan and sells the pair’s work through his New York store.
Currently in progress are new fabrics, furnishings, and lighting, with several recent projects having just wrapped, including the Hotel Saint-Marc in Paris and a Boglioli boutique in New York (pictured above)—each with a timeless yet of-the-moment quality.
Like the best mix masters, Salci and Moran defy being pinned to any one style. “While referencing the past,” says Salci, “we remain deeply rooted in the present.”
[In this image: Brass accents and dark wood complement a tomato-hued sofa in a Paris Saint Germain private residence.]
[In the Boglioli store in Milan, a San Luca chair by Castiglione features Pierre Frey velvet upholstery in a signature Dimore hue.]
[Hotel Saint-Marc Paris, situated in a building that dates to 1791, mixes vintage treasures with custom-made pieces.]
[The hotel’s color palette ranges from mustard and dusty rose to deep emerald and burgundy.]
[Dimore designed each of the 25 rooms at Hotel Saint Marc to look like a private residence.]
The palette, left to right:
, Pratt and Lambert
Farrow & Ball
, Dunn Edwards
, Sherwin Williams
[A dusty rosegallery wall
in the Casa Fayette Guadalajara.]