Swoon. Recently I have been clocking interiors by Dimore Studio from Milan. They do commercial and residential commissions. I scan the various home/design magazines and every now and again, something will stop me in my tracks and my heart will beat a bit faster. It turns out that recent things that had this effect on me were all by Dimore Studio.
(Note on the previous two photos their "skirting board" effect. Simple but effective band of matt black paint maybe 30cm deep with a metallic gold band of about 2cm. Easy to achieve with some low tack tape, gold stencil paint and a stencil brush).
That is saying something because I am hard to impress. I have a very particular style and even am very picky about what I like. My love of Dimore style was further cemented when I walked into the small but gorgeous Cire Trudon shop in Paris to buy a scented candle recently.
I immediately noted the colour combination and the cabinets and asked the manager if they were vintage and he said no, they had been custom made by Dimore Studio ("Did I know them?") from Milan. I would imagine most people wouldn't know who they were, but not only did I know, but they are my current design crush. How kharmic.
How can I describe their style? Well it is that perfect combination of old and new. It is definitely mix and match which is so important to make interiors not seem either clinical or that they are out of a shop catalogue.
In their own words, they combine "different materials and eras, maintaining a dialogue between the past and the contemporary". They favour the 1920s art deco through to the 1970s. Using antique items means that there is always an element of the unique. They combine this with bespoke designed items so there is an element of new as well.
They like to be creative with colours. Scan through google images of their work and white walls are nowhere to be seen. Like me, they have used magenta and lilac carpets, teal and dark inky blue walls and more.
Hermes Maison Showroom Milan, photographer Andrea Pisapia
They just seem to have a talent for putting things together in a particular way that to me is very modern and full of personality.
"What is modern now?" is always the big question being asked about any kind of design. Well to me, the most successful modern still is the ability to mix and match eras, textures, colours, patterns in ways which will only ever be personal because there is always ingredients that are one-offs whether they are bespoke or antique. In other words, noone else could possibly have the same. And if you use bespoke or antique in your house, it is there because you have specifically chosen it to be there and this adds soul to your scheme.
I just find everything Dimore do inspiring and am so glad they are fans of colour and pattern. At the risk of sounding very precious, I would never thought I would let anyone design Egglestone Manor, but I think I would let them if I wasn't doing it myself (I am sure they would be thrilled to know that :) I know I thought the cabinetry in Cire Trudon would look marvellous in my kitchen (love the curved edges).
And I love the gloss painted curved ceiling in this bathroom. I am making a mental note to do something similar in my bathroom (when we get around to redoing it as it is still 1970's avocado hell - this on the other hand is 1970's scrummy).
Yes, it is love. And I look forward to seeing future projects and am hoping a book may appear at some point so I can swoon at my leisure. I must say I have really enjoyed writing this post and immersing myself in Dimore world.