Meet Our Latest Designer Crush: Dimore Studio
It’s fitting that the word “dimore,” which means dwelling in Italian, has an air of nostalgia. Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci, the designers behind Dimore Studio, are skilled at taking a piece of history and giving it new life. A 17th-century kitchen, for example, is updated with a solid brass island, a midcentury dining table, and an 18th-century Gustavian daybed. This mixing of eras and styles is precisely what makes Dimore the most in-demand design firm in Europe. They’ve collaborated with top hoteliers, fashion houses like Hermés and Bottega Veneta, and private clients with ageing villas to capture this fine balance. See why it’s easy to fall for the Milan-based duo below.
Although their aesthetic seems undoubtedly Italian, Moran actually grew up in North Carolina. Upon his first visit while in college, he fell in love with Italy and never left. He soon met Salci, who grew up in Tuscany, and the two have been living and working together for 15 years. They founded Dimore Studio in 2003, and their own furniture line in 2005.
Pinpointing why we are so fond of Dimore’s work is much like asking Grace Coddington why she loves cats; the emotion is inexplicable but it’s real. If we were really to dissect our crush, though, we’d find that it’s rare to find designers that have a great enough knowledge of history to be able to combine pieces from various periods harmoniously. Of course a room will look good when rare and expensive antiques are all thrown in, but Dimore juxtaposes those pieces together (often against a moody backdrop) for a result that is even more dynamic than the sum of its parts.
These two men may not be romantically involved (likening their relationship to that of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé or Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti), but they function as one. “We are totally in sync,” says Moran to T Magazine. “We can be travelling on the opposite sides of the world, and we will call each other and remark on the same story in a magazine.”
You don’t have to travel to Milan to see the work of Dimore in person. The duo has projects underway across the globe: a hotel in Guadalajara, a 16th-century chateau in Cognac, and a Sonia Rykiel boutique in Monte Carlo. As the two are only in their early 40s, we have many projects of theirs to look forward to witnessing. In the meantime, we’ll be here, preparing ourselves to crush even harder on these two masters.
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