Dimore Studio gives us an exclusive look behind the scenes at its London show debut
Dimore Studio’s exclusive preparatory collages for its new London installation
Anyone wanting a quick peek at Dimore Studio’s contribution to this year’s London Design Festival should head to Mayfair’s Mazzoleni Gallery. The Milan-based design all-rounders have transformed the space into a five-room apartment, where modern art sits alongside vintage and contemporary furniture. But a peek is all you’ll get. Visible only through a porthole, each room is no more than a mise en scène – you can look but you can’t touch.
The show, conceived by Dimore Studio (which has shared its preparatory collages exclusively with Wallpaper*), is the first in a series of collaborations entitled ‘Mazzoleni Invites’. ‘We want to work with people from fashion, design, architecture – those who are outside fine art but influenced by it,’ explains Mazzoleni’s managing director Mira Dimitrova, who is set on bringing ‘a different viewpoint and audience to the gallery’. Dimore was the obvious first partner. Mazzoleni has collaborated with its founders, Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci, on several occasions. It loaned the duo art for an exhibition at this year’s Salone del Mobile, and in 2016 collaborated on a private apartment in Rome for Fendi (see W*204). Mazzoleni provided Fendi with art, while Dimore took care of the interior. ‘Mazzoleni let us pick and choose from its archive,’ recalls Moran. ‘That was a fun shopping trip!’
For the London show, Dimore has again had the chance to rifle through Mazzoleni’s treasures. ‘We were given carte blanche,’ says Moran. ‘Initially we wanted to create something borderline kitsch. Instead it has turned out to be rather elegant,’ he explains. ‘We try to venture off, but the colours and materials always end up feeling Italian in everything we do.’
Dimore’s style, of which Mazzoleni shows a fleeting glimpse, is taking permanent hold elsewhere in Mayfair. October sees the unveiling of its new jazz club in the The Arts Club’s basement, and a first showing at PAD. Next year, a showroom for a watchmaking client opens in the Royal Arcade. Its time in London has come.
‘Mazzoleni Invites: Dimore Gallery/(un)comfort Zone’ is on until 24 September, mazzoleniart.com; dimorestudio.eu. For more Dimore Studio collages, see Wallpaper.com
above, in the living room, 1950s wall lights, by stilnovo; bar cabinet, by osvaldo borsani; ‘locus solus’ armchairs, by gae aulenti, for Poltronova; table, by ignazio gardella; ‘ 109’ Pendant, from the Progetto non finito collection, by dimore studio. artworks are
Nero, 1964; Grigio, 1988, both by agostino bonalumi; and Due ovali
Metallizzati, 2006, by turi simeti
left, in the bedroom, ‘cityscape’ screens, by Paul evans, for directional; ‘model 1842’ floor lamps, by Josef frank, for svenskt tenn; 1940s wall-mounted consoles; 1950s salottino armchairs; ‘trilobo’ wall lights, by venini; 1950s cherry wood beds; and ‘Palm’ carpet, from the Progetto Palmador collection, by dimore studio. artworks are rilievo o elementi Curvi,
1967-1972, by getulio alviani; and Bianco e Nero, 1968, by agostino bonalumi