Peek show

Di­more Stu­dio gives us an ex­clu­sive look be­hind the scenes at its Lon­don show de­but

Wallpaper - - October - WRITER: EMMA O’KELLY

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, maz­zole­; di­morestu­ For more Di­more Stu­dio col­lages, see Wall­pa­


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....

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...

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