CLASH RICH

We delve into Di­more Stu­dio’s fab­ric col­lec­tions – a nos­tal­gia-tinged kalei­do­scope of pat­terns

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Taking in­spi­ra­tion from pat­terns your aun­tie might have cho­sen back in the 1970s isn’t the most ob­vi­ous start­ing point for a fab­ric col­lec­tion, but we’ve come to ex­pect star­tling orig­i­nal­ity from Di­more Stu­dio (aka Ital­ian de­signer Emil­iano Salci and Amer­i­can part­ner Britt Mo­ran). There’s a dis­tinct note of 1970s nos­tal­gia to the duo’s work – wit­ness the psy­che­delic floral car­pets and pink satin valances in their se­ries of room in­stal­la­tions at Lon­don’s Maz­zoleni gallery last Septem­ber. It chimes per­fectly with their pal­ette of moody colours and pre­cious ma­te­ri­als.

Salci and Mo­ran launched their ‘Pro­getto Tes­suti’ tex­tile col­lec­tion in 2015, hav­ing been un­able to find de­signs they liked for res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial projects. They work with fashion tex­tile fac­to­ries in the Como re­gion of Italy, adding new of­fer­ings each year. The ‘Aun­tie’ fab­rics came first, fol­lowed by metallics, geo­met­ric prints and, in 2017, out­door tex­tiles. This year, there are de­signs in­spired by the Art Deco move­ment and Mi­lanese ar­chi­tec­ture. ‘Our aes­thetic is about unexpected, lay­ered at­mos­pheres that are dra­matic, yet con­tained,’ says Salci. ‘ We wanted to cre­ate some­thing that had not been seen be­fore, so even our stripe pat­terns are dif­fer­ent – less de­fined, and ex­e­cuted in our trade­mark hues.’

High­lights from the new col­lec­tion in­clude the baroque-style ‘San­carlo’ em­broi­dery. ‘It’s in­spired by the al­tar cloths in the San Carlo church in Mi­lan,’ says Mo­ran. A to­tal con­trast is ‘The Brown Click’, an Art Deco-style geo­met­ric print in retro choco­late shades, and ‘Matzinga’, with metal­lic re­liefs that Mo­ran says have a ‘fu­tur­is­tic-me­chan­i­cal’ feel. It’s im­pos­si­ble to be cau­tious with de­signs like these – you need to see them on a big scale.

Clash­ing prints is some­thing that Di­more Stu­dio heartily en­dorses. ‘Pat­tern is es­sen­tial to an in­te­rior,’ says Salci. ‘For us, a rich pal­ette not only evokes lux­ury, but also a feel­ing of dis­cov­ery, al­low­ing you to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing new every time you look.’ Fab­rics from £177 per me­tre (di­morestu­dio.eu).

Pic­tured ‘Push It Two’ jacquard fab­ric (used as wall­cov­er­ing), ‘Palm’ car­pet for Pierre Frey and ‘Se­dia’ chair, all by Di­more Stu­dio

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