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