An Eye has to travel: Dimore Studio

“A home that has a layered feel is much more interesting for the eye. We’re not minimalists at all.”


Photo courtesy of @dimorestudio
Photo courtesy of @dimorestudio

There is a certain addictiveness to the optical seduction that one is overcome with when the eyes first feast on the dynamic and hauntingly beautiful dwellings created by the design duo behind Dimore Studio. These stunningly unique and unusual environments exude a brooding darkness which offer sublimely juxtaposed elements and harbour delicate dialogues between the historic and the modern. Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci unapologetically disrupt expectations by mingling with eras and cleverly harmonising offbeat textures and materials, all whilst obtaining an elegant Italian edge. It is arguably this fearlessness towards venturing into unchartered territory that has led them to become the most influential interior designers right now.

 

According to Salci together – himself the conservative pragmatist and Moran the fearless iconoclast, they equate to the perfect amalgamation for creativity and ideas. It is perhaps this magnetic relationship, the pairing of idiosyncrasies and individual personalities that is the key to their success. Moran originally hails from Asheboro, North Carolina but fell head over heels for Italy and has ultimately adopted it as his home, Salci is himself Italian born and bred and grew up in Arezzo, Tuscany. The two, who are both roommates and business partners alike live, work and breath Dimore Studio and are constantly travelling and visiting galleries and new places in order to obtain new inspiration. Therefore their influences are constantly evolving and developing in their ongoing quest to interpret and produce things differently from other studios.


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These stunningly unique and unusual environments exude a brooding darkness which offer sublimely juxtaposed elements and harbour delicate dialogues between the historic and the modern.

They effortlessly push the boundaries and in a very natural way, ripen whilst uncompromising their signature DNA. They do however have a soft spot for the reissued 1950s and 60s designs from Italian company Azucena as well as the lighting of Achille Castiglioni and Angelo Lelli and name Carlo Scarpa, Giò Ponti and Mies van der Rohe as some of their greatest sources of inspiration when it comes to interiors.


Moran and Salci set up Dimore Studio after a rendezvous in Milan in 2003 and have since set about together in creating not just spaces but entire worlds that exude intrigue, serenity and another timelessness which render an emotional connection. Their aim is to instill a feeling of warmth, coziness and reassurance and to yield feelings of nostalgia and familiarity.

There exists always a delicious twist in regards to their approach, whether it be their experimentation with colour, their pic’ n ‘mix approach to their choice of design objects or their use of bold patterns for fabrics or flooring – there lies a beauty in the fact that there is always something that is slightly off. The result is something that is both distinctive and enduring, far from the mundane, and conventional is most definitely not a word that comes to mind.