On the occasion of the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Dior Maison is unveiling 14 exclusive creations designed by Dimore Studio – founded in Milan in 2003 by the Italian-American duo Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran. An architecture and interior design studio specializing in furniture design, lighting and textiles, Dimore Studio was given carte blanche to create a series of precious objects for Dior Maison.
Available exclusively by special order – for a one-year period – the collection, spanning vases, trays, a cande- labra, a lighter and an ashtray, place-settings, frames and an umbrella stand, will preview from April 9th to 11th at the beautiful Casa degli Atellani in Milan.
This highly exclusive collection combines the virtuoso alloying of different metals (gold, silver and bronze) with the interplay of Plexiglas and natural woven rattan celebrating cannage, the House of Dior’s iconic code. Echoing the Napoleon III-style chairs Christian Dior used for seating guests at his fashion shows, cannage is one of the motifs that punctuate this collection, along with sophisticated silver-leaf work and golden nuances – gold being the House’s signature color and metal – that revisit Monsieur Dior’s passion for the 18th century in a contemporary way.
With their clean lines, these veritable art objects evoke, through their names and shapes, Surrealism and Cubism, two artistic movements Christian Dior favored, as a former gallerist, art collector and friend and admirer of the greatest artists of the 20th century, from Picasso to Dalí and Magritte.
The umbrella stand, in woven rattan encircled in gold-plated brass and black metal trim, is titled Ceci n’est pas un vase (This is Not a Vase), while a series – in smoked gray Plexiglas – comprising two (real) vases, a cubic lighter, an ashtray and tray, was christened Cubisme (Cubism).
The Basket series, composed exclusively of three vases – two of which feature lunar curves – dialogue with the rattan’s light colors and fine weaves. The candelabra, in bronze, gold and steel, entitled De nuit (By Night), rises from the petals of a flower in bronze, a graphic line with subtle plays on transparency.
Elsewhere, place-settings in satin-finish, chrome-plated steel are charmingly named A côté de toi (Next to You) and are embellished with the Christian Dior signature, while the Grand Buffet tray, a blend of gold and silver shades, features, in its center oval, the iconic initials CD. The quintessence of purity, a set of glass frames enhanced with polished gold is named Trittico (Triptych), in reference to a specific composition of paintings.
These creations, an alchemy of excellence in savoir-faire, a certain French art de vivre and Dimore Studio’s unique contemporary signature, are presented in the Casa degli Atellani, in five rooms leading from the library to the bedroom.
In each setting, the décor is a play on illusion, a graphic theater dominated by black in which outlines of pain- tings and plants are etched in white chalk; these motifs mingle with real objects, among them pieces from DimoreMilano, Dimore Studio’s own line of furniture and fabrics. This trompe-l’oeil was custom-designed to showcase this exceptional collection.