DIOR, APRIL 2019

ph. Silvia Rivoltella

In April 2019, DIOR unveiled 14 highly exclusive creations designed by DIMORESTUDIO at the splendid Casa Degli Atellani in Milan, on the occasion of Milan Design Week.

Available exclusively by special order – for a one-year period – the exceptional collection spans vases, trays, a candelabra, a lighter and an ashtray, place-settings, frames and an umbrella stand.

Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci had “carte blanche” to imagine the sublime home objects, which revisit Christian Dior’s passion for the 18th century in a contemporary way.  The precious pieces combine 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 Monsieur Dior used for seating guests at his fashion shows, this material 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.

With their clean lines, these artifacts 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 were 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. 

In each setting, the custom-designed décor played on illusion and trompe-l’oeil effects: a graphic theater dominated by black in which outlines of paintings and plants were etched in white chalk, mingling with real objects, among them pieces from Dimoremilano’s furniture offering.

The collaboration with Dior illustrates an alchemy of excellence in savoir-faire, a certain French art-de-vivre and Dimorestudio’s impeccable signature.