If this is the first you’re hearing of Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci, who make up the Milan-based interior design firm Dimore Studio, it won’t be the last. While the duo started collaborating back in 2003, they’ve more recently shifted their focus from private homes to public spaces. The response has been raves both within the insular world of design and among those who have happened to wander into one of their moody, elegantly faded interiors, which manage to feel Old World and modern at the same time.
Momentum started building five years ago, when they hung a hauntingly beautiful light installation at Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel in Chicago. In Paris and Milan, they reimagined retail outposts for Hermès, Aesop, and candlemaker Cire Trudon. And each project seems to get more ambitious. At the March unveiling of the Palazzo Fendi in Rome, the fashion world swooned over Dimore’s sumptuous redo of thestore’s private second floor, where Fendi entertains VIP customers.
Photo by Mai Linh
Photo by Paola Pansini
Photo by Mai Linh
How did the duo develop their particular blend of past and present? “My tastes tend to be more traditional,” says Moran, a North Carolina native who got his start as a furniture designer. He fell in love with Italy during a college visit and eventually moved there. Salci, who was born in Tuscany and started his career running his father’s design shop, “is more contemporary,” says Moran. “Emiliano is always dragging me to the MoMA when we’re in New York, and I’m always bringing him to more classical galleries like the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. We push each other in different directions.” Moran and Salci cofounded Dimore Studio after discovering that they shared a philosophy on design. “We like to mix vintage and modern, and wildly different color palettes and patterns,” says Moran. “Although we’ve matured over the last 13 years, those same beliefs are still in place.”