If you want to get a measure of the current mood in interior design – colourful, whimsical, winkingly retro, daringly bold – there’s few better ways to do it at the moment than peruse the schemes of Milan-based practice DimoreStudio. The brainchild of graphic designer Mr Britt Moran and former Cappellini art director Mr Emiliano Salci, the company has garnered much acclaim for its eclectic, pleasingly busy aesthetic since its foundation in 2003, completing some daring schemes for private clients in Milan as well as creating shops and spaces for the likes of Boglioli, Aesop, Maison Kitsuné and Cire Trudon. Now, a bustling office of over 40 employees, it’s a two-pronged operation, offering design services and a range of original furniture under the DimoreStudio name, and mounting exhibitions of contemporary and historical design from its founders’ collections under the aegis of DimoreGallery. Uniting both initiatives is the duo’s love of post-war Italian furniture (which they tend to mix with their own, eclectic designs), busy print textures and, most importantly of all, a bold colour or two.
“I think we always choose an unusual colour that you wouldn’t expect to see in an interior,” says Mr Moran. “But then, when you see it, you think, ‘Oh, I like that.’ A strong colour becomes a neutral choice for us, and we tend to use it throughout a space – that’s how we keep things uniform.”