DIMOREGALLERY returned to PAD LONDON, the leading fair for 20th century art, design and decorative arts issued from the world’s most prestigious galleries. The exhibit space represented an elegant Italian home in which past and present coexisted, through historical design and contemporary experimentation. Furnishing and lamps created by Design Masters from the past century, such as Osvaldo Borsani, Ignazio Gardella, Angelo Lelii, Gabriella Crespi and Melchiorre Bega, were juxtaposed with others designed and manufactured by DIMORESTUDIO, alongside the Debatable collection by designer Ilaria Bianchi.
The color palette included crisp white, ivory and black. The showcased selection boasted a sofa, two armchairs and a lacquered ottoman designed by Osvaldo Borsani in 1966; a metal bookcase with brass details by Ignazio Gardella; and a desk by Melchiorre Bega, in walnut and brass. Lighting sources were represented by rare objects such as the 12697 ceiling lamp by Angelo Lelii in acrylic, glass and brass, from 1958; and a pair of ceramic table lamps with brass details by Gabriella Crespi. Furnishings from the Progetto Non Finito collection, designed by DIMORESTUDIO, included Tavolo Basso 116, a low table whose bronze base has been produced following the lost-wax casting technique.
Ilaria Bianchi’s collection represents a new collaboration between DIMOREGALLERY and emerging designers. DIMOREGALLERY aims to establish new collaborations with creators who share its cultural and design approach: its dominant traits are the reinterpretation of past designs (from the Art Deco period to the 1970s) and their recreation in a contemporary way. A tall rectangular marble console table from her Debatable Matter collection is displayed, with brass legs as accents. The space reflected some of the key elements that describe DIMOREGALLERY’s design philosophy: contamination of styles, combination of past and present, contrasts and harmony.
Ph. Flora Luna