Monday, October 4, 2010

Studio Dimore Collection

On a beautiful Fall (yet still considered summer by our standards) day in Florence, I came across Studio Dimore Collection located at 41/R Via de’ Fossi. 41R stands for 41 red which is next to 43r but both are between #13 and #14 Via de’ Fossi.  Don’t question it, this is Italy!!  Studio Dimore Collection opened in June 2010 on Notte Bianca, a night when all the stores on Via de’ Fossi remain open late for some spring evening shopping.  They describe themselves as a “negozio di arredementi e accessori contemperano” (contemporary furniture and accessories store) specializing in pieces  from Northern Europe: Belgium, Holland and France.  The collection is vintage (30’s, 40’s, 50’s) but reinterpreted to fit into a modern setting.  Pieces are bought from famous furniture designers such as Andrew Martin, Munna and Eichholtz to name a few. 

I happened to catch one of the partners, Stefano Del Corona between seasons. “Scusa, scusa ma il negozio รจ un disastro.” Disastro? The store was so perfectly merchandised that I would have ecstatically moved into any of the room settings and called it home. Considering they only opened in June, July was a really good month.  Most of their clientele thus far consists of tourists and Florentine expats.  If you happen to fall in love with an item too big for your carry on, shipping is not a problem. They have had requests to ship as far as NYC.

Stefano comes from a background of interior design which he learned from his partners in Studio Dimore Firenze, the 12 year old Florence based interior design arm of the store, whose projects have taken them from the neighboring city of Rome to such far away cities as Moscow, London and Washington D.C. He decided to open a retail arm of Studio Dimore and teamed up with his friend Giuseppe di Salvo. Giuseppe’s background includes stints at the Guggenheim museum in both New York City and Venice and working in an art gallery in Rome.

Studio Dimore Collection Via de' Fossi 41R, Florence  phone/fax: 055 287 632

I could very easily live here
Table made of camel bone
Holland artist's interpretation of different iconic bldgs
Steel lamps and blk/wht camel bone box
African boxes

Romanelli figurines


Burmese pagodas

More Romanelli and Holland artist
Leather pillows

These were called Indian chairs because the
British originals in canvas would fold in the center
to become easily portable when they traveled
through India.
Indian chair in black

Indian chair in white

Large fossilized stone

Standing floor lamp

Black fossilized stone and leather tray table 

Cow hide basket
Rodgrigo the silent partner hard at work