Fashion Stars Dean and Dan Caten London Townhouse by Dimore Studio – We wanted traditional London—modern isn’t what we were looking for,” Dan Caten says. It’s a comment that startles a bit, considering that Dsquared2, the fashion label that he and his brother Dean founded more than two decades ago, has always been more rock ’n’ roll than royalty. Instead, the Canadian-born identical twins—close-cropped silver hair, bold eyewear, whippet-thin physiques, and a habit of completing each other’s sentences—wanted a classic example of local real estate but on their own terms. So they went looking in a west London area that Tatler once called “mistressy and the fact cannot be avoided”: Maida Vale, where Italianate houses painted the color of clotted cream have hosted kept women and sex scandals (Lord Lambton’s spectacular 1973 flameout, to name just one) since the late 19th century.
One of those stolid buildings, facing Regent’s Canal in the Maida Vale enclave of Little Venice, is now the Catens’ own. Appropriately enough, given the inhabitants, it’s a semidetached, one half of mirror-image residences built around 1830. (Anjelica Huston lived next door as a teenager.) Despite the location, though, there’s not a single Anglo signifier in its revamped rooms—no chintz, no Chippendale, no rus in urbe cheerfulness. That comes as little surprise, given that the Catens asked friends Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran of Milan’s Dimore Studio to decorate the digs with the same cinematic moodiness that the AD100 firm brought to Ceresio 7, the celebrity-magnet bar and restaurant that crowns Dsquared2’s headquarters in the same Italian city.
“We try to come up with a story line for every project, and we really wanted to create this idea of two travelers and all the treasures they’ve brought back from various places in the world,” Moran says. Elaborate lookbooks, beautifully bound, are prepared at the start of every Dimore Studio commission—compilations, he adds, of “sensations, poetry, and images that act as a style guide, with disposition of the pieces of furniture, how the spaces are going to work, the fabrics, and the colors.” The Catens were smitten, though with reservations. “A pumpkin-colored room with a blush-pink ceiling? Hmmmm. I don’t know about that,” Dan recalls. “Sometimes they can be very out there.” Says Dean, “You have to trust them.”
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Source: Architectural Digest