Frette x Dimorestudio

London's Mayfair has just had an injection of modern Italian style at the new Frette store in South Audley Street. The Fizz says molto bene!

BY DEE IVA

Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran of Milanese design studio Dimorestudio have brought the glamour and sophistication of a sleek Italian palazzo to the new Frette store in London’s Mayfair.

Opulent materials such as Marquina marble, emerald green glass and brushed brass create a stylish space to showcase Frette’s new Autumn Winter collections of luxury bed, bath and table linens, and nightwear. We’re particularly loving the beautiful duck egg blue walls, the colour-zoned floors and the elegant illuminated stairwell which features black glazed metal set on opal white glass. If you feel the need to take a pew, classic designs including Gerrit Rietveld's 'Utrecht' armchair and Charlotte Perriand's 'LC7' chair for Cassina are dotted around too. 

ABOVE: Glossy dark blue cabinets with brushed brass handles, full height sliding panels and clever lighting are just some of the luxe details in Frette's new London showroom
BELOW: Black marble and polished concrete is used to great effect. We love the change of colour in the floors to mark out different zones 

ABOVE: Incorporating emerald green and opal white glass, black metal, concrete and steel, the illuminated stairwell is a masterful mix of materials 

To mark the opening of the new Mayfair boutique, Brit designer Ashley Hicks has collaborated with Frette on a new range of embroidered geometric bed linen that will be exclusive to the store and available online in the UK. If you’re in the market for something more bespoke, head down to the lower ground floor where you can add your own touches to any item from Frette’s collections. 

Dimorestudio has pulled out all the design stops here, so much so that we just want to bed down and snuggle up for the night. Zzz...
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MPavilion: Open Sesame!

MPavilion has proved a hit with Melbournians, bringing engaging architecture to the people

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Each morning at 8am MPavilion unfurls like a flower seeking the sun. The dreamy dawn opening ceremony rewards early birds in Melbourne, where it has taken root in the Southbank’s Queen Victoria Gardens.

Launched last October, this alluring architectural structure is the first in a four-year series initiated by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, which will see a different outstanding architect commissioned to create a pavilion in the Gardens each year. 2014’s debut pavilion was designed by Melbourne architect Sean Godsell, whose past work includes the city’s RMIT Design Hub, a prototype Future Shack and a radical St Andrews Beach House on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.

BELOW: Part translucent treasure box, part flower, MPavilion opens and closes daily; The kinetic steel structure incorporates a fully automated outer skin

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Sean Godsell Architects’s MPavilion is a simple 12 x 12 metre steel structure with a glazed roof and fully automated outer skin, providing shelter, shade and filtering the strong sun. It takes inspiration from the country’s outback, says Godsell, where ‘hay sheds and barns, shearers’ sheds and verandas are Australia’s meeting rooms and community centres. They are potent places.’

A first for the city, MPavilion forms a sociable clubhouse for fans of design, architecture and culture to gather, hosting a free four-month programme of events, including workshops, talks, walks, performances and installations. It’ll be running until 1 February, so there's still time to get in on the action.

Swing by for the morning opening ritual, accompanied by a soundscape by DJ Geoff Nees in collaboration with composer/sound designer J David Franzke, then pick up a cappuccino and pastry from the Everyday Coffee Kiosk. Weekday lunchtimes feature a 15-minute exploration of The Australian Ugliness at 12pm-12.15pm, with contemporary architects reading from Robin Boyd's seminal book. Friday sunset sessions, from 5pm-9pm, bring rotating DJs, beer and wine to the party.

BELOW: Inside, the airy, wood-floored space hosts a café and events space

MPavilion takes its cue from London's influential Serpentine Pavilions, designed to promote modern architecture. Each year the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park commissions a summer pavilion by a major talent yet to build in the UK. The result has seen 14 stellar creations, including those of Toyo Ito, Oscar Niemeyer, Olafur EliassonJean NouvelPeter Zumthor and Sou Fujimoto, with inspiring cultural activities to match. We're sure Melbourne's latest architectural flower will also prove a hardy perennial...
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MPavilion is open daily until 1 February 2015, opposite the Arts Centre on St Kilda Road, Melbourne 
Photos by Earl Carter