August 13, 2019 | News | No Comments
In 1947, Christian Dior overhauled the interiors of his home and headquarters – as well as his atelier at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris, where he hosted fashion parades to show his iconic New Look garments. White, pearl-grey and light-drenched, his new décor heralded a return to chic after the austerity forced by the Second World War. “[His interiors] tapped into the richness and civility of the French past to create a modern, relevant response to the postwar world,” says design historian Maureen Footer.
A table setting with Dior Maison’s new collection, Cannage.
Christian Dior passed away in 1957, but his passion for interiors is kept alive by the exclusive home décor offered by his brand since 2016. The latest collection, called Cannage (French for ‘canework’), pays homage to the fashion shows he hosted at his Paris atelier nearly 70 years ago.
Plates have a canework pattern unique to Provence; cutlery handles are made from olive wood.
At these fashion shows, Dior would seat his guests on Napoléon III-style chairs that featured intricate canework. This detail was the inspiration for the current homewares collection, which has placemats, plates and mugs with classic cane patterns distinct to Provence.
Glassware in the collection is mouth-blown in Italy.
Designed by Dior Maison’s artistic director, Cordelia de Castellane, the homewares also feature sprigs of lily of the valley – Dior’s lucky flower. Some of the items are printed with green intended to reflect Dior’s love for his garden and country home, while others are a beige colour inspired by the Haussmannian buildings of Paris (Haussmann oversaw a vast public works project under Emperor Napoléon III to beautify the city).
Borders on porcelain plates are in a palette of burnished gold and beige.
Christian Dior wrote in his memoirs, “I will always prefer [an interior] that’s more sensitive and spirited, which has gradually developed over time according to the existence and whims of its inhabitant.” The designer understood the importance of interior design that echoes an individual’s personality.
The Cannage collection on display at Dior Maison’s boutique at 28 Avenue Montaigne, Paris.
As one of Dior’s most famous quotes attests, “Living in a house that doesn’t reflect who you are is akin to wearing someone else’s clothes.” We’ll drink a toast to that in one of Dior Maison’s stunning champagne flutes.
Exteriors of flagship Dior boutiques on Avenue Montaigne, Paris.
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