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Dior Maison and Philippe Starck collaborate again at the Salone del Mobile

Dior just paid hommage to rich Indian craftmanship tradition with a star-studded show in Mumbai. The French label unveiled its Pre-Fall 2023 collection in front of a star-studded audience that included local and international royal guests, and our valued Art Contributor Shalini Passi, alongside Bollywood stars Rekha, Sonam Kapoor, and Anushka Sharma, as well as models Cara Delevingne and Maisie Williams, against the historic Gateway of India monument. Now Dior presents modern Western style paired with French chic at the Salone del Mobile 2023 in Milan, Dior Maison and Philippe Starck continue their collaboration and unveil the Monsieur Dior armchair.


For the Salone del Mobile 2023 in Milan, Dior Maison and Philippe Starck continue their collaboration and unveil the Monsieur Dior armchair, a tribute to the emblematic figure of the couturier. “After Miss Dior, unveiled in 2022 – the chair inspired by the iconic Medallion – it was natural to expand the family with Monsieur Dior, this new armchair,” comments Philippe Starck. Symbols of supreme savoir-faire combined with the most advanced technologies, these exceptional pieces are revealed in different materials and colors (polished or lacquered aluminum, ecru bouclé fabric and pink, black or fluorescent orange toile de Jouy), and are surrounded by the most comprehensive collection of furniture ever created for the House. An exclusive dialogue between Dior and the internationally renowned French creator, to be discovered from April 18 to 23, 2023 in the heart of Palazzo Citterio in Milan.

With Christian Dior, there is this perfect balance, both firm and subtle, between masculinity and femininity, which seems to be the secret of the longevity and importance of his work. That is how I see Monsieur Dior, and that is how I wanted to conceive this collection, which is ultra-technological and entirely graceful. We have once again transcended the boundaries of excellence at the convergence of craftsmanship –that virtuoso poetry of the hand – and the most advanced new techniques” Philippe Starck For the Salone del Mobile 2023 in Milan,

Dior Maison and Philippe Starck pursue their collaboration with a complete collection of timeless, elegant furniture, including the Monsieur Dior armchair. The internationally renowned designer, known for his visionary, poetic objects and places, continues to reinvent the iconic Medallion chair. A major source of inspiration, a homage to the emblematic figure of Monsieur Dior. This new chapter embodies the essence of couture, “its gracefulness, and the way it falls,” in the words of Philippe Starck, recalling those of Christian Dior*. A striking celebration of heritage, reflecting the ambition of the famous French creator to reveal “the life that is in everything”. “After Miss Dior**, it was natural to expand the family. The duo of creations, the Miss Dior Sweet chair and the Monsieur Dior armchair, are perfectly balanced through these essential, existential notions of gravity and lightness, of yin and yang. Miss Dior and Monsieur Dior, Catherine and Christian Dior, the sister and the brother, the chair and the armchair, is the story of a sublime complementary duality,” comments Starck.

Available in a range of materials and colors (polished or lacquered aluminum, ecru bouclé fabric and pink,black or fluorescent orange toile de Jouy), these exceptional pieces, made in Italy, reflect the virtuosity of the hand and the most demanding innovation. They are accompanied by“little brothers and sisters, such as various tables of different sizes, and stools, all of which are extremely elegant”.

Expressions of excellent savoir-faire and perfect harmony, the curves of these models have been drawn to achieve a timeless quintessence. Driven by a “passion for the minimum”, Philippe Starck has refined thestructure of the seat to the extreme, seeking the absolute finesse of its silhouette, further emphasized bythe simplicity of aluminum, the nobility and durability of which he values.“Aluminum is the point zero from which everything is built, the idea of intelligence and purity of technology. The object as it is in its origin,its essence, without any dross.”* ̋The architecture of a dress isn’t an empty term. A dress is constructed and it is constructed according to the direction of the fabrics, this is the secret of sewing and it is a secret that depends on the first architectural law: that of obedience to gravity.The way a fabric falls – and the line, the balance of a dress result from this fall – is a function of the direction of the fabric. ̋(Christian Dior, Conference at the Sorbonne, 1955)** Chair conceived during the first collaboration between Philippe Starck and the House of Dior in 2022.

Elevated to the status of works of art, these unique pieces, at once exquisitely sophisticated andultra-modern, can be discovered from April 18 to 23 in Palazzo Citterio, a sumptuous 18th-century edifice located in the heart of the Italian city. Conceived as an immersive experience, the scenography – at the center of which the new items will be unveiled, notably the Monsieur Dior armchair – will be enlivened by a captivating video and musical installation devised with Soundwalk Collective*** (Stephan Crasneanscki, Simone Merli).The new Dior by Starck collection will be available in a selection of Dior boutiques from 2024, as well as to order at all Dior locations.To schedule your visit to Palazzo Citterio, please reserve your time slot via the link below (starting April 13): del Mobile, Milan, April 18-23, 2023

Palazzo Citterio, Via Brera 12, Milan. April 18, 19, 20, 22 from 9 am to 10 pm (last admission). April 21 from 11 am to 10 pm (last admission) April 23 from 9 am to 8 pm (last admission)Upon arrival, visitors will be greeted by a guide who will reveal the details of the collaboration between Dior and Philippe Starck. They will also be invited to scan a QR code to access content that will allow them to fully explore the world of Dior Maison.*** Music by Soundwalk Collective. Voices: Fanny Mulay Winter, Youka Snell, Joanna Deborah Bussinger, Larissa Tsevi-Unterdörfer, Douglas Pisterman, Fernando Morales, Noah Slee, Simone Ferrante. Strings: Davis West, Lucas Sanchez, Marie Langlamet, Wolf Hassinger. Conducting and arranging for string quartet: Zacharias Falkenberg. Additional arrangement: Aurélien Rivière.

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