by Mamarocket

Maison Dressage - Fetish minimalism.

Maison Dressage  
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Fetish minimalism. Dichotomies and balance

The project came into being in 2012. The intention is to probe into the dichotomic relations between instinct and discipline, nature and rigour, strength and elegance. What ‘s decorative about an item designed to constrict? Can accessories that are clearly fetish, like harness, chocker, cuffs, be de-structured and re-contextualised? The duo - Rossella Mancini, illustrator and stylist, and Matteo Dazzo, designer and photographer - continues its stylistic, artisanal research. Developing and creating micro collections where hide and leather are matched with wood, precious, impalpable fabrics, cotton fringes, contrasting materials, balanced between empty and full, heavy and light, rigid and soft.


Your town. And three words to describe it.
Matteo: Trieste, moody, direct, beautiful.
Rossella: Trieste is adoptive for both of us. For me it’s light, sea, returning.

Three words to describe your projects.
M: perseverance, research, rigour.
R: inspiration, frenzy, love.

A colour.
M: I’ll answer with a song: paint it black!
R: black and gold.

A taste.
M: chocolate!
R: your own skin hot from the sun

Antique, modern or contemporary?
Contemporary, modern and antique.

The most precious item you own?
M: an Adler sewing machine.
R: my exercise books with drawings

Where is design going?
We believe it’s going home, to craftsmen.

Where are you going?
Towards a new design, a new project, a new collection.

Three words to describe Italy.
Improvisation, courage, possibility.

If not in Italy, where?
M: Japan!
R: always near the sea.

Never without?
M: pencil and paper.
R: a new idea buzzing round my brain.

A motto.
M: some time ago I saw writing on a wall "we don’t even back up to take a run at it!"
R: tomorrow’s another day..