The Mandrione area of Rome is often featured in literary walks and also films – made famous most notably by the director Pier Paolo Pasolini. A walk in this area, following the arches of the Roman aqueduct, reveals a vivid, artistic neighbourhood. It’s also the home of American-Italian floral designer Dylan Tripp and his atelier nestles among the archways.
In keeping with his surroundings, Tripp’s light-filled home is a blend of historical elements and contemporary design. Travel mementos, such as Sicilian18th-century golden papier-mâché frames from Noto, antiques discovered at local and French markets – namely the Porte de Clignancourt in Paris – are juxtaposed, for instance, with pendant lighting from Tom Dixon, furniture by Maarten Baas and cement flooring. These eclectic finds reflect Tripp’s interesting career path – as a former fashion designer for Valentino and Fendi, he was also a talent scout for Paraphernalia, one of the first concept stores in the capital.
Tripp clearly has an “eye” for curating vignettes around his home – no corner or corridor is wasted – revealing his creativity and love of the natural world. Tripp admits, “It is very relaxing to touch the soil, to caress petals and plants, to establish a strong bond with nature, it is like entering an ancestral world. I wanted to relate the domestic and familiar space to my idea of creation and connection with what surrounds us every day.”
Nature is reflected in the interiors as a continuous decorative motif – from the lush garden to the cut flowers. Tripp’s floral creations are like living sculptures. The scent of lisianthus, eucalyptus, rosehip, dahlia and celosia invigorate the kitchen and living areas. “There is something fascinating in the nuances of a cut flowers’ bouquet, that finds new beauty in losing its bloom”.
The garden leads to the bright living area, where a trompe l’œil fabric from Provence blends playfully with the mix of Fifties furnishings, the collection of fashion photo books, the numerous family objects, and the ceramic vases by Umberto Mantineo and the Dutch StudioErikGutter. It’s a different definition of “la dolce vita” but still molto simpatico.
The kitchen features the Etch Pendant ceiling light by Tom Dixon bought at Galleria Mia in Rome, original DSC 106 in beechwood chairs by Ignazio Gardella, Paperpulp vases by Serax and Oriente Italiano Bario plates by Richard Ginori. As for the plants – in the foreground is a monstera deliciosa variegata. In the sink, ready for styling are lisianthus and eucalyptus.
In the living room: the blue 1950’s armchairs were bought in Paris at the market of Porte de Clignancourt. The green sofa is also from the 1950s from a vintage market. The ceramic vases at the window are by Italian designer Umberto Mantineo. The trompe l’Oeil curtain hanging on the wall (c1860) was bought in Provence. Dylan Tripp designed the coffee table and the ceramic white vase on the coffee table is by Studio Erik Gutter.
Pretty Oriente Italiano Bario plates by Richard Ginori are complemented with pompom chrysanthemum, lisianthus and purple celosia flowers.
In another corner of the living room is a mirror inherited from Tripp’s grandmother. The flower composition is of apricot, carnations, dahlias and celosias plus branches of rosehip. The original 1940’s armchair was also a vintage find.
The light airy private garden is an urban oasis and the perfect setting for al fresco entertaining.
Photographs by Serena Eller Vainicher
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