The residence and laboratory of the Roman floral designer Dylan Tripp in Mandrione, a district of the capital full of suggestions

You cannot say that you know Rome if you have not visited the Mandrione at least once. The Felice Aqueduct and the artisan workshops, the railway and Pasolini's memories, the echoes of the Pigneto nightlife not far away: there is the perfect blend of stratified suggestions typical of the Rome, in the neighborhood that opens up like a piece of countryside in the first suburb and where, in the post-war period, peasants and evacuees grazed their flocks.

It is in this popular and creative outpost that floral designer Dylan Tripp, forty-year-old Roman of American origins, formerly stylist for Valentino and Fendi and talent scout for the artistic residences of Paraphernalia, one of the first concept stores in the capital, wanted his residence and laboratory. A house surrounded by greenery and reflecting a vocation as a designer tout court, integrating spaces for work with those for everyday domestic life, with a lush garden that acts as a curtain between the intimate dimension and the lively life of the neighborhood.

“We were looking for a house with my partner with an outdoor space that was not too far from the center. And we came across this house, in the city but with a country air. And in a street with a lot of historical stratification, as is typical of Rome”, tell Tripp. “I wanted the domestic and family space to be linked to my idea of creation and connection with what surrounds us every day”. 

In the house, historical elements blend with more contemporary lines, together with travel memories such as the gilded eighteenth-century Sicilian papier-mâché frames bought in Noto, and modern antiques discovered around Italian and non-Italian markets, first of all the Porte de Clignancourt Paris.

The designer designed the house as a visual dialogue with the green outside of the garden that fills the view of those inside. The garden leads to the bright living area, where a trompe l'oeil fabric from a Provençal residence plays with the mix of 1950s furnishings, the collection of fashion photo books, the numerous family objects and ceramic vases by Umberto Mantineo and by StudioErikGutter.

The floral visions of Dylan Tripp, almost like living sculptures with the scent of lisianthus, eucalyptus, dog rose, dahlia and celosia, animate the kitchen, the living area and the more private environments, characterized by tailor-made interventions such as the insertion into the floor in resin of the original cement tiles of the house and from contemporary and handcrafted objects.

Among others, the Clay Table with Drawer by Maarten Baas, the Etch Pendant by Tom Dixon, the multicolored vases by Gaetano Pesce and the Amalfi ceramics by Reinaldo Sanguino for Made in Edit, all treasures unearthed by the Roman gallery Mia. And a great-grandmother's seventeenth-century casket found in a garage which, he says, is the piece he is most fond of, as in general it is to everything that carries with it the memory of a moment or a person.

The balance between design pieces, travel memories and objets trouvés is instinctive: “I don't like houses that are only one way. Mixing objects and memories makes sure that a house is truly lived in and real. And the design definitely helps to make everything fresher and more contemporary”.