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“We wanted traditional London—modern isn’t what we were looking for,” Dan Caten says. It’s a comment that startles a bit, considering that @dsquared2, the fashion label that he and his brother Dean founded more than two decades ago, has always been more rock ’n’ roll than royalty. Instead, the Canadian-born identical twins wanted a classic example of local real estate but on their own terms. So they went looking in a west London area that Tatler once called “mistressy and the fact cannot be avoided”: Maida Vale, where Italianate houses painted the color of clotted cream have hosted kept women and sex scandals (Lord Lambton’s spectacular 1973 flameout, to name just one) since the late 19th century. One of those stolid buildings, facing Regent’s Canal in the Maida Vale enclave of Little Venice, is now the Catens’ own. Appropriately enough, given the inhabitants, it’s a semidetached, one half of mirror-image residences built around 1830. (Anjelica Huston lived next door as a teenager.) Despite the location, though, there’s not a single Anglo signifier in its revamped rooms—no chintz, no Chippendale, no rus in urbe cheerfulness. That comes as little surprise, given that the Catens asked friends Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran of Milan’s @dimorestudio to decorate the digs with the same cinematic moodiness that the #AD100 firm brought to @ceresio7, the celebrity-magnet bar and restaurant that crowns @dsquared2’s headquarters. “We try to come up with a story line for every project, and we really wanted to create this idea of two travelers and all the treasures they’ve brought back from various places in the world,” Moran says. Visit the link in our profile to see more of the project. Photo by @paulraeside; text by @adaesthete; styled by @gianlucalongogg

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