The new products by John Pawson, Elisa Ossino, Studiocharlie, Silvia Fanticelli and Piero Lissoni
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Salvatori. The Marble of a Thousands Faces
10/05/2018 - During its 80 years of history the Salvatori brand dealt with processing stone for coatings and floors to consumer products, thus offering a rich proposal ranging from coatings to pieces of furniture, from lamps to tables.
More than 50 new objects for the home have been presented this year and designed in cooperation with John Pawson, Elisa Ossino, Studiocharlie, Silvia Fanticelli and Piero Lissoni, who is also the author of four new coating lines.
“For me everything depends on the clarity of line, form and junction”. These words by John Pawson are perfectly brought to life in the new collection he has designed for Salvatori: a series of tables and benches bearing his trademark understated style.
Named ‘Span’, the collection was conceived by Pawson and Salvatori as a family of simple and functional pieces with character deriving from the details of proportion and the precise manner in which horizontal and vertical, curved and angled, smooth and textured elements are combined.
The benches and exterior table, pairing classic Bianco Carrara marble with the golden hues of Avana sandstone, are the first products in the Salvatori home accessory range specifically designed for outdoor use. The indoor combine natural stone and cherry wood.
A series of coffee and dining tables by Elisa Ossino for Salvatori, ‘Proiezioni’ takes its name from the Italian word for “projections’ and refers to the effect of light on stone. The patterns created by inlaying different shades of stone evoke the idea of an invisible cinema with shafts of light creating a play of shadows and shapes. Each table looks like a sculpture, emphasized by the truncated-column form of the legs supporting the table top with its geometric figures characterised by simple lines which, in turn, are followed by others with an amplified effect resulting from the graduation of shade.
Those colours are combinations of natural stone: the green of Cipollino and Verde Alpi with Bianco Carrara, the darker shades Gris du Marais and Nero Marquinia with Bianco Carrara, and shades on the red scale with Rosso Collemandina, Travertino Bianco and Rosa Portogallo. The result is a game of association between shapes which take on a three-dimensional quality and their illusory two-dimensional projection, enhancing the extraordinary chiaroscuro quality of the stone.
The Balancing collection of desk accessories by Studiocharlie for Salvatori brings together marble and brass in an innovative and stimulating dialogue. The starting point, which gave its name to the collection, is the pen holder which gently oscillates whilst maintaining its balance. This concept of dynamic balance was then applied and reinterpreted in different keys throughout the collection of 9 pieces including a tablet holder, a letter opener, a document holder and a paperweight.
The result is a series of distinctive and contemporary statement objects which reflect an understated confidence in their simplicity. The marble chosen to set off the burnished brass was Calacatta Vagli, a milky white stone accented with beautiful swathes of pale gold and grey veining.
The collection will be integrated by items from Pineider, the Italian brand renowned for over 250 years for its luxurious writing materials.
The TABL-EAU range by designer Silvia Fanticelli for Salvatori combines natural stone and brass in a natural evolution of its sister collection PLAT-EAU. Playing with sharp lines and basic geometric shapes, the pieces add a touch of restrained glamour to any bathroom setting or kitchen setting.
This is a modular collection consisting of wall rails of various lengths, simple brass hooks and a dish which can hold soap, shampoo or even jewellery. The hooks and dish are designed to hang on the rails with no need for glue or screws, meaning that they can be removed, added or changed at any time. Flexibility is at the fore, with the multi-use rail’s contained length of 28 cm enabling it to be used with or without hooks, in the hallway for coats, in the bedroom or bathroom for robes or towels or in the kitchen.
Piero Lissoni has designed four new textures, a bookcase and a series of home accessories for Salvatori.
Piero Lissoni’s Colonnata bookcase is a striking combination of dark oak punctuated by dividers in 10 different marbles ranging from classic white Carrara to regal greens and reds and glamorous black.
The freestanding bookcase is a piece of statement furniture which can be positioned in the centre of a room, with its L-shaped dividers able to be installed in two directions, creating display spaces behind and in front. It also offers scope for personalisation with the possibility to choose a combination of colours or, for a monochromatic look, a single marble.
Piero Lissoni has taken every day items for the home and reinterpreted them in novel ways, using natural stone as the starting point. Umbrella stands, door stops, trays and bookends are turned from banal, functional objects into arresting, elegant feature pieces.
Five years after designing the highly popular Raw, Piero Lissoni has developed four new textures for the Salvatori’s Walls & Floors range. The first is B-Fish, an evolution of Raw, in thin baton-like tiles which can be laid in uniform, staggered or herringbone patterns. Stone Tatami is Lissoni’s interpretation of the eponymous Japanese traditional mat, whilst CNC was inspired by his visit to Salvatori’s Tuscan headquarters where he saw the Computer Numerical Control system at work and was fascinated by the way a precise pattern could be created by experimenting with machine settings. The fourth texture is Stone Parquet which, as the name suggests, is an expression in natural stone of the classic wooden flooring traditionally found in historic noble buildings.