Salvatori presents 'Hidden Rooms' in occasion of Salone del Mobile 2019
An immersive installation of objects and accessories for the home designed by internationally-acclaimed designers John Pawson, Piero Lissoni and Elisa Ossino.
Illustration by Federico Babina – Hidden Rooms Concept
In occasion of the upcoming edition of Salone del Mobile, Salvatori’s Brera showroom will be transformed by longtime collaborator Elisa Ossino. The Milan-based designer will create a series of rooms to be discovered in a surprise sequence, alternating various types, textures and patterns of Salvatori’s natural stone.
As visitors travel through the winding galleries they will discover hidden environments: a small chamber of optical illusions multiplied in mirrored reflections, a large bas-relief mural of geometric figures treated with different varieties and weights of marble and various spatial examinations of Salvatori’s stone, following one another in free form.
Ossino’s Hidden Rooms project brilliantly interprets Salvatori’s distinct stone textures and finishes, pushing the creative limits of the already versatile material.
The idea was born from Ossino’s bathroom project, Balnea, explains Salvatori CEO Gabriele Salvatori: “We were inspired by the collection’s beautiful linen curtains and wanted to recall this idea throughout the exhibition in order to create a sense of detachment for visitors. Hidden spaces you could view from distance but not touch, as if you are looking out from behind a curtain.”
John Pawson – Ellipse Collection
John Pawson has created a family of vessels and utensils for the home whose powerful affinities include rigorous simplicity of form, materiality and function. Each of the pieces comprising the Ellipse Collection is fabricated from a single seamless piece of Bianco Carrara marble.
Circular in plan, the pieces share details of geometry and proportion, with variation in the character of the internal curve determined by embedded rituals of use. Contrasting polished and sandblasted textures create subtle differentiation between flat and contoured surfaces, for the eye and for the hand.
Piero Lissoni – Lost Stone Collection & Home Collection
Piero Lissoni debuts his Lost Stones collection, a new series of tables fabricated from heritage stone discovered in Salvatori’s archives.
The tables employ the Japanese technique of kintsugi, a method of repairing shattered ceramics with delicate seams of gold: each table is a singularly unique object, its natural pattern, like a bolt of lightning, impossible to replicate.
“The Lost Stones Collection gives new life to fragments of precious stone, joining them by following the randomness of its shatter”, explains Lissoni of the project.
“The golden seams along the profiles of each cut transform the imperfect form into a perfect state.” Lissoni also expands his Home Collection: trays, vases and containers blend Salvatori’s natural stone with glass, wood and metal.
The collection includes Salvatori’s first home fragrance, a masculine winter scent with notes of cedar wood and saffron inspired by Pietra d’Avola, its namesake limestone.
Balnea – Design Elisa Ossino
Elisa Ossino enriches her research on the interpretation of white Carrara marble with Balnea, the new bathroom collection designed for Salvatori. The sensitivity and sculptural quality of the natural stone inspires a new series of accessories and objects of extraordinary aesthetic coherence.
Built around the contrasts of Ossino’s two-dimensional architectural marks and the plastic monumentality of Salvatori’s precious marble, the collection is lightened by a balancing act of contrasting voids. Washbasins, storage units, shower trays and hangers complement Ossino’s grand monolithic bathtubs, their imposing forms tempered by fluttering woven linen curtains, a visual theme that is carried throughout the showroom.
Gabriele Salvatori notes of the collection: “We collaborated with John Pawson, Piero Lissoni and Elisa Ossino because we are drawn to their understated sense of proportion and purity. Their collective feeling of calm is in line with all that Salvatori is.”
David Lopez Quincoces – Adda
Following the success of the Adda basin collection, by David Lopez Quincoces, Salvatori presents a new addition to the series, thought to meet the ever-increasing demands of both the hospitality and private residential sectors.
The wall-mounted basins are clad in precision-cut natural stone giving the appearance of a solid block and avoiding the weight complications. The Adda basins are carved from a single block of stone to create simple but striking pieces.