Thursday, May 20, 2010

Saladino’s Visual Art

In many of my previous posts, I have included interior images of the design legend John Saladino because of my admiration for his sense of style. His interiors never cease to amaze me; they are always distinctive, classic, and peaceful yet, powerful at the same time.

Saladino was educated at the University of Notre Dame and studied painting at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture. He is a house and garden designer, and a painter who believes in minimalism. His remarkable approach to designing interiors focuses on the layered look, the use of texture and form with reference to different cultures. He places an emphasis on clean-lined, simple, geometric shapes in furniture, which helps to create a serene look.

Saladino usually divides rooms into different zones, and focuses on light for each zone, particularly emphasizing natural light, keeping in mind the reflection of objects in the space. He adds to the sense of serenity through the use of subtle colors, putting them side-by-side in small areas so one’s eye will do the visual mixing. Saladino certainly transforms any space into visual art.

Classic symmetry, courtesy of House Beautiful, photography by Mick Hales

Saladino 's former drawing room, photography by Lizzie Himmel

The repetition of small geometric squares on the floor, and the repeating architectural elements gives the feeling of calm and quiet order in this entrance hall, photography by Langdon Clay

Upholstered walls to control acoustics, photography by Barbra & René Stoeltie

Adam style salvaged pine door came from an estate in England (Saladino's former NY apartment)photography by Francois Halard

The same leg console (broken from a statue with a marble top as in the above photo) in Saladino's new NY apartment, courtesy of Veranda, photography by Antoine Bootz


Greet said...

Thank you so much for this great post!!! Really interesting learning about Saladino! He is one of my favorite designers!!!
Greet said...


Love him also, such a man with great taste and great feeling.


Picture of Elegance said...

Thank you Greet and David. I think Saladino is an artist in every sense of the word.


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