Monday’s Masterpiece – Saladino style

Good morning and welcome to the week!  So ready yourselves please for the second instalment of famous designer creations: this week we’re looking at John Saladino.
I first came across this demi-design-god when I’d just started studying interior design – he seems to be able to inject laid back effortless glamour into every single project he touches.
Anyway, so Veranda featured a 2 bedroom Manhattan apartment designed by him a while ago.  I really love the serene colour palette selected – all the taupe, pewter and white, with accents of lavender.  The ‘scratch-coat plaster’ used on the inset wall here is really interesting – I guess it’s supposed to make the scheme seem older and as if it’s come together over many years rather than as one project.  Also love the feature made of the mirrors, the various shades of lavender/blue in the soft furnishings and the use of the floaty white curtain to define the room (I’ve never seen that before, big fan actually).

In comparison to the living room, the dining room is quite a contrast – it feels much warmer with the darker browns, leather and tapestry.  I love how he’s paired the traditional old school look with much more contemporary items like the floor lamp and the circular table – pretty tricky to pull off well. And that wall colour is perfection.

Again, the old vs. new elements of the kitchen really appeal to me, and the mirrored pewter platters against the scratch-coat plaster are really effective.

 Love this vignette – the sleek metal handrail playing off against the wooden floorboards.

I really like this half-canopy bed, and the whites/creams are so soothing.  Genius work with the full-length mirror reflecting the shutters too – makes the room seem much bigger than it really is.

Err, yes please!  What a gorgeous little terrace – incredible for SoHo!  Think they need a few more flowers though…

I’ve also recently come across an article (also in Veranda) listing Saladino’s ‘must haves’ for any new build construction project, which are pretty instructive actually, check these out:
1. Douglas fir as a finished wood – apparently it takes on a patina similar to that of a cigar box, as it ages.

2. Silver travertine and antique terra cotta tiles for flooring (LOVE both these materials)
Antique terra cotta tiles are apparently all different sizes and thicknesses (which would make sense…) and have different levels of patination, to make them interesting.  And, well, silver travertine is clearly just le bee’s knees.

3. Copper roofs and gutters – apparently, depending on where the property is, the oxidation and patination (it’s all about the patina with this guy!) of the copper will turn it either a gorgeous bronze-y/brown colour, or a green colour, either of which sound pretty beautiful to me.

4. Scratch-coat plaster finishes on the walls (note the vignette from the Manhattan apartment…?)
As Saladino reckons he was the first person to ever do this, I figured I should let him have his say here: “I was the first person to use the scratch-coat plaster technique for interior walls in 1963. It’s a sturdy, textured finish that really gives a space an earthy quality. I much prefer it to the temporary, manufactured feel of Sheetrock. Plaster’s an ancient material, it’s been used since Roman times, so it has a sense of history, and I believe it makes spaces feel permanent and attached to the earth. ”
What he said.

5. Dornbracht’s Tara Classic and Waterworks’ Etoile Low Profile fixtures, depending on whether you’re going for a contemporary or traditional feel.  Apparently the latter ones are based on canon designs, which is pretty cool!
And here are my picks of his furniture line – wow, you can really tell from the items he manufactures that he’s into mixing up old and new, love it:


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