Salvatori / 2020 Collections
This crisis is forcing us to stop and reconsider many aspects of our lives, from the way we work to our relationships with one another. For Salvatori, our priority at the moment is to do whatever we can for our employees and local community, and we are helping people access the financial support offered by the Italian government, as well as working to provide supplies and expertise to the local and national efforts against the virus.
With the scale of the crisis apparent, our factories closed and our staff working from home, this is a time to think of our families. But there will come a moment when we will take stock and rethink how we work, how we do business, and how our values can change to reflect the world after Corona virus and help to create a world we would like to live in. I’m proud of the tradition of social responsibility and sustainability that has been an integral part of our company for decades, but we can always do more.
Already we are seeing the benefits of working from home, where it is possible to be more focused and the quality of our conversations as a team has improved, despite relying on video conferencing and smart working. It is clear that we will not need to travel as much as a company when this is over and, on a personal level, I have realised the value of slowing down, as its only when you’re not caught up in the whirlwind of daily life that you can truly think clearly and have new ideas.
This year’s Salone del Mobile has been postponed to 2021 in response to the crisis, but we decided that we would still announce the new collections we had been planning to present in Milan. Each new product is the result of the dedication and expertise of everyone who works at Salvatori, as well as the talent of the designers and architects – Yabu Pushelberg, Piero Lissoni, Elisa Ossino and others – that we have collaborated with. By continuing to present these new collections we want to pay tribute to all those who made them possible, and to show that, despite the current restrictions on how we live and work, we are not stopping. We are continuing to do what we’ve always done, just in a different way.
Gabriele Salvatori - CEO Salvatori
SALVATORI ANNOUNCES NEW COLLECTIONS WITH
PIERO LISSONI, YABU PUSHELBERG, ELISA OSSINO
AND FEDERICO BABINA
Querceta, April 2020 – Italian design company Salvatori is proud to announce new collections in collaboration with designers Piero Lissoni, Yabu Pushelberg, Elisa Ossino and Federico Babina. Due to be presented at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, recently postponed to 2021, Salvatori are announcing the range of additions to the home and bathroom collections to acknowledge the work of the staff who made these products possible under difficult circumstances.
“Everyone inside the company has worked so hard on the show, from the workers in the factory to the office team to the designers, with whom we developed the new collections. To share that would be a way to show our appreciation of their work, as well as to show that we are not stopping. We are continuing to do what we’ve always done, just in a different way.” – Gabriele Salvatori, CEO
Diverse in their approach, the new products – which include a new bathroom collection, Anima, by international design firm Yabu Pushelberg, and a range of products for the home by frequent-Salvatori collaborator Piero Lissoni – are guided by Salvatori’s passion for beautiful, timeless design and the skill and knowledge of the Master craftsman, continuing a uniquely Italian tradition that has been embodied by Salvatori since it was founded in 1946.
A physical presentation of the new products will follow later this year.
Salvatori’s first collection with Yabu Pushelberg sees the international design firm introduce a distinctly amorphic, organic form to Salvatori’s bathroom range, approaching the collection, as the founders Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu say, by applying “the sensibilities of clay to marble”. Available in four different stones including Bianco Carrara, Crema d’Orcia, Pietra d’Avola and Gris du Marais, Anima offers a formal connection with stone as a natural material, emphasising the spiritual and sensuous capacity of the material as expressed in its unique colouration and veining. The bathtub, with either curved or straight bases, establishes a gently curving vernacular that is echoed in mirror, countertop and freestanding basins, and which inform the range of complementary accessories that include tissue box covers and wall mounted towel racks.
Among the new products designed by Piero Lissoni being presented, the Curl chaise longue is of particular note. Taking inspiration from Michelangelo’s remark that he only ‘chipped away at the stone that was in excess’, the chaise longue has been revealed from block of natural stone using cutting edge CAD/CAM technology to push the material to its limits – an engineering achievement as well as an elegant, simple interpretation of an established design. Lissoni has also produced a series of tables, Design for Soul, which use the Lost Stone’s texture made of discarded stones from disused quarries around the world, a series of accessories for the home and bathroom, and a new texture, Carré, which emulates the way ancient stones were treated to avoid them becoming slippery.