SALVATORI PRESENTS 'UTOPIA' BY ELISA OSSINO FOR THE VILLAGE
Querceta (Lucca), 13 July 2021 – Today sees the sixth contribution to The Village collection with the launch of Utopia, a trio of miniature houses by Sicilian-born architect and designer Elisa Ossino.
The idea for the entire collection originated with CEO Gabriele Salvatori’s desire to celebrate a positive phenomenon that emerged from the changes the world experienced in 2020. This was the way in which our homes transformed from being mere functional structures into an emotional haven that nurtured our souls and enriched our daily lives.
In accepting the invitation to create designs that reflect the multicultural nature of everyday life, Elisa Ossino embraced the intrinsic properties of Salvatori marble to bring her sculptures to life.
As she explains, “For me, it is incredibly stimulating to have the chance to create objects that will be reproduced in certain quantities, but at the same each will be unique. The beauty of stone, and what makes it so fascinating, is the fact that it can’t be replicated. Every block has its own completely unique colours and veining.”
Her choices of classic Bianco Carrara, strikingly veined Grigio Versilia and delicate Palissandro Bluette showcase the clean, simple geometry that is the hallmark of her work. Here she invokes classic canons, bringing to mind the type of ideal town envisaged by the great proponents of Utopian architecture, with the stark, precise lines of each of the pieces recalling the look and feel of a sun-washed Mediterranean village.
This classicism is tempered by a delightful playfulness, with each sculpture designed not only as a standalone piece but also as part of a myriad of possible combinations for a dynamic architecture that stimulates the imagination.
Perfect as single pieces or as a triple composition, Utopia nestles seamlessly alongside the other miniature homes that make up the The Village to give shape to an archetypical community that combines international vision and the everyday spirit of solidarity.
Elisa Ossino is an architect and designer. Sicilian, she trained in Milan, where she studied at Politecnico di Milano. In 2006, she founded Elisa Ossino Studio, focusing on residential and retail interiors, product design, art direction and set design. Her work combines geometric abstraction, monochromes, metaphysical and surrealist references, creating a coherent and allusive relationship between light, objects and space, identified by the strong feature of her sign. To inspire Elisa’s compositional style is a figure of scenic suspension, recurring in the weightless design of each intervention. Essential lines and geometries are the distinctive features of her design designs, giving to the space they are located in a deep scenographic feeling.
Her works have been published in Italy and abroad and exhibited in prestigious locations and galleries. In 2016, some of her design projects were exhibited at “W-Women in Italian Design” for the 9th edition of the Triennale
Design Museum. Over the years she has received several national and international awards including the EDIDA 2020 - Elle Deco International Awards - with Balnea designed for Salvatori winning ‘Best bathroom’; in 2019 and 2020 she was included among the ‘Top 100 Interior Designers of the year’ by AD.
Since 2016 she has been teaching at the IUAV University of Venice in the Master “Interactive Media for Interior Design”. Among the directions that she has recently impressed on her work lies a renovated interest for visual arts and multimedias’ potential linguistics.