Utopia is an homage to the architectural school of the same name, which places importance on equality and communal peace and the designer interprets this in a metaphysical key in this charming geometric piece.
The intuitive shape of this miniature evokes the look and feel of a Mediterranean village bathed in the midday sun.
Included in a trio, each Utopia element is a standalone piece, but there is also a delightful modularity, with a myriad of possible interconnecting configurations, linked by a series of diminutive Escherian flights of stairs.
The Village explores the concept of home within the context of today’s global society and reinterpret it through the medium of design, whilst addressing fundamental themes of contemporary living.
To recreate the rich and diverse structure of a typical village, a select group of designers from around the world was invited to share their idea of home, each bringing their own inimitable combination of outlooking, culture and background. The result is a fascinating and wonderfully eclectic collection of miniature houses, that, like the global village we inhabit, reflect an extraordinary array of styles and approaches.
What links them, however, is the use of natural stone, that enduring and beloved material that has been used since time memorial to construct buildings, art and monuments that provide refuge and inspiration for mankind.
Elisa Ossino is a Sicilian-born, Milan-based designer and architect. Elisa studied at Politecnico di Milano, and 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.
In addition to her studio activity, Elisa Ossino pursues a host of other initiatives, that includes Nume, a childrens’ design brand, Officina Temporanea, a project that connects design and artistic expression, the brand H+O, dedicated to surface design, exhibitions and multidisciplinary installations and an apartment gallery located in the historic Brera district of Milan.
Since 2016 she has been teaching at the IUAV University of Venice in the “Interactive Media for Interior Design” Master’s course. Among the directions that she has recently impressed on her work lies a renovated interest for visual arts and multimedia’s potential linguistics.
Salvatori is an award-winning Italian design company specialising in natural stone, drawing on the very best of Made in Italy values and cutting-edge engineering and technological know-how, fusing old-fashioned craftsmanship with contemporary design.
Since 1946, Salvatori has worked closely with architects, designers and builders to provide not only practical support, but also inspiring new ways to work with stone which often challenge traditional thinking.
Whilst many of their products are the result of partnerships with internationally noted designers, what lies at the heart of all they do is a deep-rooted passion and respect for the inherent beauty of natural stone, and its defining characteristic: that no two pieces can ever be identical, meaning that every single product has its own unique history.
Salvatori’ head office is in Northern Tuscany, four kilometres from the coast and less than 30 minutes from the imposing quarries which are home to the famed Carrara marble. Every product is produced locally.
Innovation is entrenched in the DNA of the company. As early as in 1950 ,founder Guido Salvatori invented the Spaccatello finish, and the next generations continued this innovative story. Almost every machine used to create the exclusive textures for which they are known was invented by the now CEO Gabriele Salvatori and his father Alfredo.