Philosophy

For forty years I’ve endeavored to fuse the disciplines of Interior Design, Architecture, and Landscape Design, in order to create what are conceived as “walk-in still lifes.” Central to my work are three ingredients:

Manipulation of Scale
I create dramatic tension, making small spaces less confining and large spaces more embracing.

Nuanced and Elusive Color
Color which changes according to the day and evening light.

Layered Lighting
Illumination which is aubrushed and often utilizing theatrical solutions.

Classical principles and Vitruvian proportions underlie the organization of each work whether modern or traditional. I employ corroded surfaces next to polished ones, rare furnishings with humble, outdoor objects indoors and recycled ancient materials are always present in my work. Whether designing architecture, interiors, or gardens, I strive for serenity.

I have developed my own language, and apply the vocabulary selectively to suit each project. I believe I was born a sensualist, I studied minimalism, but history is the well I drink from.

Ultimately, I seek to create environments of an alternate reality, with compelling emotional force.

– John Saladino