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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; 1 edition (October 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711215502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711215504
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 9.8 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Saladino is a graduate of Notre Dame and the Yale School of Art and Architecture. He worked in Rome with the architect Piero Sartogo before returning to New York where he opened his own architectural and interior design practice over 35 years ago. It is now known as The Saladino Group Inc. In 1986 he started his own furniture company. He has won numerous interior design and furniture awards (including the prestigious Daphne Award) and he is on the Board of Directors of the John Soane Museum in London. His interiors regularly appear in international magazines including House Beautiful, House and Garden, the New York Times Magazine, Architectural Digest, Vogue Decoration and the World of Interiors. Barbara Stoeltie and her husband Rene Stoeltie are regular contributors to magazines including World of Interiors. Image A(c) Aaron Hawks

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This is definitely a keeper book because each time I take it out I find something new to marvel at.
Gina Rose St John
When you add the high resolution color photos it adds just another dimension to this great book, but truthfully, I was a little disappointed at some of the pictures.
Henri Gabriel
As an Interior Designer I have always liked the style of John Saladino and this book presents his work beautifully.
Terry M. Parsons

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those very few design books in which the text is better than the photos. A great designer shares a wealth of information on the principles of classic design. There is more information in this book than I recieved in four years of design school. Well worth the money if you care anything about great design.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jane VINE VOICE on November 11, 2000
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This book is extremely generous in that Saladino doesn't prescribe a style, a period, a "look"; rather he shares his aesthetic, as a set of principles -- of organization, (symmetry) space, texture, color. I share his aesthetic values, so I personally loved this book. So must many others, judging by the influence he has had on so many designers. I have seen some of the wonderful photos of Saladino's rooms, as they have been previously published in the shelter magazines. But here they are organized and they illustrate the well-described principles. I have many design books -- this is by far the very best.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Bohemian Bon Vivant on December 14, 2003
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John Saladino is often referred to as the "designer's designer" and I have followed with pleasure his designs from the 1980s through until today. I have also had the pleasure of visiting more than one Saladino interior and showhouse room on multiple occasions, as well as his showroom in New York, and can say with certainty that the images in the book don't begin to capture what they are in reality and how important the quality of light is on the materials selected. While I was a little disappointed with the way the images appear in this book (the paper stock doesn't seem conducive to showing the interiors at their best compared to glossy magazines), I have seen many of the same rooms in truly glossy publications many a time and they are stunning and always refreshing for their bold and assured mixing of antique and ornate with simple and modern (and if the negative reviewer below read the text he would know that Mr. Saladino appreciates objects for their beauty no matter their pedigree -- even simple things that aren't expensive mixed with long time precious treasures [one of his design signatures found again and again, for instance, is to use scientific volumetric flasks used as long-necked vases with a single delphinium -- total price, about $13-$26, including the flower]). Thumb through and enjoy the pictures, but also read the text and you will get an education in design like nowhere else, and be able to apply it to your own space and life and even the way you see. I was somewhat underwhelmed with the images (again due to the dullish paper stock) but the text was wonderfully informed (and didn't come off as snobbish at all to this reader). If you can find old issues of Architectural Digest (in which Saladino NEVER appears anymore for years and years, probably because he didn't kiss up to Paige Rense and often shows his interiors in competitors House Beautiful, House & Garden, etc.) you are in for a treat, but better still, in this book you're in for an education.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Although the photographs seem to relate to very expensive homes, the text is a blueprint for turning any home, no matter how modest, into a stylish sanctuary. After reading the book, I immediately saw the space in my (modest) home differently, and I went through it, room by room, applying the simple (yet profound) principles that are the foundation of Saladino style. I found that I had to make only one purchase--a $25 mirror--everything else I used I already had on hand (just in the wrong place). I love my home now, it truly feels like the sanctuary I wanted but, before I read Style by Saladino, couldn't seem to create.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Patricia W Pate on May 2, 2002
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Wow!John Saladino certainly has a following with other interior designers and I can certainly see why.His interiors are beautifully well done and tastefully presented;probably close to perfect. While I certainly admire his obvious talents and learned from his views,I find that the majority of his interior spaces leaves me cold.I think I expected this book to be more about the beauty,warmth and romance of country French interiors and perhaps a little charm of mixed European styles.There wasn't really much if any of that found.However,I enjoyed reading this book and loved the gardens and garden spaces he created with well thought out plans for ultimate comfort and relaxation.I gained some ideas for lighting which I will use.He is quite cleaver and absolutely creative but I don't understand his dislike of lamps.No doubt I can learn a lot from this book even though some of it will be what I don't want to do in my personal living space.I loved his "ancient" walls and was glad he described the technique used on them.If you have huge rooms to decorate this book will be extremely helpful. I'm happy to have the book but still it did not say to me "welcome" or satisfy my desire for the beauty of color,warmth and home fires.I am still looking for a book which fits that description.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alix Leonard on February 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I can see why this book might not be for everyone, but as a designer, I have enjoyed it. I have trouble understanding the reviewer who thought the writing sounded snobbish or felt the book was simply for the wealthy. Understand his principles of design, and you can use those to do a great room with low-cost IKEA furniture if you want to.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2004
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As a budding designer, I purchased this book in order to gain a more intimate look at one very gifted man's inspirations and approach to design. This book delivers the goods on two levels. Saladino's insights are personal, insightful and educational, and the accompanying photos are spectacular. There aren't any "tricks of the trade" here, but what you will find are the foundational principals behind Saladino's definition of good design. Be forewarned - Like any great artist, Saladino has some strong opinions. But that is exactly why I bought the book. I was looking for his thoughts and his opinions - I was not looking for a "Design 1-2-3" book. His book has helped me further advance my own personal design approach (which is not a clone of Saladino's), and take my art to a new level. I would recommend the book to those who either love Saladino's look, or those who want to explore some deeper issues about style, design and inspiration.
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