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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; Har/DVD edition (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711229686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711229686
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 13.5 x 13.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Saladino is a genius at infusing a house with a sense of drama. The Manhattan designer summoned his muses to grand theatrical effect for his second home, a romantic ruin of a 1920s Santa Barbara estate that he restored during four “relentless” years. It’s elegant transformation is the focus of Villa, one of the best design books of 2009—or any year. Graced with breathtaking photography of his sublime work, this unique coffee table tone includes a visually poetic DVD—a fifteen-minute tour narrated by Saladino himself. Together they turn design into veritable performance art.

This showstopper of a book by Saladino, a distinguished alumnus of the Yale School of Art and Architecture, fulfills its mission as a master class in interior, architectural and garden design.

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.

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A great coffee table book!!
R. Dwayne Harrison
The book was recommended to me by a friend (designer/architect).
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Wonderful book and I loved all the details and the video.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When the songwriter and singer Curtis Mayfield was at a low point in his career, he made sure he went to the movies every day. Why? "It's important to dream," he said.

Wise man. The "reality" we're sold in the media can't possibly define the limits of our lives. To think so is to invite despair. So we look for beauty, for inspiration. But when we find it in museums, in music or in books, it doesn't always speak to us --- it's not immediate enough, we don't have the vocabulary to process it.

A beautiful house? That we can understand. We may not get the subtleties of the architecture or the décor, but we all have walls, windows, floors and furniture --- comparisons are inevitable and immediate.

If you're going to look at a home of a professional, you can't go wrong with John Saladino, America's most gifted architectural designer. (Not "interior" designer --- Saladino has a large, holistic sense of what a house can be, and that very much includes its site.) In 2001, he bought a 2,500-square-foot villa near Santa Barbara that was well on its way to ruin. Four years later, it is a treasure and then some --- it's simply one of the most beautiful houses in the world.

And now it's the subject of a dream of a book.

Villa is 13.5 inches square. It contains an informative and chatty commentary by Saladino, 256 photographs, plans and drawings, and a DVD that gives you a tour of the house and property. Let us hope that Saladino has a state-of-the-art security system, because every page and image is an invitation for you to break in --- not to take anything, just to experience what it's like to walk in beauty.

"Reality is the enemy," Saladino writes, and so he created an environment that might look natural, but is really sculpted.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By James M. on June 24, 2009
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Villa

As other readers have noted, this is an attractive book depicting a beautiful property. My comments relate to the things I would like to have known before buying this rather expensive book.

First, there is an excess of outdoor scenes. The garden and surrounding flora, while nice enough, did not seem so remarkable or spectacular as to justify the approximately 95 photos devoted to them.

Second, I would like to have seen more full-room views of the villa's interior. Most of the interior photos were chopped-up views of the rooms and small vignettes. Nevertheless, the photographic quality is excellent.

Third, the villa was much smaller than I had expected and not many rooms are shown. In my opinion, the interiors were DC (Designer Correct) and understated to avoid criticism for any possible form of excess. Nothing to really complain about, but nothing to write home about either.

Fourth, the artsy quality of the DVD was overdone (eyeball-distorting selective focus and lots of infra-red.) The sound balance was poor...when adjusted to listen to the narrator the volume of the background music was ear-splitting. Finally, the DVD content was disappointingly about 90 percent outdoor landscape/10 percent villa interior.

The book probably rates 3.5 stars but that option is not offered. It is a nice book but, primarily because it featured trees and bushes more than the villa, it did not merit 4 or 5 stars in this reader's opinion.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Joseph on May 14, 2009
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I work in a bookstore and we are all drooling over this fabulous book. I have seen many decorating books but this one is really special. No matter how thick or thin your wallet is anyone could incorporate elements of John's style (get a few grey/green succulents and make a chic planter for under 20$!). If your taste is traditional or modern each is represented amazingly. Must have this book NOW!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By davidj on March 26, 2009
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Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! I can't stop looking at the book. Every time I open it, I see something new. It is a delight for the senses. The dvd is a gorgeous piece of art - I just wish it was longer and covered more of the interior. Even though most of us will never live at such a level, I can admire it for it's subtlety and incredible beauty. What an achievement!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Dwayne Harrison on July 21, 2009
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I am thrilled with this book! It has stunning photographer and interesting commentary by the author by Saladino himself. The CD that is in the back of the book is a film traveling up the long driveway to give you a feel for the setting and features gorgeous cinematography of the exterior and interior as well. A bit pretentiously presented but anyone who enjoys the restoration of an old home complete with furnishings and art will eat this up. I still peruse through this one though I bought it months ago. A great coffee table book!!

Dwayne
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Renato Almeida on May 16, 2009
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A beautiful book !!! Very much like Bunny Williams' An Affair with a House, Saladino transformed a California Ranch into a genuine Provence Bastide- a sort of a Manor House in the french countryside. He was careful enough in his restauration plan not to interfere with the house architectural features and the interior design to, with careful chosen pieces fitted in harmony with the house fixtures. He done the landscapes beautifully also !!! It worth the ride !!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jose F. Santiago-llorens on June 7, 2009
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As always Mr. Saladino delivers. His philosophy for beauty (and life) is well reflected in this book. Bravo.
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