The name of the project, “Salotto“, clearly recalls what is considered the heart of the house, the living room. This part of the house has always been dedicated to sociability, sharing emotions, and sometimes even food.
The request was made by an Australian entrepreneur who, after a long business career, decided to take a break and travel around Europe, choosing London as a city to stay in. His love for art and culture, traditions and quality led him to choose to entrust the renovation of his new flat to the Italian-born architectural firm llabb, in collaboration with a British carpentry firm, creating an unusual union of ideas.
llabb architettura was originally set up in a small carpentry workshop, where custom-designed furniture items were produced for customers. As Pritzker 2012 award winner Wang Shu says: “if you want to become an architect, first learn to be a carpenter”, and this is exactly what happened to the designers in the small studio. Today llabb develops much more elaborate designs and architecture on a large scale, while retaining the foundation of craftsmanship.
This approach fits perfectly with the carpentry company that was asked to cowork on the development of the project. Shape London produces high quality, designer joinery pieces, tailored to customer requirements, in British craftsmanship style.
The project develops around the open space living room which also includes the kitchen and dining room, made welcoming thanks to the softly shaped furniture, such as the Zefiro table by Flexform, whose tones of Calacatta marble are taken from the suspended Sento Volo chandelier by Occhio. At the entrance we find a wooden bench that runs through the entire band of windows and first evolves into a desk, until it becomes a bookcase on the opposite side of the room, completely enveloping the guests. Here the lines are soft but strong, and develop in depth, recalling the sails of boats in the wind as a tribute to their homeland. The American Black Walnut planks have been carefully chosen, worked and finished to become almost velvety in appearance. The preparation included an assembly and a rest period to prevent the wood from losing its shape. Apparently floating on this base, we see the Dock sofa by B&B Italia, which serves as a connection amongst the various supplies. In addition to this, we find other furnishing items such as the Eames Lounge chair and the CHO7 Shell chair. Bedroom hosts the Kelly bed by Poliform, characterised by a leather headboard that contrasts with the oak wood of the base, while the bedside tables were made especially for this room with two cubes of Saint Laurent marble slightly raised from the floor, with sharp lines and golden streaks that recall the IC lamp by Flos. The walls are livened up by modern, colourful graphics, but in particular by photographs taken by Herbert List on the Ligurian Riviera.