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Italian design firm Salvatori presents The Village, a special initiative in collaboration with leading names from the international architecture and design worlds. Launched in March 2021, The Village is an ongoing project that will roll out in the course of the year. An idea of Gabriele Salvatori, CEO of Salvatori, the collection comprises a series of whimsical imaginary houses, each designed to address important and fundamental themes of contemporary living. To bring the concept to life, he personally got in touch with designers and invited them to come up with their concept of the ideal home.

The cultural and geographic diversity of each designer can be seen in the architecture of their work, with the result being an eclectic, multicultural collection of houses that captures the essence of the global village that is the world today.

“Over the past year we have all had to come to terms with the space we call home, living in it with an intensity like never before. We have looked around our home with fresh eyes, thinking how we would like to change it. And we realised that our home is a haven and as such, it has to reflect who we are and how we live.

During this period, there was an incredible sense of global solidarity that united us around the world. We began to understand that we are all neighbours and life depends on each other,” explains Gabriele Salvatori. From this reflection and the desire to express it through design, came the idea for a multicultural, colourful and unique village that reflects the diverse and glorious world we live in, a world that demands our utmost respect and care.

Home has become the centre of our lives, our town or city, our habitat.

The first homes in the collection come courtesy of Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, winner of numerous international design awards. Her contribution to The Village is a pair of homes named Kore, each made of a different type of stone: Alma, in Rosa Portogallo marble with its glorious colouring and veins, and Petra, in Travertine, a wonderful evocative and tactile stone.

The Village is a reflection on domestic spaces, something that is more important than ever today. Home has become the centre of our lives, our town or city, our habitat. We have all become domestic navigators, trying to orient ourselves to these new latitudes, ways of living.

“I chose the name Kore for my village as a poetic nod to the Greek statues that depict young women on the cusp of adulthood. Petra and Alma, the two types of house in the village, evoke sentiments of domestic warmth and intimacy. I wanted to represent due worlds and two diverse, yet complementary aesthetics.” - Patricia Urquiola

The project, which makes its debut this Spring, features the work of, among others, Kengo Kuma, Rodolfo Dordoni, John Pawson and Yabu Pushelberg, and will culminate with an exhibition that brings together the entire collection of miniature homes. Each designer brings their own unique cultural and personal style, expressed using materials that resonate most closely with them. The result is a new and fascinating world, made up of diverse personalities, imaginations and backgrounds that come together in a glorious synergy that creates The Village.

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