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 2009or any year. Graced with breathtaking photography of his sublime work, this unique coffee table tone includes a visually poetic DVDa 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.