I love coffee table-type books that you just want to read straight through, and this one certainly hits that mark. When I was reading Style by Saladino, I continually annoyed everyone in the office as I made them stop what they were doing and listen to me read parts aloud. In fact, I would venture to say that the text is a little better than the photos. John Saladino has been designing since the early ’70s after graduating from the Yale School of Art & Architecture. He has a timeless style — effortlessly mixing old and new in a way that is architectural and classic. I predict that Style by Saladino is also on it’s way to becoming a classic. The book was published in 2000, and in it, Saladino shares some of his design secrets, principles that are rooted in classical architecture. And while he’s definitely a high-end designer, I found the book to be full of tips that I could incorporate into my own home. — Amy Azzarito
Image above: At the time of the book’s publication, Saladino lived in a huge, lofty New York apartment. His living room had at one time been a ballroom. (Fancy!) The space was cavernous, so Saladino used the furniture to define the space — for example, high-backed and high-armed sofas created a cozy nook in the middle of this huge space.
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Image above: Throughout the book, Saladino looks at classical architectural and finds a way to translate it into modern design. The section above was about the Baroque-era enfilade, in which each room led to the next in a grand way. Saladino says that there should be a pay off at the end, so he frequently adds columns to frame the final room. Although I don’t have a huge palace (are you surprised?), I do live in a railroad apartment, and this section made me think of ways to incorporate more of an enfilade feel into my own place.
Image above: I absolutely had to include the image above because it was designed in the 1970s, which completely blew me away. It’s so modern and clean. It doesn’t feel like a 40-year-old design. And I think it epitomizes what I love about Saladino’s design: It has style and personality but is utterly timeless.