The world is a village

"The Village" is the name of the current project of the Italian manufacturer Salvatori, which specialises in the processing of natural stone. Together with designers and architects, a series of miniature houses will be created that address aspects of contemporary life.

Shaped by each creative's own style and cultural background, the multicultural and diverse collection is intended to show the essence of a global village as a result. "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," says Gabriele Salvatori, CEO of Salvatori.

Designer Patricia Urquiola starts up with "Kore" – two models, each made of a different stone: "Alma" in Rosa Portogallo marble and "Petra" in Travertine limestone. "'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. I wanted to represent due worlds and two diverse, yet complementary aesthetics." says Urquiola.

The further models will be made by Rodolfo Dordoni, Kengo Kuma, Elisa Ossino, John Pawson, Vincent van Duysen and Yabu Pushelberg. (am)