John Pawson and Salvatori Marmi
Span Tables & Benches by John Pawson for Salvatori, 2017 – 2018
Could you speak about the collaboration with John Pawson?
To tell you about how I met John Pawson I have to take a few steps back to 2009. In that year we had developed a new, completely natural composite material, made with the left-overs from stone processing. My idea was to contact some designers to start a collaboration using this material. I talked about my intention with Gilda Bojardi, the director of Interiors, who suggested that I present the project with them to the Statale di Milano and choose from a list of names, a designer to whom I could entrust the project. Amongst these was John Pawson whom I loved.
Gilda organised the meeting and I went up to London with my samples, quite sceptical about the outcome of the meeting as I was going to talk to a master of purism to present him with a composite material. The meeting went very well, Pawson was immediately infatuated with the material to the point that he would name it himself in the future. From there came our first collaboration: the construction of the House of Stone. The house has a steel structure and is completely covered with these slabs made of waste that are called Lithoverde. Over the years we have had the opportunity to collaborate in many of his projects and from there a friendship was forged that led us to develop design objects together. I am thinking, for example, of the series of Span tables where a very thin slab of marble is supported by a cherrywood structure.