Marta Sala Éditions
Marta Sala comes from a family deeply rooted in the history of Italian design. Her mother, Maria Teresa Tosi, founded Azucena with her uncle, Luigi Caccia Dominioni and Ignazio Gardella, two giants of critical modernism in architecture. Entrepreneur as a member of a second family generation, Marta already has many years of experience with designers and production behind her. She started her own line of furniture and objects choosing Lazzarini & Pickering as main designers, architects also renowned for their nautical and aeronautical design projects, based in Rome.
As “haute couture” products, Marta Sala Éditions sofas, chairs, tables and lamps are handmade, often custom-made, and Marta personally guarantees the quality excellence of the selected Italian craftsmen with whom she collaborates. Brass, bronze, marble, velvet, silk … exclusive materials are combined with an expert hand with a refined touch, where attention to detail predominates. Marta Sala Éditions is present with two showrooms respectively in Milan and Paris. The universe of Marta Sala Éditions promotes refined Italian talent and tradition, with pieces that convey meaning and purpose.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Inspiration comes from observation, from beauty, from the accumulation of information, even in spite of ourselves that settle in our memory. At some point I want to give life to what I feel. So I am looking for the “writers” of my thought, in this case the architects Lazzarini & Pickering who know how to give an aesthetic response to my creative intellectual need.
What is your favorite project and why?
I love all the pieces in the collection, many now, more than 60. My favorites are the WandaFull armchair, the Renoir mirrors, the Guya lamps, the René and Tancredi pouf, the Dudina armchair. I love their new and at the same time classic shapes, wise, a little ironic, their great design value, which are modular and versatile.
How would you define your style?
Marta Sala Éditions is a world of memory, of archetypes that looks to the present and to the future. They called my pieces “the classics of tomorrow“, I think they are pieces that create emotion and respect. It is a very Italian style, with our traditional knowledge complemented by the contribution of technology. The final touch, however, is always the hand of man.
Is there, or has there been, someone or something that has influenced your work?
Surely my mother, a great teacher of perseverance and perfection, my uncle Caccia Dominoni, always so brilliant and essential at the same time. With the architects Lazzarini & Pickering, as with my artisans, it is a continuous and mutual exchange of knowledge, ideas and intuitions.
What is the most important thing for you in your work?
The most important thing is ethics, which for me means offering the market a piece designed at its best, made at its best, at a price that has a balanced quality – price ratio. I have great respect for those who buy a piece of furniture, they will have to live with it and therefore it is my duty to give them a piece with a true intrinsic quality, both in terms of design and construction.
When you work on a project, where do you start from?
From an idea, from what is missing on the market, from what I would like but do not find to my taste, from what the architects offer me or from the requests of customers. The sources of inspiration are many and varied.
In which direction do you see the world of design going?
In this difficult moment, I believe quality is increasingly indispensable and the effort of the whole sector is precisely to offer beautiful and well-made projects.
Projects for the future?
The collection is now done, I think I will add some more elements to complete it. My big interest now is:
1) spread it to the fullest
2) try to optimize production, you can always improve!
Creating something both in the Parisian house atelier for next January and something in the Milan showroom for spring / summer. Also trying to give positive signals in this moment of discouragement.