Chiara Bertani


Charming and with an antique flavour, the shellac lacquer antiqued finish never ceases to surprise and attract the eye. Characteristic of the shellac lacquer is the brilliance which, as a standard, is 60 gloss. A yellowish brown bituminous film is spread over the colour, which avoids the colour being too homogeneous accentuating its chiaroscuro.

The stripping carried out on prominent surfaces and on shapes and carvings allows the colour of the wood to emerge.
Let’s follow all the steps of this fascinating process together!

Step 1 – The lacquered furniture arrives in the workshop. The stripping stage begins, a treatment that is done with a solvent and gives the furniture an antique effect

Step 2 – Through a dye the color of the furniture changes from optical white to a softer white, a cream shade that gives an additional sense of antiquity

Step 3 – Finally, with a darker dye, the antiquing is enhanced on all the details.

The furniture is now ready to be delivered!

Some call it the Winter Garden, some call it conservatory, or Orangerie or lemon house. The fact remains that the Jardin d’Hiver, with its large windows and its subtle and delicate structures, is a constant inspiration of style.

We may not be able to transform our Orangerie into a work of art overflowing with water lilies, like Claude Monet did in Paris, but we can steal inspiration directly from Italian and French villas and bring a touch of joie de vivre to our suspended space between outside and inside, between winter cold and the warmth of scented citrus fruits.

We can, for example, furnish our bright space with a precious console, or recreate a corner with armchairs where we can enjoy leaf tea. Leafing through the works of Virginia Woolf or, why not, delighting us with a tray of cream pastries.

Soft colors and airy fabrics complete the scene. Perhaps you hear birds singing?

It seems that the trend palette of 2022/2023 does not include the combination of several different colors, but the color block.

Total blue, total yellow, total pink: the point is going total, choosing the color that best represents you and let it talk about you and your uniqueness.

It is now a fact: the one-color-block aesthetic has surpassed the rainbow palettes, giving space to the monochromatic attitude, characterized by a strong personality and assertive elegance.

What is the color that best suits your lifestyle? Benjamin Moore is a point of reference in the field of furniture and design for color trends. Take inspiration from the color chosen for 2023, Raspberry Blush: a vivacious shade of coral tinged with pink which enlivens the senses with an electric optimism.

Do you prefer blue, instead? Take inspiration from the peacock blue color block at Jardin Majorelle, one of the last residences of the designer Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech.
A color between ultramarine and cobalt, bright and radiant.

Find your own inspiration.

The magic starts here: after having spread the water-based dye on the product to give color to the wood, the first step is the application of the “patina”.

This film enters the pores so as to bring out the grains, highlighting the material and accentuating the differences, the shading, the chiaroscuro.

A transparent varnish is applied.
The paint is then dabbed with extreme care.

The third step involves the use of beeswax to give a touch of lived-in look to the finish.

The beeswax is then spread further and gently dried with a cloth.

Finally, the last step: the powder is distributed over the furniture, giving it its splendid final appearance.

October has arrived and SALDA is about to get to High Point Market, the largest fair in the home furnishing sector in the world hosted every year, in October, in the USA.

With us we will bring the most significant side of our way of being: the ability to represent Italian craftsmanship at its best.

We have chosen among our furniture some of the pieces that best represent the double soul of SALDA, classic and contemporary, focusing on fine materials and craftsmanship, both strictly Made in Italy.

Only the craftsmanship handed down for generations, in fact, can sublimate the most beautiful and rare materials and transform them into finishes and furnishings worthy of expressing the lifestyle of those who choose them.

Marbles, brasses, handcrafted finishes such as the exclusive “straw marquetry”, made with straw strands that are soaked with colored vegetable oils: everything speaks of luxury and manual skill. Unmistakably SALDA.

Delicate and light, or bold and thick. Stripes are the 2022 trend in fashion and furniture: they are back strongly with their fresh and elegant air at the same time.

But had they ever really left?

Stripes are actually a great classic to give fabrics a refined and seductive look, never banal. Combined with other prints or other motifs – for example interspersed with delicate flowers in pastel tones – they are appreciated by everyone and suitable for every style.

But the stripes can also be contemporary and gritty.

The world of fashion knows this very well and in fact has always presented them on the catwalk in different moods: sailor-style, but not only. Two different styles, classic and contemporary, are composed around a single graphic element: the line.

What’s your favorite style?

Each fabric tells a different story. The origin of natural fibers, the methods of weaving, embroidery and processing, the finishing techniques trace different paths between countries, cultures and traditions.

Our journey around the world continues, with the spirit of the adventurous explorer of all time: our third stop is in a place full of mystery, scents and suggestions.

Today, we take you to Jaipur.

When Prince Albert came to Jaipur in 1876, the city palaces were dyed pink by order of the Maharaja, who wanted to impress him. Then and now, Jaipur isa city different from all the others, fragrant and mysterious. Ancient and modern at the same time, among its precious silks and fabrics once transported by caravans across the deserts.

Travelling to Jaipur is like dipping your hands into a basket filled with precious stones as colored as candy and bright as stars. Gold, jewels, cashmere and luxurious silks cover everything making it unique and special.

Weaving is so important that it is even represented on the Indian flag: the charka, the cotton spinning wheel, is depicted in the center of the Indian tricolor.

Finding these suggestions is simple in our living proposal.

A moodboard based on opulence, brilliance and saturation.

“India is not a promise, only an appeal” E.M.Forster

An exciting journey through the fabrics, colors and inspirations that the whole world can give us. From stage to stage, we stop like modern explorers to discover hidden or famous corners of the planet, taking full advantage of the suggestions that lights and cultures give us at each stop.

Today we stopped on the banks of the Blue Danube

Budapest was born on the water, defined by the course of the Danube, which has shaped its customs and culture. Sinuous, in its neoclassical architecture, it impresses with its red roofs with a Mitteleuropean air. Purple, poppy red, geranium and carnation are the colours that dominate the streets.

The tenacious imprint of the literary cafes of the early twentieth century runs deep in Budapest. As in Vienna and Paris, the culture was effervescent here: music, poetry and literature still make their echoes heard in the armchairs.

A suggested luxury, a whispered and never exhibited culture.
The living room of Europe.

Budapest is a prime site for dreams (M. John Harrison)

Stories that deserve to be told often intertwine among the textures of a fabric.
Each fabric, each material actually makes a journey through epochs, traditions and artisanal skills, giving value to our furniture through its stratifications.

Today the stage of our long journey stops next to the remains of a wall, halfway between the North and the Mediterranean.

Because today we are going to Berlin.

Berlin has a discreet charm, not always perceptible at first distracted glance. Marked by the war, divided and reunited, renewed and launched towards the future: it is perhaps the city most immersed in the classic and contemporary in the same way.

Its multiple faces are reflected in the tones of our moodboard, between the beige of the dried lime tree seeds that fly, light, in the blue of a clear and fascinating sky even when it is leaden. A cosmopolitan and free, elegant scenario. Also in this proposal declined for the bedroom.

A city that invites you to write about itself, sitting in an armchair, with the window open to the sky.

Ich hab noch einen Koffer in Berlin. (Marlene Dietrich)

Our journey around the world continues to tell the personality and mood of our fabrics.
Our fabrics are indeed unique and precious, just like the most beautiful cities on our planet. We are ready to explore and get lost among hedges, nymphaeums and caves … have you guessed what the next stop is?

Green like Serpentine marble, pure like white marble and delicate like red Siena marble: our moodboard steals the colors of the bell tower of Florence, making them come alive on the finest fabrics.

Inside secret rooms the medieval nobles conspired and ruled the fate of the city. A blast from the past and we already seem to live in the Medici era with their Renaissance fabrics.

Renaissance man is exalted by the architecture, painting and sculpture that lives on in the streets of Florence: an inestimable and unrepeatable human heritage, which we wanted to pay homage in the best possible way.

“I had reached that level of emotion where the celestial sensations given by the arts and passionate feelings meet” (Stendhal)