The Italian architect and interior designer Achille Salvagni has been conquering the world with his office Salvagni Architetti since 2002. And soon his work may be found in your living room as well, because this monograph with some of his most recent projects is another magnificent result of his talent.
Published by Rizzoli New York, this lavishly illustrated monograph is just as much a designer item as the unique and high-end furniture, lighting or other objects that Achille Salvagni has created. In his text, author Pilar Viladas describes Salvagni’s work as follows: "Stylistically, Salvagni is an avowed modernist; his work displays an elegant economy of means that is utterly contemporary. Yes, his work consistently bears the weight of history — not in overt references, but in its material richness, impeccable craftsmanship, and deeply layered narrative.” The foreword is written by Benoist F. Drut, owner of the New York design Gallery Maison Gerard where he represents some of the most important designers worldwide. What’s so special about this book — besides the beautiful and inspiring images — is that the projects are organised thematically (not chronologically). In separate chapters the author discusses themes such as ‘harmony’, ‘colour’, ‘craftsmanship’, ‘heritage’ and ‘narrative’. Salvagni is not fond of being described by a certain style, he much rather works depending on one or more of these aforementioned aspects and lets his projects and designs flow out of them. He once described his design philosophy as such: “My philosophy is my method and not a style. I hate to be associated with one style – it makes me feel old and stuck. Following a method allows you to reach different, unexpected results every time.” As you can see and read about in this publication, the results are indeed varied and exclusive, but always sophisticated and timeless. We’re a big fan of Salvagni and have already pre-ordered our copy of this book (available from 24 September)! Get yours here.
Images courtesy of Achille Salvagni. Photo credits: Paola Petrignani, Maris Mezulis & James MacDonald