In 1970, Achille Salvagni was born in Rome. Achille Salvagni Architetti was founded in 2002, and he has received worldwide acclaim for his award-winning luxury residences and superyachts. Along with his architectural practice, he established Achille Salvagni Atelier, a studio dedicated to the production of his limited-edition furniture and lighting, in 2013. Following the success of the Atelier in both Italy and the United States, Salvagni opened the Achille Salvagni Atelier at 12 Grafton Street in Mayfair to display his most recent creations.
The London Atelier showcases a selection of Salvagni’s iconic pieces in an intimate domestic setting, allowing collectors and design enthusiasts to witness firsthand the uncompromising craftsmanship that goes into each work. The works are realized by Rome’s rich collection of skilled artisans renowned for their traditional techniques found in the Vatican City and among the cabinet makers of the Quirinal Palace, using only the noblest materials; mahogany, rosewood, royal oak, laurel, onyx, bronze, and gold to name a few.
Continuing this legacy, even the smallest details of the Atelier’s works, from patina selection to custom door handles and hinges, are the result of exacting attention to detail, scrupulous craftsmanship, and historical reflection. With a couturier’s eye for detail, Salvagni is committed to preserving authentic touches in his contemporary offerings, bringing the decorative grandeur of the Roman Empire into entirely modern pieces.
Ever since Achille Salvagni designed his first yacht interior, he has been perfecting his approach to these unique living spaces. In the process of building a modern interior design in this luxury yacht, he cultivated the perfect ambiance and designed a ship’s interior, including a type of environment that anyone needs when visiting Capri one day, Côte d’Azur another day, and in the Caribbean yet another.
Achille Salvagni addressed each of those points for the interiors of a recently completed 115-foot Azimut yacht. The living spaces are all about curves and every element exudes a supple elegance conducive to absolute ease and rest, from the elliptical master staircase, with its leather-finished, backlit onyx steps, to the salon’s vast circular seating area and the lobby’s wavelike mahogany console. In the main cabin, ingenious “wings” with a contemporary design extend from the headboard to enfold round-edged nightstands.
In the owner’s suite, Achille Salvagni adorns this space with two luxury furniture pieces: a custom lacquered wood-and-brass desk and a chair in a Dedar fabric. The vessel’s luxurious deck bar has a luxury design and is crafted from glossy mahogany with chrome inserts. The living area includes Dedar fabrics and silk rugs with a contemporary design. Besides this, all the sinuous lines are present on custom pieces by the designer.
His approach continues to eschew pure decoration and focuses instead on spatial composition: fluid surfaces detach from the walls to form an independent system, using spatial elements that flow seamlessly while nevertheless establishing distinct volumes.
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The superyacht spaces are divided on the basis of a succession of contrasts between full and empty, between polished dark wood surfaces alternating with portions of a ceiling and large areas featuring light-coloured woods. Every detail has been carefully researched to convey and celebrate the key themes of the interior design: selected pastel elements stand out against the broad chalk and butter-coloured leather surfaces, infusing them with a sense of wellbeing and suggesting an atmosphere of complete relaxation.
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Since its unveiling, “a long list of clients has asked to have exactly the same boat,” says Achille Salvagni, who describes himself as “above all an architect, then a designer, and thirdly a decorator.”
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