Design Anthology - Asia Pacific Edition

Achille Salvagni

- By Achille Salvagni, text by Pilar Viladas (Rizzoli)

This work is the first monograph on the Romebased designer, who founded his studio in 2002 and has become known for luxurious interiors in Italy and abroad, as well as for his limited-edition furniture, lighting and interior objects.

The book is organised thematical­ly rather than chronologi­cally, each chapter covering aspects such as colour and craft as well as more abstract themes like ‘audacity’ and ‘narrative’. Chapters are short, leaving space for the photograph­y that forms the heart of the 270-page work and showcases Salvagni’s masterful treatment of form, colour and materialit­y. The large-format imagery is uninterrup­ted by text, with explanator­y captions tucked away in an appendix.

Salvagni’s always-striking work is unflinchin­gly modern but informed by history, which is well explicated by Pilar Viladas, a former design editor at The New York Times Magazine and T Magazine. A foreword by influentia­l design gallerist Benoist Drut of Maison Gerard, who has collaborat­ed with Salvagni since 2013, adds context.

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