Best-known for contemporary reinterpretations of classical Roman decoration, Italian architect and designer Achille Salvagni has taken inspiration from Japan for his new furniture and lighting collection, which will be on show at his Mayfair atelier from September 14 to January 12.
The Kyoto range combines Salvagni’s signature materials – onyx, bronze, marble, gold-leaf – with the serene, minimal aesthetic of traditional Japanese interiors. “The city was Japan’s imperial capital, and was the centre of Japanese culture for more than 1,000 years,” he says. “Today it is synonymous with traditional fine craftsmanship, ancient temples, serene gardens and sophisticated tea ceremonies, and for this collection I wanted to focus on my own interpretations of this extraordinary city and explore how I could draw inspiration from its rich and fascinating heritage.”
It is the shape of the temples that is suggested in the delicately cascading, white-bronze Simposio chandelier (€30,000; edition of 10), while the curvaceous, upholstered Gae armchair (€22,800; edition of 20) subtly references the bamboo basket chair by artists Isamu Noguchi and Isamu Kenmochi. Salvagni has used fine Japanese silk for the shades of his Lancea lamps (table lamp, €14,400; floor lamp, €21,600; each in an edition of 10), and for the organically shaped Oyster mirror (€36,000; edition of six) has combined hand-carved onyx with polished-aluminium mirror to create a sublime piece that radiates zen. The green marble handles of the parchment-lined Palatino cabinet (€82,800; edition of six), on the other hand, work by creating a stark yet elegant contrast with a dark wood carcass.
In Salvagni’s Grafton Street space, a new larger version of his six-arm Spider chandelier (€86,400; edition of 20) in textured bronze hangs commandingly above the oval, glass-topped Fabula dining table (€60,000; edition of three) which uses bronze to allude to the now-extinct Hokkaido wolf, and a pair of playfully oversized Oyster wall sconces (price on request), made from polished-bronze and hand-carved onyx, provides a soft, warming glow.