In 1996, legendary art director Peter Saville moved into a 2,000 sq ft Mayfair lair that he worked with Hacienda designer Ben Kelly to turn into a celebration of 1970s ‘shag pad’ – or garçonniere as Saville prefers – styling. The Apartment, as it was known, soon became a draw for popstars (and long-term Saville fans) such as Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Suede’s Brett Anderson. Saville had to vacate The Apartment after a few short, happy years but he still keeps most if its contents in shipping containers in West London.
The shoot he art directed for Wallpaper*, photographed by Nick Knight, is in part at least, an attempt to create an abstract update of The Apartment and to take it in strange new directions.
A production of large scale and ambition, the final 22-page shoot is in this month's issue of Wallpaper*.