Verdant vision: Achille Salvagni’s new furniture showcase is a meditative colour study

Achille Salvagni has launched his latest collection
Italian designer Achille Salvagni has launched his latest collection at his London showroom.
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‘I wanted to be open to be inspired by an emotion that comes from colour rather than a specific time period, person or theme,’ explains architect and designer Achille Salvagni of his new furniture collection, currently on display at his London atelier. The discreetly opulent showcase, entitled ‘A Study in Green’, includes a writing desk and lighting pieces reminiscent of an Italian 1950s aesthetic.

The Rome-born designer was initially inspired by a photograph of an aerial view of Osaka after the bombing in World War II. ‘The image was like a graphic print; it was grids of burnt out spaces and reminded me of this wood, Louro faia, that we had started working with,’ Salvagni explains. ‘Every time I saw a sample of the wood, it made me think of that photograph so I felt I needed to verbalize this haunting memory into a work.’

Achilles Salagni table piece

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Among Achille Salvagni's new pieces is the 'Osaka' desk

The result of this exploration is the 'Osaka' desk, a geometric piece with slanted legs and an asymmetrical top crafted from wood and bronze. A sense of nostalgia underpins Salvagni’s works, in part due to his Roman roots and curiosity for his city’s history. To wit, his collections feature onyx, marble, bronze and wood generously; he says, ‘When these materials were used in Ancient Rome, they were never integrated or mixed. I love marrying these materials in different proportions.'

The title Salvagni chose for this body of work is a play of words with a subtle double meaning. ‘Olive green was always used in classic interiors for libraries as it is conducive to concentration and the relaxation of the mind,’ he muses, ‘but this has now also become my study of the colour green.’

'Elena' pendant; 'Circeo' screen; 'Garda' sofa; and 'Pietra' low table

The autumn collection is, the designer says, a study in green. Pictured from top, 'Elena' pendant; 'Circeo' screen; 'Garda' sofa; and 'Pietra' low table. 

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'Elena' pendant

'Elena' pendant

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'A Study In Green' at Salvagni's Grafton Street atelier

Installation view of 'A Study In Green' at Salvagni's Grafton Street atelier.

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parchment, onyx and bronze with inlaid doors

'Palatino' is a cabinet fashioned from parchment, onyx and bronze with inlaid doors, which nods to the photograph of Osaka that inspired Salvagni

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floor standing lamp

'Divo' is an elegant floor standing lamp that frames an onyx orb

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constellation of onyx light fittings

'Leros' features a constellation of onyx light fittings made of burnished black bronze and gold enamelled bronze. 

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For more information, visit Achille Salvagni's website


Achille Salvagni Atelier
12 Grafton Street
London W1S 4ER


Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.