A constant state of flux is the best way to describe the status of architect Achille Salvagni’s Rome apartment. His elite design team specialises in luxury yachts mostly, with some residences in Europe and the US. There is nothing I like more as a designer than the privilege to peer inside the home of design great! The now renovated 1898 apartment was built by architect Gino Coppedè, who built dozens of Art Nouveau apartments. Thought of as the Italian Gaudí, his buildings are quite eclectic—and got crazier and crazier over time!
The site was originally a warren of interconnecting rooms. Salvagni has rationalised the circulation of this now expansive 240 square metre home. Pure white paint is almost everywhere but because the central corridor, connecting the public spaces to the bedrooms, is windowless, he was able to cover the walls in a blue-green silk. Oak flooring has been laid atop the original marble floors to preserve and respect the past – the flooring was only removed in the master bedroom and bathrooms to make way for a graphic black and white intervention.
Artwork and furniture is eclectic and curated – a process of collection over a lifetime and family treasures ranging from 19th century family portraits and Louis XV gold leaf heirlooms to furnishings from the likes of Gio Ponti, Paolo Buffa and of course Achille Salvagni’s own luxury line. Unequivocally eclectic, the apartment is held in harmony by a meticulous balance of bold graphic touches anchored by quiet, classical moments.
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