This autumn, Achille Salvagni presents Sahara, an exhibition inspired by the unique topography and cultures of the African Sahara.
Earthy tones pervade the space, a glowing environment punctuated by drops of orange, amber and blue and dominated by shapes evoking life in the desert. To create this exceptional universe, Salvagni subtly combines his versatile classics with eye-catching new pieces.
In the gallery’s front room, the circular central seating is structured around a pair of new curved loveseats, alluding to the Sahara’s sand dunes, whilst the fire orange colour of the upholstery is reminiscent of the sunset. Two quirky animalesque chairs, covered in ivory cashmere wool and inspired by the thrones of African tribal chiefs, add character to the space. High above, in what could be imagined as a starry night sky, hangs an opulent eight-arm chandelier in burnished cast bronze and dark gunmetal, adorned with backlit onyx plates reminiscent of constellations.
On the gallery’s walls, Salvagni introduces Maasai, a new modular shelving system produced in wood and bronze. The decorative elements draw inspiration from tribal jewellery with its different layers of shapes and materials. Moving to the back room, a vintage Berber rug is presented alongside a Santiago sofa and two Gae armchairs upholstered in a hand-woven Toyine Sellers fabric.
Sahara also premieres works by celebrated Italian photographer Guido Guidi documenting five buildings by Le Corbusier, never-before-seen in London. Guido Guidi (b. 1941 in Cesena, Italy) has been pioneering Italian landscape and architectural photography for more than half a century. This series is a prime example of appreciation of “constructed landscapes”.Courtesy of Achille Salvagni Atelier, London
Apollo, 2018. Limited Edition of 10 pieces + AP. Asymmetric multifaceted coffee table in Alpaca finish and lacewood. Height: 12”(30 cm) - Width: 65.8“(167cm) - Depth: 60”(152cm)
Circeo, 2016. Limited Edition of 3 pieces + AP. Parchment-lined wood screen with custom cast bronze hinges with burnished finish and hand-engraved, 24ct gold-plated finish. Height: 71”(180cm) - Width: 98.5“(250cm) - Depth: 4”(10cm)
Darts, 2014. Limited Edition of 30 pieces + AP. Backlit hand-carved onyx block chandelier with cast bronze structure with a burnished and polished finish. Height: 56” (140cm) - Width: 39.5” (100cm) - Depth: 39.5” (100cm)
Diamond, 2013. Limited Edition of 40 pieces + AP. Backlit hand-carved onyx block sconce with burnished cast bronze frame and polished cast bronze hook. Light source: 2 x 40W clear E27. Height: 22.25” (57cm) - Width: 8.75” (22cm) - Depth: 4.75” (12cm)
Hercules, 2013. Limited Edition of 20 pieces + AP. Floor lamp with base formed by a burnished cast bronze stylised figure (silhouette) on a rectangular base holding a backlit hand-carved onyx block lamp share. Light source: 2 x 40W Clear E27. Height: 63.75” (162cm) - Width: 15.75” (40cm) - Depth: 10” (25cm). Weight: 29kg
Octopus, 2013. Limited Edition of 20 pieces + AP. Burnished cast bronze eight-arm chandelier with polished bronze decorations and backlit onyx plates. Light source: 8 x 40W Clear E27. Heigh: 43.45” (110cm) - Diameter: 90.5” (230cm)
Tango Parchment, 2015. Limited Edition of 20 pieces. Console with parchment top and cast bronze structure with burnished and polished finish. Height: 32” (80cm) - Width: 51” (130cm) - Depth: 15.75” (40cm)