September 19, 2016
Achille Salvagni Imbues a Central Park Home with European Flair
Italian architect and designer Achille Salvagni imbues a Long Island couple's Central Park pied-à-terre with natural forms and a luxurious shimmer.
by Deborah L. Martin interior designer Achille Salvagni photographer Paolo Petrignani architecture Achille Salvagni
When a Long Island couple wanted a pied-à-terre in the city they turned to Italian architect and designer Achille Salvagni. This was his first full project in the United States, and to it he brought a distinctly European flair. "I started my career in Rome, but I also worked in Sweden and was influenced by the organic design and natural shapes used by people like Alvar Aalto." Salvagni continues, "Using natural shapes is really in my DNA." The roughly 1,500-square-foot apartment is on Fifth Avenue facing Central Park. "The amazing view is really the trophy here, it truly exemplifies the adage: location, location, location." Salvagni adds, "It was important to echo the natural beauty outside, with beautiful textures and shapes inside."
The architectural layout of the apartment, which Salvagni created, has three main destinations accessible from a main foyer area. "I created balance in the living room, between the entrance to the kitchen on the left and the foyer on the right, and I framed the connections between all the spaces with dark lines." The three main areas flow organically: The "night" area includes the master bedroom, bath, and closet; the living area connects to a den that can be used as a guest bedroom; and the kitchen and dining area is an open room that allows the view to take center stage.
The furnishings and color scheme create a relaxing environment, one that echoes the chicness and attitudes of the clients. "The lady of the house dresses in a calming and soft palette, with a dash of vibrant color in a scarf, shoes, or clutch. I did the same in the design details such as the persimmon pillows in the living room, pops of red in artworks, and the colors of the linens in the bedroom." He adds, "The bed looks like a Mondrian." The lighting and accessories inspired his first collection for Maison Gerard. "I went to my Roman roots and hired the best craftsmen and stone workers. I took materials inspired by heritage and together with these artisans turned it into a new language for the future." Conical table lamps crafted of onyx and bronze with finials shaped like tree branches, mirrors that undulate with organic lines, lampshades that curve seductively, all create a dialogue with natural beauty of Central Park, just outside the windows.
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