Rome Wasn't Built in a Day: Neither Was Achille Salvagni’s Apartment

Achille Salvagni Architetti’s namesake principal renovated his family’s Rome apartment, where alternating strips of Carrara and Belgian marble define the kitchen. The 19th-century oil on canvas is a portrait of a family member. Photography by Eric Laignel.

An Etruscan urn and Italian vintage glass vases occupy the built-in vitrine that separates the living room from the winter garden. Photography by Eric Laignel.

In the dining room, Achille Salvagni’s limited-edition chandelier is installed above the custom tabletop in bronze-edged glass. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A photograph by Matteo Basilé dominates the entry. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Armchairs with their original 1920’s fabric face the living room’s windows. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Oil paintings on panels, commissioned from Paolo Fiorentino, stand out against the paneling in a corridor. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The living room’s custom side table in marble and bronze. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A Paolo Buffa cabinet supporting a 1930’s Murano glass sculpture. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The entry’s custom hand-knotted silk rug, a map of San Felice Circeo, Italy, the location of a family beach house. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A corridor’s custom cabinet in painted oak and Carrara marble. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Jean Prouvé–inspired custom doors, with inset mirrors, between the dining room and the kitchen. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The winter garden’s plaster bust, circa 1830, with swimming goggles. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Nino Zoncada’s armchairs, designed for an ocean liner, beneath Ilya & Emilia Kabakov’s oil on canvas in the living room. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The winter garden’s Salvagni sconce. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A West African 1850’s mask on the Tibetan antique door that now tops the living area’s cocktail table. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Cotton upholsters the custom bench in the library. Photography by Eric Laignel.

An Alvar Aalto stool accompanies the Foster + Partners tub in the master bathroom. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Custom brass handles open the sliding doors of the dressing room. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The master bedroom’s photographs by Zhang Huan show an ancient fountain depicting the Roman god Oceanus. Photography by Eric Laignel.

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