Peter Saville exists in a territory of his own, his practice can be located somewhere between art and design – merging aspects of both his unparalleled approach has resulted in a unique contribution to culture.
This hybrid position came into being partly through the unprecedented autonomy afforded to him aged 22 as co-founder and art director of the legendary independent UK label Factory Records. Unlike most ‘commercial artists’ of the time and indeed since, Saville was free to design without approval. Making his art in the context of mass production he accessed an audience through pop music, best exemplified in the series of record sleeves he created for Joy Division and New Order between 1979 and 1993.
His achievements were celebrated in The Peter Saville Show at the Design Museum in London in 2003. His first major show in a contemporary art museum was at the Migros Museum in Zurich in 2005 and he continues to exhibit internationally.
Tasked with evolving Kvadrat’s visual identity back in 2004, Saville has remained a trusted collaborator and has continued to work on projects including Kvadrat’s London showroom with architect David Adjaye, Life is Space with Olafur Eliasson, Interwoven: Kvadrat Textile Design book, Your Glacial Expectation in collaboration with Olafur Eliasson and Günther Vogt and now the Sahco 2020 brand campaign with Jeff Burton.