The Decorative Architecture of Renzo Mongiardino

Book Description

  • 115 new images and 175 images from the earlier volume completely digitally remastered
  • A total of 290 images as compared to 225 in the 1993 edition
  • A completely new layout
  • All new and expanded captions
  • A new section of 14 sketches, printed on special paper
  • An index for both houses and names
  • Edited by Francesca Simone, Mongiardino's niece
  • A preface by the renowned art historian, Giovanni Agosti

"…..Mongiardino still elicits instant reverence. With his alchemic blurring of eras, the sheer scope and commitment of his massive projects and insistence on valuing ambiance above so-called authenticity, he attained mythic stature." - The New York Times Style Magazine, April 6, 2016 (from a sixteen-page full-color cover story.)

The glorious, deft hand of design maestro and magician Renzo Mongiardino sparkles in this new edition of the 1993 classic Roomscape, now bought by collectors for hundreds of dollars. From elegant palazzo residences to magnificent city apartments, this edition is a surpassing revisit of Mongiardino's work as told by the architect himself, and will be much coveted by devotees and new admirers alike.

About Mongiardino, Renzo

RENZO MONGIARDINO, born in Genoa in 1916, was one of the world's most renowned designers of the 60s, 70s and 80s, and remains highly influential. Although trained as an architect, and at a time when modernism ruled design, Mongiardino found inspiration in the likes of Bernini, Piranesi, Palladio, and the theater. He counted among his clients Gianni Agnelli, Lee Radizwill, Gianni Versace, Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, Rudolf Nuryev, Valentino, and Baron Guy de Rothschild. Equally at home in the world of performance, he collaborated with Franco Zeffirelli on many films, including The Taming of the Shrew with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; and designed the set for Maria Callas's triumphant return to opera in Tosca at Covent Garden. He died in 1998 at the age of 82.