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By (author) Renzo Mongiardino


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  • The re-issue of the famous text (originally published in 1993) by Renzo Mongiardino, one of the most celebrated interior architects of the 20th century
  • The appendix reproduces 16 previously unpublished sketches by Mongiardino belonging to the Raccolta Bertarelli of the Sforza Castle in Milan
  • Published to coincide with an exhibition "Omaggio a Mongiardino", Milan, Sforza, September - December, 2016
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"The mention of Mongiardino still elicits instant reverence. With his alchemic blurring of eras, the sheer scope and commitment of his massive projects and insistence on valuing ambience above so-called authenticity, he attained mythic stature." - The New York Times Style Magazine Roomscapes is not only a beautiful testament to Mongiardino's imaginative creations, the magnificent rooms he re-shaped and decorated in ancient Italian and Parisian palaces, English houses, New York apartments, but it is an important text that analyses space, function, decoration and lighting of rooms. It is meant as a guide to conceive spaces that are inhabited through time and by time. Sketches, drawings, and models by Mongiardino, next to the images of the finished rooms, make the creative process clear and showcase his extraordinary ability and taste. Roomscapes was originally published in 1993 and has long been out of print. Contents: Preface by Giovanni Agosti; Introduction; Part one: The genesis of a room; Sketches; Chapter one: Space, measure, and models; Chapter two: The function of a room and its appearance; Chapter three: Decoration: ways to invent it, transform it, correct it; Chapter four: Decoration and the appeal of the exotic; Part two: Illusion: the eye deceived; Chapter five: Materials and the simulation of materials; Chapter two: The birth and development of perspective; Conclusion; Appendix: 16 unpublished sketches by Renzo Mongiardino.
About the Author
Renzo Mongiardino (Genoa, 1916 Milan, 1998) is universally acclaimed as one of the greatest architects of interiors of the 20th century. Formally trained in architecture at Milan's Polytechnic under Gio Ponti, he soon veered towards an illustionic style, deeply rooted in craftmanship and history, that focused especially on creating ambience. His career started in Italy to expand to the European aristocracy and then cross the Atlantic. His clientele included some many distinguished families such as the Agnellis, Rotschilds, Thyssen-Bornemiszas, Radziwills, Zanussos, and modern couteriers like Versace, Valentino, and Jil Sander. He also designed stage and film sets for Franco Zeffirelli, Giancarlo Menotti, Peter Hall, and Liliana Cavani. Legendary were the sets for Maria Callas return to the opera (1964, Covent Garden).
Officina Libraria
27th Oct 2016
285 mm x 245 mm
240 Pages
260 color, 18 b&w
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