Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Book Review: Renzo Mongiardino: A Painterly Vision



THE INTERIORS AND ARCHITECTURE OF RENZO MONGIARDINO: A Painterly Vision by Martina Mondadori Sartogo and the Editors of Cabana, Rizzoli New York, 2017

Renzo Mongiardino is a design legend, celebrated for his rooms which were filled with the theatricality of glorious trompe-l'oeil finishes, the finest of the finest antiques, and the most luxurious of designer fabrics. Opulence could have very well been Renzo's middle name. His rooms created a mood, by whatever means necessary. Though his rooms were wrought with priceless antiques and rare fabrics, the predominant element of his designs were his ingenious trompe-l'oeil finishes. Rooms of intricate mosaics were often nothing more than paint, walls of a marble parlor actually only marble-patterned paper.

He had a slew of wealthy clients, Lee Radziwill, Gianna Versace, Randolph and Veronica Hearst, and The Rothschild Family to name a few. He had the imagination of an artist, and a formal Italian education in architecture and set design, the best of pairings in what became a brilliant career.

In this new book, A Painterly Vision, published by Rizzoli, pages and pages of beauty created at the hands of Mongiardino are beyond inspiring. They are provocative and exciting, sure to infuse the creativity in all of us with an exhilarating spark. Take a look: 

THE INTERIORS AND ARCHITECTURE OF RENZO MONGIARDINO: A Painterly Vision by Martina Mondadori Sartogo and the Editors of Cabana, Rizzoli New York, 2017

THE INTERIORS AND ARCHITECTURE OF RENZO MONGIARDINO: A Painterly Vision by Martina Mondadori Sartogo and the Editors of Cabana, Rizzoli New York, 2017

THE INTERIORS AND ARCHITECTURE OF RENZO MONGIARDINO: A Painterly Vision by Martina Mondadori Sartogo and the Editors of Cabana, Rizzoli New York, 2017

THE INTERIORS AND ARCHITECTURE OF RENZO MONGIARDINO: A Painterly Vision by Martina Mondadori Sartogo and the Editors of Cabana, Rizzoli New York, 2017

THE INTERIORS AND ARCHITECTURE OF RENZO MONGIARDINO: A Painterly Vision by Martina Mondadori Sartogo and the Editors of Cabana, Rizzoli New York, 2017

All Photos by Guido Taroni, provided by Rizzoli New York

Mongiardino died in Italy at the age of 81. A wealthy and scholarly elitest, Mongiardino was like most artists in that he lived a unique, almost bohemian, eccentric life. He was noted to have said, "I'm a creator of ambiance, a scenic designer, an architect but not a decorator." 

Beyond his interior design contributions, you may have also seen his work in the 1966 version of "Taming of the Shrew", and 1967 version of "Romeo and Juliet", both by director Franco Zerffirelli. Design for the wealthy elite soon eclipsed his endeavors on stage and in film, but Mongiardino still never thought thought of himself as a decorator, rather a romanticist, creating ambiance and scenes. 

Mongiardino worked until the day he passed away. His design studio stayed open through the end of that year, and the teams of talented artists, painters, carpenters, and apprentices worked diligently to finish his final projects. His personal collections and art were sold at auction after his death, by his only daughter. With this new book by Rizzoli, you can take a last look into the beautiful world Renzo Mongiardino created, and left for all to be inspired by. A humble offering to one of the most talented creators of ambiance who ever lived.

Buy your copy via the Amazon link below: 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Book Review: Haute Bohemians


Haute Bohemians by Miguel Flores-Vianna
Foreword by Amy Astley (Architectural Digest)

Vendome Press has some amazing interior design books hitting the shelves this fall, including this one, Haute Bohemians. The first book of what I'm sure will be many for lifestyle photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna, Haute Bohemians takes the focus off of perfectly styled, new on top of new interior design, and keenly concentrates on the international, artistic, collected and authentic interiors of an extraordinary collection of homes owned by artists, interior designers, fashion designers, architects, and more. 

You're not going to see collections of the newest, hottest trend filling the pages of Haute Bohemians. Nor will you see the same fabrics you've been seeing used over, and over, and over again. They won't be meticulously styled, with dust and wrinkles nowhere in sight. No, the stunning homes featured in the book are true to the motto "Home is where the Heart is", warmly lived in, beautifully curated, and uniquely photographed by the very talented Miguel. 

Take a look: 











With more than 300-pages, in large 10x13 format, this stunning volume is the perfect coffee table book for fall. If you're tired of seeing perfectly coiffed, sterile spaces, I highly suggest taking a look and purchasing your copy via the Amazon link below. True art, and unique points of view exist in the pages of Haute Bohemians. It's a wonderful tribute to the art of home, and a breath of fresh air. Just what I think we all needed!