Roomscapes. The Decorative Architecture of Renzo Mongiardino

Roomscapes. The Decorative Architecture of Renzo Mongiardino
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Renzo Mongiardino. Edited by Fiorenzo Cattaneo.

New York. Rizzoli. 1993. First edition. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 208 pages. Illustrated throughout in colour and b&w. 305 x 235mm (12 x 9"). 1.4kg. 0847815536. English. Near fine; light shelf wear to the dust jacket; a good copy with no marks or inscriptions.

The scarce first monograph on the Italian architect and interior decorator Renzo Mongiardino (1916-1998). Written towards the end of Mongiardino's life the book provides an overview of his career and his most celebrated interiors, with commentary and advice provided by the designer himself.

'On the international design scene, Milan-based architect Renzo Mongiardino is renowned as the consummate creator of spectacular, atmospheric spaces. His dramatic, theatrical approach to design has produced elegant period interiors that have influenced many other designers.

This handsome monograph, the first complete presentation of Mongiardino's work, explores his philosophy of space, design, and life itself. Extraordinary colour photographs illustrate the brilliant arrangements of objects, art, and antiques and the rich array of textiles and painted effects - faux wood, marble, and other materials; extravagant full-scale trompe l'oeils - that epitomise his style...

... Practical considerations of design are discussed in Mongiardino's own words. He shares insights into particular spaces - small or large, study or grand gallery - and traces the solutions he originated to create them. Through early sketches, impressionistic drawings and watercolours, and detailed photographs, he unfolds the story of each space.' (from the blurb)