Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sunday Book Worship Volume V


Roomscapes: The Decorative Architecture of Renzo Mongiardino

We cannot remember the exact moment we fell in love with Renzo Mongiardino. Was it the first time we experienced his work in a glossy design magazine? Or perhaps it was when we first held Roomscapes in our trembling hands (oh, what a day…) Maybe our love for him was always there, like our love for the rain, the stars and the moon…


Renzo was born in Genoa in 1916 and continued living and working in Italy until his death in 1998 at the age of eighty-one. He is truly one of the greatest designers of the twentieth century. We are sure that the work produced in his lengthy career will continue to have a profound influence on generations to come.




To us Renzo’s work is visceral, organic and awe inspiring. To have the ability to mold such extravagance into reality is an alchemy that few possess. It seems as though his rooms sprang to life out of a baroque daydream or were woven by the fingers of some elegant mage. To think they had their inception in the mind of a mortal man is a humbling thought indeed.



In our very favorite rooms designed by Renzo there is a theatric flair that is slightly brooding and melancholy. We find this utterly enticing. It is as if there is something at the very edge of perception that evades the eye. If we ever had the opportunity to see his work in person we would walk though on our tippy toes and hold our collective breath as not to break the glorious spell holding such finery together…



Hail Renzo, wherever you might be, we know you have made that place a little more beautiful than you found it.

Roomscapes: The Decorative Architecture of Renzo Mongiardino

All these landscapes are timeless,
and this is all just a part of cosmos,
(but) all is mine and past and future is yet to discover...
Much have been discovered, but tomorrow
I will realize I existed before myself

(“Cosmic Keys to my Creations and Times” by Emperor)

5 comments:

AT THE PICKLED HUTCH said...

That last photo, that library, had me gasping out loud. What a magnificent room and vision.
Lisa & Alfie

Fairwood Haven said...

GENIUS seems too small a word-!!

Loved that Ebony Chest in your Favorite room - What do you think the material is for the Inlay-?
Ivory, Silver, Gold-?

Great to see his sketch for the Tented Room-! Loved the final results!

Seraph + Splendor said...

Thanks so much for the comments!

That library is probably one of our all time favorite rooms. It truly is breathtaking!

The House of Beauty and Culture said...

This is really what decorating is all about. Everything else is just shopping.

WH said...

I found your blog through Blog Catalog. And I'm glad I clicked on your link. Otherwise, I would have missed this post. What can I say but Wow! How someone can come up with such beautiful rooms is beyond me.

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