Not to be missed: Italian architect, interior designer, and set designer Renzo Mongiardino (1916-1998) made the cover of yesterday’s Spring Culture issue of T, The New York Times Style Magazine. Although considered one of the greatest interior designers of the last century, Mongiardino’s name might not be one you recognize. If you’ve seen Zeffirelli’s evocative 1968 film “Romeo & Juliet,” the set design is all Mongiardino. For Lee Radziwill, he created the iconic Arabesque drawing room in her London home, in which she was photographed with her daughter Tina, for Vogue in 1966 by Cecil Beaton.
ATMOSPHERES OF THE PAST
Revered for his ability to transform new rooms into atmospheres of the past, Mongiardino was the decorative architect of choice for the wealthiest international elite, from Baron Guy de Rothschild to Gianni Versace. “His vision, which began with a small circle of European aristocrats and later crossed the Atlantic to Fifth Avenue, remains synonymous with an aesthetic that requires from clients not merely a great deal of money, but a depth of knowledge and a leap of imagination,” Nancy Hass writes. On the centenary of his birth, T Mag takes a look back on his life and work. Check out the article, and not one, but two slideshows. There’s also a wonderful coffee table book.
Slideshow: The World of Renzo Mongiardino