Renzo Mongiardi, architect, theatrical designer, and interior designer, rejected minimalism and modernism in favor of opulent, atmospheric spaces with monumental architectural features borrowed from Ancient Greece and Rome, Byzantium, and the Renaissance. He collaborated with some of the most rewned theatrical and cinematic directors, including Gian Carlo Metti, Peter Hall, and Franco Zeffirelli, and brought his operatic vision to the residences of prestigious clientele including Baron de Rothschild, Aristotle Onassis, Lee Radziwill, and Valenti Garavani. This lavish volume showcases the sumptuous harmony of classicism that defined the Mongiardi aesthetic.
Laure Verchere holds a degree in art history. A former journalist for Elle Decoration, she is currently a luxury lifestyle brand artistic consultant. Verchere previously wrote La Mamounia (2011) and Antiquaires: Paris Flea Markets (2010) for Assouline.