THE ROMAN Couture house Fendi has partnered with the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici to re-enchant its mystical halls, exemplifying its historic allure while introducing a contemporary design vision.
Supported by the Mobilier National, a French institution that has supported the arts since the 17th century, Fendi have reimagined a total of six salons in the Villa, including the Grand Salon. Centring motifs of colour, the rooms are entirely transformed, yet not in a way that strays from their ancient significance, as the house were sure to implement careful conservation and restoration techniques.
Villa Medici by Fendi
With the assistance of the Fendi architecture department, co-creative directors Silvia Venturini Fendi (menswear and accessories) and Kim Jones (womenswear and couture) morph their artistic visions, alongside those of collaborators Chiara Andreatti and Toan Nguyen to name but a few.
The refurbishment is completed with an updated acoustic sound system created by partners Devialet, ensuring the Villa can be experienced with optimum clarity and last for decades to come.
By Ben Sanderson