Fendi and the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici have unveiled their stunning collaborative refurbishing of six reception Salons at Villa Medici, including the majestic Grand Salon. Carried out with support from the Mobilier National*, the project features a new décor inspired by creativity and contemporary design.
Kim Jones, Artistic Director of Couture and Womenswear, and Silvia Venturini Fendi, Artistic Director of Accessories and Menswear for the Italian house, have led a metamorphosis of Villa Medici that creates the heritage of tomorrow. Inspired by the desire to create a singular creative dialogue, their interpretation combines a range of skills spanning design, interior fittings and conservation/restoration, expressing the emblematic signatures of both the Maison’s artistic directors, as well as Fendi Casa, and guest designers.
Six mythic reception rooms at the Villa have been transformed under the expert hands of French and Italian designers — Chiara Andreatti, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Toan Nguyen and brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. The Belleville Armchairs by the Bouroullecs, produced by Vitra, are given pride of place in the Grand Salon. The 150-square meter room hosts events on the Villa Medici’s culture program (concerts, performances, conferences, installations and more).
This integration of contemporary design pieces in the historic rooms of Villa Medici reaffirms Fendi’s commitment to the preservation of artistic heritage through exclusive partnerships and patronage initiatives. The initiative resonates with the Maison’s deep ties with the Eternal City, a major source of inspiration throughout the project.
* The French state agency responsible for conservation and restoration of art collections and national heritage objects, and for promoting and passing on exceptional craft savoir-faire.