Chapter 2: the refurbishment of the historic rooms
The piano nobile of Villa Medici consists of the former rooms of Cardinal Ferdinando de’ Medici with three rooms in a row – the Room of the Elements, the Room of the Muses and the Room of the Lovers of Jupiter – with 16th century frescoes by the Mannerist painter Jacopo Zucchi. These rooms, which are open to the public on guided tours throughout the year, are located next to two private rooms from the same period which complete the complex.
As part of the project Reenchanting Villa Medici, the interior refurbishment of these emblematic spaces of Villa Medici has been entrusted to India Mahdavi, an internationally renowned French architect, designer and scenographer, who will be responsible for the artistic direction of the project in association with craftsmen (more information to come). This transformation is being carried out with respect for the period décor and previous architectural interventions, in order to revisit the premises by adding a touch of colour and modernity. The rooms will be equipped by Maison Tréca, a French manufacturer of high quality bedding.
The refurbished historic rooms will be opened in spring 2023.
The refurbishment of the historic rooms of Villa Medici is carried ouf with the support of Tréca and Devialet.
Architect, designer and scenographer, India Mahdavi lives and works in Paris.
Created in 2000, her studio is known for the diversity of its international projects which explore the fields of architecture, interior design, scenography, furniture and object design – with a strong focus on craftsmanship and know-hows, as a way to revere and strengthen ties between the hand, the mind, the heart and the eye.
India Mahdavi is known for creating unique environments that all combine a modern sense of comfort and elegance with color and humor, in a cross-cultured ‘art de vivre’.
Polyglot & polychromatic, India Mahdavi has become a signature, elaborating a special vocabulary that is joyful, cosmopolite and elegant all at the same time.