Re-enchanting Villa Medici: a vast refurbishment from 2022 to 2025

The vast project to refurnish and refurbish the interior of Villa Medici was launched by the French Academy in Rome in 2022 on the initiative of its director Sam Stourdzé in order to promote contemporary design and arts and crafts in a spirit of dialogue with the heritage of Villa Medici.
The artistic direction of the project is entrusted to internationally renowned names and involves invited contemporary designers. This three-year project (2022 – 2025) is being carried out thanks to an ecosystem of public and private partners and sponsors who are combining their expertise and commitment to this re-enchantment, helping to make Villa Medici a place where remarkable skills are perpetuated and the heritage of tomorrow is invented.

As a partner from the outset of the project, the Mobilier national is providing Villa Medici with exceptional textile pieces from its collections and is advising and assisting the artistic directors throughout the various phases of the project.

The story of this re-enchantment of Villa Medici unfolds in three chapters:

Chapter 1: the reception Salons (December 2022)

The 6 reception Salons of Villa Medici located on the garden level have been refurbished in collaboration with FENDI and the Mobilier National, under the artistic direction of Kim Jones and Silvia Venturini Fendi.
With the support of: Bobin Tradition, Devialet


Chapter 2: the historical rooms (April 2023)

The rooms of Cardinal Ferdinand de Medici and two adjoining historic rooms will be refurbished by India Mahdavi, a leading architect, designer and scenographer.

With the support of: Maison Tréca, Devialet


Chapter 3: the guest rooms (2022-2023)

9 guest rooms located in the historic Villa Medici building are being refurbished in three stages, through three calls for projects aimed at contemporary designers, architects and artists working in teams with art craftsmen. This project benefits from the support of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, which has been involved in the crafts sector for over 20 years.

Winners of the first call for projects:

  • The project Camera Fantasia by Gaëlle Gabillet and Stéphane Villard (Studio GGSV) & Riccardo Cavaciocchi (Paper Factor) and Matthieu Lemarié
  • The project Studiolo by Sébastien Kieffer and Léa Padovani (Pool) & Romain Boulais and Félix Lévêque (Atelier Veneer)

Winners of the second call for projects:

The third call for projects for the following rooms is open until December 6, 2023.

With the support of: Fondation Banque PopulaireMaison Tréca, EDIT Napoli


Dive into the reenchantment of the Villa Medici in 10 video episodes!

The French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici would like to thank all the partners and sponsors who have supported the project and contributed to making this re-enchantment possible:

Partner of the Reenchanting Villa Medici project :

Main sponsor of the refurbishment of the reception Salons of Villa Medici:

Sponsor of the refurbishment of the guest rooms of Villa Medici :

With the support of :


Image © Daniele Molajoli