Society Limonta’s iconic textiles are chosen by India Mahdavi to redecorate the historic rooms of Villa Medici, home to the French Academy in Rome.
Tiptoeing into the cradle of the Roman Renaissance and restyling six historic rooms in a contemporary key; this was the aim of architect and designer India Mahdavi, whom the French Academy in Rome chose to furnish and reenchant the piano nobile, which includes the two guest rooms Debussy and Galileo and the cardinal Ferdinando de’ Medici bedroom. Two different patterns in bold colours create all-over faux perspectives in the Debussy and Galileo rooms, where beds and bathrooms have been dressed with textiles by Society Limonta, selected by the designer herself.
Chambre Galilée © François Halard
The freshness of the nuances that decorate the rooms – reds and intense greens for the Debussy room; plum, pink and yellow in the Galileo room – meet the creased, soft look of REM linen sheets and pillowcases in the neutral colour Mastice. In the same room where Galileo Galilei stayed, India Mahdavi added extra layers to the bed with a NID throw in Azalea, which combines wool and waffle-weave finishing.
In the bathrooms, the pure white of CRISP towels and bathrobes brings a touch of light and comfort, while the splash of Albicocca on PLISS bathmat reveals the designer’s playful and bold approach. Reconnecting with history, with the personalities who made it and left a tangible presence, and exhalting their peculiarities with humility and respect is the link between the work of the French-Iranian designer and Society’s creative team, dedicated to innovate traditional fibers with unusual and contemporary processes.
Chambre Debussy © François Halard
For the photoshoot of the Fall-Winter 23-24 collection, a correspondence of intents and values allowed Society to reinterpret the notes and shades of the Villa, intensifying them with deep, rich, kaleidoscopic nuances, and playing a symphony of colours in one of the most important contemporary creation institutions in Rome.