A tribute to a recently rediscovered Italian architect and urban planner from the early twentieth century, featuring 150 previously unpublished photographs.
After the recent work on Carlo Scarpa, this new volume is dedicated to Piero Portaluppi (1888-1967), a significant and recently rediscovered figure of Italian twentieth-century architecture. Long neglected by critics, his work has been revisited and rightly reappraised thanks to the opening of Villa Necchi in Milan to the public.
The book traces Portaluppi’s work through three design typologies: living spaces, the aesthetics of industrial structures and public places. Notable examples of the industrial spaces include the power plants that Portalupi lovingly constructed from 1910 to 1930, real architectural gems with an eclectic taste.
About the Author
Patrizia Piccinini is an interior design journalist who has written for several Italian newspapers and has been on the editorial staff of Marie Claire Maison since 1998. Lorenzo Pennati is an interiors and advertising photographer. He collaborates with many Italian and international publications, and also with furniture and design companies.
"...a handsome monograph written by Patrizia Piccinini with photographs by Lorenzo Pennati...covering the breadth of the architect’s oeuvre (including a series of surprisingly magnificent hydroelectric power stations), the book highlights residences that are not only strikingly beautiful, but also open to the public—welcome inspiration for those of us looking to dust off our passports." —FREDERIC MAGAZINE