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The design philosophy of Enzo Carpentieri bears the imprint of the historical architecture of Rome, where he was born and educated. In this city you get a feeling of harmony and expansion wherever you look, but rather than just something to be admired, it is as a continuous discovery as you walk through it and live in its spaces.

Enzo Carpentieri’s familiarity with classical architecture was enriched during the years he spent as a permanent architect at Studio Papiri. He worked on the design of interiors for luxury  hotels in Italy and in Europe, often located in listed historical buildings. Working closely with marble masons, cabinet-makers, upholsterers, glassmakers and other craftsmen gave him a precious opportunity to know these materials and their use in depth. He  learned the importance of the smallest detail in the overall project, a lesson which would serve him in his contemporary works as well. Collaboration with outstanding English firms was the natural continuation, and he moved to London where he worked as a freelance architect both with Tessa Kennedy Design -  a classical interiors firm - and with the contemporary studio Wolfson Design. He also had the opportunity to work in the US, where he taught courses on Italian architecture and design in American universities.

His approach to the design process is founded on a severe attention to perception. Enzo Carpentieri says that “people experience space with their eyes earlier than with their bodies; each aspect of architecture has to convey a peaceful feeling of expansion and harmony.”

Secrets and lessons from Baroque, Renaissance and Ancient Roman heritage are also at the basis of Enzo Carpentieri’s contemporary projects, that often include customized products of furniture design.

Enzo Carpentieri and the composer Alessandra Salvati, his wife.


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