Kamran Afshar Naderi Speech

Exploring the Rich History and Timeless Elegance of Italian Villas Through the Eyes of a Visionary Architect

Kamran Afshar Naderi Iranian Architect & Artist

On the occasion of the Launch of the Villa Magazine "Italian Villas Issue"

November 15, 2023

Renowned Iranian Architect Kamran Afshar Naderi Celebrates the Launch of "Italian Villas Issue" in Villa Magazine

Kamran Afshar Naderi, a prominent Iranian architect and artist, joins in celebrating the launch of the "Italian Villas Issue" in Villa Magazine. Reflecting on the significance of this edition, which delves into the origins and essence of Italian villas, Naderi highlights the historical and architectural importance of these iconic structures.


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In a momentous occasion marked by the unveiling of the 15th edition of Villa Magazine, Kamran Afshar Naderi shares his insights on the enduring appeal of Italian villas. Recalling a conversation with Amir Abbas, the magazine's founder, a few years ago, Naderi initially discouraged the idea of launching a magazine focused solely on villas, fearing it would end in failure. However, he now celebrates the success of this ambitious project.

Naderi emphasizes how the "Italian Villas Issue" serves as a monographic series of books dedicated to villas in a specific country, acting as a valuable reference for those interested in exploring the subject in depth. He highlights the special significance of this edition, as the concept of the villa originates from Italy and traces back to Roman times.

The Iranian architect delves into the essence of Italian villas, describing them as large and elegant country houses with spacious living areas and spaces for temporary escapes and restoration. Drawing parallels with ancient Roman villas, Naderi explains how the wealthy sought refuge from the crowded city life in these luxurious properties, which often featured gardens, fishing ponds, baths, libraries, and even artworks depicting mythological, floral, and erotic scenes.

Naderi emphasizes how Italian villas served as hubs for experimenting with new architectural ideas and concepts, citing examples like Villa Malaparte in Capri, known for its bold design and stunning sea views, which inspired Jean-Luc Godard's film "Le Mépris." He also mentions Villa Namaste by Joe Ponti, which aimed to create a new lifestyle for its inhabitants by immersing them in art and design.

Furthermore, Naderi underscores the intrinsic link between art, design, and Italian craftsmanship, where functionality transcends into beauty and artistic expression. From luxury cars to everyday objects, Italian design exudes a sense of desire and innovation, reflecting a deep-rooted appreciation for aesthetics and functionality.

As the "Italian Villas Issue" unfolds in Villa Magazine, Naderi commends the publication as a valuable reference for enthusiasts of architecture, art, and design. Through a curated exploration of Italian villas, this edition promises to be a captivating journey into the heart of architectural excellence and timeless elegance.



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