Palaces, villas, pieds-à-terre, townhouses, corporate headquarters, yachts, jets and hotels, Alberto Pinto decorated everything with his magnificent splendor and grand style. He was as famed for his opulence as he was for his refined standards, winning the designer clientele that included American financiers, European aristocrats, and Middle Eastern royalty. Pinto’s style, the maximalist style came in many forms: baroque, Second Empire, contemporary, oriental.
Alberto was born in Casablanca; his father was from Argentina, his mother was Moroccan: “Morocco made us open-minded and generous. The colours, the smells, the warmth of the country—I think it had a big effect on both of us.”
Manhattan Apartment, Living Room — The grand living room underwent a major restoration that has softened the space, thanks to a subtle contrast of white and Wedgwood blue. From the book Alberto Pinto: World Interiors (Flammarion, 2012), with photography by Jacques Pépion; via Irwin Weiner Interiors
Manhattan Apartment, Living Room — The grand living room underwent a major restoration that has softened the space, thanks to a subtle contrast of white and Wedgwood blue; From the book Alberto Pinto: World Interiors (Flammarion, 2012), with photography by Jacques Pépion; via Irwin Weiner Interiors
“Whatever the Style, I love the eclecticism. What is important is the volume, the space and the light.”
As a young man, Pinto studied history and world cultures at the École du Louvre in Paris. In 1960s, he started to work as a photographer for Condé Nast, traveling the world shooting fabulous interiors. During these shoots in Mexico, England, Italy and India, he acquired his taste for design, learning the sense of volume and the game of colours. Alberto was encouraged in the pursuit of creating his own projects by his close friend, the famous fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy.
Alberto Pinto’s first project was a grand, magnificent apartment he designed for himself. The apartment, an immediate success as Givenchy wrote, overlooked the Seine in the elegant 7th arrondissement.
It’s hard to put in a few words one’s entire working life, but Alberto Pinto’s interiors are one of the most impressively soigné interiors in the world. —Daniela
The Lanesborough, London — A meticulous 18-month overhaul by world-renowned interior designer Alberto Pinto has restored this standalone property to its enviable status as one of London’s most revered Regency landmarks —Condé Nast Traveler
The blue salon of a private mansion in Paris. Photo by Giorgio Baroni; via 1stdibs