Goodbye Albert Pinto

First it was Albert Hadley, and now I am saddened to hear of the passing of Albert Pinto, a designer whose work I so admired.  These two men were giants in the world of interiors.

Mr. Pinto's A-list, international clientele kept him globe trotting over a 40 year career.  Whether designing mansions, castles, Parisian apartments, or Moroccan riads ~ this mix of cultures formed his ability to marry a melange of styles.  His refined eye and penchant for customized details made him a very "haute" interior designer that had the wealthy beating a path to his door.

His interiors were always dynamic, thoughtful, and with a sense of sumptuousness.  "I like strong, honest hues and do not hesitate to play with powerful contrasts to give my interiors as much energy as possible," he said.

Mr. Pinto prided himself on not having a particular signature style.  The eclecticism of his huge projects and his quest for perfection allowed him to work with the best crafts people from around the world, no matter if it was a modern interior or an old world restoration.  His rooms always MADE A STATEMENT.

Albert was born in Casablanca and trained as a photographer.  His atelier, based in Paris will be run by his sister, Linda.

Jets and yachts were a specialty.  The bigger the better ~  Clearly, there is nothing this man could not do.

In an interview, Albert was asked about his legacy.  He said one of the characteristics of his work was the complete refusal of monotony and boredom, of formulaic composition.  He liked to juxtapose different shapes and eras.  Albert thought that's what made a timeless interior.  I agree!  Thank you Mr. Pinto.

To see more of Mr. Pinto's magnificent work, he has written many books full of visual eye candy.

ph: AD by Ngoc Minh Ngo, others courtesy of Albert

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