Pietro Cicognani

Architecture and Design
By: Karen Bruno
Photography by Francesco Lagnese
Foreword by Isabella Rossellini
280 pages
10 x 
12 in. 
color illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-86565-387-0
Hardcover with jacket
US $70 / 
CAN $85 / 
GBP £60
PUBLISHED: Oct, 2020

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For the past thirty years, Italian-born Pietro Cicognani has been designing highly customized and exquisitely crafted country houses, city apartments, outbuildings, pool houses, and even garden plans for an A-list clientele. In the first monograph on his work, some twenty of his most notable projects are featured, including a reconverted barn complex on Long Island, a sprawling estate in upstate New York, a chic minimalist townhouse in Manhattan, and a romantic seaside house and elaborate garden in the Hamptons.

Whether a new construction or a gut renovation, each of his projects is designed in collaboration with the finest artisans and exceptional interior designers. Illustrated with specially commissioned photographs by renowned architecture and interiors photographer Francesco Lagnese, as well site plans and drawings, and featuring a foreword by actress Isabella Rossellini, whose country home he designed, Pietro Cicognani: Architecture and Design is a feast for the eyes and a celebration of unstinting design excellence.

Karen Bruno is a journalist specializing in architecture, interior design, gardens, and travel. Her work appears in the Wall Street Journal, T Magazine, Veranda, AD, and many other publications. She lives in New York.

Francesco Lagnese is an inter­nationally acclaimed interiors and architecture photographer whose work appears regularly in such publications as Veranda, Elle Decor, AD, and Town & Country. He lives and works in New York.

Isabella Rossellini is an actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and model.

During the course of his diverse, 30-year career, architect Pietro Cicognani has designed everything from formal country estates and glamorous Fifth Avenue duplexes to eclectic restaurant interiors and minimalist artist studios. Yet if there’s one type of structure the Bologna-born, New York–based architect may be most identified with, it’s the barn. An entire section of his sumptuous new book, Pietro Cicognani: Architecture and Design, is devoted to barn-style homes he designed from scratch and barns he renovated, including the one he has spent years transforming on the Long Island compound of his friend actress Isabella Rossellini.


Pietro Cicognani’s book celebrates 35 years of architectural creativity.


Cicognani’s ability to draw from a deep well of historical and cultural knowledge while understanding how clients live today is a valuable skill. It has won him a loyal following of sophisticated clients. . . . Eighteen of these residences, designed by his firm over more than three decades, are featured in the book Pietro Cicognani: Architecture and Design.

Order a copy of Pietro Cicognani: Architecture and Design for glimpses inside some of the Italian architect’s most renowned New England conversions, including Isabella Rossellini’s upstate New York barn.

Actress and philanthropist Isabella Rossellini says her relationship with her best friend is tethered by “laughter and curiosity.” Her beloved confidant is architect Pietro Cicognani, and Rossellini describes those elements as essential to his work in the foreword of his first book.


Sophisticated, elegant, classic, and quite beautiful.

Steve Roth
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Vornado Realty Trust

Featuring a foreword by Isabella Rossellini and photographs by Francesco Lagnese, Karen Bruno’s new book on Pietro Cicognani considers some of the Italian-born architect’s most sumptuous projects, from lavish apartments to charming pool houses.


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