Cesare Leonardi, Franca Stagi

Cesare Leonardi (Modena, 1935-2021) graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Florence in 1970. Franca Stagi (1937-2008) graduated from the Milan Polytechnic in 1962. Together they ran a professional studio in Modena from 1963 to 1983, which established itself in the creation of design objects in fibreglass such as the Nastro and Dondolo armchairs, published in design magazines and books and part of the permanent collections of the world’s most important museums: MoMA in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein. Between 1970 and 1980 the studio worked on architecture, parks and collective structures (schools, sports centres, cemeteries) designed in close relationship with trees and greenery.

The Architect Cesare Leonardi Archive was founded in 2010 with the aim of protecting and disseminating the work of Cesare Leonardi. A project to reorder and catalogue the materials has been underway since 2015. Franca Stagi’s Archive was donated by her family to the ‘Luigi Poletti’ Art Library in Modena, where it was reordered and inventoried in 2011.

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    “So you have to know the trees to design parks; know them one by one, and also know that the design of a park is the design of a ‘becoming’, the proposal of a mechanism of transformation, growth, life and death.”
    – Franca Stagi

    The drawings in the book L’Architettura degli Alberi (The Architecture of Trees) by Cesare Leonardi and Franca Stagi represent an unsurpassed tool for the design of green areas.

    The result of a study that lasted over twenty years, the book contains the treatment of 212 tree species, drawn in scale 1:100, with and without foliage, accompanied by diagrams of the projections of shadows during the hours of the day and during the course of the seasons, tables of seasonal chromatic variation of the foliage and 393 descriptive cards for each family (53), genus (128) and species (212), with 185 particular drawings of leaves, flowers and fruits.

    A fundamental text, now available again in this renewed edition with a more up-to-date graphic design, appropriately revised, corrected and updated. Aimed at professionals, architects, landscape architects and designers, and anyone who suffers the irresistible charm of the wonderful world of trees.

    Texts by Laura Conti, Augusto Pirola and Franca Stagi
    Introduction to the new edition by Andrea Cavani and Giulio Orsini
    Original illustrations by Studio Leonardi-Stagi
    Book design Bunker

    25,5 × 38 cm
    424 pages
    Over 550 illustrations
    Hardcover
    Italian
    Isbn 978-88-98030-19-4
    First published December 2018