The Design Industry Mourns the Loss of Mario Buatta
C&G Media Group was saddened by the loss of Mario Buatta, an American design icon. Commonly known as the "Prince of Chintz," Mario died of pneumonia in the hospital at the age of 82.
A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Mario began his career dressing windows at Bonwit-Teller and later launched his own firm at the age of 28. Renowned for his signature English Country House style, his work brought refinement, comfort, and beauty of his designs to his clients from the worlds of entertainment, business, fashion, and high society over the past five decades.
Mario was also honored with the Innovator Award at our 2014 New York IDAs for his overreaching level of excellence and innovation. We will forever remember his elegance in design as well as for his wit and sense of humor.
"Mario Buatta was an extraordinarily talented, and sometimes underrated, decorator. A master at putting an American twist on English country house decor, he was also an extremely kind, generous, and funny man with high-end clients and virtually no ego about his impressive accomplishments. C&G Media Group was proud to present him with the NYC&G Innovator Award in 2014, and we will all miss him deeply," stated NYC&G Editor in Chief Kendell Cronstrom.
Our thoughts are with Mario's friends and family during this difficult time.