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The House of a Lifetime: Umberto Pasti and Ngoc Minh Ngo

Writer Umberto Pasti is joined in conversation by photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo to celebrate the publication of their new book 'The House of a Lifetime: A Collector's Journey in Tangier'.

Saturated colours, intricate patterns, striking architecture: writer Umberto Pasti’s house and garden in Tangier is the ultimate example of a well-curated Moroccan villa, filled with museum-quality pieces of furniture, luminous textiles, rare tiles and ceramics, and other objets d’art worthy of a private museum.

Set in a lush hillside garden filled with the native flora of northern Morocco, the house offers glimpses of the serene landscapes and fountains through windows, archways and loggias, as well as Pasti’s scholarly collection of tiles and rare textiles from Africa, the Middle East, and southern Europe.

With gorgeous specially commissioned photographs by Ngoc Minh Ngo, this book offers a tour through one of the loveliest homes in Tangier, bringing to life the sophisticated fusion of Morocco’s multicultural blend of cultures.

Umberto and Ngoc’s conversation will be chaired by garden designer Tania Compton.

Speaker bios

  • Umberto Pasti

    Umberto Pasti

    Umberto Pasti graduated in philosophy of history in his native Milano. After traveling extensively in North Africa and the Middle East, nearly forty years ago he bought a place in Tangier. Now he lives between Milano, Tangier and Rohuna, a small village on the Atlantic Coast of Northern Morocco . He is a writer, a gardener and a garden designer. He has published several books, A House of a Lifetime, about his home in Tangier, is published in January 2023.

  • Ngoc Minh Ngo

    Ngoc Minh Ngo

    Ngoc Minh Ngo is a New York-based photographer and author of three books, Bringing Nature Home: Floral Arrangements Inspired by Nature; In Bloom: Creating and Living with Flowers, and Eden Revisited: A Garden in Northern Morocco, all published by Rizzoli. Her work has been the subject of solo shows at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech and Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center in the Bronx, New York. Ngoc received the Land Place Spirit Award from Longhouse Reserve in 2022.

Image: Photos by Ngoc Minh Ngo