The Italian architect and set designer created imagined worlds full of layers — of color, pattern, artifice and history — that have succeeded at being timeless.

Inside Three Rarely Seen Renzo Mongiardino-Designed Homes

The Italian architect and set designer created imagined worlds full of layers — of color, pattern, artifice and history — that have succeeded at being timeless. The Garani Villa displayed a mash-up of references.

One of Mongiardino’s beliefs was that somber-hued oils — like this one, by Lila de Nobili in the style of a 16th-century Old Master painting — should be hung against dark-colored walls: a juxtaposition he felt heightened their depth and mysteriousness. On the table is a small rendering of a fanciful Fifth Avenue skyline by Mongiardino himself.   Simon Upton

Inside Three Rarely Seen Renzo Mongiardino-Designed Homes

Renzo Mongiardino - The Italian architect and set designer created imagined worlds full of layers — of color, pattern, artifice and history — that have succeeded at being timeless.

La Vagnola, Giancarlo Giammetti's villa in Tuscany. Interiors by Renzo Mongiardino. Photo by Oberto Gili.

La Vagnola, Giancarlo Giammettis villa in Tuscany. Interiors by Renzo Mongiardino. Photo by Oberto Gili.

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Adoring an Italian Master, Renzo Mongiardino

Martina Mondadori Sartogo, the super-stylish founder of Cabana magazine, claims the legendary designer as an important inspiration.

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Adoring an Italian Master, Renzo Mongiardino

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