Saturday, May 28, 2011


Piero Fornasetti was a renaissance man of the 20th century. Sculptor, painter, interior decorator and engraver, Fornasetti's signature designs are reminiscent of fine lined engravings using  repeatedly the face of opera singer Lina Cavalieri.

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Piero's son, Barnaba, now runs the business and keeps the family home in Milan going.

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The April issue of Antiquariato magazine featured the interiors of the Milan home of the Fornasetti family.

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Fornasetti used his home as a canvas for his creativity. Here, he worked out the designs and style of his decorative items. Geometric lines combined with black and white engraved faces became synonymous with Fornasetti.

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The Fornasetti products are still recreated by hand using patterns created by Piero.

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He was a master at using found objects combined with a pop of color.

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Don't you love the applique look of the chair and desk?

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How about the dizzying combination of mosaic floor and patterned walls?


This is essential Fornasetti.  The faux three dimensional rug paired with found objects and a fanciful chest. Do you own any Fornasetti?


patrickgracewood said...

I've loved his work for years. He was a brilliant designer whose work still has great style and humor.
Would love to own something of his. Starting with that rug! So witty.

Karena said...

I do not however I would certainly love to! Amazing art and furnishings!

Art by Karena

Gina said...

Fornasetti, a true original. I'm familiar with his work ... his distinct style in ceramics. Thanks Theresa for publishing these very interesting photographs.

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Sadly, I do not own anything of Fornasetti's, but I've admired his timeless designs for as long as I can remember. That rug would be my pick!

ceecee said...

Adore, adore, adore Fornasetti. Own? In my Fellini-esque dreams.

Merisi said...

Marvelous, thank you for these images!
The mosaic floor and patterned walls, I am afraid I'd walk up a wall by accident when I get up in the morning. ;-)

My Castle in Spain said...

Alas Theresa, i wish i had a couple of plates or chairs !
Last september in Paris, I wanted to go to the bar of L'Éclaireur boutique which is wonderfully designed with Fornasetti trompe l'oeil and didn't make it..may be i meet you there next time ! :-)

La Dolfina said...

Awesome post!
Owning a piece of Fornasetti is on my wish list... how about you?

Theresa Cheek said...

Catherine..."in my Fellini-esque dreams" such a perfect comment!

Lala-I want chairs too!

Terri- No, I do not own any, but at least I have them on my list!

Theresa Cheek said...

Oh, forgot! Yes. Patrick, that rug is killer! I really covet it!

Brillante Interiors said...

I recently met Barnaba for the first time, very interesting person (of course)and I always loved everything Fornasetti (I also have several posts on him)

Trouvais said...

Hi Theresa! My daughter has eye's just like the opera I've bought her a pillow...and an umbrella with faces at each section. Love the etchings...perhaps because I love to doodle. I'm a wanna be artist. I envy artists...and you! XO Trish

Natasha R said...

I have been a fan of Fornasetti for years...and trompe l'oeil! It is very curious, quirky and dreamy. I have visited the store in Milano several times, and I collect the plates :) I would absolutely love to meet Barnaba myself...Brilliante Interiors, what an honor!

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Mélanie A. said...

I'm a big fan of Fornasetti. I'm so happy to be abble to sale his fabrics through Marcato and to put them on antique seats

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