Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Inspiring Icons/ Piero Fornasetti

Right: Portrait of Fornasetti, Left: Screen Design

Right: Portrait of Fornasetti, c/o, Left: The mark of Fornasetti

Right, Bookends, Left: Cabinet Design, Current  Fornasetti products

Various current  Fornasetti products

Various Designs using lip motif

Right: Fornasetti Plates, Photo by Graham Moss, Left: Cabinet Design

A man of many cabinets, Cabinet Designs

Right: Ice bucket Design, Left: Stationary Holder Design

Right: Cabinet Design with Sun Motif, Left: Screen Design

Fornasetti at Home,  Photo:

Fornasetti at Home,  Photo:

Fornasetti at Home,  Photo:

Right: At Home, Left: Detail Inside the Studio, Photo:

Inside the Studio, Photo:

Left: Cabinet design, Right: Inside the Studio, Photo:

One of my favorite designers of all time, Piero Fornasetti’s volume of work is so extensive it blows my mind, Largely known for his work on Tema e Variazioni plates, His work is just so much more than these wonderful plates.
Piero Fornasetti lived and worked in Milan, Italy and was known as a painter, sculptor, interior decorator, engraver of books and a creator of more than 11,000 products. In fact in terms of variety of decoration, Fornasetti’s production of objects and furniture is one of the largest of the 20th century.
Fornasetti is celebrated as being among the most original creative talents of the twentieth century. During his career he created a visual vocabulary that is instantly recognisable and unceasingly engaging. Fornasetti designed a magical world, saturated in image and color and filled with whimsy and wit.

An amazing website with a interactive feel, is feast for the eyes, Many of these images on this post are from this site, One set of images I love in particular is the tour of his house, where you get to scan across and see wide format images that capture every detail including Fornasetti himself interacting with the space, His house can be found in the Città Studi area of Milan, I would love to visit it today, I wonder if it is still intact? There is no better, certainly no richer, example of the Fornasetti aesthetic.
Fornasetti’s son, Barnaba, is perpetuating the Fornasetti tradition by continuing to produce, and revive, Fornasetti designs. My hat is off to him, I just love seeing the original and the interpretations, The spirit of Fornasetti must be kept alive. 
Most of the images are from my folder in my Furniture I love folder on  Pintrest, Unfortunately I can't find evidence of who photographed these images, Any person needing credit please be in touch for me to include your credit if desired. 

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