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Fornasetti Furniture

Piero Fornasetti (Italy, 1913–88)

The Italian artist, illustrator and furniture maker Piero Fornasetti was one of the wittiest and most imaginative design talents of the 20th century. He crafted an inimitable decorative style from a personal vocabulary of images that included birds, butterflies, hot-air balloons, architecture and — most frequently, and in some 500 variations — an enigmatic woman’s face based on that of the 19th-century opera singer Lina Cavalieri. Fornasetti used transfer prints of these images, rendered in the style of engravings, to decorate an endless variety of furnishings and housewares that ranged from chairs, tables and desks to dishes, lamps and umbrella stands. His work is archly clever, often surreal and always fun.


Fornasetti was born in Milan, the son of an accountant, and he lived his entire life in the city. He showed artistic talent as a child and enrolled at Milan’s Brera Academy of Fine Art in 1930, but was expelled after two years for consistently failing to follow his professors’ orders. A group of his hand-painted silk scarves, displayed in the 1933 Triennale di Milano, caught the eye of the architect and designer Gio Ponti, who, in the 1940s, became Fornasetti’s collaborator and patron. Beginning in the early 1950s, they created a striking a series of desks, bureaus and secretaries that pair Ponti’s signature angular forms with Fornasetti’s decorative motifs — lighthearted arrangements of flowers and birds on some pieces, austere architectural imagery on others. The two worked together on numerous commissions for interiors, though their greatest project has been lost: the first-class lounges and restaurants of the luxury ocean liner Andrea Doria, which sank in 1956.


Fornasetti furnishings occupy an unusual and compelling niche in the decorative arts: they are odd yet pack a serious punch. They act, essentially, as functional sculpture. A large Fornasetti piece such as a cabinet or a desk can change the character of an entire room; his smaller works have the aesthetic power of a vase of flowers, providing a bright and alluring decorative note. The chimerical, fish-nor-fowl nature of Fornasetti’s work may be its greatest strength. It stands on its own. Bringing the Fornasetti look into the future is Barnaba Fornasetti, who took the reigns of the company after his father's death.

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Fornasetti Cabinet Kiss Red Lips Color Limited Edition
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The cabinet is handcrafted using original artisan techniques, like all Fornasetti pieces of furniture, This cabinet is silk-screened by hand, hand-finished and covered with a smoot...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

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Wood

Original Fornasetti Commode, circa 1970
By Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
An original chest with architectural scenes by Fornasetti. Signed. Piero Fornasetti, (1913-1988) 'Archittetura' chest, 1960-1980 produced by Atelier Fornasetti, lithographical...
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1970s Italian Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Lacquer

Piero Fornasetti "Botanica Pratica" Porcelain Serving Bowl Vintage
By Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful substantial sized porcelain square vintage Mid-Century Modern Italian Piero Fornasetti bowl or serving piece has all the elements of botanicals flowers and is entitled...
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1950s Italian Classical Roman Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti “N18 Piatto Calendario” Porcelain, 1985, Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti “N 18 Piatto Calendario“ porcelain, 1985, Italy.
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1980s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti “Plate Calendar n 19” Porcelain, 1986, Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti “Plate Calendar n 19” porcelain, 1986, Italy.
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1980s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti “Plate Calendar n 20” Porcelain, 1987, Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti “Plate Calendar n 20” porcelain, 1987, Italy.
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1980s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti “Piatto Calendario N.21” Porcelain, 1988, Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti “Piatto Calendario n.21” Porcelain, 1988, Italy.
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1990s Italian Other Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti “Plate Calendario n15” Porcelain, 1982, Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti “Plate Calendario n 15” porcelain, 1982, Italy.
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1980s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti “Plate Calendar n24” Porcelain, 1991, Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti “Plate Calendar n24” porcelain, 1991, Italy.
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1990s Italian Other Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti “Calendar Plate n.17” Porcelain 1984 Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti Calendar Plate n 17 “ Porcelain 1984 Italy.
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1980s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti “Plate n.16 Calendario “ Porcelain 1983 Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti “Plate n.16 Calendario “ porcelain 1983 Italy.
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1980s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti “Calendar Plate n.14” Porcelain 1981 Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti “Calendar Plate n14” porcelain 1981 Italy.
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1980s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti “N.22 Piatto Calendario” Happy 1989 Porcelain, Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti “N 22 Piatto Calendario” happy 1989 porcelain, Italy.
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1980s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain and Gold Round Bowl or Dish Vintage
By Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
Classical and Roman would elicit the imagery on this signed lovely vintage Piero Fornasetti porcelain gilded bowl or dish. It is hallmarked on the bottom and is Mid-Century Modern.  
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1950s Italian Classical Roman Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti 'Pranzo Alle Otto' Set of 6 Coasters Ceramics, 1960, Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti set of 6 coasters “Pranzo Alle Otto” ceramics, 1960, Italy.
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1960s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Ceramic

Fornasetti “ N.22 Piatto Calendario “ Happy 1989 Porcelain Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti “N 22 Piatto Calendario “ Happy 1989 Porcelain Italy.
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1980s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Postmodern Gilded Ceramic Vase with a Face Designed by Fornasetti Milano
By Fornasetti
Located in Doornspijk, NL
Lovely ceramic vase with a face on its front designed and manufactured by Fornasetti Milano. The base and the inside of this piece are gilded which gives the vase a rich texture. Sig...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Furniture

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Gold Leaf

Piero Fornasetti Enameled Metal and Brass Cameo Table or Desk Lamp Midcentury
By Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
The Roman appearances of historical leaders make up this special vintage Italian cameo Mid-Century Modern lamp by Piero Fornasetti. It is enameled metal and new polished brass fittin...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Metal, Brass

Midcentury Piero Fornasetti Giorni Vide Poches Il Giorni Empty Pocket
By Fornasetti
Located in Brussels, BE
Lovely vide poches (empty pocket) designed and manufactured by Piero Fornasetti, circa 1960. The motif depicts an extract of "Il Giorni" Italian Newspaper. Signed. We are locat...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Ceramic

"Fiori" Tray by Piero Fornasetti, Italy, 1950s
By Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Piero Fornasetti tray featuring a flower motif. Produced in the 1950s and cataloged. Condition: Excellent vintage condition, minor wear consistent with age and use Measures: Wi...
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1850s Italian Mid-Century Modern Antique Fornasetti Furniture

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Metal

Piero Fornasetti Serving Tray Barware Mid-Century Modern
By Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This great and rare serigraphed Italian Mid-Century Modern metal serving tray is the work of Italian artist, dreamer and genius Piero Fornasetti. This is great for barware. This part...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Metal

Piero Fornasetti Set of Six Strumenti Musicali Plates, 1950s-1960s
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti set of six strumenti musicali plates 1950s-1960s. The plates each depict a different selection of stringed instruments including guitars and lutes on a faux bois...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Furniture

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Ceramic, Pottery

Fornasetti Milano Trompe L'Oeil Ceramic
By Fornasetti
Located in Norwalk, CT
A beautiful accent piece to any table.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Furniture

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Ceramic

Fornasetti Piemontesi Plates Set of 12, Italy, 1950s
By Fornasetti
Located in Munich, DE
Complete set of 12 plates of the "Ricette Piemontesi" series by Piero Fornasetti. Each piece combines the description of a typical receipt of the traditional cuisine, together with ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Folding Screen "Citta' di Carte" by Piero Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
“Citta’ di Carte” (City of Cards) folding screen by Piero Fornasetti. Litographic transfer print on wood. Originally designed in 1950, this is one of four re-editions made in 2001. M...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Furniture

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Wood

Late 20th Century Pair Fornasetti Farfalle Butterfly Table Lamps, Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Late 20th century pair of Fornasetti Farfalle butterfly table lamps, Italy. Beautiful lamps as shown in photos. The iconic enameled butterfly design with brass details. Shades n...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Furniture

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Brass, Enamel

Rosenthal Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Plate, Themes & Variation Pattern, Motiv 11
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Rosenthal Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate, Themes & Variation pattern, Motiv 11, 1980s The striking Rosenthal Fornasetti gold-rimmed black and white printed plate with the face...
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1980s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Table Madrepore E Fiori Marini Silver Leaf on Green Malachite Tripod
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A Fornasetti table is the perfect synthesis of the artist's vision: a perfect balance of functional design and visionary illustrations that bring new meaning to a common object. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

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Metal

Fornasetti Table Emisfero Occidentale Gold/Sponged Blue, Wooden Legs
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A Fornasetti table is the perfect synthesis of the artist's vision: a perfect balance of functional design and visionary illustrations that bring new meaning to a common object. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Round Tray Coromandel Hand Painted with Silver Leaf Red
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the tray is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This round tray is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lacqu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

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Metal

Piero Fornasetti Trompe L'oeil Umbrella Stand with Musical Theme
By Piero Fornasetti, Fornasetti
Located in Milford, NH
A fine Fornasetti umbrella stand with a lithographic transfer musical theme print with hand coloring over enameled metal. Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) was an Italian designer known f...
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Late 20th Century Italian Fornasetti Furniture

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Metal

One of a Kind, Baciamano Fronte e Retro Armchair by Fornasetti, Italy, 2014
By Fornasetti
Located in Miami, FL
The shape of this exclusive armchair suggests a welcoming hand, while a small table teeters on one armrest. The seat contains a double-sided cushion in jacquard fabric, featuring the...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Furniture

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Velvet, Wood

Piero Fornasetti Flowers Guéridon
By Fornasetti
Located in Brussels, BE
Piero Fornasetti "Flowers" guéridon, side table A circular composition with flowers.  
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Rectangular Tray Coromandel Silver Leaf on Blue Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the tray is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This round tray is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lacqu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

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Wood

Siamese Cat Vintage Ceramic Sculpture by Piero Fornasetti 1960s Italy
By Piero Fornasetti, Fornasetti
Located in Rome, IT
Siamese cat with blu eyes sculpture in ceramic by the Italian Pietro Fornasetti. Made in Italy, circa 1960. The original stamp is still on the bottom (shown in pictures).  
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Furniture

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Fornasetti Table Architettura Celeste Column Base Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A Fornasetti table is the perfect synthesis of the artist's vision: a perfect balance of functional design and visionary illustrations that bring new meaning to a common object. Meas...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Cabinet Kiss Red Lips Color Limited Edition
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The cabinet is handcrafted using original artisan techniques, like all Fornasetti pieces of furniture, This cabinet is silk-screened by hand, hand-finished and covered with a smoot...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Small Sideboard Rectangular Base Farfalle Butterflies Handcoloured
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The sideboard cabinet is handcrafted using original artisan techniques, like all Fornasetti pieces of furniture. This cabinet is silk-screened by hand, hand painted and covered wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Raised Sideboard Cabinet Fondo Marino Hand Color Brass Base
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
This shape and size of the cabinet was designed by Fornasetti in 2019 on the occasion of the Milan Design Week. Like all Fornasetti pieces of furniture, it is handcrafted using o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Brass

Fornasetti Raised Sideboard Cabinet Architettura Black and White Brass Base
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
This shape and size of the cabinet was designed by Fornasetti in 2019 on the occasion of the the Milan Design Week. Like all Fornasetti pieces of furniture, it is hand-crafted us...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Brass

Fornasetti Chair Lux Gstaad Yellow Ponpon Bright Pink Hand Painted Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Fornasetti's take on the most classical piece of design, the chair, is a groundbreaking achievement in imagination. The Fornasetti chairs and stools are going to be the most surp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Chair Lux Gstaad Hand Painted Pink Ponpon Green Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Fornasetti's take on the most classical piece of design, the chair, is a groundbreaking achievement in imagination. The Fornasetti chairs and stools are going to be the most surp...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Chair Lux Gstaad Blue Ponpon Pink Hand Painted Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Fornasetti's take on the most classical piece of design, the chair, is a groundbreaking achievement in imagination. The Fornasetti chairs and stools are going to be the most surp...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Chair Ortensia Hydrangea Hand-Colored Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Fornasetti's take on the most classical piece of design, the chair, is a groundbreaking achievement in imagination. The Fornasetti chairs and stools are going to be the most surp...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Buffet Citta' Che Si Rispecchia Cabinet Wood Handcrafted Black/White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti pieces, the buffet is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This piece of furniture is silk-screened by hand, hand-finished and covered with a smooth la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Table Bocca Red Lips Brass Tripod Base
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A Fornasetti table is the perfect synthesis of the artist's vision: a perfect balance of functional design and visionary illustrations that bring new meaning to a common object. Meas...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Brass

Fornasetti Table Sole Raggiante Gold/Sponged Light Blue Wooden Legs
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A Fornasetti table is the perfect synthesis of the artist's vision: a perfect balance of functional design and visionary illustrations that bring new meaning to a common object. Meas...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Table Top Bocca Red Lips Hand Colored, Wooden Legs
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A Fornasetti table is the perfect synthseis of the artist's vision: a perfect balance of functional design and visionary illustrations that bring new meaning to a common object. ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Consolle Ortensia Hydrangea Hand Colored Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The consolle is handcrafted using original artisan techniques, like all Fornasetti pieces of furniture. This consolle is silk-screened by hand, hand painted and covered with a smoot...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Curved Cabinet Cuspide Celeste Architectural Motif Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The curved cabinet shape was designed by Barnaba Fornasetti in 2003 and now it can be considered one of the most iconic pieces of furniture in the Italian atelier's collection. L...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

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Wood

Fornasetti Curved Cabinet Volo Magico Butterflies Hand Colored Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The curved cabinet shape was designed by Barnaba Fornasetti in 2003 and now it can be considered one of the most iconic pieces of furniture in the Italian atelier's collection. L...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

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Wood

Fornasetti Curved Cabinet Palazzo Architectural Motif Black and White Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The curved cabinet shape was designed by Barnaba Fornasetti in 2003 and now it can be considered one of the most iconic pieces of furniture in the Italian atelier's collection. L...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

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Wood

Curved Chest of Drawers Scimmie Grey Shades, Chromed Details
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti pieces of furniture, it is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This corner cabinet is silk-screened by hand, hand-panited and covered with a smooth lac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Wood

Curved Chest of Drawers Farfalle Color/Black
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti pieces of furniture, it is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This corner cabinet is silk-screened by hand, hand-panited and covered with a smooth la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Table Top Cortile Celeste Architectural Motif, Wooden Legs
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A Fornasetti table is the perfect synthseis of the artist's vision: a perfect balance of functional design and visionary illustrations that bring new meaning to a common object. ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

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Wood

Fornasetti Trumeau Archittettura Black and White Handcrafted Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The most iconic Fornasetti piece of furniture, from the prototype designed by Gio Ponti with Piero Fornasetti in the early 1950s. The piece is handcrafted and the architectural m...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Furniture

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Wood

Fornasetti Cushion Chiave Key from the Series Tema e Variazioni Cotton
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The Fornasetti cushions will add to each room an unexpected detail thanks to the most iconic Italian atelier designs. The decoration features two variations from the famous Forna...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Cotton

Fornasetti Cushion Mano Hand from the Series Tema e Variazioni Cotton
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The Fornasetti cushions will add to each room an unexpected detail thanks to the most iconic Italian atelier designs. The decoration features two variations from the famous Forna...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Cotton

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