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Fortuny Furniture

Italian

Spanish fashion designer Mariano Fortuny was a true artist who worked with beautiful fabrics as his medium of choice. Although he showed talent in painting, sculpting, photography and architecture at an early age, fashion was where he really shined.

Fortuny was an innovator in the world of textile design, he drew on classical Greek tunics for his rich and interesting garments and worked with a revolutionary system for creating pleats. He designed a range of clothing for his couture house, and today, vintage Fortuny evening gowns, gemstone-colored day dressescoats and accessories like drawstring bags are known for their fine craftsmanship and signature elegance.

Fortuny was born Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo in 1871 in Granada, into a family of artists. His father died when Fortuny was only three years old, and his mother moved the family to Paris. As a child, Fortuny was fond of experimenting and figuring out how things worked. He even dyed pieces of fabric from his family's textile collection, which had been amassed from shops around Europe.

In 1889, the family moved again, this time to Venice. Here, Fortuny found inspiration in the past, which would influence his future designs. Not long after, the young Fortuny set off to travel the continent. In 1897, he visited Paris and fell in love with a dressmaker named Henriette Negrin. She became his muse, his wife and his creative partner — Negrin worked with Fortuny on clothing designs and fabrics — and the two settled in the French capital.

A lifelong inventor, Fortuny began patenting his creations in 1901. By 1934, he had registered more than 20 patents. At the same time, his fashion career was taking off.

In 1907, he designed the Delphos gown with Negrin, which French novelist and essayist Marcel Proust described as "faithfully antique but markedly original." Fortuny had worked from his home until 1922 when increased demand required large-scale production. He opened a factory in Venice, where due to the scarcity of silk, he began experimenting with cotton. 

In 1927, New York interior designer Elsie McNeill traveled to Paris to meet Fortuny and became his exclusive American distributor. She returned to the United States and introduced Fortuny's designs to New World audiences. Shops opened in Paris, New York and London. Toward the end of the 1930s, Fortuny returned to painting and stepped away from the busy fashion industry.

After Fortuny passed away in 1949, McNeill took over the label and continued running it until 1988, when it was purchased by the Riad family, who remain at the helm of Fortuny today.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Fortuny clothing and accessories.

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Creator: Fortuny
Dealer: David Duncan Studio
Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Demedici Pattern, Green and Silvery Gold
By Fortuny, David Duncan
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric cushions in the Demedici pattern, silvery gold ground with green colorway, bias silk edge and silk blend backing, the pattern, a 17th century Italian design ...
Category

2010s American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Silk

Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Glicine Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful pair of Fortuny Fabric cushions in a light blue and gold colorway. Featuring bias edging and matching, light gold backing. The pattern is a 17th century Italian design wi...
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2010s American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Down, Feathers

Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Glicine Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric cushions with bias edging and gold silk backing. Featuring a gorgeous blue and gold colorway. The pattern is a 17th century Italian design with wisteria moti...
Category

2010s American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Silk, Down, Feathers

Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Louis XIII Style Delfino Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric cushions in the Delfino pattern, aquamarine and gold color way with silk bias edging, the pattern, a 17th century French design in the Louis XIII style. Newl...
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2010s Louis XIII Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Silk, Down, Feathers

Single Fortuny Fabric Cushion in a Neoclassical Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A Fortuny silk pillow cushion in metallic blue and silver fabric depicting a neoclassical design with a draped garland motif, with braided trim and woven back. 50 down/50 feather in...
Category

2010s American Neoclassical Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Silk, Down, Feathers

Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Glicine Pattern in Gold and Blue-Green
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric cushions with bias edging and gold silk backing. Featuring a gorgeous blue-green and gold colorway. The pattern is a 17th century Italian design with wisteri...
Category

2010s American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Silk, Down, Feathers

Pair of Brown Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Orsini Pattern by David Duncan
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric cushions in the Orsini pattern. Featuring a gorgeous brown and beige colorway, the Orsini pattern is a 17th century Italian design named for one of the most princely families in medieval Italy...
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2010s American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Silk, Down, Feathers

Fortuny Fabric Cushion in the Glicine Pattern, Newly Made with Vintage Fabric
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A rectangular Fortuny cushion in the Glicine pattern. All our Fortuny are newly made, using beautiful, never used vintage Fortuny fabric. This cushion features a silk bias edging and...
Category

2010s American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Silk, Down, Feathers

Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Demedici Pattern, Blue and Silvery Gold
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric cushions in the Demedici pattern, silvery gold and blue colorway, bias silk edge and gold silk blend backing, the pattern, a 17th century Italian design name...
Category

2010s American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Silk, Down, Feathers

Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Ashanti Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric cushions in the Ashanti pattern, burnt apricot and silvery gold color way with silk edging. Wool fabric with brushed texture backing. The pattern, a Geometric design with African tribal motif. 50 down/50 feather insert. Newly made, but using wonderful vintage Venetian...
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2010s American Tribal Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Feathers, Down, Silk, Wool

Pair of Mitered Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Malmaison Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of mitered Fortuny fabric cushions in the Malmaison pattern in tan brown and gold. Silk blend backing material and silk bias edging, brown and gold color way with tan stripe m...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Fabric

Pair of Mitered Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Puimette Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric mitered cushions in the Puimette pattern, shell pink, powder blue and gold color way with silk bias edging. Backing features light blue wool fabric with brus...
Category

2010s American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Wool, Silk, Down, Feathers

Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Granada Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric cushions in the Granada pattern, featuring a lovely gold and silvery gold colorway. The details of these cushions are exquisite: each cushion has silk bias e...
Category

2010s American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Silk, Down, Feathers

Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Mazzarino Print in Tan and Rust
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric cushions in the Mazzarino print, rust and tan colorway with striped bias edging and tan backing. The Mazzarino the pattern is a 17th century French design named after Cardinal...
Category

2010s American Baroque Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Feathers, Down, Silk

Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Irani Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric cushions in the Irani pattern, poppy colored with gold Thai silk backing and matching silk bias edging. The pattern is based on a 17...
Category

2010s American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Silk, Down, Feathers

Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Peruviano Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric cushions in the Peruviano pattern, tan and silvery gold color way with silk bias edging and gold silk backing material, the pattern, a Peruvian inspired desi...
Category

2010s American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Silk, Down, Feathers

Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Peruviano Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric cushions in the Peruviano Inca pattern, with lovely cream and silver color way. Featuring a silk bias edging and backing with cream colored woven fabric. ...
Category

2010s American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Silk, Down, Feathers

Pair of Mitered Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Malmaison Pattern by David Duncan
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of mitered Fortuny fabric cushions in the Malmaison pattern in tan beige and gold. Silk blend backing material and silk bias edging, brown and gold color way with tan stripe motif. The pattern is named after the former residence of the Empress Josephine de Beauharnais...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Fabric

Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Edera Pattern, New and in Stock
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric cushions in the Edera pattern, featuring pale pink and silver pattern. The lovely cushions showcase a linen welt trim and silver striped linen on the back. The Fortuny pattern is a 19th century Spanish design featuring an ivy leaf motif. Each cushion has a 50 percent down, 50 percent feather insert. Cushions are newly made, using vintage Fortuny fabric that is circa 1950. Founded in 1989, David Duncan is a trusted design resource for custom and ready-made luxury lighting...
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2010s North American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Silk, Down, Feathers

Fortuny Fabric Cushion in the Impero Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A Fortuny fabric cushion in the Impero pattern, copper and silvery gold color way with silk blend backing material and taffeta edging, the pattern, a 19th century French design with ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary North American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Silk

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Pair of Fortuny Red and Silver Silk Velvet Pillows
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Fortuny Down Filled Silk Velvet Throw Pillow
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Pair of Vintage Fortuny Manzianno Fortuny Pattern Pillows
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Pair of custom pillows made with aqua blue & white Manzianno Fortuny fronts and aqua blue velvet backs. Self cording, down inserts, zipper closures.
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Pair of Fortuny Gold & Soft Green Pillows
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Pair of custom pillows made with metallic gold & celadon colored Fortuny style fronts and celadon silk backs. Down filled inserts w/ hidden zippers for easy cleaning.
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Soft and Tactile Hand Dyed Fortuny Silk Velvet in Teal - 2.25 yards
By Fortuny
Located in Morristown, NJ
21st century hand dyed Fortuny silk velour velvet fabric in a rich teal color. This is a sumptuous and tactile velvet fabric. In the early 20th century, the velvet Fortuny used was a very light silk velvet that he imported from France and came in its raw state of white or slightly creamy. The whole process from raw materials to the final result depended on Fortuny. He produced the dyes, the colors, the blocks or stencils and the machines. Fortuny velvet...
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Vintage Fortuny Pillow
By Fortuny
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Vintage Fortuny Cuzco Pillow in black, tan, and silvery gold.
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Vintage Fortuny Pillow
Vintage Fortuny Pillow
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Vintage Fortuny "Ashanti" Pillow
By Fortuny
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A single pillow newly made from 1980's vintage Fortuny fabric in the "Ashanti" pattern. Gold on ivory cotton fabric with Samuel & Sons trim, backed with ivory cotton velvet. Hand clo...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fortuny Furniture

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Pair of Mazianno Pattern Fortuny Textile Pillows
By Mariano Fortuny
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of newly constructed custom pillows made with vintage bittersweet & cream colored Fortuny textile fronts and vibrant linen backs. Down inserts, hidden zippers.
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1960s Italian Chinoiserie Vintage Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Cotton, Linen

Pair of DeMedici Patterned Fortuny Pillows
By Mariano Fortuny
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of custom DeMedici Patterned Fortuny Pillows in a vibrant green/blue coloration. The backs are a soft green velvet textile that coordinates beautifully. Down inserts, zipper c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Baroque Fortuny Furniture

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Cotton, Velvet

Pair of Unique Blue Caravaggio Fortuny Patterned Pillows
By Mariano Fortuny
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of custom pillows made with blue & white tones in the Caravaggio patterned Fortuny fabric fronts and a soft blue linen style back. Down filled inserts, zipper closures.
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20th Century Italian Rococo Fortuny Furniture

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Pair of Richeleau Patterned Fortuny Pillows
By Mariano Fortuny
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of custom Fortuny Pillows made with vintage rust colored Richaleau patterned textile with velvet backs and self cording. Down inserts, sewn closed.
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20th Century Italian Baroque Fortuny Furniture

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Previously Available Items
Fortuny Fabric Cushion in the Impero Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A Fortuny fabric cushion in the Impero pattern, copper and silvery gold color way with silk blend backing material and taffeta edging, the pattern, a 19th century French design with ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary North American Fortuny Furniture

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Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Glicine Pattern in Gold and Blue
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric cushions with bias edging and gold silk backing. Featuring a gorgeous blue and gold colorway. The pattern is a 17th century Italian design with wisteria moti...
Category

2010s American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Silk, Down, Feathers

Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Ashanti Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric cushions in the Ashanti pattern, gold and silver color way with silk edging. Gold wool fabric with brushed texture backing. The pattern, a Geometric design w...
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2010s American Tribal Fortuny Furniture

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Fabric, Silk, Down, Feathers

Rectangular Fortuny Fabric Cushion in the Glicine Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A rectangular Fortuny fabric cushion in the Glicine pattern, with self pattern gallon border detail and bias gold silk edge trim. Gold silk back. 50 down/50 feather insert. Newly...
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2010s American Fortuny Furniture

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Down, Feathers, Fabric, Silk

Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Glicine Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of rectangular Fortuny fabric cushions with bias silk edging. Featuring a lovely red and gold colorway. The pattern is a 17th century Italian design with wisteria motif. Gold ...
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2010s American Fortuny Furniture

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Silk, Down, Feathers, Fabric

Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Richelieu Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of rectangular Fortuny cushions in the Richelieu pattern, with beautiful bias silk edging and silk blend backing. Featuring a double lion motif pattern inspired by the 17th ce...
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2010s American Fortuny Furniture

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Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Impero Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric cushion in the Impero pattern, featuring a red and silver colorway. Exquisite details including a lovely red silk backing material and silk edging. The Imper...
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2010s American Fortuny Furniture

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Fabric, Silk, Down, Feathers

Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Glicine Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of rectangular Fortuny Fabric cushions featuring a gold and red colorway. The pattern is a 17th century Italian design with wisteria motif. With gold silk backing and bias sil...
Category

2010s American Fortuny Furniture

Materials

Silk, Down, Feathers, Fabric

Pair of Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Glicine Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Fortuny fabric cushions in the Glicine pattern, with bias silk edging and gold silk backing, the pattern, a 17th century Italian design with Wisteria motif. 50 down/50 f...
Category

2010s American Fortuny Furniture

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Fabric, Silk, Down, Feathers

Single Fortuny Fabric Cushion in a Neoclassical Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
A Fortuny silk pillow cushion in metallic blue and silver fabric depicting a neoclassical design with a draped garland motif, with braided trim and woven back. 50 down/50 feather in...
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2010s American Neoclassical Fortuny Furniture

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Pair of Mitered Fortuny Fabric Cushions in the Malmaison Pattern
By Fortuny
Located in New York, NY
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Located in New York, NY
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Fortuny furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Fortuny furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of velvet and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Fortuny furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Fortuny were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Alessandro Becchi, Andrew Boos, and Hella Jongerius. Prices for Fortuny furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $975 and can go as high as $1,175, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,075.
Questions About Fortuny Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Founded in 1922, Mariano Fortuny’s designs are handcrafted on the island of Giudecca, in Venice, Italy. Fortuny is famous for its pleated dresses, and for its technique of pleating, which has never been revealed. On 1stDibs, find a collection of Fortuny pieces from some of the world’s top sellers.

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