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Fornasetti

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 dinner plates, 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 reins of the company after his father's death.

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Fornasetti Duck Ceramic 1960 Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti duck ceramic 1960! Italy.
Category

1960s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Ceramic

'Umbrellas and Canes' Umbrella Stand by Fornasetti, Contemporary
By Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
Hand coloured transfer printed design on metal, with brass rim With Fornasetti mark and hand numbered and dated 'N 3 / 2018'.
Category

2010s Italian Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

'Rigato' 'Striped' Umbrella Stand by Fornasetti, Contemporary Production
By Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
Hand coloured transfer printed red and white stripe pattern on metal, with brass top rim With Fornasetti marks and hand numbered and dated 'N 1 / 2018'.   
Category

2010s Italian Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Set of Mid-Century Modern Coasters by Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
Set of six porcelain coasters, series "Mitologia" depicting Greek and Roman Gods. These were designed for the New York Department store Bonwit Teller. Signed to underside.
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Cylindrical Handmade Black Pleated Silk Lampshade
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
This cylindrical lampshade in silk with a metal frame is the ideal complement to create, together with the base, a lamp that becomes an art object. Any minor discrepancies between...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

1950s Enameled Original Box by Piero Fornasetti 'r'
By Piero Fornasetti, Aldo Tura, Fornasetti
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Wonderful and extraordinary vintage Fornasetti box. It has an enameled metal cover with Fornasetti's iconic graphics, showing people silhouette in black and beige. The inner compartm...
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Old Piero Fornasetti Box 'L'
By Fornasetti
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
This is a wonderful vintage Fornasetti box. It has an enameled metal cover with Fornasetti's iconic hunting arrangement and a wooden inner compartment. The bottom is red felt. Manufa...
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti "Nummus" Porcelein Plate Mid Century Modern
By Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This vintage Fornasetti plate is numbered three and is from the collection of the Roman coin series. All hallmarked on the back. This is a very uncommon plate and hard to come by. Gr...
Category

1950s Italian Classical Roman Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Fornasetti Bar Stool Farfalle Butterflies Hand Colored on White Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The Fornasetti chairs and stools are going to be the most surprising detail of your house. Measures: H 79 cm. This stool is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. It is si...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Set 12 Porcelain Plates Eva Black/White/Gold
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
This set of twelve hand-decorated porcelain plates, as a whole, forms the figure of Eve. You can use the ensemble for ornamental purposes or as wall plates, thanks to the two holes o...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Fornasetti Tray Holder Black
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Fornasetti trays become elegant coffee tables by adding this black wood base. Is suits a 25 x 60 cm wood tray. The image shows the tray on its holder (the tray is not included in ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Stool Gift from the Series Tema e Variazioni Handcrafted Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The Fornasetti chairs and stools are going to be the most surprising detail of your house. Measures: H 46 cm This stool is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. It is sil...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

Set 12 Porcelain Plates Adamo Black/White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
This set of twelve hand-decorated porcelain plates, as a whole, forms the figure of Adamo. You can use the ensemble for ornamental purposes or as wall plates, thanks to the two holes...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Set 12 Porcelain Plates Adamo Black/White/Gold
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
This set of twelve hand-decorated porcelain plates, as a whole, forms the figure of Adamo. You can use the ensemble for ornamental purposes or as wall plates, thanks to the two holes...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Fornasetti Tray Holder for a Tray Black Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Fornasetti trays become elegant coffee tables by adding this black wood base. Is suits a 60 cm diameter metal round tray. The second image shows the tray on its holder (the tray ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

Piero Fornasetti Coffee Table "Le Farfalle", Original Label, 1950s
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Iconic coffee table by Piero Fornasetti and produced by Atelier Fornasetti in 1950. The coffee table has original label under its top. The table top is made of a silkscreened aluminu...
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

1960s Piero Fornasetti Mid-Century Modern Cigarette Box
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A mahogany and red metal box with black decor depicting soldiers. It's designed by Piero Fornasetti and manufactured by Atelier Fornasetti.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Bookends Serratura on Red Metal
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
There can be wit and unpredictability in the order: this was Fornasetti idea when he designed his first bookends. The mix of images with their functional design make these accessorie...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Tray Holder Black
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Fornasetti trays become elegant coffee tables by adding this black base. Is suits 48 x 60 cm rectangular wood tray. The image shows the tray on its holder (the tray is not include...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Carpet "Il bacio" by Barnaba Fornasetti, Italy, 2007, Nilufar Edition
By Fornasetti
Located in Milan, IT
Carpet Il bacio by Barnaba Fornasetti. Italy, 2007. Nilufar Edition. Hand-knotted, polychrome New Zealand wool. 200 x 150 cm - 78.7 x 59 in Please note: Prices do not include VAT. V...
Category

Early 2000s Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wool

Porcelain Ashtray by Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Stunning ashtray designed by Piero Fornasetti.
Category

1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

Piero Fornasetti Pottery Vegetalia Plate, #9 Rutino, 1955
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti pottery Vegetalia plate, #9 Rutino, 1955 The plate depicts a woman's face created by the positioning of different vegetables to create a side profile. Dimensio...
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Pottery

Piero Fornasetti Cammei Paperweight, circa 1950
By Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
A rare cubic paperweight from the 1950s designed by Piero Fornasetti. This black and white porcelain paperweight is decorated on each side of the cube with the profiles of six Roman ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

1950s by Piero Fornasetti Midcentury Italian Design Metal Box
By Fornasetti
Located in Brescia, IT
Serigraphy on metal, wood box Excellent condition.
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti, Small Table Made in Lacquered Metal and Brass
By Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
Small table made in lacquered metal and brass. Literature: Fornasetti, curated by B. Fornasetti, vol. 2, La bottega fantastica, Electa 2009.
Category

1950s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti

14 Fornasetti for Rosenthal Palladiana Pattern Chargers / Plates
By Fornasetti
Located in Litchfield, CT
By Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal, Germany, circa 1970. Excellent condition. These rare Palladiana pattern chargers are fabulous examples of Piero Fornasetti’s superb designs. Meticu...
Category

1970s German Modern Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

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

Materials

Wood

20th Century Piero Fornasetti Umbrella Stand Theme Dog in Screen-Printed Metal
By Piero Fornasetti, Fornasetti
Located in Turin, Turin
Umbrella stand by Piero Fornasetti themed Dog in silkscreened sheet metal from the 1950s. Good condition, patina of time, original in all its parts. Presence of brand “Fornasetti Mi...
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Brass, Sheet Metal

Fornasetti Cushion Abbaglio 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

Materials

Cotton

Fornasetti Stool Bocca Red Lips Hand Colored Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The Fornasetti chairs and stools are going to be the most surprising detail of your house. Measures: H 46 cm This stool is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. It is sil...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Vase Clown Black/White/Gold
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Another classic of the Fornasetti catalogue, vases' uncommon shape mixed with the timeless beauty of Lina Cavalieri, Piero Fornasetti’s enduring muse, bring to life one of the most d...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Ceramic

Fornasetti Cushion Ape Bee 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

Materials

Cotton

Fornasetti Silk Cushion Peccato Originale Original Sin
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 a snake holding the forbidden fruit ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Silk

Fornasetti Paper Basket Mani Hands Black and White Metal Brass
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the paper basket is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This piece is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lac...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Brass, Metal

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Umbrella Stand Palloni Hot-Air Balloons Handcolored on White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the umbrella stand is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This piece is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth l...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Brass, Metal

Fornasetti Ashtray Ceramic, 1950, Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti ashtray Ceramic 1950, Italy.
Category

1950s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Trompe L'oeil Umbrella Stand with Musical Theme
By Fornasetti, Piero 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...
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Silk Cushion Sardine Fishes on Blue
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. Cushion Cover Material: Silk The inner is included Size:...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Silk

Piero Fornasetti 'Pipe' Trinket Box, Italy, circa 1950
By Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
A vintage trinket box by Piero Fornasetti, circa 1950. The lacquered, metal exterior features colored transfers with ‘pipe’ motif, whilst the wooden mahogany insert has beautifully c...
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Paper Basket Casa Con Colonne Architectural Motif Black and White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the paper basket is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This piece is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lac...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal, Brass

Fornasetti Chair Don Giovanni Mozart Wood Red
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

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

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Umbrella Stand Farfalle Butterflies Hand Colored on Black
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the umbrella stand is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This piece is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth l...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Brass, Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Ashtray Dish
By Fornasetti
Located in Copenhagen, K
Vintage Fornasetti porcelain dish as a ashtray or pin tray, with the print of French newspaper, Le Figaro.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Recipe Plate Piatti Tipici #1, Gnocchi Al Pomodoro, 1971
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Recipe Plate Piatti Tipici #1, For Pasta maker Audisio, Gnocchi al Pomodoro, 1971. This plate is from the first of a series of six plates made for the Audisio...
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Handmade Decorative Centrepiece Rosone Black White Gold
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The art of the table is manifested in this hand-decorated porcelain centrepiece with gold accents: Fornasetti's unmistakable decorative style makes it a true collector's item. Any...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Ceramic

Cylindrical Metal Lamp Base Viso Black/White, Iconical Fornasetti Face Decor
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The cylindrical shape allows Fornasetti's imagination to create surprising decorative effects in which the shapes follow one another endlessly. The metafisical face design makes this...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Chair Silviasub Scuba Mask Handcrafted 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

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Decorative Panel Silenzio from the Series Tema e Variazioni
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Fornasetti panels are amongst the best expressions of the mix of functional design and aesthetic exploration. Like all Fornasetti accessories, this panel is handcrafted using ori...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Cotton

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

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Paper Basket Farfalle Butterflies Hand Colored on White Metal Brass
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the paper basket is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This piece is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lac...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Brass, Metal

Fornasetti Silk Cushion Polipo Octopus
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. Material: Silk Size: 45 cm × 45 cm Made in Italy Cush...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Silk

Fornasetti Cushion Silenzio 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

Materials

Cotton

Decorative Ceramic Cat Bitossi Mantellato on White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A coveted collector’s item as early as the 1950s, Fornasetti cats surprise with the sophisticated decorations that colour their surroundings with sheer exuberance.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Ceramic

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

Pair of Table Lamps Model Julia by Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of table lamps model Julia by Fornasetti, sticker on the base, circa 1970.
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture Fornasetti are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Fornasetti furniture there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock, we have 170 vintage editions of these items, while there are 112 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Fornasetti were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Aldo Londi, Bitossi and Archimede Seguso. Fornasetti furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $253 and tops out at $39,500, while pieces like these can sell for $1,485.

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