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Fornasetti Vase Pirata Black or White or Gold



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 distinctive and original pieces from the Milanese Atelier.


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About Fornasetti (Designer)

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.

About The Maker

Fornasetti was founded in the 1950s in Milan as an artist's atelier. Today it is an artistic design company, an example of Italian excellence in the creation of hand-decorated furniture and home accessories. From porcelain to furniture and accessories, everything is strictly made by hand in the Milan atelier. From the outset, expert craftsmanship has been a core aspect of the Fornasetti identity: the colour applied by the painters, using methods and models rooted in tradition, and the manual production techniques handed down across generations, make each object a unique piece of art. Even two objects with the same decoration - vintage or contemporary - will never be completely identical. All of Fornasetti's creations, from objects to custom-made decorative projects, are characterised by a visual language that is at once imaginative, ironic and sophisticated. Thanks to the central role that has always been played by imagination and the creative impulse, everything that Fornasetti creates today has a timeless character, straddling art and design. Fornasetti was founded in the post-war period by Piero Fornasetti, a free-ranging artist and one of the most original of the Twentieth century. His son Barnaba Fornasetti has risen to the challenge of this legacy and over the last thirty years, with the same visionary and non-conformist spirit, he has guided it into the modern day, nurturing its roots and leading it to international renown.
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