Curved 1930s Small Wardrobe or Cabinet with Fornasetti Reflesso Design For Sale
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Curved 1930s Small Wardrobe or Cabinet with Fornasetti Reflesso Design

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Stunning vintage 1930s wardrobe restyled in our studio and embellished with Fornasetti designed wall paper, as documented above. This piece features a signed Fornasetti wall paper produced by Cole and Son that fits like a glove on this vintage wardrobe as if the two were made for each other. Inside you'll find a fantastic fitted oak interior. This cream colorway of this wallpaper is now out of production making this a very rare bespoke piece. Note: two pieces are available. the price is valid for one piece. it is possible to buy the pair .

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  • Condition Details
    This item is a vintage 1930s wardrobe that has been restyled in our studio to include the embellishment of Fornasetti wall paper.
  • Dimensions
    H 54.34 in. x W 36.23 in. x D 18.12 in.H 138 cm x W 92 cm x D 46 cm
  • Seller Location
    Paris, FR
  • Seller Reference Number
    Rang0010
  • Reference Number
    LU4817215356882
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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.

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