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Fornasetti II

By In/Out
May 15, 2013

In/Out - Fornasetti II

In/Out - Fornasetti II

In/Out - Fornasetti II

In/Out - Fornasetti II

In/Out - Fornasetti II

In/Out - Fornasetti II

In/Out - Fornasetti II

In/Out - Fornasetti II

In/Out - Fornasetti II

In/Out - Fornasetti II

When it comes to magical, whimsical illustration, Piero Fornasetti is the king. As a long time favourite designer of the team at Arent&Pyke, we were pretty excited to discover the new collection, released at Maison&Objet in Paris this year, for Cole & Son. Eccentric motifs of fantastical flying machines, architectural details, playful monkeys, keys and owls all evoke a theatrical and magical space.

The iconic Fornasetti designs are the life work of Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver Piero Fornasetti (1913 – 1988). Something of a rebel, he was expelled from Art Academy in Milan for being subordinate, and then later took exile in Switzerland during World War 2. He created more than 11,000 items, with a lion’s share featuring variations of a woman’s face as a motif. The woman was operatic soprano Lina Cavalierii, whose image Fornasetti found in a 19th century magazine. When asked what inspired him to create more than 500 variations on the face of a woman, he simply replies, “I don’t know… I began to make them and I never stopped.” His style is highly influenced by Greek and Roman architecture, and his other works commonly feature the use of black and white, the sun and time.

Arent&Pyke are thrilled to be using some of the new collection in a project that is currently under construction in Sydney. This is an exciting project – a period home of grand proportion – and we are so inspired with the decorative possibilities. The scale of the residence offers opportunities that cannot be explored in more intimate dwellings, and so this stately home can bear a little bold and brave.

We have chosen ‘Nuvolette’ a moody expanse of etched cloud in black on white, for the intimate areas such as the robe and ensuite where the clients can get up close and personal with the gorgeous detail.

Commenting on the new collection, Fornasetti’s son and protégé stated: “Pablo Neruda once described my father as the magician of precious and precise magic and I think that this decorative collection beautifully captures the magic essence of the Fornasetti world”.

Fornasetti is available in Australia through Radford.

Credits: Moodboard by Arent&Pyke.
Galleria Carla Sozzani Cole and Son Fornasetti

5 responses to “Fornasetti II”

  1. Leonie Hart says:

    Fornasetti has such a bewitching style, love the opera balcony wallpaper! Excited to see this upcoming project.

  2. tomjohn says:

    these all design are really cool ! great work done

  3. […] The never shy Cairo-born, NYC-based Karim Rashid opens the doors of his explosively colourful Hells Kitchen home. His reality is like a psychedelic lolly shop, something straight out of Willy Wonka’s factory. He doesn’t get called the Sparkle King for nothing. We can’t help but spot the sideboard of Bitossi soldiers Rashid’s own designs for the iconic italian ceramic house sitting lined up with the works of Ettore Sottsass and Piero Fornasetti. […]

  4. Good piece of furniture chairs and wall paintings.

  5. you born designer! I am delighted with your work! so good to pick up all the style rooms, a talent

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