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Monday, August 11, 2014

Piero Fornasetti

Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) was an Italian engraver, painter, sculptor, and interior decorator. He studied at the Brera Academy and the Castello Sforzesco school in Milan. As the result of an educational grant, he was able to travel to Africa.

On his return to Italy, he began to create silk scarves. They caught the attention of Gio Ponti, who became a patron and a partner in furniture design and large interior design proects, including the first-class staterooms on the steamship Andrea Doria.

Fornasetti was known for his graphic black-and-white ceramics and furnishings such as coasters, screens, umbrella stands, trays cabinets, chairs and china. He worked with glass, fabric, porcelain, and wood.

His motifs included suns, playing cards, butterflies, fish, and variations of a woman's face. His famous Adam and Eve plate set consisted of 12 plates, each printed with a different sections of the human body. His hundreds of variations of the face of opera singer Lina Cavallieri are among his most famous works.

He was extremely prolific, and in his lifetime at least 13,000 objects were decorated with his signature designs.

From, and

Sun and moon coasters


Coffee table


Adam and Eve plates

Variations of Maria Cavallieri's face

Vases for Bitossi

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