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 Milans 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 Fornasettis collaborator and patron. Beginning in the early 1950s, they created a striking a series of desks, bureaus and secretaries that pair Pontis signature angular forms with Fornasettis 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 Fornasettis 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. In Great Condition - wear and tear consistent with age, good vintage look. Please note that our interior pieces are located at our Interior Design Showroom in.
All items are cleaned and inspected before being dispatched, we use only the best packing materials to insure your item reaches you safely and discreetly. The item "A PAIR OF LATE 20TH CENTURY ITALIAN TABLE LAMPS BY FORNASETTI" is in sale since Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
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