Fornasetti centenary & competition

To mark the centenary of the birth of Piero Fornasetti, the Triennale Design Museum in Milan this month unveils an unprecedented exhibition of the artist's work. The exhibition will include more than 700 pieces, most of them drawn from the Fornasetti archive in Milan, and is curated by his son Barnaba, who continues to design in his name.

A painter, engraver, printer, designer, craftsman, collector and stylist as well as an art gallery manager and exhibition promoter, Piero Fornasetti designed and made more than 13,000 objects and decorations in a career spanning many decades until his death in 1988. In an era during which architecture and design was largely dominated by the rationalist dogma of functionality his distinctive black and white ceramics and furniture stood out for their surrealist visual vocabulary and irrepressible display of whimsy, wit and magical elements.

These images offer a glimpse inside the Fornasetti atelier in Milan, where the company's craftsmen and women today still use the same handcrafted techniques used on the very first Fornasetti products.

Above: Vellum papers and colour reference drawings - just some of the decorative elements and images in the company's vast archive.

Above: The archive.

Above: Applying colour by hand following the original paper patterns.

Above: The archive.

Above: Fornasetti scented candles in decorated lidded vessels.

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To mark the centenary of Piero Fornasetti's birth, Amara is giving away a copy of Fornasetti: The Complete Universe an elaborate volume authored by Barnaba Fornasetti. Anyone who purchases a Fornasetti product between 1st-30th November is in with a chance of winning.

You can view the Amara Fornasetti range here.


Images: Fornasetti