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Fornasetti

Piero Fornasetti (Italy, 1913–88)
Piero Fornasetti (Italy, 1913–88)

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 dinner plates, 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 reins of the company after his father's death.

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Round Fornasetti Tricket Box
By Fornasetti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautifully crafted and lacquered, and lined in padded velvet, this round trinket box by Fornasetti will add a great decorative touch to your home. Features a whimsical sun design in...
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Late 20th Century Fornasetti

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Wood

Carpet "Il bacio" by Barnaba Fornasetti, Italy, 2007, Nilufar Edition
By Fornasetti
Located in Milan, IT
Carpet Il bacio by Barnaba Fornasetti. Italy, 2007. Nilufar Edition. Hand-knotted, polychrome New Zealand wool. 200 x 150 cm - 78.7 x 59 in Please note: Prices do not include VAT. V...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Fornasetti

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Wool

Decorative Piero Fornasetti Oval Tray, Italy, 1950s
By Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Pear and lemon motif tray by Piero Fornasetti. Produced in the mid-1950s as per the Fornasetti catalog. Original label on the back. Ideal as a kitchen or dining area decoration.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

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Metal

Fornasetti Orange, Blue, Yellow, Gold & Green Court Jester White Porcelain Vase
By Fornasetti, Rosenthal
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a signed Mid-Century Modern brightly colored in orange, blue, yellow, green and black court jester themed petite white porcelain vase or pencil holder by Fornasetti for Ro...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti ceiling lamp with woman's face, circa 1960
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milan, IT
This wonderful item - designed by Piero Fornasetti - is made out of a lacquered metal curved plate and a serigraphy featuring the enigmatic face of singer Lina Cavalieri. A truly uni...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

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Brass, Metal

Fornasetti Plate-Box of Chocolates, Number 362, Themes & Variations
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Fornasetti Tema E Variazioni plate-box of chocolates, Number 362, Themes & Variations, Atelier Fornasetti. A gold-colored variation of Fornasetti's Tema E Variazioni series...
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1990s Modern Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Italian Green Side Table, 1960s
By Fornasetti
Located in Delft, NL
Piero Fornasetti Italian Green Side Table, 1960s Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) An Italian brass tripod wood and metal enamel with Roman cameo coin in a circle design side table...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Fornasetti

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Metal, Brass, Enamel

Piero Fornasetti Italian Black Side Table, 1960s
By Fornasetti
Located in Delft, NL
Piero Fornasetti Italian black side table, 1960s Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) An Italian brass tripod wood and metal enamel with Roman cameo coin in a circle design side table ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Fornasetti

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Metal, Brass, Enamel

Fornasetti Mod Avant-garde Italian Graphic Design Silk Necktie c 1990s
By Fornasetti
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
Fornasetti Mod Italian avant-garde graphic design silk necktie c 1990s The unique Italian silk necktie is designed with a Fornasetti's iconic women's faces; juxtaposed with a partia...
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Late 20th Century Fornasetti

1960s Piero Fornasetti Mid-Century Modern Enameled Cigarette Box
By Piero Fornasetti, Fornasetti
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An iconic cigarette or box designed by Piero Fornasetti for Atelier Fornasetti Milano, the enameled metal and the mahogany interior are in good conditions.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

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Metal

Piero Fornasetti “Bucciarelli “Magazine Rack Brass Lacquered Wood, 1950, Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Piero Fornasetti “Bucciarelli “ magazine rack brass lacquered wood, 1950, Italy.
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1950s European Other Vintage Fornasetti

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Brass

S/6 Black and White Fornasetti Le Oceanidi 'Women in Shells' Porcelain Coasters
By Fornasetti
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a very rare signed and numbered set of six porcelain print transfer black and white Mid-Century Modern Italian Fornasetti "Le Oceanidi" cocktail coasters with an aquatic (...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti "Botanica Pratica" Porcelain Serving Bowl Mid-Century Modern
By Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful substantial sized porcelain square vintage Mid-Century Modern Italian Piero Fornasetti bowl or serving piece has all the elements of botanicals flowers and is entitled...
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1950s Italian Classical Roman Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Rare Vintage Mid-20th Century Limited edition Fornasetti Umbrella Stand
By Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
This highly decorative piece is in excellent condition and a rare subject depicting bags & light luggage from the mid-20th century. There is also an image showing the limited edition...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Italian Modern 'Citta Di Carta' Folding Screen
By Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Piero Fornasetti Italian modern 'Citta di Carta' folding screen with lithographically decorated wood, on casters.
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Fornasetti

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Metal

Sun Floor Lamp by Fornasetti, Italy, 1990s
By Fornasetti
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Floor lamp sun face in soft stamped plastic by Fornasetti for the editor Antonangeli Illuminazione.
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

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Plastic

Piero Fornasetti Strumenti Red Wastepaper Basket Brass Frame Masonite Italy 1955
By Fornasetti
Located in Catania, IT
"Strumenti" wastepaper basket produced by Fornasetti Milano in Italy, 1955. The structure is in masonite and has brass frame. Superficial wastepaper is decorated with six different...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

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Brass

Piero Fornasetti Bandiere Wastepaper Basket Silkscreened Metal Brass, 1960
By Fornasetti
Located in Catania, IT
"Bandiere" wastepaper basket produced by Fornasetti Milano in Italy, 1960s. Silk- screened metal wastepaper is decorated with sixtyeight old flags like that of "Malta", "Brabant", "...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

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Brass, Sheet Metal

Coffee Table by Piero Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Brilliant yellow coffee table attributed to Fornasetti. Yellow and multicolor top tray with the iconic dirigible and hot-air balloons theme. The below structure is a dark wood decora...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

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Wood

Cylindrical Handmade Black Pleated Silk Lampshade
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
This cylindrical lampshade in silk with a metal frame is the ideal complement to create, together with the base, a lamp that becomes an art object. Any minor discrepancies between...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

Cylindrical Handmade White Silk Lampshade
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
This cylindrical lampshade in silk with a metal frame is the ideal complement to create, together with the base, a lamp that becomes an art object. Any minor discrepancies between...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

Cylindrical Handmade White Pleated Silk Lampshade
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
This cylindrical lampshade in silk with a metal frame is the ideal complement to create, together with the base, a lamp that becomes an art object. Any minor discrepancies between...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

Handmade Centrepiece Tema E Variazioni n°399 White Black Burnished Gold
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The art of the table is manifested in this hand-decorated porcelain centrepiece with gold accents: Fornasetti's unmistakable decorative style makes it a true collector's item. Any...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

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Ceramic

Handmade Decorative Centrepiece Rosone Black White Gold
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The art of the table is manifested in this hand-decorated porcelain centrepiece with gold accents: Fornasetti's unmistakable decorative style makes it a true collector's item. Any...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Ceramic

Decorative Ceramic Cat Bitossi Fiorato, Gold Flowers on Turquoise
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A coveted collector’s item as early as the 1950s, Fornasetti cats surprise with the sophisticated decorations that colour their surroundings with sheer exuberance.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Ceramic

Decorative Ceramic Cat Bitossi Mantellato on White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A coveted collector’s item as early as the 1950s, Fornasetti cats surprise with the sophisticated decorations that colour their surroundings with sheer exuberance.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Ceramic

Fornasetti Handmade Wood Frame with Convex Mirror Cammei Gold Sponged Bordeaux
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the mirrors turn an everyday action into an aesthetic experience. This mirror frame is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. It is silk-...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood, Glass

Set 6 Porcelain Handmade Optical Plates Egocentrismo Black White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
This set of six hand-decorated porcelain plates, as a whole, forms the figure of Egocentrismo. You can use the ensemble for ornamental purposes or as wall plates, thanks to the two h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Set 12 Porcelain Plates Eva Black/White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
This set of twelve hand-decorated porcelain plates, as a whole, forms the figure of Eva. You can use the ensemble for ornamental purposes or as wall plates, thanks to the two holes o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Set 12 Porcelain Plates Adamo Black/White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
This set of twelve hand-decorated porcelain plates, as a whole, forms the figure of Adamo. You can use the ensemble for ornamental purposes or as wall plates, thanks to the two holes...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Set 12 Porcelain Plates Adamo Black/White/Gold
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
This set of twelve hand-decorated porcelain plates, as a whole, forms the figure of Adamo. You can use the ensemble for ornamental purposes or as wall plates, thanks to the two holes...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Cylindrical Lamp Base Comme Des Fornà, Black White Red
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The cylindrical shape allows Fornasetti's imagination to create surprising decorative effects in which the shapes follow one another endlessly. The architectural design makes this ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Cylindrical Metal Lamp Base Architettura Black and White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The cylindrical shape allows Fornasetti's imagination to create surprising decorative effects in which the shapes follow one another endlessly. The architectural design makes this ha...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Cylindrical Metal Lamp Base Viso Black/White, Iconical Fornasetti Face Decor
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The cylindrical shape allows Fornasetti's imagination to create surprising decorative effects in which the shapes follow one another endlessly. The metafisical face design makes this...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Set 12 Porcelain Plates Eva Black/White/Gold
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
This set of twelve hand-decorated porcelain plates, as a whole, forms the figure of Eve. You can use the ensemble for ornamental purposes or as wall plates, thanks to the two holes o...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Table Lamps Model Julia by Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of table lamps model Julia by Fornasetti, sticker on the base, circa 1970.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

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Metal

Contemporary Fornasetti Carpet Rug Lock Keyhole Silk Wool Red Black White Lady
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Fornasetti rugs born from the combination of classical and contemporary themes and the visual universe of the Milanese Atelier turns into sensory surfaces imbued with a playful and d...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wool

Fornasetti Round Tray Tema e Variazioni N°1 Black/White Metal
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the tray is hand-crafted using original artisan techniques. Measures: 60cm Diameter This tray is silk-screened by hand and covered with a smooth lac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Round Tray Ortensia Hydrangea Hand Colored Metal
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, it is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This tray is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lacquer. Measures:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Rectangular Tray Sardine Silver Leaf on Black
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Fornasetti's trays are one of the best ways to enjoy the artist's unique designs and whimsical illustrations. The tray is the object with more variations than any other produced by ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

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Wood

Fornasetti Rectangular Tray Coromandel Silver Leaf on Carmine Red
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the tray is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This tray is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lacquer. Me...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Rectangular Tray Scimmie Monkeys Hand Colored Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the tray is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This tray is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lacquer. Mea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Round Tray Bocca Red Lips Hand Colored on White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the tray is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This tray is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lacquer. ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Round Tray Serratura Keyhole Handcrafted Red Metal
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the tray is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This tray is silk-screened by hand and covered with a smooth lacquer. Measures: 40cm diame...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Round Tray Marianne Hand Colored on Black
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the tray is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This tray is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lacquer. Mea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Round Tray Silviasub Hand Colored on Black
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the tray is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This tray is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lacquer. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Round Tray Gift Tema e Variazioni n°171 Metal
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the tray is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This tray is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lacquer. Mea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Rectangular Tray Serpente Snake Carmine Red Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the tray is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This tray is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lacquer. The...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Round Tray Don Giovanni Metal Black/White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This tray is silk-screened by hand and covered with a smooth lacquer. Measures: 60cm diameter ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Rectangular Tray Braccio Con Pistola on Black Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the tray is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This tray is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lacquer. Mea...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Wooden and Metal Box Champagne Black/White Hand Painted
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the boxes turn an everyday action into an aesthetic experience. The Fornasetti boxes are a whimsical place to keep your most precious items. This ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

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Metal

Fornasetti Wooden and Metal Box Serratura Black/White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the boxes turn an everyday action into an aesthetic experience. The Fornasetti boxes are a whimsical place to keep your most precious items. This ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

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Metal

Fornasetti Wooden and Metal Box Egocentrismo Black or White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the boxes turn an everyday action into an aesthetic experience. The Fornasetti boxes are a whimsical place to keep your most precious items. This ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Table Bocca Red Lips Brass Tripod Base
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A Fornasetti table is the perfect synthseis of the artist's vision: a perfect balance of functional design and visionary illustrations that bring new meaning to a common object. Meas...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Brass

Fornasetti Table Top Cortile Celeste Architectural Motif, Wooden Legs
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A Fornasetti table is the perfect synthseis of the artist's vision: a perfect balance of functional design and visionary illustrations that bring new meaning to a common object. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Table Architettura Celeste Column Base Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A Fornasetti table is the perfect synthesis of the artist's vision: a perfect balance of functional design and visionary illustrations that bring new meaning to a common object. Meas...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Table Sole Splendente Sun Brass Tripod Base
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A Fornasetti table is the perfect synthesis of the artist's vision: a perfect balance of functional design and visionary illustrations that bring new meaning to a common object. Meas...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Brass

Fornasetti Table Bocca Red Lips Brass Tripod Base
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A Fornasetti table is the perfect synthesis of the artist's vision: a perfect balance of functional design and visionary illustrations that bring new meaning to a common object. Meas...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Brass

Rug Coromandel Beige
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Fornasetti rugs born from the combination of classical and contemporary themes and the visual universe of the Milanese Atelier turns into sensory surfaces imbued with a playful and d...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wool

Contemporary by Fornasetti Carpet Rug Zebra Wool Silk Yellow Black White Large
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Fornasetti rugs born from the combination of classical and contemporary themes and the visual universe of the Milanese Atelier turns into sensory surfaces imbued with a playful and d...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wool