Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) was a man of many talents known for his skill in painting, sculpting, design and engraving. Trained at the Milan Brera Art Academy in the early 1930s, he began to rebel and eventually was expelled for insubordination. Exiled in Switzerland during WWII, he created thousands of artworks and objects riffing off the iconic face of opera singer Lina Cavalieri, an inspiration found in a 19th century magazine. As Fornasetti repeatedly reinterpreted her face using a variety of emotions and farce, he created an instantly recognizable thread throughout his work.
Fornasetti’s style was based on visual illusion and a bold black and white palette. Many designs incorporated illustrations of 19th century architecture. Fornasetti applied these graphic concepts to decorative arts such as porcelain and furniture. Unique in their trompe l’oeil elements, he utilized the three-dimensional aspects to manipulate and enhance the impact of design. Always joyful and engaging, Fornasetti’s designs add a touch of sophistication and whimsy to any interior.
Stair is pleased to offer several of Piero Fornasetti’s designs in our inaugural online-only Porcelain Sale, October 12 beginning at 11am.