Milan’s Atelier Fornasetti
Atelier Fornasetti in Milan is inspired by the words of Piero Fornasetti, which echo in the work of the expert craftsmen there.
“To learn to be a good designer,” he once said in an interview, “one must study figure drawing first. Once you know how to draw the nude body, you can also design a building, or the motor of a car. Anything.”
Born in Milan in 1913, Fornasetti was an interior decorator and a cultural event organizer, a painter, sculptor and art book printer; he designed sets, costumes, and an infinity of objects. In 1942 he created the frescoes of Palazzo del Bo in Padua; soon after, he started an intense collaboration with Gio Ponti. His work ranges from industrial design to interiors (with Sanremo’s Casino and the “Andrea Doria” ocean liner). In the 1970s he was director of the Bibliophiles’ Gallery, and in 1980 he opened his “Themes and Variations” shop in London.
After his death in 1988, his son Barnaba decided to continue his legacy by opening the Atelier in Milan. He applies the same craftsmanship techniques, uses original paper models, and sometime draws from his father’s immense archive to “reinvent” special objects.
And so another quotation comes to mind: when asked what kind of material he preferred to use, Fornasetti replied, “I use everything: glass, metal, marble, anything that is handy. I make art even when I am setting up an exhibition. An exhibition, after all, is a great composition.”