Piero Fornasetti and the furniture he dreamed of

During an interview with Barnaba Fornasetti about his father Piero (Milan 1913-1988), a journalist from “Il Corriere della Sera” once asked about the way of working of the great painter, sculptor and designer. The answer was “[he worked] with great rigor. Sometimes he woke up in the middle of the night, and told me he had dreamed of a particular Baroque piece, a Palladian building, a piece of modern furniture or a variation on it. Then he sketched his idea on paper, or explained it over the phone to the craftsman who would make it real. He was very proud of his ability to explain what he wanted and how we wanted it without technical drawings.”

Who knows if this trumeau-bar cabinet titled “Architettura” – made of wood and brass, printed and lacquered by hand – was born out of one of those dreams.

Fornasetti altered and decorated the cabinet originally designed by Giò Ponti in 1951. Fascinated by the relationship between architecture and furniture, he imagined – or dreamed – a wonderful artistic synthesis of the two.

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