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Designer Name: Piero Fornasetti
Born-Died: 1913 – 1988
Style: Piero Fornasetti had a very graphic style of design. Although noted for many pieces in black and white, his works were still vibrant and imaginative. His style is heavily influenced by Neo-Classicism merged with surrealist imagery.
Materials Used: Piero Fornasetti was not only famous for his art, but also for his printing process. He printed on everyday items such as silk, scarves, ceramics, glass, multi-screen panels and wooden furniture.
Specialty: Furniture, Fine Art, and Lighting
History: Piero Fornasetti received a scholarship to further his design and artistic abilities at Accademia di Belle Art in Milan where he was touched and inspired by surrealism. He was forced to leave school after 2 years, but that did not deter him from pursuing a career in design. He continued painting and designing and by 1933 he was exhibiting his work at the Milan Triennale. His talent was eventually spotted by Gio Ponti and they went on to work together many times over the following years.
One of Piero Fornasetti and Gio Ponti's great collaborations was in 1950 when they decorated a casino in San Remo. This experience led to larger projects, including furniture design and the two designers went on to form the Architettura range of furniture together.
Fornasetti's son, Barnaba, continues the Fornasetti legacy today.
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