Thames & Hudson publishes two remarkable books on Piero Fornasetti, one of the most creative talents of the 20th century. Born in Milan, the Italian illustrator, designer, engraver and interior consultant invented a unique and fascinating language that incorporated themes related to nature, architecture and music. Most of the time in black and white, his imaginative and timeless illustrations were inspired by Greek and Roman mythology, His works juxtaposed various elements. ‘He makes objects speak’ said Gio Ponti, his friend and longtime collaborator.
Fornasetti, Designer of Dreams and Practical Madness explore his incredible art, applied today to a wide range of objects including plates, hats, scarves, ties, pianos, chairs, furniture and other decorative items. Featuring essays by Ettore Sottsass, Patrick Mauriès and Bruno Roger, the books showcase the famous imagery and technique invented by Fornasetti. The artist’ most iconic image remains without doubt the 19th-century opera singer Lina Cavalieri which Fornasetti has declined more than 500 times on a series simply called ‘Themes and Variations’.
Fantastic images, a full chronology of Fornasetti’s life and strong quotes accompanies the text and compelling essays. These books are must-have for any collectors of Fornasetti’s timeless objects.