howard green has a vast collection of fornasetti ceramics and décor in his home. here’s a little backgrounder on the iconic italian designer.
piero fornasetti was an italian artist born in milan. he was a painter, sculptor, and engraver, but was most known for his engraved plates that became popular in the 1940s-50s. his son, barnaba fornasetti, now runs the famous brand and its lines of ceramics, perfumes, and furniture.
the woman’s face you see engraved on fornasetti items is that of lina cavalieri, an italian singer from the 1800s. piero saw her face in a magazine and made thousands of engravings of it, which now appear on many decorative fornasetti pieces. he called this collection “tema e varizioni” (theme and variations).
original fornasetti candles are available locally at Kish. meanwhile, you can order fornasetti wallpaper by cole & son from studio eleven, mg bldg., 150 Amorsolo st., legaspi village, makati city.