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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.

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