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Fornasetti

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Piero Fornasetti (10 November 1913 – 1988) was an Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver.   He lived most of his life in Milan and attended the Brere Art Academy where he was expelled for insubordination, most of his art training was self taught.   Fornasetti designed more than 11,000 products in his lifetime, creating the largest variety of decorative objects, and furniture of the 20th century.  His decoration touched every household item from lamps and dinner plates, to fashion accessories such as ties and scarves.  Fornasetti was an exuberant designer and decoration was a lifetime obsession for him.  He created a world of fantasy and imagery that was magical and whimsical, influenced by surrealistic oriented metaphysical paintings and the great artistic traditions of Italy.  His talent as a draftsman and a printer is the base of all his work, his style featured heavy use of black and white drawings.

The top image of Anne Hathaway against the backdrop of Piero Fornasetti wallpaper by  Cole & Son.   I love this wallpaper and it adorns the walls of the sample room in the Lee Jofa showroom in Los Angeles at the PDC.

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I am a great fan of his hanging plates, they add whimsy and magic to any space.

Many of his objects featured the face of a woman, operatic soprano Lona Cavalieri, as a motif.  In an interview when asked why he was so fascinated by her he responded with “I don’t know, I started making them and I could not stop”.

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Fornasetti created a world of fantasy that lives on.  Today his son Barnaba (on the right) has firm control on his fathers collection and has only released a small selection and limited supply back into production.  Fornasetti objects are available for purchase from their Milan store www.Fornasetti.com.

 

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Door Knockers

While in Italy I was fascinated with doors and door knockers.  It seemed every entrance to a building had a pair of beautifully carved wood doors, and centered on each door was the most beautiful door knocker, as though the door was built to frame the hardware.  Although there is no longer a purpose or function to these door knockers, and are mostly decorative, these door knockers add so much charm to the historic buildings that line the cobblestone streets of Venice, Florence and Rome.

I’m sure during the holidays these beautiful doors are adorned with breathtaking wreaths to celebrate the season.

Hope you have a wonderful, joyous holiday, and a happy, healthy New Year.

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Venice – Angela Rosa Greco

One of my favorite shops in all of Venice, is owned by sisters Angelo and Rosa Greco.  Here in their small shop they make the most beautiful lamp shades by hand.  This most cluttered and charming store, is filled to the rim with beautiful fabrics, and Fortuny silks, that are use to make their shades.  They also have a large collection of antique lamps to go along with the shades.  Designers from around the world are familiar with this shop, and these shades adorn lamps in many of Venice’s aristocratic homes.  Venice is the most romantic city in the world, full of shops like this, culture, art and architecture.

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Deruta Italy – Majolica

Deruta – a small town, located in the Provence of Perugia in the Umbria region in central Italy, is best known internationally for hand painted Majolica.  It was one of the many towns we visited while staying at Michael LaPlaca’s Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca in Bettona.  I have posted about his wonderful Bed and Breakfast here.

During the early middle ages since the local clay was good, Deruta’s ceramic production was started and reached it’s artistic peak in the 15th and 16th century.  Today  Deruta’s ceramics are very popular here in the United States, Michael took us to visit one of the local artists, Patrizio Chiucchiu.  Patrizio is a phenomenal artist, the ceramics he creates are truly works of art.  His work is not typical of the mas produced pottery you find here in the States, the painting and detail drawings on his ceramics are exquisite.

Here are some pictures of Patrizio’s charming studio in Deruta, filled with his art work.These plates and platters are safe for food use like most other ceramics, but would serve better hanging on a wall and admired while eating dinner.and of course you can select from existing inventory, or customize one.

The “Bella Donna”  is a highly characteristic local style – portraits of beauties whose names appear on fluttering bandoleers.all images Firoozeh Khorrami

The Umbria region in Italy was so full of history, art and culture, I can’t wait to go back. Thank you to Michael LaPlaca for sharing his knowledge and great eye for beautiful detail with us.

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Room of the Week – Palazzo Medici Riccardi

My friend, Jacklyn Wolf, from Stone mark Construction Management, asked me why I don’t post more about the recent trip my husband and I took to Italy.  As I was going through the many photos I had taken I found these two.  This was probably one of the most beautiful rooms I visited in all of Italy, the magnificent Galleria in the Palazzo Medici Riccardi.  Built in the 17th century, the Galleria is a wonderful example of the splendor  of the late Baroque art.

I loved the Louis Ghost armchairs in the Galleria, I think it was set up for an event, so I was happy to see the palace is still being used for functions.{image Firoozeh Khorrami}

The fresco on the ceiling painted by Luca Giordano, dominates the lively room.   I was however surprised that only two or three of us were in the room instead of the big crowds we saw in other museums and cathedrals…..maybe we weren’t suppose to be there!

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The Palazzo is also home to the Chapel of the Magi and the frescoes of Benozzo Gozzoli, I would have loved to share photos, but the security guards had a close eye on the chapel and there was no photography allowed.

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Door knobs and hardware

On my recent trip to Italy I was fascinated by door knobs.  I probably took 200 plus pictures of every door and door knob we came across.  I’m going to share one I liked in particular.  It has a rock n roll quality that I admire, a little edgy and different.  Very inspiring to me I hope to be able to inject a little bit of this in my creative design work.

What you think?

What inspires you?

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