Wallpaper Wednesday: Fornasetti Senza Tempo
I am such a fan of all Fornasetti.
The latest collection, Fornasetti Senza Tempo, is a true delight.
From the miraculous and detailed hand of Fornasetti, combined with the skilled craftmanship and artistry of the Cole & Son design studio comes this enduring collection of fanciful wallpapers where time and brilliance have no bounds. Showcasing the intricacies and reoccurring curiosities of the artist’s fascination, the collection captures the wit, originality and boundless realm of Fornasetti’s visual language: from fantastical flying machines and mischievous monkeys, to classical architecture and the surreal appeal of everyday objects.
Delve into Fornasetti’s unique and dreamlike world, where elegance and irony are perfectly combined in timeless (Senza Tempo), authentic artworks.
Libreria expands upon one of the most iconic Fornasetti motifs of leather-bound tomes with the addition of the collector’s ‘library’ of Objets d’art and glassware adorning its shelves. The jewel-like Rich Multi palette of emerald, sapphire and ruby creates a dazzling feast for the eyes, with subtle metallic gold highlights on book spines, glassware detailing, and each golden ornament for a rich and decadent wallcovering.
Derived from an ice bucket design entitled ‘Oggetti Cocktail’ created by Piero Fornasetti in the 1950s, Cocktails showcases the maestro’s fascination with repeated studies of the same subject in order to create multiple variations upon the same theme. Its stylized mid-century graphic bottles and glassware were created in a vibrant Multi colour palette, true to the original sketches, which is complemented by a softer Pastel palette and the monochromatic Soot and Snow.
The bold repeat of Mediterranean citrus fruits seen in Arance are a prolific theme throughout the Fornasetti archive, originally appearing on the tray ‘Fette d’arancia’ in the 1950s and repurposed by Barnaba Fornasetti in the 90s as a graphic fabric print. This organic study has been produced in true-to-life palettes of Blood Orange, Orange, and Lemon on strikingly contrasting grounds of chalky Seafoam and Stone, as well as the sumptuous Ink.
Frutto Proibito gloriously combines different archival Fornasetti motifs from the 1940s and 50s. Mischievous monkeys, originally conceptualised as striking wooden panels for the Milanese patisserie, Dulciora, sit amongst sprawling pomegranate tree branches. The playful composition of flora and fauna is quintessentially Fornasetti, mixing lifelike etchings with decadent, bold prints. Deep Ink and Gold grounds accentuate Magenta and Plum forbidden fruits, whilst Cerulean and Orange offers a bright, sunny alternative.
Originating as a silk scarf print from the 1940s, the ‘canes’ of Bastoni reflect the eclectic nature of the house of Fornasetti, brimming with umbrella and hat stands full of antique walking canes. The graphic checkerboard style of the repeat is reminiscent of many Fornasetti favourites, resulting in a striking and bold motif. Bastoni is printed with a gravure four-colour process, to ensure all details remain sharp, with flecks of tonal metallic detail added in a luxurious gold. Choose from three classic colourways of Cream, Racing Car Green, and Charcoal.
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