My design crush: Fornasetti


My Fornasetti crush started over 10 years ago when I saw the first collection at Barneys, New York and got us our very first wall plate. I wanted to share something about the designer himself, his inspirations and some pictures of his items in beautifully decorated rooms… What I most love is the sense of humour in his designs.

Piero Fornasetti

Piero Fornasetti, 10 November 1913 – 9 October 1988, was an Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver. He lived most of his life in Milan. He created more than 11,000 items, many featuring the face of a woman, operatic soprano Lina Cavalieri, as a motif. Fornasetti found her face in a 19th-century French magazine and admits he doesn’t really know what inspired him to create over 500 variations with Cavalieri’s face, “I began to make them and I never stopped.” And that’s how he chose her as his muse.


Other commeatures in his work include heavy use of black and white, with some bursts of vibrant colours, birds, butterflies, hot air balloons and the sun and time. His style is reminiscent of Greek and Roman architecture, by which he was heavily influenced.

Svenskt Tenn Fornasetti

Image source: Svenskt Tenn

Fornasetti wallplates Fornasetti candle

Fornasetti / Cole and Son Wallaper

Fornasetti / Cole and Son Wallaper

Fornasetti for Cole and Son

Chairs by Fornasetti


Riz and I have been collecting Fornasetti china plates for many years now and usually buy one for each wedding anniversary or for Christmas. I absolutely adore his furniture as well, perhaps, one day I will invest in a special piece. We don’t have the plates up on the wall in our current flat, but I think this is how I eventually want to display them.


His son, Barnaba Fornasetti, continues to design in his father’s name. To see their current collections, visit their website. 


  1. 12th September 2016 / 1:08 pm

    such a unique and interesting designer/illustrator, i love learning about new people in this field and love the look of his work 🙂

    • 12th September 2016 / 3:01 pm

      He really was. I’m glad we share the same interest 🙂

  2. 12th September 2016 / 1:34 pm

    Very cool art design. I love to see the work of great artist. The wallpaper of air balloons are amazing.

    • 12th September 2016 / 2:13 pm

      He was so creative, and his work is timeless. I love that wallpaper too. Thanks for visiting Sharon x

  3. 12th September 2016 / 1:38 pm

    These designs are gorgeous, and I especially love the Steampunk vibes with a lot of the deep blue pieces.

  4. 12th September 2016 / 1:40 pm

    All of these are so pretty!

    • 12th September 2016 / 11:24 pm

      Marvelous piece of art right there ..

  5. Laveena Sengar
    13th September 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Strangely I haven’t of such a talented designer. I really like the illustrations depicted in the article. Would love to check the work out.

  6. 14th March 2017 / 6:05 pm

    Noi näyttää niin siistiltä! Vaikkei ehkä kuitenkaan mun makuun ole, niin silti jotenkin ihan törkeen upeita 🙂

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