Celestial architecture: New furniture collection by Fornasetti
On the one hand the "celestial architectures" refer to buildings that embody and symbolise the astronomical knowledge of their time. ON the other, Barnaba Fornasetti has used the colour sky-blue (which translates to "celeste" in Italian) as a metaphor for traditional illustrations of heavenly scenes.
The collection comprises a trumeau (in a limited edition of 20 pieces), a chair, round panels, a table and a mirror. All the objects are handcrafted and marketed as collectors' items.
Piero Fornasetti founded his design studio in the 1950s and worked not only as a designer but also as a painter and sculptor. His best-known work includes "Tema e Variazioni", a series of surreal black and white depictions of a woman's face in widely differing variations.