Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) was an Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator, engraver of books and a creator of more than 13,000 products. In terms of variety of decoration, Fornasetti’s production of objects and furniture is one of the largest of the 20th century.
He lived most of life in Milan, attending the Brera Art Academy from 1930-1932 when he was expelled for insubordination. Fornasetti is celebrated as being among the most original and creative talents of the 20th century. During his career he created a visual vocabulary that is instantly recognisable and unceasingly engaging. Fornasetti designed a magical world, saturated in image and colour and filled with whimsy and wit. Today it is most common to see Fornasetti's style emblazoned on fashion and home accessories such as scarves, candles and tableware.
Today his son, Barnaba Fornasetti, continues to design in his father's name.