Z’Scoop is kicking off the New Year with Fornasetti’s amazing 50th plate from the highly collectible limited edition series, projecting an intriguing black, white and gold classical Italian opera theater motif, each box illustrating a different calendar month.
With a cultish following, Piero Fornasetti (1913-88) began this tradition in a 1940s collaboration with Gio Ponti. Institutionalizing it as an annual event in 1968, he gave the calendars to good clients and friends. Since 1988, Piero’s son Barnaba keeps this tradition alive by crafting limited series of only 700 plates per year.
Instantly recognizable and engaging, Fornasetti’s visual vocabulary evokes a magical world, saturated in image and color, whimsy and wit. Much of his work revolved around the infinite variations of specific themes: the sun, playing cards, harlequins, hands, and self-portraits. But the most famous image, the one that inspired him to coin the collection title “Themes and Variations” is the enigmatic face of opera singer Lina Cavalieri, his muse and design motif.
Piero Fornasetti was a prolific painter, sculptor, interior decorator, engraver of books and a creator of more than 13,000 products. Today, the Fornasetti Atelier is managed by Barnaba, who successfully maintains in-house production reviving and reinterpreting his father’s designs — referred to as “re-inventions.” Perpetuating his father’s legacy, Barnaba leads the company in creative development, and has recently developed new designs for the “Tema e Varizioni” series, including plates No. 333, and No. 366, both in collaboration with Nigel Coates.
No wonder Z’Scoop chose this unique mode of saying Happy New Year!
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