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Piero Fornasetti

Practical Madness

Patrick Mauriès

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'Folding papers, numerous full-colour illustrations and inserted leaflets printed on the most tactile of papers, make this book an object akin to Fornasetti’s most beloved and collectible creations'

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Piero Fornasetti was a master of the decorative imagination. He employed illusionism, architectural perspectives and a host of personal leitmotifs - the sun, playing cards, still lifes, libraries, harlequins, newspapers, the face of a once-famous opera singer - in seemingly endless variations on plates, chairs, desks, screens, scarves, cabinets and decorative objects of every kind. As Gio Ponti, his friend and collaborator said: 'he makes objects speak.'

Fornasetti's oeuvre is celebrated here in a publication that marks him out as a virtuoso conjurer of dream and illusion. Captured in paintings, drawings and photographs from the family and studio archives, Fornasetti's designs testify to a unique imaginative genius.

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'A handsome new volume, thoughtfully edited… it is a valuable object in itself, its design an example of how to make high-end art books remain covetable'
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Book Details

Format: Hardback without Jacket

Size: 33.0 x 19.0 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Publication date: 13 April 2015

ISBN: 9780500239377

About the Author

Patrick Mauriès is a writer and publisher of many notable titles on fashion and design, including Jewelry by Chanel, A Cabinet of Rarities, The World According to Karl and Fashion Quotes to name a few, all published by Thames & Hudson.

List of Contributors

Bruno Roger, David Caméo, Olivier Gabet, Ginevra Quadrio Curzio, Gio Ponti, Barnaba Fornasetti

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