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Designer of Dreams

Patrick Mauriès

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A celebration of the enormously popular Italian painter, sculptor and interior decorator


Piero Fornasetti established an enduring reputation as a designer with a style that was all his own – a style based on illusionism, architectural perspectives and a host of personal leitmotifs, such as the sun, playing cards and fishes, from which he spun seemingly endless variations. 'He makes objects speak' said Gio Ponti, his friend and longtime collaborator.

Designers and collectors today celebrate his use of allusion, unsettling images and striking juxtaposition to create unique, whimsical objects. Fornasetti's masterpieces shock, delight and inspire.

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 30.0 x 21.9 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Illustrations: 116

Publication date: 2 March 1998

ISBN: 9780500280515

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

Ettore Sottsass, Christopher Wilk