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Piero Fornasetti
Practical Madness

Piero Fornasetti was a master of the decorative imagination. His motifs conjure up the illusionism of Arcimboldo, the grand architectural fantasies of Piranesi and Palladio, and something of the wit of Pirandello. Fornasetti's furniture, created in collaboration with Gio Ponti, transformed it into art objects including chairs, desks, screens and pianos. His highly collectible plate designs draw on over 500 variations on the face of a famous operatic beauty.
Fornasetti's endless invention is celebrated here in a book published to coincide with a major retrospective exhibition in Paris. A full chronology of his life and work accompanies the text.
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