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"Architettura" Secretary

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Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988)1951Milanwood, metal, and clear varnished paper H 219; L 81; W 41 cm

Pierro Fornasetti, who was a painter, sculptor and craftsman from Milan, is still considered the unsurpassed master of illusion. He decorated silk scarves, porcelain and furniture with ornamental and pictorial motifs using the technique of trompe l’oeil. He worked with the Italian architect and designer Gio Ponti (1891-1971) for years. The furniture series “Architettura” is thought to be their most significant collaboration. Fornasetti completed the pieces designed by Ponti with the illusion of perspective architecture. Both designers saw furniture as the continuation of architecture in a different way. His partly ironic style of décor, which harked back to the historical method of Italian design, made Fornasetti a pioneer of Post modernity.