Piero Fornasetti’s Practical Madness at the Museum of Decorative Arts

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The Paris Museum of Decorative arts is the stage of France’s first retrospective of quirky genius Piero Fornasetti’s creations. Fornasetti’s talent is impossible to categorize: part printer, publisher, decorator, and painter, his works are a testament to the design-forward atmosphere of 20th century Italy.

Piero Fornasetti: The Practical Madness gives visitors a unique look into the designer’s whimsical universe, where optical illusions and dream-like scenery make everyday objects anything but mundane. The various themes influencing his work are presented throughout the exhibit, offering a glimpse into the context of Italian design through Fornasetti’s printing work and collaborations with artist Gio Ponti.

Umbrella stands, mirrors, and tableware are only a few of the myriad of objects decorated by Fornasetti that are on exhibit, showing just how important ornaments can be in creating an interior atmosphere.

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