Piero Fornasetti famously declared that an artist who wants success is no longer an artist – he is a person who wants success. How ironic then that his latest collection ‘Variations on a theme’ is likely to be a smash hit! (sorry…)
Continueing the familiar and iconic prints of his muse, Lina Cavilieri’s face, the large and heterogeneous family of Fornasetti vases by Bitossi Ceramiche is growing. All are offspring of Piero and Barnaba Fornasetti and born from the same idea: a chalk mould of a vase designed by Piero in the 1950’s, one that never made its way into production, and which was later found in the cellar by his son Barnaba. This ‘theme’ has been used for the copious ‘Variations’, seemingly endless in numbers.  There are subtle changes made to every single decoration or form, as if all the members of this family had a natural inclination to disguise an elegant veiled humour.
The DNA is indisputably Fornasetti, it is impossible not to notice how every single vase has its own personality, and indeed has been given a nickname such as: Ciccio (Chubby), Smilzo (Skinny), Bitorzolo (Lumpy), Flora and l’Antipatico (The Unpleasant).
Each of the designs is produced as a limited edition and once sold out, will be replaced by a new personality.
The collection will be on show from 26th February to 3rd April at Spazio Fornasetti in Milan, and some of the vases will form part of an installation with surrealist dresses designed by Liborio Capizzi, using classic Fornasetti wallpapers, fabrics and ties.


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