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Muse in the living room

Fusion of art and decor lends exclusivity to Fornasetti’s quirky yet classy products.

entertainment Updated: Feb 06, 2010 01:06 IST
Damini Purkayastha

With an exhibition of art furniture label Fornasetti on in the Capital today, connoisseurs of luxury decor are in for a treat.Pierro Fornasetti, the man behind the Fornasetti designs, was often called a ‘weaver of dreams’. An Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver of art books, he created over 11,000 works of art. Bar stools inspired by Greek architecture, chester drawers with peeping eyes, plates with black and white images of Lina Cavalieri (an opera singer) and chairs with backs designed like Roman columns — for over six decades, Fornasetti’s works have been must-haves for the who’s who of the world.

“Fornasetti was known for his amphitheatre works, and Roman inspired images. His designs were classic but also contemporary, with the nose, lips and faces used as motifs on works. It’s something exclusive and we thought it will do well in India,” says Gaurav Assomull of Marigold Art Gallery that’s presenting the exhibition in Delhi and Mumbai.

The exhibition is likely to attract not only those interested in decor but also art lovers. Assomull adds that soon a dedicated Fornasetti space will open in Delhi. The brand, however, doesn’t come cheap. Products are priced between Rs 12,000 and Rs 1.5 lakh.

Fornasetti — Furniture a piece of art is on at DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj. Last day today