Piero Fornasetti‘s legacy lives on, either on the multiple design creations that highly take inspiration from the famous designer or throughout his son that keeps his father’s legacy alive. The home where the modern artist lived his entire life still pays homage to his father’s honorable work, the walls and decorative pieces are intact and it surely is an artsy abode with a very precious legacy.
When Barnaba Fornasetti put on an art exhibition to honor the centennial birthday of his late father, the famous painter, sculptor and decorator Piero Fornasetti, thousands of people showed up.
Held at the Triennale Design Museum, 100 Years of Practical Madness was an exhaustive exploration of the latter’s life and modern design work, with objects piled on top of each other and walls covered in dizzying designs. While the exhibition was temporary, Piero Fornasetti’s surreal aesthetic can be permanently found in the family’s Milan home, Casa Fornasetti.
Over time, Casa Fornasetti became the stage for the family’s fervent creativity, serving as a passageway to an alternate universe, where father and son twisted and turned between realities.
“At school, they said I had my head in the clouds, sometimes, I took refuge in the world of my imagination.”says Barnaba.
Today, the house remains colored by Piero Fornasetti’s creations. It doesn’t take long before visitors are confronted with the Fornasetti modern design legacy – upon entering from the wildly verdant courtyard, an entry hall leads to what was once Piero’s printing room, displaying the prints he did for contemporaries such as de Chirico, Lucio Fontana, and Massimo Campigli. Here, it’s said, is where Piero conceived his legendary modern art designs in the mid-20th century that to this day, are still iconic pieces in the contemporary art world.
There are several guest bedrooms in Casa Fornasetti, which are open to enthusiasts and collectors of Piero’s work, though the décor is not entirely restful.
100 years of history and a legacy that will never be forgotten, a bond between Piero Fornasetti and his family that together, created one of the most powerful and creative steps for modern design.