Everything comes to life from the intuition of Barnaba Fornasetti to recover the original zinc lithographic plates, collected by Piero Fornasetti in the 50s. With signs and symbols inspired by playing cards, zinc plates have gained new life thanks to Fornasetti furniture. "A good hand" not only alludes to the intriguing world of playing cards, but also to Fornasetti’s obvious craftsmanship in combining the original zinc alloy slabs with the walnut and brass briar.
Fornasetti furniture in walnut and brass, ph: De Pasquale+Maffini
While having a specific function, the subjects that decorate the playing cards lend themselves to multiple variations in size and shape, inspiring the imagination of Fornasetti. The creative process has given rise to the decoration "City of cards", a surreal landscape that covers several creations of the Atelier: mobile-bar, tables, mirrors, boxes including one for backgammon tournament, a series of dishes and screen.
On the right the trumeau designed by Gio Ponti, on the bottom the decorations Anj Smith for second trumeau Fornasetti, ph: De Pasquale+Maffini
The set-up presented at the Nomad included a section dedicated to the trumeau, the double-body cabinet with lower chest of drawers and upper body with doors, in seven different decoration variants: from the limited edition reissue of the furniture born from the collaboration with Gio Ponti, to the sample conceived with the British painter Anj Smith.
Seeds and figures of playing cards decorate the surfaces of furniture and accessories in walnut and brass briar, ph: De Pasquale+Maffini
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The screen of the collection "A good hand" by Fornasetti, ph: De Pasquale+Maffini