Patrick Mauries. With an essay by Ettore Sottsass. Foreword by Christopher Wilk.
London. Thames and Hudson. 1991. First edition. Hardback, dust jacket. 288 pages. With over 600 illustrations, including 116 in colour. 305 x 235mm (12 x 9¼"). 2.1kg. 0500092222. English. Fine.
Published to coincide with the exhibition Fornasetti: Designer of Dreams at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
'Fornasetti applied his decorative vocabulary to an astonishing array of objects - 'fashion items', as he put it, 'which never go out of fashion'. Hats, waistcoats, pipes, ashtrays, chairs, plates, cabinets, pianos, shops, racing cars, ocean liners; all were transformed by the application of unexpected images...
Fornasetti worked in almost every medium, so he is hard to categorize. The book presents his work under six heads: drawings, graphics, architecture, trompe l'oeil, themes and variations, and nature. Patrick Mauries, the leading art critic, details Fornasetti's life and art. Ettore Sottsass, founder of the celebrated Memphis design group, gives a personal assessment of Fornasetti as a man who built one world from the shattered remnants of another. Magnificent illustrations display his creations. Finally, an interview given by Fornasetti in 1987 unveils the man himself' (from the blurb).