FORNASETTI SENZA TEMPO - LAUNCHING 10TH MARCH 2019
17/01/2019

Leading British wallpaper creators Cole & Son and Italian luxury design atelier Fornasetti are proud to present Senza Tempo, their latest joint venture boasting a timeless collection of 19 whimsical wallpapers.

The collection will officially launch at London Design Week (10-15th March 2019, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour), and a preview of the collection including four brand new designs will be exhibited at Cole & Son’s pop up showroom at Paris Deco Off in January 2019.

Cole & Son pursues a proud passion and commitment for design excellence through its in-house design studio; where innovative, intelligent, artistic design is founded upon a strong heritage of craftsmanship. The same values are shared by Fornasetti, with its unique visual language, refined artisanry and artistic techniques.

With Senza Tempo the two brands join forces for the fourth time in history presenting a timeless collection of captivating wallpapers set to inspire the imagination.

From the miraculous and detailed hand of Fornasetti, combined with the skilled craftmanship and artistry of the Cole & Son design studio comes this enduring collection of fanciful wallpapers where time and brilliance have no bounds. Showcasing the intricacies and reoccurring curiosities of the artist’s fascination, the collection captures the wit, originality and boundless realm of Fornasetti’s visual language: from fantastical flying machines and mischievous monkeys, to classical architecture and the surreal appeal of everyday objects.

Delve into Fornasetti’s unique and dreamlike world, where elegance and irony are perfectly combined in timeless (Senza Tempo), authentic artworks.


DESIGNS

 

Libreria
Colourways: Rich Multi

Libreria expands upon one of the most iconic Fornasetti motifs of leather-bound tomes with the addition of the collector’s ‘library’ of Objets d’art and glassware adorning its shelves.The jewel-like Rich Multi palette of emerald, sapphire and ruby creates a dazzling feast for the eyes, with subtle metallic gold highlights on book spines, glassware detailing, and each golden ornament for a rich and decadent wallcovering.


Bastoni

Colourways: Cream, Racing Car Green, Charcoal

Originating as a silk scarf print from the 1940s, the ‘canes’ of Bastoni reflect the eclectic nature of the house of Fornasetti, brimming with umbrella and hat stands full of antique walking canes. The graphic checkerboard style of the repeat is reminiscent of many Fornasetti favourites, resulting in a striking and bold motif. Bastoni is printed with a gravure four-colour process, to ensure all details remain sharp, with flecks of tonal metallic detail added in a luxurious gold. Choose from three classic colourways of Cream, Racing Car Green, and Charcoal.


Cocktails
Colourways: Multi, Pastel, Soot and Snow

Derived from an ice bucket design entitled ‘Oggetti Cocktail’ created by Piero Fornasetti in the 1950s, Cocktails showcases the maestro’s fascination with repeated studies of the same subject in order to create multiple variations upon the same theme. Its stylized mid- century graphic bottles and glassware were created in a vibrant Multi colour palette, true to the original sketches, which is complemented by a softer Pastel palette and the monochromatic Soot and Snow.


Arance

Colourways: Blood Orange and Ink, Orange and Stone, Lemon and Seafoam

The bold repeat of Mediterranean citrus fruits seen in Arance are a prolific theme throughout the Fornasetti archive, originally appearing on the tray ‘Fette d’arancia’ in the 1950s and repurposed by Barnaba Fornasetti in the 90s as a graphic fabric print.This organic study has been produced in true-to-life palettes of Blood Orange, Orange, and Lemon on strikingly contrasting grounds of chalky Seafoam and Stone, as well as the sumptuous Ink.


Ex Libris

Colourways: Stone and Linen, Oat and Charcoal, Gold and Magenta

An avid collector of literature volumes on the applied arts, Fornasetti used books as a recurring theme which can be found throughout the Atelier’s archive.This library Trompe l’oeil scene, abundant in leather-bound books, is adapted from a 1953 screen. Reintroduced for Senza Tempo, classic Fornasetti palettes of Stone and Linen, Oat and Charcoal, and Gold and Magenta form a vibrant and conversational wallcovering.


Acquario
Colourways: Soot, Ink, Seaform, Taupe

Fish appear as motifs in some of Piero Fornasetti’s earliest work – such as luxurious silk scarves, trays and decorative porcelain – having been fascinated by the dichotomy of marine life’s simple aspect hiding a fascinating, mysterious nature within the depths of the ‘aquarium’. The whimsical composition and scale of Acquario creates a unique and striking wallcovering, whilst the colour palettes retain a Fornasetti classicism in tones of Ink, Seafoam, and Soot with Taupe providing a muted alternative.


Mediterranea
Colourways: Parchment and Gilver, White and Black, Charcoal and Metallics

Originally conceptualised in the late 1940s for the entrance hall of Piero Fornasetti’s Milan residence, Mediterranea is a sprawling cityscape of roofs, domes, and windows. Each detailed element of the scene is brought to life through radiant Metallic highlights and bold line work, with striking ground hues of Parchment and Charcoal, alongside the unembellished White and Black.


Riflesso

Colourways: Black and White

Riflesso is an atmospheric reflected depiction of Baroque Rome as seen through Fornasetti’s surrealistic eye circa 1955.The right side is a mirror image of the left, with the scene reflected below in the water. Available in Black and White with icy silvered highlights.


Malachite
Colourways: Royal Blue and Silver, Emerald and Black, White and Black, Parchment and Gold

The intricate curves and ripples of semi-precious stones and fossils appear throughout Fornasetti’s work, with the hypnotic curves becoming synonymous with the Fornasetti canon. The iconic Malachite is presented in unique luminous mineral shades with airy Parchment and subtle Gold, and Royal Blue and Silver, as well as the arresting Emerald and Black, and White and Black for a captivating interior option.


Teatro
Colourways: Ballet Slipper, Linen and Rouge, Racing Car Green

Piero Fornasetti had a deep love and admiration for music and theatre finding a wealth of inspiration from the Italian Commedia dell’arte. From this came the delightful Teatro. As charming today as it was then,Teatro was conceptualised in the 1950s.The scene is enthralling with intricate line work depicting elegant theatre goers. A delicate recolouring in the soft rose tones of Ballet Slipper plays towards the design’s theatrical inspiration, whilst the traditionally tasteful Racing Car Green is derived from timeless Fornasetti palettes of deep jade and emerald tones, as well as classic Linen and Rouge.


Macchine Volanti

Colourways: Soot and Snow, Stone, Rouge and Blue, Midnight and Metallics

Filled with characterful New World charm, the wondrous fabled ‘flying machines’ of Macchine Voltanti evoke childhood fantasy and adventure. Explore the outer limits of your imagination by getting lost in the enveloping skyscape filled with man, machine and ethereal creatures in palettes of Stone, Rouge and Blue, Midnight, and Soot and Snow.


Nuvolette
Colourways: Black and White, Soot and Snow, Stone, Midnight

A smaller scale version of the mural Nuvole, Nuvolette, is one of the most enduring Fornasetti designs. The sky was long a recurring vision for Fornasetti and these ‘little clouds’ are delicately detailed etchings depicting tempestuous, rolling skies. Presented in understated colourways of Black and White, Soot and Snow, Stone, and Midnight creating endless movement across this enchanting design.


Procuratie con Vista
Colourways: Soot and Snow

The Procuratie facades of St Mark’s Square in Venice provide a primates’ playground for these mischievous monkeys, wrapped around the classical arches and ornate balustrades. Drawn in a simple intaglio style, the timeless soft palette of Soot and Snow enhances the intricate line work without detracting from the design’s stunning scene.


Frutto Proibito
Colourways: Cerulean and Orange on White, Sage and Magenta on Ink, Sky Blue and Plum on Gold

Frutto Proibito gloriously combines different archival Fornasetti motifs from the 1940s and 50s. Mischievous monkeys, originally conceptualised as striking wooden panels for the Milanese patisserie, Dulciora, sit amongst sprawling pomegranate tree branches. The playful composition of flora and fauna is quintessentially Fornasetti, mixing lifelike etchings with decadent, bold prints. Deep Ink and Gold grounds accentuate Magenta and Plum forbidden fruits, whilst Cerulean and Orange offers a bright, sunny alternative.


Nuvole
Colourways: Black and White

Nuvole was composed from an atmospheric etching of clouds, forming an immersive skyscape. A large-scale mural design, Nuvole adds depth and drama to an expansive interior. Available in a thundery Black and White colour palette.


Procuratie e Scimmie

Colourways: Black and White

A whimsical companion to Procuratie, Procuratie con Scimmie features monkeys perching amongst the pillars and arches of the famous venetian facades in St Mark’s Square. Offered in a monochrome palette of Black & White to directly coordinate with Procuratie.


Chiavi Segrete
Colourways: Leaf Green, Slate Blue and Grey, Autumnal Leaves, Stone and Gold

The much-loved Chiavi Segrete combines two influential Fornasetti motifs: mystical, dense leaves concealing golden, antique keys. This fanciful design has a magical quality, drawing the eye through and around the leaves to discover each of the ‘secret keys’ hidden within. Muted tones comprise the subtle Stone and Gold, whilst Leaf Green creates soft, true-to-life tones of spring undergrowth, with a seasonal twist in Autumnal Leaves’ deep rouge red and bronze hues and the wintery Slate Blue and Grey.


Uccelli
Colourways: Ballet Slipper

Uccelli, meaning birds, originated as luxurious folding screens depicting vibrantly coloured birds of all species adorning sparse branches. Since translated to a beautifully intricate wallcovering panel design, this delicate motif brings an ornate quality to a stand-alone feature wall or, used in repeat, creates a stunning aviary rich in detail and colour. Available in a soft and unique colour palette of Ballet Slipper pink.


Procuratie
Colourways: Black and White

One of three architectural designs featuring the Procuratie facades of St Mark’s Square Venice, this intaglio study creates a classical structure to an interior through its detailed line work and simple palette of Black and White.


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