Before the summer is over in the northern hemisphere, let me just share this with you. I was fortunate enough to attend luxury Italian brand, Fornasetti’s launch of new candles.
Piero Fornasetti (b.1914 – d.1988) was an artist, painter, sculptor, poet, printer, and many more, he saw himself as a decorative artist. His beautiful hand drawings are uniquely distinctive and always with a hugely imaginative flair and a quirky humour still relevant today. Luckily the Fornasetti traditions are preserved, protected and developed forward by the very capable hands of his son, Barnaba, continuing his work and interpreting his designs (over 13,000 original designs still to work with) on gorgeous items for the home.
A few months ago, luxury Italian brand, Fornasetti launched a few new candles to their already hugely popular collection.
This time Mr Piero Fornasetti’s muse, Lina Cavalieri, can be seen peeking through hydrangea in the new designs called ‘Ortensia’. There is also the more instantly recognisable new design, ‘Fior Di Bacio’, where Lina Cavalieri holds a flower in her mouth. Both these new candles, adding to last years hugely popular ‘Flora’ scent and design, now making up three in this collection.
The other new scent is ‘Giardino Segreto’, where the design is taken from the garden architecture from the original Fornasetti house. Here you have a wise owl peeking out through the leaves and from behind typical Italian pillars. This design and scent inspires feelings of a dreamlike secret Italian garden with many surprises around the corner.
The products and the event itself was out of this world and so inspiring. Just look at all the flowers in abundance. And who would not love to receive a gift in one of these iconic shopping bags adorned with the iconic ‘Bacio’ design.
So many quirky and fun designs to choose from and so little time. Everytime I see the collection I fall in love with a different design. Most of them are very evocative and some has quite a humorous edge to them. The only answer is to start collecting the Fornasetti ceramic candle jars, each with their own story to tell.
Photos and feature by Theoda Solms Iles