Friday, November 21, 2008

A Strange Place for a Woman's Face: Fornasetti Rugs

Piero Fornasetti (November 10, 1913-1988) was an Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver. He created more than 11,000 items, many featuring the face of one woman, operatic soprano Lina Cavalieri, as a motif. Fornasetti found her face in a 19th century magazine. “What inspired me to create more than 500 variations on the face of a woman?” asks Italian designer, Piero Fornasetti of himself. “I don’t know,” he admits, “I began to make them and I never stopped” [Wikipedia]. His works have regained popularity with interior designers over the past few years, and the line of rugs featuring Cavalieri's face are the newest addition to the Fornasetti trend. There is definitely something slightly creepy, yet alluring, about the notion of trampling on disembodied faces, lips, eyes, and arms...

[Update]: I almost forgot to mention, I have been given an award (another one?!?! Must be my lucky month!) from the creative and inspiring Christie at Serenity Now. I am uber-honored ;)
Here are the rules:
*Put the logo on your blog or post.
* Nominate at least 5 blogs (can be more) that for you are Uber Amazing!
* Let them know that they have received this Uber Amazing award by commenting on their blog.
*Share the love and link to this post and to the person you received your award from.

Thanks so much Christie!!

Here are my uber-amazing nominees:

1. Wendy Brandes Jewelry

2. The Glamourai

3. Not from Paris

4. Alice Point

5. Phantasmaphile


Mrs.French said...

I love them...and congrats on the award my dear...xo

[Tara] said...

mrs. french -- thanks so much!!

Savvy Mode SG said...

cool idea but i wonder how i will feel having a face on the floor.

[Tara] said...

savvy -- it does seem strange...but I still think it could look quite cool if done well!

jargonwithgestures said...

These are amazing. And If I ever procure one of these, I would probably set it somewhere else, perhaps hang it against a wall, as a sort of wallpaper/tapestry or something... I'm not sure about using them as rugs, even if they're intended that way. I feel that they're too lovely to be trampled on, plus like you said, a lil' creepy..hehehe...

Congrats on the award!

[Tara] said...

jargon -- Yes! these would make amazing tapestries; I was also thinking they should make these into quilts or duvets for beds. Thanks for your comment and for visiting!!

michiko said...

This faces Fornasetti created, is amazing, so perfect, too perfect it's a bit creepy and it makes you a little uncomfortable...I might add the link to Fornasetti's page on my blog.
Thanks for this post Tara!

Holly said...

Hey, that's the wallpaper at my work! Swear!

[Tara] said...

holly -- seriously? what a cool place you must work!