18 May 2020

Barnaba Fornasetti’s message for the inauguration of the #iosonocultura2020 strand of the Symbola Foundation. “Io sono cultura” (“I am culture”) is a annual study that quantifies the importance of culture and creativity in the Italian national economy, and which at this historic moment confirms the role of Symbola in highlighting its relevance. 

Since 2011, Fornasetti has collaborated with Symbola by lending the face of its best-known series, Tema e Variazioni, for the cover of the annual report. For 2020, Barnaba Fornasetti has chosen the variation with the hot air balloon: a way of expressing the desire that our creative ability will allow us to take flight and return to looking at things as a whole, gaining a new perspective, and a further confirmation of Fornasetti’s commitment in the field of culture.

The #iosonocultura2020 strand will complement and anticipate the presentation of the 10th annual “I am culture” report, which this year for the first time will be held after the summer, in order to collect data and initial estimates of the impact of the current crisis on the cultural and creative system compared to 2019 data.

In two weekly appointments, it will consider the impact of the crisis on the culture sector, its repercussions on the corresponding labour market, but also the many stories of those who are taking advantage of this moment to change pace, focusing on skills, communities, territories, and technologies.

“In this phase as never before, we need to process the wounds, fill the gaps in meaning and rebuild the sense of things. Crises are moments in which words and stories, which until recently had held us together and guided our lives, suddenly lose their cohesive and guiding power. Nothing succeeds better than culture at fulfilling this function, reconnecting ideas, weaving meanings and imagining new horizons. The real challenge for culture today is therefore not to go back, but to bring together the past and the present, the historic and the futuristic. Creative ability, they say, is in our DNA, we just have to get moving, look at things as a whole and gain a new perspective.”

Barnaba Fornasetti


Barnaba Fornasetti takes part in the #IosonoMilano initiative launched by Vanity Fair Italy 

With the hashtag #IosonoMilano, (“I am Milan”) the new issue of Vanity Fair, distributed free today throughout Lombardy, unites the voices of 64 personalities in Milan who send out a message of unity, strength and solidarity towards the other cities of Italy and the world who are currently facing the Covid-19 emergency.

11 March 2020


Fornasetti takes part in the online charity auction Design Loves Milano spearheaded by creative agency Mr. Lawrence in collaboration with Cambi Auction House. Together with an incredible roster of prominent international designers, Fornasetti donated three of its collectable design pieces to benefit the ASST. (Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale) Fatebenefratelli of Ospedale Luigi Sacco in Milan. […]

17 April 2020

Fornasetti presents the new collection for the 2019 Milan Design Week

Fornasetti presents the new rugs collection at the Milan Design Week 2019. The variety of decorations fully expresses the colors, the geometries and the encyclopedic richness of the visual language of the Atelier. Each rug is made following the ancient technique of hand tufting. The collection will be presented at the Fornasetti Store in Corso […]

25 March 2019


‘This crisis demonstrates that all the problems that concern us today are global in nature and that we must find solutions that transcend borders, by joining forces and not creating walls’. Barnaba Fornasetti

2 April 2020


Fornasetti reimagines the face coverings through the dreamlike perspective that has always distinguished its creations. Now a part of everyday life, they take on a new meaning thanks to the five distinctive themes from the Atelier that embellish these accessories, made in Italy with 100% pure silk. On the back, the Soli theme stands out […]

4 September 2020

Fornasetti presenta: S/Oggetti parziali by Carlo Dell’Acqua

“Fornasetti Presenta” is the new multi-purpose art space jointly created by Barnaba Fornasetti, artistic director of the atelier, and Valeria Manzi, the co-curator of cultural projects. A space where Fornasetti’s world mingles with other art forms.

23 September 2019

United with the World: Fornasetti and CBM Onlus against Covid-19

Fornasetti supports the international “Covid-19 Emergency” charity campaign of CBM Italia Onlus, standing side by side with the most vulnerable. YOU CAN ORDER THE PLATE HERE. Alongside Barnaba Fornasetti are Filippa Lagerbäck, who has been an Ambassador of CBM Italia Onlus for years, and photographer Settimio Benedusi. Together they tell the story of an initiative […]

1 October 2020