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

The new Fornasetti at Harrods

Fornasetti opens its new boutique in the historic department store on Brompton Road, London. Located inside Harrods, in the Luxury Home section of the renovated Interiors Department on the third floor, seventy square metres of surface narrate the visual universe of the Italian atelier in a broad and representative way, through a studied selection of […]

18 October 2019

Artist’s showcase at Fornasetti Store on Corso Matteotti

The Fornasetti Store on corso Matteotti is hosting an artist’s showcase exclusively for Milan Art Week. Carlo Dell’Acqua, who, like Fornasetti, has succumbed to and has become obsessed with Lina Cavalieri’s face, has manipulated it and pieced it back together in his “S/oggetti parziali” installation, which can be viewed until April 14, 2019.

1 April 2019

The Quirinal Palace houses two iconic Fornasetti furniture items

Two iconic pieces of Fornasetti furniture will enrich the residence of the President of the Italian Republic, on the occasion of the “Quirinale Contemporaneo” project. From 5 July, the Trumeau “Architettura” and the Curved Table “Libri” will permanently embellish the rooms of the Palazzo, together with other 20th century works of art and design. The […]

1 July 2019

The new Bisazza mosaics collection with the iconic Fornasetti decorations

From the partnership between Fornasetti and Bisazza, the leading Italian brand in the creation of glass mosaics for interior and exterior decoration, comes The Fornasetti Collection: a meticulous selection of five of the Atelier’s decorations embellished by the brilliance of Bisazza glass mosaic tiles to give any room a uniquely magical aura. Reflecting Fornasetti’s continuous search […]

15 June 2020


From September 28 to October 11 Fornasetti is taking part in the digital edition of NOMAD, presenting the vintage Venetian blind Soli e Lune. NOMAD Virtual Destination Palais Bulles is an online event created in collaboration with the Phillips auction house. A virtual destination for private sales of art and design, with a selection inspired […]

28 September 2020