Fornasetti’s Playthings

10.08.2016 | Culture | BY:

Fornasetti has done it again. A mainstay in combining home décor with surrealism and the absurd, the brand has a reputation for delighting and enticing with its witty designs. From drunken monkeys causing chaos at a dinner party, to the face of house muse Lina Cavalieri cross-eyed, staring at a bee on her nose, Fornasetti’s objets d’art and furniture are some of the most prolific of the 20th century.

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Fornasetti Profumi ‘L’Eclaireuse’ scented candle

And it’s a very exciting time for Fornasetti lovers, as this September signals the arrival of a new candle fragrance: ‘Mistero’. With dominant notes of pink pepper and cypress, and an undertone of incense, sandalwood and musk, it is pensive and deeply penetrating. If you could smell the colour grey, this would be it.

And the jar design that accompanies this new, mysterious scent? ‘L’Eclaireuse,’ which bares the signature Fornasetti face of Lina Cavalieri. On one side, we see her resplendent as a gypsy princess, complete with intricate facial piercings. But spin the jar around and we have the same face, this time with a golden eye patch, like a pirate. This is just another example of Fornasetti’s charming subtlety, which consistently alludes to a story hiding within each piece.

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Fornasetti Profumi ‘Armatura’ scented candle

Thankfully Fornasetti was a creator of more than 11,000 artworks, another of which appears in an additional new design for the house: ‘Armatura’. Once again, it features his muse – Lina Cavalieri – but this time instead of peering out through a crown of flowers or a toying playfully with a cigarette dangling from her mouth, she has a sword right through her head.

Encased within this new design is wax laden with the fragrance ‘Otto’ – the signature scent of the Fornasetti Profumi collection. Packed with Mediterranean herbs like lavender and thyme, it also features addition of dreamy, ethereal infusions of labdanum and incense.

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