Design of the Day – Fornasetti Trumeau Bar

Sorry this one’s a bit late folks but believe it this Design of the Day is worth waiting for!

Celebrated as one of the most ingenious and spectacular designers of the 20th Century, Piero Fornasetti created more than 11,000 products of which the Fornasetti Trumeau Bar is one of his most famous. Originally designed by Gio Ponti and then later modified by Fornasetti, this creation was a functional, bureau, bar and sideboard.

A first glance, the cabinet looks like a detailed painting but is in fact a fully functional piece of furniture. The doors which are drawn on are little doors to place letters, the church-like building at the bottom are drawers and the roof of the building is a table for writing or serving drinks. The whole design is like an illusion which I find truly fascinating.

Fornasetti died in 1988 during a minor operation but has left a legacy many designers dream of. You can buy one of these cabinets for around £19,000.

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