The Seascape Theme
The earliest seascape themes originate from Piero Fornasetti's need to create and experiment at the end of the 1940s. Silk is the first material to be used with seascape motifs on scarves, the iconic item of clothing epitomizing his encounter with Gio Ponti and the start of their creative partnership. Meduse (Jellyfish), Piccoli pesci (Small fish), Marinara (Marine), Il buon pescatore (The Good Fisherman) and Conchiglie sul lastricato (Seashells on Stones) are only a few of the names of printed designs found on this accessory. By constantly trying out new ideas as well as materials and techniques, he applied seascape designs to a number of increasingly various items during the 1940s and 1950s. The Duomo sommerso (Submerged Duomo) privacy screen date back to the 1950s as do the trays and the plates which, as though in an innovative apartment version of an illustrated atlas of marine biology, house Madrepore (Madrepores), Alghe marine (Seaweeds), Sardine (Sardines), Conchiglie (Seashells) e Fiori Marini (Sea Flowers).
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