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"Architettura"

Designer:
Piero Fornasetti (Italian, 1913–1988)
Designer:
Gio Ponti (Italian, Milan 1891–1979 Milan)
Date:
1952
Medium:
Screen-printed wood fiberboard, mahogany, brass, wire, electric light
Dimensions:
H. 86, W. 31-1/2, D. 16 inches (218.4 x 80 x 40.6 cm.)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.460.2ab
Not on view
Although historical precedent provides the formal and decorative inspiration for this drop-front writing cabinet (sixteenth-century Italian Mannerist architectural compositions and furniture in particular), there is a surreal quality to Fornasetti's witty and inventive architectural fantasy, which plays games with perspective and preconceptions of interior and exterior space. The desk represents a collaboration between the architect Ponti, who designed the pared-down yet still traditional form, and the designer Fornasetti-a former student of Ponti-who was responsible for the exuberant, pseudo-illusionist decoration.
John C. Waddell collection, New York

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions of Twentieth-Century Design and Architecture," June 29–November 14, 1999, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part III: 1950–1975," November 28, 2000–April 1, 2001, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection," December 21, 2007–April 5, 2009.

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