1930 Piero Fornasetti was given a scholarship to study painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan but was expelled from the academy in 1932, for insubordination. Fornasetti continued to paint and, in 1933, showed work at the Milan Triennale, which attracted the notice of designer Gio Ponti ( a famous Italian architect) .Generally recognised as the most typical representative of the surviving art of decoration, he was defined by Gio Ponti as “a genuine Italian”, given the nature of his works that celebrated Italian tradition.
In the years that followed, Piero Fornasetti worked closely on numerous projects with Gio Ponti. They had this idea to combine industry with craft and art, to put decoration and art into everyday objects. One of their most important joint projects was the “Architettura” line in furniture designed by Gio Ponti and decorated with architectural quotations by Piero Fornasetti. Gio Ponti and Piero Fornasetti showed this furniture at the 1951 Triennale.
Piero Fornasetti designed furniture: round tables, which he decorated with paintings of musical instruments or large suns. Piero Fornasetti’s signature was the woman’s face he used to decorate the “Tema e Variazioni” series. Fornasetti renovated shapes and decorations without ever following the trends, but rather forestalling them creating an unmistakable style which ensures his creations will continue to amaze for their extraordinary visual language.
For an interesting read have a look at the link below. An interview with Fornasettis son and his legacy to his father.