Posted 4 years ago
A great big THANK YOU to Amber Rose for a package that arrived yesterday from the States. Within were two great pieces of modernist design: Fornasetti and WMF. Here they are, folks!
Piero Fornasetti (1913 - 1988) is one of the great names in Italian design. The series is called "al Merito" ....... for Merit.
Do yourself a favour and have a look around the Fornasetti site: http://www.fornasetti.com/
Check out the images of the home and the atelier!
The other object reminds me of a lipstick. I believe it is from the Cromargan series: Cromargan 18/10 mattiert Two-in-One salt-and-pepper set. Initial research tells me that this design was given the "PLAGIARIUS AWARD 2008". "The annual Plagiarius Awards call attention to the most flagrant product imitations and raise awareness about the dangers of piracy."
"Original Manufacturer: WMF, Geislingen/Steige, Germany?Copier: Shantou Lian Plastic Products, Guangdong, China. Launched in 2000, the Two-in-One salt-and-pepper shaker set marked a success for its creator, with sales of a million units. But the good design attracted imitators. In 2006 a customer traveling in Asia spotted a knockoff and alerted the company. The copy—rendered in plastic rather than metal—looked so similar to the original that the judges awarded it first place. WMF representative Achim Boelstler says he believes production on the copy has ceased."
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!