I don't remember when for the first time I passed by Piero Fornasetti store in Brera area in Milan (an area I would define luxury bohemian) and stopped to admire the display in the windows but certainly it was many decades ago and many lives ago and I was instantly fascinated by the creativity of this eclectic artist.
There is still not one trip to Milan that does not include a visit to that show-room and now luckily in Vancouver Fornasetti is starting to be known, thanks to Bernstein & Gold in Yaletown.
Above is her portrait by the famous Italian painter Giovanni Boldini, from Ferrara.I still remember the movie "La donna piu' bella del mondo" with Gina Lollobrigida (la Lollo) impersonating her in the 50's. At that time we had only two big Divas in Italy: la Lollo and Sophia Loren (pronounced more like Lauren). Believe it or not in Italy we also have a lettuce called "Lollo" after the actress. Ah! Italians and food!
Enough digressing...going back to Fornasetti and Vancouver you can also find the full line of objects and furniture, through Bernstein&Gold.
Aren't we Lucky!?