It is the result of a selective reissue of certain projects conceived by Piero Fornasetti, an eclectic creative figure whose production gravitated between art, design, fashion and decoration, together with a masterly reinterpretation by his son, Barnaba. Indeed, this collection of mirrors is not simply a series of sophisticated furnishing solutions, but rather the point of departure for some interesting and enigmatic reflections.
We are presented with curved reflective surfaces, either concave or convex, which therefore have a deforming, enlarging or transformative effect. The mirrors are embellished or etched to various degrees, and enclosed in beautifully decorated frames. This is a collection which is not merely intended to carry out a simple practical function, but which aims to explore further horizons by evoking reminiscences of Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, and paintings in the Flemish tradition such as “The Arnolfini Wedding” by Jan Van Eyck.
These are magical objects because in their very complexity they induce a vivid sensation of ancient legends and fantastic stories, recalling aspects of a long-forgotten collective imagination. There was a well-known belief in northern European folklore that a convex mirror was “the witch’s eye” because, just like a huge eye, it could both observe and attract the attention of others. The strategy was to place at least one of these next to a door or window to prevent the entry of the evil eye and misfortune.
Whether or not you believe it wards off bad luck, it may well be a good idea to have one in your home: even if it does not keep misfortune at bay, it will certainly attract you by its beauty…