February 6, 2011


I was poking around somewhere and discovered a treasure trove of Piero Fornasetti wallpapers from Cole & Sons in the UK.  Piero Fornasetti was a Milanese painter, sculptor, interior decorator, engraver of books and a creator of more than 11,000 products.  pf5 In terms of variety of decoration, Fornasetti’s production of objects and furniture is one of the largest of the 20th century.

There is a collection of wallpapers full of books, which would make a fabulous backdrop for a room. It comes in several colourways, and if you were cheeky, you could mix and match them!  I’d probably get out my set of Sharpie markers and start adding titles here and there. 


There was also a great paper of Vivienne Westwood’s iconic Union Jack. I’d love this for a wall in my house!PF7 While I am not a huge fan of many British wallpapers – I’ve seen and lived with too many really bad ones – I do like these.


  1. Love anything by Fornasetti, and Cole's do some great wallpapers.

  2. 11,000 items!!! Now that is creative genius. Personal wish is a Fornasetti umbrella stand in the form of a black standard poodle--it would match Jones perfectly.

  3. I love the owls and column image. Also the thought of putting titles to the wallpaper books. In this Kindle age, that might be an innovative way to note beloved titles if one can't have the hardback in hand.

  4. I have a roll of the books wallpaper, bought on eBay for a yet to be made folding screen. I also need the malachite pattern.

  5. What a rebel you are, Meg, with your Sharpie!
    I love Fornasetti - I was in a house a few years ago FILLED with tons of plates and prints. I'd never seen it before and it cast a spell on me.


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