fornasetti: nucleare vade retro
fornasetti: nucleare vade retro
apr 17, 2011

fornasetti: nucleare vade retro

nucleare vade retro by barnaba fornasetti

during milan design week 2011, a vinyl sticker ‘nucleare vade retro’ was given to designboom and international guests at the annual fornasetti party, held in the archive of piero fornasetti and (his son) barnaba’s private home and garden.

piero fornasetti created 350 different plate designs based on the enigmatic face of a woman; the opera singer lina cavalieri.  he spent many years of his life thinking of different ways he could remake her image.  today, barnaba fornasetti continues this ambitious tradition and includes the iconic face also in contemporary social activism. we LOVE the latest variation that fights against nuclear power because it is an unacceptable risk to the environment and to humanity.

‘so I dressed with remaining ceramics, furniture and objects; so I placed a message in each, a small story, at times ironic and obviously wordless, but audible to those who believe in poetry.‘ piero fornasetti

BTW vade retro satana (step back, satan) is a medieval catholic formula for exorcism, recorded in a 1415 manuscript and in tradition, the vade retro formula is used to repel any possible evil thing or happening.

fornasetti: nucleare vade retro cube vade retro charity box by barnaba fornasetti

barnaba fornasetti used the ‘vade retro’ graphics also for a cube charity box, as part of the EMERGENCY PROJECT FOR JAPAN, which was exhibited during the salone del mobile in milan – in corso como 9. the design exhibition supports the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit japan on 11 march. fornasetti, among 58 designers, has decided to participate with his own charity box, where visitors could placed their donations.

fornasetti: nucleare vade retro shop spazio fornasetti in corso matteotti, 1/A, milan

see also designboom’s feature ‘the fornasetti world‘, published in 2001.

  • Poetic and socially relevant.
    Congratulations Fornasetti!

    Hermann says:
  • “unacceptable risk against environment and humaniy”? I’m sure you prefer breathing PM2.5 and hydrocarbons coming from your beloved oil; you neither are aware of the importance of nuclear power in reducing CO2 gases and pollution, but it is easier to find something to fight against than being aware of matters, isn’t it? Delused by designboom..

    uranus says:
  • Uranus, there are other forms of energy than oil and nuclear power plants..

    n says:
  • Commet recevoir une dizaine de stickers?Merci

  • Till now designboom was making me think, but time to time “no-brainer” comes in and try to shut down my thinking.
    With some little “goodism” : easy and not expensive, intelligent-free, light and moralist.
    Inquisition was giving a lot of good feelings long time ago, we are still there, in a moralist instant feeling of whats good and whats bad, without the need of thinking.
    -Evil, vade retro satana !…
    The pavlovian reflex is there, it gives money and attract the attention of the brain dead.
    Designboom participate time to time to this bainwash, and it is sad.

    br1spina says:
  • we just said we love the sticker.

    designboom says:
  • the only pollution that nature can’t “digest” for the next 100thousand years is the radioactivity.
    will tepco and bros have enough money and resources to maintain safe the radioactive sh*t for the next 100000years??? no…..
    all umanity will have to maintain that sh*t without any other energy than green energies and their hands, without aid from societies like tepco that will not exist anymore!
    think on your next before your wallet.

    luca bressan italy says:
  • well, yes and in a few years maybe “crux sancta sit mihi lux”

    parch says:
  • I support you designboom against nuclear energy!

    Pico says:
  • guys, no design without boom energy.
    it’s a fact.

    uppercut says:

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