Piero Fornasetti

Piero Fornasetti's Bicycle

During the first half of the 20th Century, the face of Lina Cavalieri was one of the most recognized around the European opera houses. She was an Italian operatic soprano known for her supreme grace and beauty. An prolific Italian designer named Piero Fornasetti has since immortalized her famous face, applying her gravure to over 10,000 items. He was heavily influenced by Roman and Grecian styles, the ‘Greca pattern’ of which he applied to his personal bicycle.

The actual make is unknown, but the entire frame, forks and enclosed drive train was screen-printed with the pattern and, held in context with the body of Fornasetti’s work, becomes a two-wheeled extension of his flamboyant vision. It’s the essential townie for the Milanese cognoscenti and it’s currently up for sale by auction through Douglas Rosin Decorative Arts & Antiques in Chicago. If it wasn’t nearly 30 years old, it could almost be mistaken for a piece by Death Spray Custom.

Speaking of Death Spray Custom, check out the 2013 Cycle EXIF Custom Bicycle Calendar. The track bike covered by DSC with a remix of the ‘splinter’ disruptive pattern material is Miss December.

Piero Fornasetti's Bicycle
Piero Fornasetti's Bicycle
Piero Fornasetti's Bicycle
Piero Fornasetti's Bicycle
Piero Fornasetti's Bicycle
Piero Fornasetti's Bicycle
Piero Fornasetti's Bicycle

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  • Now&Zen

    Yeesh ! Talk about taking a perfectly fine piece of machinery and ruining it with an OTT over done Rocco in the worst definition of the term paint job .

  • http://www.facebook.com/dimypap Dim-itri’os Ev-angelos Pap’the

    paint job is fine ; actually … it’s great to see at last some inspiration from antique design / art . but the cahin cover should have been less bulky , covering over the chain only & leaving the inner space free , because this way feels too heavy …

    • http://www.facebook.com/dimypap Dim-itri’os Ev-angelos Pap’the

      very fine mechanic anywayz …