Fornasetti Plates makes any room unique and interesting. Just before Christmas I attended the reveal of the “Fornasetti x Opulence x Heart Collection” at the Podium Mall. Opulence Design Concept, purveyor of European luxury homeware brands, elevates the holiday tradition by introducing the Fornasetti x Opulence x Heart Collection that promises to be the epitome of refined taste. This is a first for renowned luxury brand Fornasetti to collaborate with a local Filipino company and with style icon Heart Evangelista.
What exactly led to this project? Opulence Design Concept owners Gerry and Jinky Sy said, “Fornasetti is known for its luxurious hand painted decorative porcelain pieces and Heart happens to be an artist and also an epitome of luxury. So while having dinner in Paris on a crisp January night, Jinky and I pitched the idea to Andrea Nannoni, the CEO of Fornasetti, of Heart’s dream project of designing a Fornasetti plate. Heart’s natural charm made Andrea simply fall in love with her at first sight. He just said, ‘Yes! Let’s do it!’”
Another milestone in art history was made with the now celebrated design being selected from the 13,000 design archives of Barnaba Fornasetti.
The pieces from the Fornasetti x Opulence x Heart collection showcased a mosaic of gold hearts that, when looking at a distance, forms a bigger heart with the iconic face of Lina Cavalieri silhouetted on the plate. The signature heart shapes are also synonymous with Heart. The culmination of that dream was finally made with the unveiling during the “Fornasetti x Opulence x Heart” event at the Opulence Design Concept showroom at the Podium Mall recently.
The exclusive collection features a curated selection of homeware pieces: a beautifully designed plate, a charming coaster, a delicate teacup and saucer, and a round box, all adorned with Heart’s personal design alongside Fornasetti’s iconic motifs.
To amplify the spirit of giving at the event, a special moment unfolded as signed Fornasetti x Heart pieces took center stage in an auction. Heart, with her generosity, personally chose a charity to be the beneficiary of the event’s fundraising efforts. The chosen organization was Child Health in Life Development Foundation (CHILD) Inc., an institution dedicated to raising funds for the pediatric department of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).
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