Painter, etcher, lighting engineer, architect, inventor, director, set designer, sculptor, photographer, painter…

Mariano Fortuny (1871–1949) was all of them but to most of us, the Venetian Renaissance man is mainly known as the legendary fashion and textile designer whose opulent fabrics and stunning patterns have transcended time and gained an iconic status probably because they have all remain the versatility to work in both classic and modern settings.

A-Gent of Style has been used over the years to decorate specialising Fortuny fabrics from the specialist textiles company Claremont in London. It is not unusual either to open a design magazine these days and spot a ‘Fortuny’ in an interior – Did you see for instance the beloved ‘Tapa’ in Melissa Wyndham’s project in this month’s House & Garden?

It would also be wrong to assume that ‘Fortuny’ has been done over and over again and that the protean inventor, creator and innovator’s timeless designs are only limited to drapery or upholstery. Thanks to L’Objet, they have taken on a new life and can adorn your table too – and A-Gent of Style‘s hopefully soon…

Young designer Elad Yifrach is the founder of L’Objet, an American luxury table-top company created in 2004, and launched the ‘L’Objet pour Fortuny collection inspired by the Fortuny designs and translated them on plates, dishes, coasters, cutlery, frames, boxes and vases in rich combinations and dazzling patterns.

A-Gent of Style never thought he would be eating one day from a dinner plate in Tapa no stripe in blue and drinking out of a green Piumette tumbler!

It took Yifrach two years to explore the firm’s archives and library and, with the collaboration of Fortuny, to create these tableware jewels.

“We are really excited to see our fabrics and patterns expressed in a different medium, inspiring a new collection of timeless pieces,” said Mickey Riad, co-owner with Maury Riad, of Fortuny. “Seeing our patterns take on a new life through this collaboration with L’Objet is such a pleasure.”

Here is A-Gent of Style‘s selection of a marvellous synergy between time-honoured artistry and modern craftsmanship showcasing sophisticated and fun, elegant and playful objets.

Come and meet again Campanelle, Tapa, Caravaggio, Piumette, Rabat, Maori, Carnavalet, Papiro, Richelieu and many others of Fortuny cherished ‘characters’…




The Harlequin showroom (trade-only) in Redloh House (Chelsea) supplies L’Objet.

And have you downloaded Fortuny‘s (free) App yet??

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